A popular TV actor and a host, Nakuul Mehta of Ishqbaaz fame has fans in almost every Indian drawing room. The adorable guy-next-door also enjoys a strong fan following on social media; courtesy the regular bits and pieces of his life that he keeps sharing with us. Although, we have to admit that Nakuul's PDA moments with wife Janki are what we like the most about his Instagram handle. Nakuul and Jankee (Parekh, singer) are truly a match made in heaven.
It's not just us saying so. Nakuul himself wholeheartedly agrees. As the actor celebrates his 36th birthday on Thursday, we trawled the internet and found out this slightly old interview he gave the Humans Of Bombay Instagram handle and it has him pouring his heart out about their love story. The duo met at Shiamak Davar's class when Nakuul was only 18, and it was initially a NO from Jankee's side. But true love doesn't give up easily. After plenty of twists and turns, they both got together and dated for 9 whole years before they tied the knot!
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“My first thought when I saw Jankee was, ‘How amazing would life be, if she agreed to marry me.’ I was only 18 but my instincts told me, she was the one. We were both training with Shiamak–I saw her there for the first time. I was also interning at BSE & remember travelling from there to Andheri, strategizing an opening line. Finally, I gathered the courage & asked her, ‘Do you have a name?’ Her look said, ‘What do you mean, do you have a name?’ But she just said, ‘Jankee’. After that, it took me 2 months to get her number! We talked every night for 6 months before I asked her out. I went to her house with a bouquet & a card–cheesy, I know! But all she said was, ‘I’ll call you.’ Then she called & said, ‘I don’t see you like that.’ It was a no go–but I continued to be her friend despite how hard it was. 6 months later, when I went to the US, she realised that she missed me. When I came back, I knew that it was moving somewhere, but she wasn’t forthcoming. So I suggested not speaking for a while. But we’d already planned to watch Devdas, so we went for it, sat together, didn’t speak and then went our own way. In a week she called me & said ‘I like you too.’ I replied, ‘What makes you think I like you still?’ I was just playing, but for a day, she went through what I went through for 6 months! The next day we met & a reverse proposal happened! I made her wait for 10 seconds before saying, ‘Yes’! We dated for 9 years after–I’d have married her at 18 but it was a tough one! She comes from a traditional Gujarati family. They were hesitant–I wasn’t Gujarati or a businessman & I was an actor! But she was unrelenting! Finally, I spoke to her parents until they were convinced. Then at 2 am, I proposed to her on Marine Drive with a 5 page poem I’d written–thankfully she said ‘yes’ before the cops came after us! When we got married, I didn’t even have a job, but she had blind faith in me. She helped me become the best version of myself. That’s what love is–relentless & unconditional. She’s been my rock. And now that I have the career I’ve always wanted, none of it matters more than her. Till today, my biggest accomplishment is that she agreed to marry me!” #HoBLoveStories
Ishqbaaz, one of the most popular TV serials of Hindi television that has been on and off the TRP race of top shows ever since its inception, features him since 2016. While he earlier played lead character Shivaay Singh Oberoi, the show recently underwent some significant changes. Lead actress Surbhi Chandna bid adieu to the show, after being associated for over two years. On the other hand, Nakuul was retained as Shivaay's son Shivaansh and will embark on a fresh love story. He also wrote a long, emotional post regarding the same, on social media.
On his birthday, we wish Nakuul more success and lasting happiness with the love of his life!