Posted: 31 October 2004 at 2:33am | IP Logged
The Jodi No 1 on TV - Kashish-Sujal of Kahin... are all set to tie the
knot. Neha Mehta catches up with them to get to know the duo behind the
* Rajeev 'Sujal' Khandelwal is on a roll. He was shooting till five in
the morning, and after a smart haircut and catnap at his spanking new
flat, he is about to zip off to the sets again in his Hyundai Accent, to
do what he likes doing best - marrying his best buddy Aamna 'Kashish'
His voice crackles from his handsfree set as he drives but it can
scarcely contain his excitement over the "wedding of all TV weddings."
And though he insists that he "remains the same guy who was kicked out of
home because of his obsession with the glam world," life has certainly
changed for Rajeev. Women throw themselves at him and he thinks twice
before answering his incessantly ringing cell. So when the eyecandy tells
you that he doesn't think he looks good, you are more than a tad
Is he like the brooding Sujal he plays? "No, I am a happy-go-lucky guy. I
am as passionate as Sujal but would have given up the chase if my girl
married another guy." But are him and Aamna an item? "No, it's a rumour
spread by the media. But I don't blame the media - after all, we were
voted the Jodi No 1."
The way to his heart, he says, is through green vegetables! "Take me to a
farm, or bring me fresh vegetables. And you have all my attention." He
has done up his new house in red and black, and "would rather invest on
good upholstery than cars and bikes."
But 'Sujal' follows him everywhere. Even when he was called in by Yash
Chopra's office. Though he was Sujaled around, he is still waiting to see
if his visit fructifies into a project. But the one things he is certain
about is, "I want to do something that will take Sujal off your mind."
* It's been a year since Aamna Shariff became a household name, but the
22-year-old is still learning to cope with her celebrityhood. It's not
the letters written in blood that bother this half-Arab Bandraite as much
as her fawning fans, who have forced her to keep a bodyguard and miss out
on what she likes doing most - shopping.
Considering that she almost never made it to tinseltown, her's is an
incredible success story. She's already bought a big house and a Corolla
and is a living legend for giving the Indian woman a glamourous face on
TV. The girl who keeps us up late on weekdays, has her own poster girl:
dhak dhak Dikshit. "I grew up dancing to Madhuri's numbers. But I belong
to a conservative Muslim family and never thought I could do films.
Things changed after I did ad-films and music videos, though it took me a
year to convince my mother to let me star in my first ad-film!" Kahin...
breezed into her life at 20, and there's been no looking back eversince.
Is Aamna like Kashish? "I am as soft-hearted and family-oriented as her.
But I wouldn't let go of my first love." Though she gets calls from all
over the world beseeching her to marry Rajiv, she claims her darrrling is
her Persian cat Coco. She had "ego-problems" with her dishy co-star
Sujal, but now is "best of friends" with him. Marriage is a strict no-no
for another five years, after which she will happily give all to home,
hearth and hubby. So, is it going to be Bollywood ho now? "No, I will
have to wait for Kahin...to wrap up, and then sit at home for a few
months so that Kashish gets out of everybody's head!" But will she do a
choli ke peeche? "If the director is good," she shoots back. Quite
clearly, Aamna Madhuri Dixit banna chahti hai.