Pooja Batra is back in the news. The gorgeous actress-model first made a splash back in the 90s when she was crowned Miss India International. She then went on to do films like Virasat, Bhai and Jodi No. 1 before leaving it all and going to the US. Once upon a time she was also linked to Akshay Kumar. Pooja has now made headlines for her marriage to Nawab Shah, seen in movies like Don 2. Incidentally, this is Pooja’s second marriage. She was earlier married to orthopaedic surgeon Dr Sonu Ahluwalia in Los Angeles from 2002 to 2010 but in 2011, she filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences.
Pooja and Nawab met each other through common friends in February early this year and their connection was instant. In an interview to Bombay Times, Pooja said, “I guess we reconnected at the right time in our life. We were in the same space emotionally and hit it off instantly. I have always respected and liked Nawab, and this time around, I was open to the idea of getting to know him better. A part of me wanted to see if there could be something beyond friendship between us. We share emotional and intellectual compatibility, and we don’t have to explain too much to each other.” Nawab, who made the relationship official on Instagram some time back, was also quoted as saying in an interview that he wanted to marry Pooja as soon as he met her!
Pooja and Nawab tied the knot on June 3 in an intimate function held at Nawab's home in New Delhi. It was a Nikaah by custom. Then on June 4th, they got married by Hindu customs where Nawab wore the turban and looked like a proud Sikh. Both the functions were attended by only closed family members. Pooja says, “Nawab and I exchanged vows in Delhi, with only our families in attendance. Our loved ones kept asking us why we were delaying it (the marriage). I was simply going with the flow, but then I realised that he is the man I want to spend the rest of my life with, and there is no point in delaying it any further. So, here we are. We had an Arya Samaj wedding, and we will register our marriage this week."
Nawab is smitten by his new bride. “Pooja is a lovely soul and a great person, and that’s important to me. Romance happens on its own and is an organic process. We are on the same wavelength and are alike. We had no doubts about the relationship or each other, which is rare in today’s day and age. We connected so beautifully that everything came together for us.”
Here are some pictures of Pooja and Nawab during their wedding day, captured by photographer Maninder Singh Sekhon of Light Chamber. “It was a pleasure shooting for Pooja and Nawab. They were very warm and welcoming. Truly, it was a privilege for us to capture their moments of lifetime through our cameras. They are effortlessly beautiful and loving together,” says Sekhon.