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Suniel Shetty recalls his first meeting with KL Rahul; actor was surprised he and Athiya Shetty were on 'talking terms'

Feb 25, 2023 06:06 PM IST

Actor Suniel Shetty spoke about how he met his son-in-law KL Rahul at an airport in 2019. At that time, he didn't know that the cricketer and his daughter already knew one another and had kept in touch.

Suniel Shetty revealed that he had met his son-in-law KL Rahul first at an airport in 2019 and learnt that they were from the same hometown, Mangalore. He later found out that the cricketer already knew his daughter, actor Athiya Shetty and was on 'talking terms'. The couple got married at Suniel's family farmhouse in Khandala on January 23, 2023. (Also read: Suniel Shetty says he's KL Rahul's father and not father-in-law: 'I was his fan and...')

KL Rahul and Athiya Shetty got married on January 23, 2023.
KL Rahul and Athiya Shetty got married on January 23, 2023.

The actor was on The Kapil Sharma Show to speak about India's first MMA reality show, Kumite 1 Warrior Hunt. He also spoke about his daughter's recent wedding to Rahul. He spoke about meeting the cricketer, not knowing that he and Athiya were already acquainted. Another 'happy coincidence' for the actor was that Rahul's parents' house in Mangalore was quite close to where he was born.

According to a report in Mid-Day, the actor recalled the first time he met Rahul, "I had the pleasure of meeting Rahul first at an airport. I was thrilled to learn that he was from Mangalore, my hometown. I was a big fan of him and was happy to see that he was doing well. When I came home and shared the news with Athiya and [wife] Mana, they didn’t say much; they just exchanged looks with each other. Later, Mana came to me and said that Athiya and Rahul [were on] talking terms."

He added, "I was surprised that Athiya had not mentioned it to me. [At the same time], I was happy as I always told Athiya to connect with south Indian boys. Rahul’s house in Mangalore [where his parents live] is only a few kilometres away from my birthplace [Mulki]. So, this was a happy coincidence."

Suniel will be reuniting with co-stars Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal for Hera Pheri 3. Earlier this week, a promo announcement shoot for the film was held in Mumbai. Paresh had shared that the film's shoot will begin in three months and the main trio of Raju, Shyam, and Babu Bhaiyya, will travel internationally for the third film.

The actor was last seen in the Telugu film Ghani starring Varun Tej last year. He played a former boxing champion in the sports drama.

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