Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh, July 24
Just just a few days in the past, actors Anuja Joshi and Ankur Rathee bought engaged following Ankur’s dramatic proposal involving a 4500-km drive from California to Maryland to win his girl love.
The actors have been in a dedicated relationship for seven years and now determined to take the large leap. They each introduced this milestone with a basic proposal second image on social media.
When requested concerning the shock proposal, Ankur mentioned: “I always knew that I was going to pop the question in 2020. The pandemic definitely threw a wrench in my plans, but where there’s a will there’s a way. Flying was too risky so I had the absurd idea of driving across the US to surprise Anuja and my wildly supportive family enthusiastically agreed to join me.”
“However, with any exercise nowadays there’s a danger of exposing oneself to the virus. After creating an itinerary of small cities with a really low variety of circumstances per capita, researching inns that adopted all CDC tips and talking with Anuja’s father about their household’s consolation and danger tolerance, the 4 of us launched into the virtually 4500-km drive from San Diego, California to Potomac, Maryland. It was the street journey of a lifetime and the last word household bonding expertise. Four days later, we arrived and executed a plan that Anuja’s twin, Aneesha Joshi, and I had been hatching weeks prior. We lured Anuja to a hidden little gem within the woods at sundown and gave her one hell of a shock, Ankur mentioned.
“I kept it exactly how I knew she’d want: intimate, quiet, and with our loved ones. After she said yes, one by one our family members and a few dear friends also made their way into the woods with candles in their hands. We were surrounded by love and light,” the actor added.
Anuja, who continues to be effervescent with pleasure, spoke about how she met Ankur: “We met as co-stars on a short film in New York City. It was a tribute to 100 years of Hindi Cinema and was directed by Siddhi Sundar (NYU) and Raashi Desai (SVA). We spent the majority of the shooting schedule together and loved every minute of getting to know each other, doing what we both are so passionate about. At the time we were young college students who had aspirations of working in the entertainment industry as full-time professional actors. One baby step in front of the other, followed by some gigantic leaps and hurdles, and here we are.”
When requested if she was involved that issues may change, contemplating Bollywood has at all times been a slippery slope for actresses post-marriage? An speedy response from Anuja: “Ankur and I have never led our career or life decisions from a place of fear. Too often we hear advice on how people should portray themselves online or how they should conceal their personal life in order to gain traction in the industry.”
“Ankur and I have had to fight our way to every opportunity we have been given thus far, and due to that perseverance, we have come to discover that no set of rules are universal. We are passionate about fighting for what we want in love, life and career as long as we maintain our core values and beliefs. We came into this business because we are so in love with being artists. Marriage doesn’t change that fact,” Anuja added.
Given you each are actors, have you ever ever skilled competitors in your relationship?
Ankur replies: “We’re both very ambitious and there were times, early in our careers, that insecurities occasionally crept in. We never saw each other as competition per se, but when you see your partner achieving your dreams, it’s natural to feel you’re not doing enough to succeed. Usually, we were able to transform those moments of weakness into opportunities for growth, pushing each other to do better. However, over the years, we’ve realized that even those feelings of insecurity are rooted in ego and separateness. Today we operate as one unit. When she succeeds, I succeed. When she fails, we fail. When you start to see things from that perspective, competition really has no place in the relationship. We do everything in our power to lift each other up.”
As of now, the couple is specializing in their engagement interval with open-heartedness and endurance.
Anuja mentioned: “The state of affairs in the world at large is bleak to say the least. So, we are spending the downtime focusing on ways we can advocate for social change and responsibility from our followers and fans. As far as the wedding goes, when there is a safe and responsible way to begin planning amidst our busy shoot schedules, we will be happy to take the even bigger leap.”