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Yet another DELHI BAHU

Well known actress Sai Deodhar marries Shakti Anand, her co-star of "Saara Akaash", this Sunday. SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY finds out what's on the anvil before the altar.

Photo: S. Subramanium.

Union is Shakti... Sai Deodhar, who will soon tie the knot with co-star Shakti Anand.

IF YOU get knotted in her endless peals of laughter, and overlook the mehndi on her hands and the chic diamond ring on the finger, trust Sai Deodhar to flash it for you.

The engagement is only a few days old. Full of beans, she almost immediately gives away the name of the groom too - Delhi boy and her co-star in the serial Saara Akaash on Star Plus, Shakti Anand. "The D-day is this Sunday," she gives away more.

"I should have been on a trousseau buying spree now, isn't it? But there is no time at all. Can you tell me some good place to check out in Delhi quickly?" All she has, to look for it is half-an-hour in between interviews for the promotion of her other soap Siddhanth on Star One. "I haven't even decided which colour to wear on that day," she thinks aloud. All of 22, Sai has married Shakti in Saara Akaash twice by now.

"Those were rehearsals, we shall have a take this Sunday," laughs Sai.

Playing double roles in Saara Akaash, she is both warm-hearted pilot Monika and hard and crude Afghani secret agent Sazia Khan. "It is interesting that I am getting to emote in two different ways in the same serial. It makes work quite interesting," she says. And, that it includes her beau Shakti too, adds an extra zing.

"Once, while shooting for a marriage scene with Shakti at three in the morning, it so happened that instead of taking six pheras, we did the saat pheras. The pandit present there had told us not to take saat pheras as it would then mean real marriage. But I was so sleepy, by mistake, I completed it to everyone's surprise on the sets. Now, Shakti tells me I did it intentionally," she relates, still laughing.

Two-style wedding

Shakti Anand

Shakti being a Punjabi, and she a mix of Bengali and Marathi, they have planned the wedding in two styles, one Vedic and the other Punjabi. As the wedding will be in Mumbai, his Delhi-based parents are there at present, organising the wedding.

"This time, while coming from the airport to the hotel, I was looking around Delhi much more minutely. I was thinking that I would visit this city so often now," she says. Deviating to talk about her role of Hemangi in Siddhanth, Sai says, "Here, I am playing myself. As a reporter, the character is always on the ball, practical, looking for exciting stories to work on." Being the only daughter of a Marathi filmmaker mother and a cameraman father, she says, she had to come to this field.

"But I chose to become a little different, an actress. And, I am enjoying every bit of it," she states.

But then, we too know that being in love makes you love life too.

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