Love is in the air. Valentine's week has begun and February 8 is considered the day to propose. Did they go down on their knees or did they do something outright funny? We ask some celeb couples about what made them say, "I do."
Sameera Reddy and Akshai Varde
I met Akshai during a photo shoot for his company which makes custom-based motorcycles. I thought I would go gaga over the bikes, but I fell for him instead. He proposed to me two years ago on my birthday. He gave me this huge box. On opening it, balloons flew out and a ring was attached to one of the balloons, which my sister brought to my notice. There were tears and hugs. We dated for three years and got married in January 2014.
Gurmeet Choudhary and Debina Bonnerjee
We met in 2006 in Mumbai. Gurmeet was my roommate's boyfriend's pal. The two would often drop in at our place. After a couple of months, my roommate moved out and Guru's visits stopped. We started missing each other and connected again. Our courtship had many funny moments. Once, Guru got me a rose and sprinkled it with rose water so that I could smell it from afar. Gurmeet is shy by nature. Had I left it to him, we would have never got together. Once while talking to me on the phone, he kept talking about everything else but the proposal. I knew he was not able to say it. When I could not take it any more, I asked him, "You love me?" He replied, "Yes." We were married in 2011.
Mohit Suri and Udita Goswami
While passing a hoarding of her 2003 film Paap, I had told my friend, "She is so beautiful. I want to marry her." I was introduced to her by the film's director Pooja (Bhatt) during the film's trial show. She said, "Udita, this is Mohit, my cousin, whom I keep talking about. Mohit, this is Udita, the girl you want to marry!" We dated for eight years and then after a fight, she went away to Chandigarh. I followed her and proposed to her with a R75,000 ring in front of her family. She refused as she felt I was not ready for marriage. But when my father passed away in 2011 in Chennai, she was with me throughout the last rites. I realised I couldn't be without her and we wed in 2013. We were blessed with a baby girl last month.
Vivian DSena and Vahbbiz Dorabjee
We met on the sets of our TV show, Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani. We began dating four years ago. I proposed to Vahbbiz during Diwali in 2012 and got married in 2013. There was no formal proposal. We just knew we had found the right partner.
Karanvir Bohra and Teejay Sidhu
I met Teejay at Mount Mary church through our common friend, Anupama Varma. She would take me to the church every Wednesday and on one occasion Teejay accompanied her. Once, Anupama had to leave suddenly, so she asked me to drop Teejay home. We ended up talking for hours and while dropping her home, I told her, "If destiny wills, we will meet again." After a few months we met again. I invited her home for dinner and that's the time we really connected. One day, a friend of mine asked me whether I was dating Teejay and I replied that we were just friends. When Teejay got to know about it, she was angry. She didn't talk to me for a week. That's when I realised how much I loved her and we got back together. We got married at the Sri Sri Ravishankar Ashram in 2006 in Bengaluru and later had a reception in Mumbai.
Gulshan Devaiah and Kallirroi Tziafeta
I was in Lucknow to perform in a play. Kallirroi, who is from Greece, was visiting India and knew the play's director, Atul Kumar. She came to watch our performance after, which all of us hung out together. Later, when she was in Pune, I met her again. We walked around Koregaon Park. She thought I was gay! We just kept talking and love happened. We kept in touch over Skype for a period of seven months. Then we met in December 2009 and by July 2010, she had moved to Mumbai. When she met my parents, my mum told her, "I can find a nice girl for Gulshan, but I will not be able to find someone as good as you." While shooting for Dum Maaro Dum (2011), I went to meet her parents in Greece. We spoke to them about getting married. We had two ceremonies — first, with the registrar who came home. Our parents watched it on Skype. Later, we had a beautiful traditional wedding in Bengaluru.
Radhika Apte and Benedict Taylor
We met in London during a play. Some of my pals from Mumbai were performing Hamlet. Benedict was with Anurag Kashyap and Danny Boyle at the show. After the play ended, we went out for a meal. We became friends and within 10 days of knowing each other, we knew we wanted to be together. No one proposed as such, there are times when you know that things are right — you get that feeling. We started living together in 2011 and got married in 2012. We did a court marriage and later invited close friends for a party. I don't believe in traditional ceremonies. Our families have been extremely supportive.