Nihar Pandya shares how he fell in love with singer Neeti Mohan

Actor Nihar Pandya, to be seen very shortly in the historical Manikarnika, is all set to tie the knot with singer Neeti Mohan. Speaking on the whirlwind courtship romance and wedding for the first time Nihar says, “Yes after some relationships that simply didn’t work out, I am finally getting married, to Neeti Mohan on 14 and 15 February. In fact I speak to you from a pre-wedding pooja at Neeti’s place. The pre-wedding rituals will be on 14 Feb and the actually wedding on 15 Feb.”

Nihar says he still can’t believe he has finally found the love of his life. “As you know I’ve been in some aborted relationships. In fact it had come to a point where I wouldn’t share my relationship status with my family because I was scared it wouldn’t work out. Every time my mother would run to the temple with a pooja ki thali to ring the auspicious bells for her son’s wedding. Then nothing happened.”

So Nihar chose not to reveal his feelings for Neeti Mohan to his family. “Not until we were sure of our marriage. There had been so many dead ends earlier I felt my family stop believing I was actually in love.”

Just how Nihar met and fell in love with Neeti is a chapter straight of a Yash Raj Film. Chuckles the groom-to-be, “Yes, fully filmy it was. I met Neeti at a common friend (musician) Jimmy Felix’s wedding. Jimmy and Neeti used to be part of the music band Aasma and he kept talking about this girl he wants me to meet. But he wouldn’t actually get down to introducing me to Neeti. I finally asked Jimmy, ‘Yaar tu mileyega ya sirf baatein banayega?’ He promised to introduce us at his wedding. And he kept his promise.”

It was love at first sight for Nihar. “It took me no time at all to decide Neeti was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. Luckily she felt the same way. We decided to get married soon after we met. And now, as the day approaches I am more and more convinced this is the best thing to have happened to me.”

Nihar will soon be seen in a major role in the controversial historical Manikarnika. “My acting debut has taken its time. And it also took me a long time to find the woman I love. I am a late bloomer.”

He has only good wishes for Deepika Padukone. “She is happily married and there is no bitterness in my heart. In time all that one remembers is the good things. I wish her all the best in her married life. And I am sure she wishes the same for me. I only wish the headlines announcing my wedding wouldn’t refer to me as ‘Deepika Padukone’s Ex’. I’d like to think I have an identity of my own.”

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