This one is certainly not ‘ek choti si love story’ or just any reel-to-real love story but a decade long friendship saga that has organically evolved into a romantic relationship as cupid worked its magic on them. Actors Meghana Raj and Chiranjeevi Sarja got engaged today in an intimate ceremony at a star hotel in Bengaluru. While confirming her engagement, the bold and beautiful actress Meghana Raj spoke about her special day, a decade long ‘special’ bond with her bestie Chiru, her happy parents, and her two new Kannada films which are getting launched on her engagement day itself.
“Though we were getting engaged, nothing was yet finalised as the preparations were still on. Hence, none of us including my parents were in a position to confirm it,” says Meghana Raj, daughter of senior Kannada actors — Sunder Raj and Pramila Joshai. However, the actress clarifies that the wedding date is not yet finalised and that the reports about her wedding in December is a ‘false’ one.
She adds, “Honestly, we haven’t even thought about our wedding. As of now, we are getting engaged and our parents will decide on that.” While the actress wonders about cupid’s magical timing, she says that she always feels Chiru as more of a friend than lover.
“We have always been like that ever since we have known each other. It is almost a decade now after I got introduced to him. Since then, we have been and even known to be as two best friends. He has always been there for me, and we constantly support each other and even seek advice on all matters including the films we take up and discuss a lot about acting career. Moreover films simply run in our blood, as we both come from a family which is closely associated with the film industry for a long time. “I guess as days passed by, the special bond bond between us made people around us feel that we were ‘made for each other’. And, it just happened over the time,” reveals Meghana Raj.
After recent successes including Aatagara, Allama and a few in Malayalam, Meghana who is busy with scores of film projects, says that acting is something which is naturally part of her life and she cannot imagine anything beyond that. “Chiru is very supportive of my acting career and always pushes me to do good work. In fact, he expects me to continue my acting career even after the marriage. Though, I have shared the screen with Chiru in Aatagara where we were paired each other, it was a multi-starrer and not a full-length romantic film. Now, I just cannot wait to do a film with him wherein we are paired each other as ‘hero and heroine’. We are looking forward to it.”
Insofar who broke the news to her parents, Meghana reveals that it was Chiru, who did it by approaching her father. “Hearing it, my father was naturally taken aback. Even last night, he was in tears and couldn’t believe that I am getting engaged in a couple of days. My parents are very happy about it, as it a dream come true for any parents to see their children settle down happily. Both our families have known each other for a long time and we could not have asked for more,” Meghana says. Before signing off to prepare for one of the most happiest moment in her life, Meghana says that two of her new Kannada films is also getting launched on the day of her engagement. “The muhurat of two films, one (untitled) is being directed by Mussanje Mahesh, and another by Kantha Kannali which is titled as Iruvudellava Bittu, will be held on Sunday morning. I will be attending it in the morning, as the engagement is in the evening.”...