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Karva Chauth special: Neil Nitin Mukesh doesn’t want wife Rukmini to get tired while fasting

Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh says he will also be fasting with wife Rukmini Sahay for their first Karva Chauth after marriage.

bollywood Updated: Oct 08, 2017 12:09 IST
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Hindustan Times
Neil Nitin Mukesh,Rukmini Sahay,Firekee
Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh married Rukmini Sahay in February 2017.

Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh and wife Rukmini Sahay, who got married in February this year, are going to observe their first Karva Chauth today. But, the celebrations aren’t happening in Mumbai. Why? Well, Neil is in London to shoot for his film Firrkie and Rukmini is already in UK. Therefore, they will spend the day in London.

“Mom and papa both were hoping that this year, since it is Rukmini’s first Karva Chauth, she would be with them. But they also understand the kind of profession that we are in, and the amount of travelling it involves. Thankfully, we have Diwali coming up, so we are planning to come back around that time,” says Neil.

The actor, who flew to London on Friday morning after finishing his shooting schedule for Saaho in Hyderabad, adds, “Mom I know is going to miss the entire affair the most because she was really excited about this year’s Karva Chauth with Rukmini. But she has briefed her about the custom and what all needs to be done.”

To perform the rituals, Neil has carried all essentials, including food, to London. “Rukmini is a bit nervous though. She wants to be correct traditionally and I’m sure she’ll handle it well. Eventually, it’s the thought behind the festival which is important,” says Neil.

Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh is shooting for his film Firekee in London, UK.

No festival is complete without gifts, and Neil agrees that since it is Rukmini’s first Karva Chauth, there has to be something special. He says, “I have something in mind but I don’t like talking of surprises till I am able to execute it. I love pampering her a lot. I know her fetishes and likings, so I’ll make sure I indulge her in all those.”

Pop the question that everyone asks a newly-wed — is Neil fasting with Rukmini? “Yes, I’m fasting with her. Though my wife is good with fasting, I get a little irritable and cranky. To distract ourselves, I’ve decided to go out, chill and relax. I don’t want her to get tired,” he says.

Asked if he believes in the ritual of a day-long fast, Neil says, “We all believe in it. Eventually, it’s what you can do for each another. If your emotion is strong, the day goes by. And I’ve thought for sargi (the early morning meal to be eaten before the fast), I’ll make her feed herself so much that she won’t need food for the entire day,” Neil quips.

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First Published: Oct 08, 2017 12:09 IST