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Purab Kohli on his wedding with Lucy: Most of the things were centred around our daughter Inaya

Actor Purab Kohli talks about his marriage to his long-time girlfriend and live-in partner, Lucy Payton, and spills the beans on his The Lion King-themed wedding, and whether he faced any pressure from his family for having a love child.

bollywood Updated: Feb 19, 2018 21:52 IST
Rishabh Suri
Rishabh Suri
Hindustan Times
Purab Kohli,Lucy Payton,Bollywood
Rock On!! actor Purab Kohli married his live-in partner Lucy Payton in Goa on February 15.

Actor Purab Kohli and his UK-based live-in partner, Lucy Payton surprised everyone when they introduced their baby girl, Inaya, a love child, two years back. Springing a surprise yet again, these lovebirds exchanged vows last week (February 15).

As they relax in Goa after their destination wedding, we asked Purab about what made him take the plunge, finally?

The actor who is known for films such as Rock On!! (2008), Rock On 2 (2016), and Airlift (2016) says, “We always wanted to get married, but didn’t want to rush into it. When Inaya was going to come into this world, it was a glorious moment by itself, and we didn’t want to dilute that by suddenly rushing into marriage. We had always planned that we will wait for the right time and the frame of mind, to get settled. But this [wedding] isn’t sudden, as we decided on this date, a year back.”

Having a child out of wedlock is something that is still not acceptable in our society. Was there any pressure on Purab, too, from his family to get married once they got to know about Lucy’s pregnancy? “No! My parents have always been supportive of my decisions. I understand that the decisions I have made with Lucy have shaken the foundations [of the] institution of marriage, but my family was evolved enough to accept us,” says Purab.

Purab, who has known Lucy, a UK-based yoga teacher, for ten years, calls her “media shy”. They met for the time through his sister Rima Kohli, who went to Johns Hopkins University with Lucy.

Proposals are always expected to be special, so when asked who proposed to whom, Purab quips, “Well, we just started talking and sort of went for it. I can’t remember who proposed first, but I did later formally propose to her. Also, we had discussed it before, so it wasn’t a surprise!”

Going by the wedding pictures that did the rounds on social media, it seemed that the couple had an Indian-style wedding. Purab shares, “There was no tradition of any organised sect, and it was our own style. We were dressed in Indian clothes and had genda phools (marigold flowers) as part of the decoration. Nice Punjabi songs being played was the sole bit that brought the ‘Indian-ness’ to the whole ceremony. It was largely Lucy’s doing, and the wedding was structured around ideas that she had for our union.”

The one person who had the maximum fun [at the wedding] was their daughter, Inaya, shares Purab. “Most of the things were centred around her — what all she loves, and children, in general. There were around 35-40 children in the wedding. Special areas had been created for the kids. While the ceremony was happening outside [in the lawn], we could hear the song Circle of Life playing inside, because The Lion King happens to be her [Inaya’s] favourite movie!,” laughs Purab.

A family honeymoon is on the cards now. “I don’t know where we will go, but we have many ideas. We already have a lot of travel planned for this year. We definitely want to go for a holiday, maybe in the first week of April, once our family departs from Goa,” he signs off.

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First Published: Feb 19, 2018 17:14 IST