So far, she was only known as Laali, the protagonist of the Zee TV prime time daily Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo. Now, she will be known as Indian television’s newest bride-to-be. Ratan Rajput, the third candidate of Imagine’s Swayamvar show, says that she’s been fantasising about marriage since she was a child. “I wanted a dream wedding. And now, life has actually given me an opportunity to live out this fantasy,” she gushes.
The actor’s family, now settled in Delhi, comes from a remote town in Bihar. Were they comfortable with the idea of a shaadi (wedding) on national television? “Like every girl’s parents, even mine had some apprehensions on this count. I have four older sisters, and I’ve seen how cautious my dad was when fixing up a match for them. But I didn’t want to see him trying to appease the groom’s family with dowry or anything such in my case. So, I found this platform to get myself the best groom,” she argues.
Rakhi Sawant and Rahul Mahajan were the previous participants on the show. Mahajan went ahead and tied the knot with Dimpy Ganguly last year, while Sawant broke off her engagement with Elesh Parujanwala. What’s Rajput’s plan of action? “I can’t comment on the previous participants and their choices. For me, this is my chance to find the perfect groom. Right now, it’s difficult to say whether I’ll marry on the show or not. Once I start interacting with the eligible bachelors, I’ll have a clearer picture. I’m hoping to get married,” she asserts.
Her on-going daily soap, Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo, has been extended till March, and is expected to get another life up to June. Wouldn’t this disrupt her matrimonial plans? “I’ve never planned my life. God has been kind, my show worked in two different time slots. It will end when it has to. I don’t worry about issues that I can’t resolve,” shrugs Rajput.
Will she continue to work in dailies after this show and an expected marriage? The bride-to-be says, “That would depend on the man I marry, if at all. If both of us feel I should continue working, I will.”