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Anil Kapoor on wife Sunita’s refusal to pose for a magazine cover: I almost fell at her feet ki ‘photo lele yaar’

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Married for 35 years, and dating for 10 years before that… actor Anil Kapoor completed 45 years of togetherness with wife, Sunita Kapoor, today. Here’s Anil in a freewheeling and exclusive conversation, recalling and revealing tidbits about his love story.

What’s the story behind your marriage?

I fell in love with her voice first. I thought ‘oh God, what a beautiful voice yaar, kya English bolti hai, pronunciation is so well’. I met her for the first time at Raj Kapoor’s house. She was so attractive, and if I may say, sexy also… she wore these gogo glasses, which are big, round and rimmed. Then we started chatting on phone, and our friendship grew. First it was a very platonic friendship, which developed into love. I started missing her when she wasn’t around. I had to speak to her, I felt a vacuum. I would travel by buses to meet her.

What was that point which made you take the plunge?

When I felt that I will be able to financially support her. She had made it clear ‘I won’t go in the kitchen, I am not going to cook for you’. I never expected her to cook for me. I thought I should have a lot of servants, and a good chef in my house. I am a Punjabi, I am fond of food. Also, another point was that when I felt I can have a home. All my life, I was happy, we lived in a rented home. When I was a kid, my family stayed in a small little place. Then one room, and then two bedroom hall. But all of them were rented, we could never afford to buy it. I needed a chef, a cook, and then I proposed to her and we got married.

A notion attached to Bollywood was that young actors were dissuaded from getting married. Did that happen with you too?

I was dissuaded, (people said) it was hara-kiri for me to get married. I came to a situation where I was at crossroads — career or love. I had started getting work, but everyone said ‘you are doing well, and your career has just started. You are climbing the ladder of success, and now that you are getting married, you are going to come down.’ I had to make a choice — either come down, or get married. I said I don’t mind coming down, but I will not sacrifice… she’s more important for me. It’s a fact, I am not faking it.

So while you were busy working in films, she decided to stay at home and take care of your children, Sonam, Rhea and Harsh Varrdhan…

She was not one of those wives, she was always working. When we were not dating each other, she was a model. A banker’s daughter, she always supported herself, and never took money from her parents. That’s one of the things I respected a lot. She said ‘When I am going to get married, I will come in just this one outfit. There will not be one single ornament or jewellery, just one salwar kameez or sari, that’s it. Rest we will build ourselves.’

She’s quite media shy. She didn’t give us even one quote for this interview!

She’s not media shy, she just doesn’t speak to the media. She wants to lead a normal life. I respect her decision, but sometimes, that went against me. I also wanted to project myself in front of the public, have a few (magazine) covers done (that said) ‘HAPPY FAMILY’ ‘ANIL KAPOOR’S WIFE’. Maine badi koshish ki ‘I am getting this cover, that cover’, almost fell at her feet ki ‘photo lele yaar’. What to do?

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Jay Bhanushali-Mahhi Vij welcome baby girl, say ‘Thank you princess for choosing us as your parents’. See her pic

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Television actors Jay Bhanushali and Mahhi Vij have been blessed with a baby girl. Both the actors took to Instagram to share first picture of the baby, while making the announcement.

Jay shared a picture of him kissing the feat of his newborn daughter and wrote: “The future just arrived,a brand new baby here to play.Ten little fingers ten little toes,mommy’s eyes and daddy’s nose.. Thank you princess for choosing us as your parents ITS A GIRL.”

Mahhi took shared the same picture and wrote: “Twinkle twinkle little star we made a wish and here you are.thank you for choosing us as your parents.we feel complete.We are blessed with baby girl thank u god for everything this one is special thank you.We feel blessed.My best friend is here.Meri zindagi Badal di.” Mahi also shared video clip of two children running towards the camera with pink balloons in hand.

The baby was born at Mumbai’s Breach Candy hospital. Lots of congratulatory messages filled the comments section of the actors. Gauahar Khan wrote, “Oh my god ! Such a great news ! Big congratulations! I’m sure she’s beautiful! May she have. A blessed life !” followed with a host of yellow hearts emojis. Director-producer Nivedita Basu, congratulating Mahhi and Jay, wrote: “Oh my God, that’s the best news ever @mahhivij @ijaybhanushali Girls r a blessing congratulations” with many heart and celebrations emojis.”

