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Of pyaar and Paap

Pooja Bhatt and Manish Makhiaj bring out the best in each other.



Manish Makhija and Pooja Bhatt

IN THIS era of fickle associations, Pooja Bhatt and Manish Makhija not only find perfect companionship in each other but also love that stems out of watching each other at their worst. They met during the shooting of Bhatt's directorial debut Paap at Spiti Island. He had come there on the recommendation of a common friend. Both worked on the song Man Ki Lagan together. "He saw me at my worst; assertive, fiercely individualistic, yelling, screaming and what not! Yet he proposed to me. I was shocked. I asked him if he were insane? Within two months of meeting we got married in Goa. What I liked about him was that he was not intimidated by my strength. He is one man who makes me feel like a woman. In his company I feel secure. Importantly, we had no juvenile expectations from each other. May be because both of us had our own share of broken relationships earlier and that's why we had very realistic expectations from each other," says Pooja.

When she learnt of Manish coming to Spiti, she imagined as "Udham Singh coming with a lathi wearing lungi and kurta" but she was amazed to see a "handsome hunk with rings in his ears and eyebrows".

Individuals first

For Manish Pooja is an individual first and then his wife. "As long as you don't try to see each other in your own special mould, you don't get intimidated. She is a remarkable person and I knew if I didn't jump onto the bus, I would keep missing all my appointments (with her) later. So I proposed to her. We have our own shortcomings but we don't let it affect the other as we respect each other as individuals," says Manish.

For Pooja he is a "stable Capricorn who does not get conned" by her idea. "I am a great traveller so I wanted someone who is faster than me in life and he is one," gushes Pooja. And for Valentine's Day they are travelling to Goa. "Though I think that one doesn't need one day to celebrate love. It means one does not love his/her beloved for the other 364 days of the year. Yet I don't think this day is glamorised. There is so much of poverty, crime and tragedy, so why let a day go which is meant for celebration," asks Makhija. Indeed!

RANA SIDDIQUI

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