Mr. Most eligible
While your TV screens were inundated with election coverage these past weeks, one face captured the attention — and hearts — of millions of girls across the country. For reasons other than politics. HT City conducted a survey among 247 Delhi girls, aged 18-29, and the majority says that Congress scion Rahul Gandhi is the Prince Charming of their dreams.
If you recall, the HT City front page of May 19 carried a story about how girls think Rahul is the ideal man, the one whose qualities they would like to see in a potential boyfriend. That prompted us to conduct the survey to figure out if Rahul rules the roost even when placed in competition with Bollywood hunks, sports stars and models. And this handsome, shy guy takes the lead by miles — he got 74.4 per cent votes, next to cricketer MS Dhoni’s 8.5 per cent and actor Salman Khan’s 6 per cent.
Others who got multiple votes are actors Shahid Kapur, Ranbir Kapoor, Imran Khan and John Abraham. Non-Bollywood names include sportsmen Irfan Pathan, Abhinav Bindra and ‘newly single’ industrialist Ness Wadia.
“My picks are Rahul, Rahul and Rahul,” gushes Anamika Chatterji, 24. “He is unaware of his amazing looks, charisma and success. That’s what’s hot,” says Neena, 17. “His dimples are so cute!” says Preeti, 23. “I’ll be heartbroken when he marries. I wish he never does, though he’s 39,” chuckles Neha Vermani, 20.
Celebspeak Rahul, will you marry me?
Rahul Gandhi is classy, cultured and intelligent — all very desirable qualities in a man.
—Anoushka Shankar, sitar player
Rahul Gandhi is intelligent, stable, good-looking and displays integrity and sensitivity — just what a girl wants.
—Anjana Sukhani, actress
He is a man you can take to your mom. I was discussing with my mother that he is the best bet for the youth.
—Payal Rohatgi, actress
Rahul is hot. Charming and very savvy. I would love it if he asked me to marry him. He is a complete man.
—Shibani Kashyap, singer
Breeding, brains and cute looks make him superhot. I like to take chances and marrying him is one I’d take.
—Sophie Choudhary, singer-actress
Rahul Gandhi is fabulous! He is progressive, well-educated, grounded and very attractive. I’d definitely want someone like him.
—Gauhar Khan, model-actress
Dr Prem Kumar Sharma
When Rahul’s planets enter the Jupiter phase, his marriage prospects improve. The time is March 2010-July 2011. The best phase is end 2011. The girl’s initial should be N, V, A, or S.
Astrologer Vikram Mehta
The girl Rahul would marry will be virtuous, educated, with self-esteem. She will help him in his career. The best time period is between November 2011 and 2014.