Sagarika Ghatge, who got engaged to Zaheer Khan on April 24 after the 38-year-old cricketer popped the question during a vacation in Goa, is now looking forward to the big fat Indian wedding. “It could be towards the year end or a little earlier. We have shortlisted a few days but are yet to zero in on D-day,” informs the bride-to-be, who has been travelling a lot with her fiancé, from Jamaica to New York and Dubai. “I have always enjoyed travelling and now it’s even better because the most important person in your life is with you. Zaheer has travelled a lot too, but only to cricket venues. Now he’s exploring the other side of the world not related to cricket,” told the Mumbai Mirror.
The couple met through common friends and began dating. They have been together for two years and Sagarika can’t stop gushing about him. “Zaheer is so easy to be around and so grounded despite achieving so much. I have so much respect for him,” she says, insisting they are like any normal couple on a beautiful journey together.
The 30-year-old actress’s debut film, Chak De! India completed 10 years on Thursday and she nostalgically says it’s overwhelming to be a part of such a milestone film. “Every actor hopes to get a film like this by the end of their career but I got it at the very beginning. Everyone, and Shah Rukh (Khan) in particular, took good care of us girls because we were new and naïve and didn’t know the art of filmmaking. SRK knew everyone was overwhelmed by him so he put in an extra effort to make us understand things,” she reminisces. Point out that in the film too, her character, Preeti Sabarwal, dated a cricketer, Abhimanyu Singh, and she laughs, “Yes people noticed the resemblance.”
Will she continue working after marriage? “Definitely, I’m just looking at doing some good work,” she asserts, adding that she’s back in Mumbai and is hoping to nab some interesting projects. “Big or small, the medium doesn’t matter. I did a Marathi film (Premachi Goshta in 2013) because it helped me grow as an actor. I’m guessing priorities will change after marriage but Zaheer is supportive of my decision knowing I love being on the sets.”
And now that Zaheer has retired as a bowler from international cricket, is there a chance of him finding an alternate career in Bollywood? “He’s focussing on cricket,” she says.