Sonam K Ahuja’s wedding to Anand Ahuja in May this year was easily one of Bollywood’s biggest events this year. While most of us are well acquaintanced with the happenings of the shaadi, not many know about Sonam’s whirlwind romance with husband Anand.
In a recent interview with Vogue Magazine India, Sonam opens up about her relationship and how it all began two years ago on Snapchat. The pictures for the magazine are the couple’s first appearance together after their marriage.
The magazine’s covers feature both Sonam and Anand in their wedding finery, complete with Sonam’s chuda (special red and white bangles worn by Punjabi brides) and kaleere, while Anand is in a sherwani and pagdi (turban).
“After two months of conversations that began on Facebook and Snapchat, and progressed to late-night phone calls, Sonam and Anand decided it was time they met. The sole agenda was to see if the camaraderie and niggling romance developed over two continents could survive the daylight glare of an actual meeting,” the article reads.
The two decided to meet in London since Anand lived there and Sonam had a fitting with designers Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo in the city prior to her Cannes appearance. While the duo had originally planned to meet in the afternoon, their excitement and impatience got the better of them and they met immediately – he in his gym clothes, she in “gross” trackpants and tee. They then spent the entire day walking around London, talking.
Recalling this first date, Sonam said, “I was apparently wearing the worst sneakers he had ever seen. I keep telling him that he fell in love with me despite my bad sneaker game… That day, walking and talking in London, I knew he was the love of my life. He apparently knew the first time we spoke on the phone… It was just so easy.”
Despite coming from completely different backgrounds, Sonam believes they both complement each other.
“He comes from a business background, so that’s alien to me. I’m the third generation in a film family. So there’s a lot to talk about, a lot to discover about each other, but we have a lot of similarities,” she says.
Meanwhile, on the other hand, Anand recalls that his knowledge of Bollywood was pretty much limited to the point that he had no idea that Sonam was Anil Kapoor’s daughter.
“The first time we met, we talked about our respective work. I was just struck by the fact that I could speak to her so openly about everything. We were chatting on Snapchat one night and she said, ‘Stop texting, just call me.’ And we spoke for two hours that night… Our friendship started over superficial things like vegan chocolates and sneakers but soon we were having deeper conversations,” he says.
The couple recounted that they made their wedding decisions, right down to every minute detail, together.
Two days after the wedding, Sonam flew to Cannes after which she became busy with the promotions of her film Veere Di Wedding. While it is natural for the newly-wedded groom to feel a little disappointed, Anand happened to be the exact opposite.
Sonam said “Anand is so encouraging when it comes to my work that he didn’t blink when I told him I was flying to Cannes two days after the wedding or that I was getting into promotions straightaway. There was no argument, just acceptance—you gotta do what you gotta do. But he posed one question to me: ‘If it was me who had to go to a work meeting right after the wedding, what would you do?’ I said I’ll kill you. So he’s like, ‘I think it’s double standards!’”
Once vaguely acquainted with Bollywood, Anand has now seen all of Sonam’s films. And, while he acknowledges the brilliance of her performance in Neerja, he’s a little partial to Aisha and Khoobsurat.
“Aisha, because that’s what people know her, as this amazing fashionista, and Khoobsurat because that’s her personality—that’s the Sonam I know.”