According to a report in DNA, the TV couple are already foster parents to their domestic help Manoj’s children, Khushi and Rajveer. In an interview to IANS, Jay has said that he hoped his wife gave birth to a daughter. She had said: “No relationship in the world can match the sanity of a father-daughter relationship and I wish that when my wife gives birth to a baby, she is a baby girl.

“I have no preference as such and it is not that I won’t like if a baby boy is born but I admire this bond and since I have had a father-son connect with my father, now when I have a child, I want a daughter so that I can experience this too,” Jay said during shooting of an episode of reality show Superstar Singer.

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Anushka Sharma’s sun-kissed pic in bikini from West Indies has Virat Kohli gushing with love, see it here

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Actor Anushka Sharma seems to be on a long break from movies and is enjoying every moment of it. She is currently with her husband Virat Kohli. The latter is leading the Indian cricket team on their tour of West Indies.

On Monday, the actor shared a picture of herself from one of the many beaches of West Indies and wrote: “Sun kissed & blessed.” In the picture, Anushka is wearing an orange, white and pink coloured bikini. She sports a pair of sun glasses and smiles happily. She is sitting on the sands as the gentle waves of the sea spread around her. Her hair is tied back in what appears to be a small bun.

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Among those who are a fan of the picture was her husband Virat. Reacting to it, Virat left red-heart and heart eyes emojis in the comments section. There were many fans too, who left appreciative notes. One said “hello sunshine” while another wrote “nice picture”.

Anushka has earlier shared a number of pictures from a shoot she had done for Filmfare magazine. Needless to say, she looked stunning in them, be it in western outfits or a saree.

Anushka’s last release was Zero, which failed to impress at the box office. She played a woman named Aafia Yusufzai Bhinder, a wheelchair-bound NASA scientist with cerebral palsy. While the film received mixed reviews from critics, Virat was gaga over his wife’s performance. He had taken to Twitter in December last year and wrote: “Saw @Zero21Dec and loved the entertainment it brought. I enjoyed myself. Everyone played their parts well. Loved @AnushkaSharma performance because I felt it was a very challenging role and she was outstanding.”

While she hasn’t signed any new films, her production company would be producing a series for Netflix. On being asked about her future plans, Anushka had told Hindustan Times in the past, “The best situation for me to be in — as an actor as well as the audience — would be to watch a film which is entertaining but it must also leave some thoughts — in a very subtle manner — in your mind to ponder over.”

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Karan Johar on drug party accusation: ‘Vicky Kaushal was recovering from dengue, my mother was sitting with us’

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Weeks after a politician accused Karan Johar of hosting a drug-fuelled party that was attended by Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Shahid Kapoor and Varun Dhawan, among other Bollywood personalities, the filmmaker has dismissed the conspiracy theory as “baseless”.

SAD MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa had claimed that a video shared by Karan from the party was a proof that drugs were used there. He had even requested the police to take cognizance; none of the celebrities have reacted to claims till now.

Talking to journalist Rajeev Masand, Karan asked if he would have shared a video if drugs were indeed used. “There were achieving members of the industry who were having an easy night out after a hard week of work, having a good time. I took that video with all the earnestness… would I be putting out that video if there was anything happening at all, I am not stupid,” he said in the interview.

Discussing how the reflection of a light near Vicky Kaushal was misconstrued as proof, he added, “Apparently you are not allowed to scratch your nose. Apparently, you are not allowed to put your phone in your back pocket. Apparently, a shadow of light is perceived to be some kind of powder.”

He went on to explain that Vicky was actually recovering from dengue and drinking hot water with lemon. Karan said that it was just a party where friends letting their hair down over some wine. “My mother, 5 minutes before this video, was sitting with us. It was that kind of a family, happy, social gathering, where friends were sitting and having a good time and we were listening to some music, having some good food and having good conversational energy there. There was nothing else going on,” he said.

While he accepted that he wondered whether he should react to the accusations, he eventually decided not to. “I don’t react very well to these baseless accusations because that’s what they were, baseless,” he said, while accepting that he will take a more ruthless course next time, “I told them also… I am not taking this very kindly, the next time where baseless accusations, I will take the legal route. You cannot mar our solid reputations, our sincere reputations our committed reputations just because you are presuming something. You cannot put out a baseless accusation that has no base, no fact, no truth, no reality and try and mar us and our reputations, it’s ridiculous.”

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