I thought you dad was your best friend?
Can’t I have two best friends? I’m a very friendly person.
Is it possible to be best friends with your wife?
I don’t know about others. But I am. I guess I’m lucky.
Do you feel heavier?
Is that a comment on my weight?
Ha ha you’re looking scrawny almost like Kunal Kapoor…
I’ll take that as a compliment. I’m currently shooting with him. So maybe his weight has rubbed off on me….Kunal is someone I know from my childhood. He’s part of the Juhu group. We’ve all grown up together.
Okay now about your wedding…it was easily the most talked-about event one has come across as a journalist
Was it? I was so much in the thick of the wedding and its preparations that I wasn’t really paying any attention to what was happening outside. Admittedly the whole process of getting married and the rituals were unique to me. I couldn’t be looking at what was happening in the big wide world. We were part of something that was very private precious and personal.
But you couldn’t be impervious to the constant attention that the wedding attracted across the world?
I was! I got to know about it only after the wedding. Obviously we knew my wedding would attract some amount of attention. But this? We aren’t that important.
Obviously the media didn’t think so…
It was their choice to cover the wedding so extensively. If they thought my wedding needed to be covered so extensively, I respect that. I’ve always said the media is the conscience of the nation. So why not let them do their job?
Some of the attention was excessive and offensive
If you allowed untoward incidents to take away from the happiness of the moment, then you’re weak and you don’t deserve that happiness. You should know your priorities. If lies were propagated – and there were many – we didn’t allow them to impinge on our moment of happiness.
Some of your close friends thought there was no need for so much secrecy about your marriage
I don’t think we were being secretive. We were just keeping my wedding private. I think we had the right to do that. People seem to forget my family decided to keep my wedding a small affair because I’ve an ailing grandmother in the hospital. Would I’ve called everyone if I could? Of course? Why wouldn’t I want all my friends in my moment of happiness? There are lots of people in the industry whom I owe a lot to. And I’d have wanted them all to be there for us. Even without being present physically, they showered their blessings on us. I can’t complain. If some people think our conduct wasn’t good enough I’m very sorry, there’s nothing I can do about it.
The past months have been a whirlwind for you…
I look back very fondly on the entire experience.
How does it feel to have an extra member in the household?
Aishwarya fits in wonderfully. The house starts glowing when she’s around and things look dull when she’s out. My parents are just so happy to have another daughter-figure in the house.