By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: Champion wrestler Sangram Singh, fresh out of Bigg Boss, is wresting with grandiose dreams and impossible dreams. But they all have to wait. At the moment, Sangram is all set to make his relationship with actress-dancer Payal Rohatgi official.
Says the softspoken sportsman, “Payal and I have been together for three years. We are sure about each other’s feelings. The kind of simple conventional background that I come from doesn’t allow me to be with a woman without giving her and the relationship the sanctity that they deserve. Aur phir Payal ke ghar wale bhi toh hain. Unke bhi dil mein bahoot saare sawaal hamara bare mein hain. On Feb 27 which is the auspicious day of Maha Shivratri, we went through an engagement ceremony in Ahmedabad where Payal’s family stays. We exchanged rings in a temple at a simple ceremony and took our relationship to the next level. Only the immediate family were present.”
The wedding, says Sangram, is planned for winter.
“It can be any time from November till January. I am only too happy to marry Payal. I am very lucky to have her in my life. People said she is not the right soul mate for me. But tell, why do we look for Sita when none of us is Ram?”
Payal and Sangram met on the sets of a reality-show Survivors.
Recalls Sangram, “We were completely different souls. But we hit it off immediately. Others contestants from affluent backgrounds were talking about Bentleys and Armanis. She spoke to me about her family. She took charge of me, taught me how to talk and dress among the so-called elite. Though she is very glamorous and urbanized, I found out about her family problems and that she was a bread-earner for her family. She touched my heart. And though many people warned me she wasn’t the right woman for me (as I am sure a lot of people warned her against me) Payal seemed right for me.”
Sangram says his family in Haryana has accepted his choice of a life partner. “They say they are happy with whatever I am happy with.”
The discernibly besotted Sangram confesses he finds Payal to be a very real person. “I come from a very humble background. In Mumbai where I’ve been living for the past three years everything is so cosmetic. The walls are decaying. They have just been quoted with paint. In this atmosphere of artificial beauty, Payal is my connectivity with reality. She is the woman I want to spend my life with.”
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