Television’s real-life love stories
Here are some true-life telly love stories of stars who met, dated and tied the knot. Cupid Bidisha Singha reports.Updated: Aug 05, 2008 13:36 IST
Barkha Bisht and Indraneil Sengupta
‘He woke up for the morning lagna.. ..to sleep through his wedding night’
Jab they met: They first met at the look test for Rajashri Productions’ Pyaar Ke Do Naam.. Ek Radha Ek Shyam. Barkha was convinced Indraneil was a snob.. Indraneil didn’t care what she thought. They met again, before the shoot. Indraneil ignored her again. “I still remind him how snooty he was,” smiles Barkha.
Then the sparks flew: Cupid struck as soon as their Radha-Shyam prem kahani came to an end in reel life. It’s true, distance does make the heart grow fonder..
Two mush: Indraneil started wooing Barkha.. with chocolates, flowers, the works. Despite their hectic schedules, he met her everyday. His serenading paid off. At the Gold Awards in Mauritius, the couple had eyes only for each other.
Question hour: Barkha had laid down the rules: No proposal, no marriage. On her 27th birthday, Indraneil went down on his knees, pulled out a ring and popped the question. The answer was an ecstatic “yes.”
Fight club: Where there is love, there’s takraar too. He’s practical.. she’s emotional. This almost caused a break-up. But they were back on track.
Parent trap: Their families were ready to plan a big wedding. Barkha’s parents had wanted her to settle down for a while. Indraneil’s folks loved their son’s choice.
Gym and tonic: The much-in-love couple were stopped from meeting each other in the days leading to the wedding. A can’t-stay-away Indraneil sneaked in to meet his soon-to-be-biwi at her dad’s college gym. Since both are health freaks no one doubted their sudden interest in gymming. The marriage has worked out well.
Gauri Pradhan and Hiten Tejwani
Opposites attract: Tellydom’s first couple didn’t talk to each other during the first six months of working together. Yet, Kutumb was a huge hit and the audiences loved their on-screen chemistry. Hiten was a happy-go-lucky lad who was always cracking jokes.. Gauri was reserved, silent and moody. He tried to draw her out.. she wouldn’t budge an inch. The ice cracked.. bit by bit. Thereon it’s been smooth sailing for this cheese-and-chalk couple. He calls her his coconut.. tough outside but soft inside.
Band bond: The couple had a typical Maharashtrian wedding in Gauri’s hometown Pune. As per custom the bride had to tie a piece of thread on the groom’s wrist. He wasn’t keen. “Oh brother, why is she tying a rakhi?” he protested. The relatives burst out laughing.
Rosy picture: Four years into the marriage and the courtship continues. Hiten never fails to surprise Gauri with gifts and his ‘one-red-rose-a-day’ philosophy keeps the fire burning.
Gautami Gadgil and Ram Kapoor
Wild and wonderful: They met on the Ghar Ek Mandir sets eight years ago. Ram was wild.. Gautami was wonderful. “Miss-goody-two-shoes was just not my type,” he laughs. She started out as his bhabhi on the show who goes on to become his biwi. This on-screen twist changed their off-screen equation too. From no-friends to friends to good friends.
Seriously serious: They dated for over a year and then decided to tie the knot. “I knew from day one that this was not a casual fling because Gautami was nothing like the other girls I had dated. I didn’t even ask her if she’d marry me. It was understood that she would,” says Ram. She was a calming influence in his stormy life.. and what’s more she brought him good luck too.
Wedding daze: It was a traditional Arya Samaj wedding for this Punjabi-Maharashtrian couple. The night before the wedding, his friends tipped a bottle of tequila into his mouth. Ram woke up on time for the morning lagna only to sleep through his wedding night. The Kapoors are still together.
Kirti Gaekwad and Sharad Kelkar
See and seek: Their first show together was Aakrosh on Doordarshan. He was the cop.. she the victim. Not much interaction.. and no sparks whatsoever. “She’s pretty,” was Sharad’s only thought. Some months later they met again for CID Special Bureau. The show was shelved but the couple bonded.
Rock steady: Kirti’s career wasn’t going anywhere. Sharad offered her a shoulder to cry on. He became the ‘Main hoon naa’ man in her life. And the relationship blossomed.
Lucky charm: Sharad would drop into her sets unannounced and surprise her with her favourite dishes which he’d sometimes even cook for her. Kirti would take him shopping and brought a sense of style into his otherwise drab wardrobe. “Kirti was my lucky charm. After I met her I landed two of my biggest shows, Saat Phere and Sindoor Tere Naam Ki,” beams Sharad.
Saat phere: The Gwalior boy and the Marathi mulgi had a traditional wedding. “It was spread out over three days,” recalls the dulha. “We were running from one ceremony to another.. at the end of it we were exhausted.” Fortunately, married life is not such a marathon.
Sai Deodhar and Shakti Anand
First impressions: This couple had known about each other even before they started shooting for Saara Aakash. Sai had seen Shakti on TV and he knew that she was an industry girl (her parents are filmmakers). When they met, their initial impressions didn’t change much. “I found him to be quite arrogant,” remembers Sai. Shakti thought she was a pampered child who had got everything on the platter.
Right connection: Shakti was the first to realise that he was attracted to the brat. Sai’s mother, Sharbani Deodhar, also realised that there was more to what met the eye. But Sai was blissfully unaware of her ‘good friend.’ She was engaged to someone else. Letting his heart lead him, Shakti proposed. It took her less than a minute to say “yes.”
Delayed dulha: It was chat mangni pat byah. But Shakti is a late latif and on D-day too the Punjabi baraat turned up two hours late. Sai’s Maharashtrian relatives were appalled. But the marriage is ticking along fine.