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Valentine's Day Special: 'The real romance began after marriage'

February 13, 2015 15:44 IST
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This Valentine's Day, five TV actors debunk negative theories about holy matrimony.

It is often said that marriage kills romance.

But some of our married television stars beg to differ -- according to them, romance is crucial for marital bliss. 

In fact, they believe that tying the knot has made life even more romantic.

The following five stars answer our Valentine’s Day questions.

Over to them:


Jay Soni

Image: Jay Soni with wife Pooja

V-Day plans: I haven't planned anything yet, but I will keep it simple and sweet.

The best romantic surprise: Last year, I surprised my wife Pooja with a Dubai trip on February 18, which is our wedding anniversary. Initially, she didn’t believe I was serious about the trip.

A special message for your partner: I want to thank Pooja for loving me and accepting me the way I am.

The perfect gift from your partner: Her unconditional love is the best gift.

Does marriage dampen romance? Not at all. For us, real romance began after marriage.

Himmanshoo Ashok Malhotra

Image: Himmanshoo Ashok Malhotra with wife Amruta Khanvilkar

V-Day plans: I haven’t planned anything yet, but it would be nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The best romantic surprise: I surprise Amrutha ever year, so I want her to return the favour this time.

A couple of years ago, when Amrutha was my girlfriend, I took her to a hotel in the city. I had decorated the room with flowers, candles and a collage of our photographs together.

She was so thrilled she started jumping around. The venue was special as that’s where we had first met, while participating in a reality show.

A special message for your partner: I want to tell her that I will be with her through thick and thin. There will be good times and bad, but I will stand by her.

The perfect gift from your partner: The ideal gift would be home-cooked food. I have lived a bachelor’s life for so long that there is nothing I want more than ghar ka khana.

Does marriage dampen romance? I have been married only for a couple of weeks, so I may not be the right person to answer this. But so far, it feels the same.

Gaurav S Bajaj

Image: Gaurav S Bajaj with wife Vanshika

V-Day plans: I am taking my wife Vanshika to Goa.

The best romantic surprise: I recently surprised her by decorating the garden area with rose petals. She was so touched, she started crying.

A special message for your partner: I want to tell Vanshika that I am madly in love with her. She is my best friend, worst critic and biggest support. She means everything to me.

Perfect gift from your partner: Spending quality time together.

Does marriage dampen romance? No way. Ours is going to be a lifelong romance. I am sure of that.

Rishina Kandhari

Image: Rishina Kandhari with husband Vishal

V-Day plans: My husband Vishal and I are checking into a five-star to celebrate the occasion. We will spend the weekend on the rooftop, sipping wine, cutting a cake and enjoying long, leisurely meals.

The best romantic surprise: Vishal surprised me one V-Day with diamond jewellery. He came to the set unannounced with a cake, flowers and the jewellery. My reaction was dramatic. I was so happy and overwhelmed, I started shouting.

A special message for your partner: I want to tell Vishal that I will love him till my last breath.

Perfect gift from your partner: His understanding, love and support. That is all I need.

Does marriage dampen romance? I don’t think so. It depends on the bonding and understanding between the two. 

Janvi Vora

Image: Janvi Vora with husband Ritesh Vora

V-Day plans: I am planning a special dinner with Ritesh, where a live musician will belt out romantic numbers.

The best romantic surprise: I gifted Ritesh a car and he surprised me with a solitaire in a wine glass. Both of us were left speechless by each other’s gesture.

A special message for your partner: I want Ritesh to know that with him, every day is Valentine’s Day for me.

Perfect gift from your partner: I want to start a business, so the ideal gift would be helping me with that.

Does marriage dampen romance? We are as romantic now as we were before our wedding. Nothing has changed.

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