By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: Himachal Pradesh model Vijay Singh couldn’t believe his luck when he beat the other finalist Karan Sagoo in winning Mallika Sherawat’s hand on the quirky sawayamvar show The Bachelorette.
Sounding completely zapped Vijay said after the triumph, “I can’t believe I’ve been chosen by Mallika! Back home in Himachal I used to watch every film of hers. I specially liked her in Murder. She’s my favourite. And now she has chosen me to be her husband.”
Re-living the moments before his spectacular triumph of winning Ms Shearwat’s pristine hand, the innocent Himachal-bred model says, “It was like a dream. The other finalist Karan Sagoo also stood a very good chance of winning. But when Mallika gave me the rose I was in a state of complete disbelief.”
Of course, the marriage has not happened yet ,and there lies the catch.
Says Vijay cautiously, “We’ve gotten to know each other as much as we could on the show. Now it’s time to take the relationship beyond the show. And for that we need time. We need to get to know one another. I’m pretty confident Mallika and I are made for one another.”
And how did Vijay arrive at this historic conclusion?
Shyly and in chaste Hindi, he says softly, “Mallika and I are similar in many ways. She is frank, caring and very transparent about her likes and dislikes. So am I. We both come from small towns. She is from Rohtak in Haryana. I am from Himachal. We both arrived in Mumbai with our dreams. Like her, I too hope to make something of my life.”
Recalling his early days in Mumbai, Vijay says, “I came to Mumbai on 18 August 2012. I participated in the Gladrags contest 2013. And I can’t believe I am standing here looking at the prospect of becoming one of India’s most desirable woman’s life partner.”
Vijay got into The Bachelorette through on-line audition.
“When I was chosen, I was in a state of disbelief. When I became one of the two finalists, I was even more surprised. Now having won Mallika’s hand, I feel I am in dream,” he says.
But what if after their on-camera courtship is over the couple discover they are not made for each other after all?
Vijay ponders that one and finally says, “Haan, aisa bhi ho sakta hai (Yes, it can happen). But I hope not. Right now Mallika leaves for a shooting and I am going to Pune Fashion Week. After that we’ll meet, sit and talk, get to know one another without the camera on us…Mallika says she is looking forward to seeing my home in Himachal, specially Dharamsala. I will take her there the moment she is free.”
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