Our young director (Premangshu Roy) was often found engrossed in sweet nothings with his beloved on the phone. I first got myself a dummy model of his phone. On the last day of shoot, I cooked up a story that my phone wasn’t working and, hence, needed his phone to make an urgent call. My director reluctantly obliged. I acted as if I was angry with the person at the other end of the line and suddenly threw the phone — the fake one — into the lake. The director was aghast. We now started calling up the director’s number. He asked us if we could hear the ring. Everyone in the unit kept pretending that they couldn’t hear the phone. In fact, a few, who were unaware of the joke, even jumped into the lake to retrieve the phone.
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We first met on the set of my TV show, where Nehaa made a cameo appearance for fun sake. We hit it off instantly and became good friends. Over the past eight years, our bond strengthened and we became besties. Around four months ago, I realised that I couldn’t envision my life without her and popped the question. In all these years, I had never seen her as a partner. She was just my best friend. I feel there is a stark resemblance between our journey and the characters in Kuchh Kuchh Hotaa Hai. I finally found my Anjali (Kajol’s character) in my best friend just like the film.
I was Mukul Anand’s chief assistant, and was busy with auditions for a countdown show called Philips Top 10. Mandira was also called for an audition. That’s when I saw her for the first time. She was wearing a red and white striped T-shirt and khaki pants. I had seen her in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, but I never really noticed her till then. We would meet quite frequently at Mukul Anand’s house. It took us three meetings before I knew that she was the one.
I went to see the matches as a fan. Everywhere I went in Pakistan, people told me that they missed seeing me on television. I told them I would be back during the Champions Trophy. The people of Pakistan are very good. I went alone and my parents and husband were worried. But Pakistanis are just like Indians. I told them to cheer for India and they did! It was one of the best experiences of my life.
I was very good in academics. But I remember when my friends would cheat or would be up to some mischief and our teacher would ask me about it, I’d start stammering.