For those who don’t know him or her, one look at this couple and the first thought that would come to mind is, “How the hell did he manage to do that?” Yup, love does work in mysterious ways between two people. Some people say “Love is blind” and that’s quite the case for most people. The charm between the two that binds like a girth makes people in general make silly decisions, ones they can look back at their lives much later and smile in embarrassment.
Today we discuss the love between two people you’ll hardly ever see together in this day and age, a testament that love still does exist amongst couples, and even celebrities are no exception. The beauty of love doesn’t just halt at the physical attraction, yet surpasses to the soul and the true nature of a person. A fine example of this? The Sonali-Behl union!!
For Behl, it was love at first sight. The duo first met on the sets of the movie Naraaz in 1994 and Behl’s sister introduced Sonali to him. Stricken by her beauty, Behl vowed to spend the rest of his life with her and on the other had Sonali had no clue of his feelings towards her.
On asking him what made you fall in love with her, Goldie responded, “It was also the way she ate her food, at a very slow pace and in a delicate and slow manner that he found quite endearing.”Sonali still remains baffled by this response but according to them the topic of food is what broke the ice. So much so that they even say that a family that cooks together stays together.
Four years had passed by since they first met and Behl was still infatuated by her beauty but never imposed- worried that it would close the doors on any possibility of wooing her. Already a high-flying model and one of the most loved actresses in Bollywood, Behl got yet another chance to woo his crush on the sets of Angaaray.
The film was directed by Mahesh Bhatt and Sonali was its leading lady. A filmmaker himself, Goldie assisted Mahesh on the sets and was given the task of relaying instructions between the director and the actors. For Goldie, the task was not only an opportunity to progress professionally as a filmmaker but it came with the silver lining that it now gave him the chance to interact with the girl of his dreams.
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Having grown closer as friends over the course of shooting for Angaaray, Behl cunningly made sure to visit the set of Major Saab, which was starred by Amitabh Bachchan and Sonali. Amitabh’s son Abhishek was Goldie’s close friend and that gave him a reason to visit the sets often, though the real reason was to meet Sonali.
The frequent appearances on the set made them bond and finally he managed to make her swoon to his charm. She was quoted as saying after the film tanked at the box-office, “what the heck, it is just a film and highs and lows happen. It will still be a memorable time because it really gave us a chance to bond and our love blossomed!”
The couple became close friends but Goldie humbly still insists that at that time that love was only “one sided”. Considering that at that time Sonali was one of the top actresses, dabbling roles in the Tamil, Telugu and Hindi and working with the biggest stars of the Indian cinema like Salman and Shah Rukh Khan, Chiranjeevi, Akshay Kumar and Abhishek Bachchan, it was obviously a difficult task for him to woo her from the millions of men trying to capture her heart.
Though she was reluctant to date him initially though she was a good friend, she didn’t rue the fact that she did and never has since. Four years after they met on the sets of Angaaray, Behl got down on one knee at a party thrown by Abhishek Bachchan and asked the girl of his dreams to marry him, she said YES!
On 12th of November, 2002, the couple tied the knot in a lavish ceremony that had all the glam and glitter of the movie, sports and politics dignitaries under one roof. Chief Minister of Maharashtra Vilasrao Deshmukh, Aamir Khan, the Bachchan family, Manisha Koirala and Kajol were among the high profile dignitaries that turned up to as well-wishers for this real life Bollywood love story.
Life After Marriage
Fourteen years after they tied the knot, the flame of love this couple shares, still burns and doesn’t seem like it will douse any time. According to them, they have grown even fonder of each other as the years have rolled on and are still discovering each other after these many years. Isn’t that one feeling most couple couples would like to have? Damn right they would!!
Three years after they got married, Sonali gave birth to a baby boy that they have named Ranveer at Mumbai’s famous Breach Candy Hospital at Cumballa Hill on 11th August.
Exuberant after the birth of his son, Goldie said, “Our son Ranveer is the most special gift Sonali has ever given me. She’s a hands-on mother.”
In response to his statement, Sonali later replied by saying, “Goldie is the loving father, the one who spoils the kid with love, not that she doesn’t enjoy the two boys bonding beautifully, it is just that she wants Ranveer to grow up responsibly. Being a star child isn’t easy and nothing should be taken for granted is what the loving mother has to say.”
On asked about her decision to carry on acting in mainstream cinema, Goldie said, “Sonali is a much better actress now, because she has the power to choose and be selective. Earlier, there was a huge gap between what she wanted to do and what she was actually doing as an actor. Subtle acting and understated performances weren’t considered good acting back then. But things have greatly improved; things are different at the movies now. There is a vision and substance behind an actresses role too. She will definitely have more fun working in films in this time and age. Coming from a middle class background, she says she knows the value of everything and how you’d be treated if you’re successful and when you aren’t so successful.”
Despite being a celebrity couple, Sonali ensures that they always stay grounded like normal people. The sacrifices and support they have shown towards each other has made their marriage last for so long, and the couple still feels very much in love, as Goldie admits that she still is the most beautiful woman in any room they walk into and he can’t help but check her out every single time.
Not bad for a couple of 14-years right? We wish them all the very best in their future projects and more importantly in their family life and as a couple.