Actor Shahid Kapoor surprised everyone when he decided to settle down in an arranged marriage with a middle-class girl, Mira Rajput. Four years into their marriage they are now proud parents of two kids, Misha and Zain.
In an interview to Vogue, Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput opened up about their first meeting and journey towards the wedding.
Remembering his first meeting, Shahid said, “The only thought going through my mind was, ‘Here we are, sitting in this room on these two big sofas with nobody else around...Are we even going to last 15 minutes?’”
Meera Rajput said, “I’ve never been into movies, which I think was a good thing because following that first chat, when we actually got to know each other, it was for who we are…not for who others think we are,” adding, “He was just off Kaminay and very scruffy!”
Talking about how Mira reacted to his role of a drug maniac in Udta Punjab, Shahid told the magazine, “We sat together on a sofa and somewhere around the interval she had moved five feet away to the other edge. She looked at me and said, ‘You’re not this guy, right? Is this guy anywhere inside you? Tell me now while I can still walk away!’”
He also revealed her reaction to his 2015 film Shaandaar, which turned out to be a disaster at the box office. “The earlier you move on, the better,” she had said.
Mira has also spilt a few more secrets about her married life. Talking about how her change of residence from Delhi to Mumbai has brought about a change in her style sense, Mira said, “I’ve also picked up on the way of life and way of dressing here… The first time I wore a pair of ripped jeans was after I got married! His fluidity towards life is another quality I love. It’s helped me ease up a lot. He’s lived longer, so if anything, I can benefit from his experience, and he can benefit from my fresh perspective.”
Revealing his favourite moment from the wedding, Shahid happened to mention, “The Anand Karaj ceremony was my favourite moment from the wedding. It was just a room full of our people, celebrating us, perfect strangers who were going to take this insane journey together…” He added, “Even though it’s just been four years, a large part of who I am has been formed since the day we got married.”
In total contrast, Mira's memory of the wedding was, “My wedding outfit arrived five days before the wedding!”
The couple feel that their kids are their biggest projects.
“Our kids are the first two projects we actually did together. One year into an arranged marriage, when you haven’t spent enough time together [earlier], you really evolve around each other,” Shahid said.
Shahid Kapoor was last seen in one of this year’s most polarizing movie ‘Kabir Singh’. While the movie went on to become one of the biggest hits of the year, the movie was severely criticized by many for glorifying patriarchy and male toxic behaviour.