Malvika Raaj: I wanted to fall in love the way people in Bollywood films do (Exclusive) | Hindi Movie News


“Even if I win an Oscar, it will be said, “K3g child actor wins an Oscar” (smiles). It’s going to be my claim to fame for the rest of my life. But I love it, I am honoured and proud to be a small part of such an iconic movie and I didn’t get the role because I belonged to a film family. I auditioned for it.”
Actress Malvika Raaj, best known as the younger Poo, a character made famous by Kareena Kapoor in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, is now engaged. She took to Instagram early this month to share pictures from her dreamy engagement with businessman Pranav Bagga in Cappadocia, Turkey amid hot air balloons. In an exclusive interview with Bombay Times, