Virat Kohli reveals his love story with Anushka Sharma: ‘The first time we met, I was all nervous, jittery’
Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli are the among the ‘it’ couples of India, so much so that their reputation spreads much beyond India and the Indian diaspora. Their romance and later their Italian wedding had their fans going gaga about them. While Anushka has spoken about her marriage and romance, Virat has rarely opened up about it. Now, speaking to American television sports reporter Graham Bensinger, he said how he was the nervous one when they first met.
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“The first time I met her I cracked a joke immediately. I was very nervous and that’s why I cracked a joke because I didn’t know what to do. I was standing on sets and was being all nervous and jittery. I thought I was being funny (when I cracked that joke), and I said something which wasn’t probably the right thing to say. She is tall and she was wearing heels (makes a gesture which isn’t too much) and she was being told that I am not that tall, I am not 6 feet plus or something... she walked in with heels and was looking taller than me and I was like didn’t you get a higher pair of heels. Then she was like ‘excuse me’ and then I was like ‘no, I am just joking’. My joke became such a weird moment for myself. I was such a fool, to be honest. She was so confident, she is on sets regularly.”
Talking about how he and Anushka are similar, Virat said, “She is also from a similar background as me. We come from middle class families, made it in their respective careers, worked hard, got to certain stage. In hindsight, when we look into our lives, they were going at the same pace but in totally different worlds. The timelines of my debut is 2008, the timeline of her starting her first film, shooting for it was 2008 August. We met in 2013 and out lives have been so similar in totally different worlds and then we got along so well. We were talking real things, we were talking things that a lot of people don’t connect with, only if you have seen that life will you understand what we are talking about. So the connect was there immediately.”
On their first date, he said, “It was pretty traditional; we would go out for meals. Eventually you didn’t really have to ask out because both of us knew we liked spending time with each other. I don’t even remember when we thought ‘okay this is the time when the transition is happening’, it was so organic and natural. And it kept getting stronger and stronger. We knew that we just wanted to be with each other.”
On the issue of how he popped the question and proposed to her, Virat said how things were all so organised, it just happened. At that moment, one of his friends, seated with the crew, spoke about how Virat and Anushka’s friend circle knew that marriage would happen. So, once it so happened, they all got together at his home and he said that he needed to tell something to them. Then, he said that he is getting married and they were that ‘okay, we know’. And then he added ‘but in two months’.
Talking about the how the wedding happened, Virat confessed that everything was organised by Anushka as he was in the middle of a series. She figured the location and she mentioned pretty categorically that we had to keep confidential. He went to say how there were just 42 people at the wedding, just close friends and family and how top level security setup was in place. They then had a celebration for her industry friends and for his cricketer friends. Once, these functions were done, their respective families said that it was wise decision to have the wedding in Italy.
Virat also spoke about their honeymoon in Finland. “So we go to Finland. We were hoping to see the Northern Lights but we just could not because it was snowing for all three days but we were just fascinated and taken aback with the whole place. It was pure and white and snow all over and so clean. There was literally no pollution and so few people around. Then we went to coffee shop once. So we enter the place and we are like okay this is one place where we haven’t met one person from India yet. We are not getting noticed by anyone. This pure freedom and suddenly I look around and I look in the corner and there’s a Sikh guy with a turban and I just looked away. I got my coffee and I was trying to hide from him. I told Anushka I saw a guy and she was like ‘no way, all the way in Finland’. Then that guy noticed us and came to us and said ‘so good to see you guys and my last name is also Kohli’. I was like what are the chances of seeing one Indian guy all the way in Finland and his last name is the same as mine. I was like when are we going to a place where we don’t get noticed at all. Yeah, but it was funny.”
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