Bollywood singer Shilpa Rao recently tied the knot with best-friend Ritesh Krishnan. On the occasion of their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple, ETimes got in touch with the ‘Bulleya’ singer, who spilled the beans on their first meeting, wedding day, and plans for February 14. Excerpts:
When did you first meet your husband Ritesh Krishnan?
I always tell Ritesh that we met because of him because we were doing a photoshoot for him, while on a US tour. He came across as a very affectionate person. He lets you be the way you are. Few people make you feel like that. The very first day, I was in a comfort zone with him and we started hanging out. We used to go out and watch concerts in Mumbai and also travelled together. I feel like myself when I am with him. So that’s how it has been for the last three years and finally, we decided to get married.
How did love blossom between you two?
Our common love for food, music, and travel brought us together. I am myself when I am with him and I let him be himself. We love each other for who we are. We are in it for the long haul.
Who was the first one to express feelings to the other?
It was Ritesh who expressed his feelings to me.
How did your parents react when they came to know about your love affair?
My parents were very happy because they loved Ritesh right from the beginning. He is someone who you would instantly like. He gets very affectionate with people, especially parents. So my parents liked him even before we told them we liked each other.
You both looked stunning on your wedding day…
For our big day, I think we both were on the same page and that was the most amazing thing. We didn’t look at it as a ritual or a wedding ceremony, instead, we looked at it as a celebration of our love with the people who are important to us like our parents, my brother, sister, our families, and close friends. Our family got together and our friends connected through a video call because of Covid restrictions. We wanted to take all precautions but also wanted our loved ones to be there with us. It was all about a room filled with joy and laughter shared with our loved ones. I will remember that very fondly.
This will be your first Valentine’s Day after the wedding. How do you plan to celebrate it?
I have learnt to cook during the lockdown. So, I want to rustle up some good food for him. Maybe we’ll sit together and watch a movie because with IMPL, I will be going for the shoot and a lot of work is happening back-to-back. So, maybe that day, we can just chill and not do many things.
How have things changed for better or worse post-wedding?
I feel things should not change at all. You should not become a different person just because you are married now. We dated for three years and I know Ritesh in a certain way and he knows me the same as well. Post-wedding, you must just make each other smile every day and be there for each other. This is something I feel should be constant.
If you could dedicate your all-time favourite romantic song to Ritesh, which one would it be?
‘Gulon Mein Rang Bhare’ is our song; we love that ghazal very much. I would dedicate it to him at any given time.
One thing that you absolutely love about him…
His affection for people is genuine and he doesn’t judge them. He is an extremely generous person and it is a very endearing quality.
As a singer, do you approach a romantic ditty any differently?
For me, it is finding the one thing that makes you connect with a song and holding on to it. While singing, I just fall in love with the song and emote myself.
Any tip that you would like to give all the young couples out there…
Be kind to each other and be kind to yourself. We are not superhumans; we are normal people who have a mind and heart of our own. You cannot be perfect every single day. So try and be easy on each other. Love and respect each other as that is the most important thing. And definitely have patience with one another. I think in today’s times, our lives are getting hectic and erratic; we need to be very patient with each other.
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