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    I''m completely love struck, says Namrata

    Tuesday, March 08, 2005
    Actress and former Miss India Namrata Shirodkar, who married Telugu actor Mahesh Babu last month, says her husband is her top priority now and her career comes second.

    The simple wedding Feb 10 was a very private affair with only close relatives in attendence.

    The actress, who has to her credit films like "Vaastav" and "Bride and Prejudice", told IANS in an interview that she was looking forward to living with her husband in Hyderabad and didn''''t mind taking a break from her career.

    Excerpts:

    That was quite a flash marriage?

    No! We had been seeing one another for almost five years. The wedding was to happen any time this year. But his family wanted it immediately. He has a really busy time ahead and wanted to get married before his new crop of movies started. But I am not complaining. It turned out beautifully for me, touchwood.

    How was the wedding?

    A very, very private affair. There were only 25 people. We had decided on the date, Feb 10 - we didn't want a clichéd Valentine's Day marriage - one month ago. We wanted it really small and private. Mahesh wanted it that way.

    Why were you so secretive about your relationship Mahesh Babu?

    Not secretive. It's just that you need to be sure it will happen. Anything could go wrong until the last minute. You could end up looking embarrassed. I'm a little superstitious about happiness.

    How did you meet him?

    We did a Telugu movie "Vamsi" together. But we began seeing each other about a year after the film. In the past year I've been shuttling between Mumbai and Hyderabad. I had started doing far less work so I could spend time with Mahesh.

    He's really busy and there was no other way I could be with him except to join him in his city. Yeah, I'm completely love struck and I hope I remain this way for the rest of my life.

    How is Mahesh Babu as a person?

    Very, very level headed. Not at all a 'star'. I've been first-hand witness to how real he can be. He's very, very loving, caring and understanding. He believes in family values as strongly as I do. He's very shy. We clicked together because in many ways he's quite like me. And he's very, very good looking.

    So are you.

    Oh, he's far better looking than me. Very boyish and charming. If you like me, you'll love him.

    Love me, love my dog?

    Nooooo! Nothing like that. But he's a far better human being than I am. He's very focussed. His work is his big passion in life.

    Bigger than you?

    That you'll have to ask him. My career doesn't really matter to me that much any longer. I'm quite happy with my life with Mahesh Babu. However, if I get an interesting offer I'm open to it. I never got that one role that would've given me a chance to prove myself. Right now I don't even want to go there (Mumbai).

    So which is home now, Mumbai or Hyderabad?

    Well...I'll be settling down in Hyderabad with my husband. But my parents live in Mumbai. So I'll be travelling to both cities. Mahesh and I are building a home in Hyderabad. And I'm quite looking forward to doing it up, piece by piece. We've an architect to design it. But I'm doing it on my own with Mahesh's inputs.


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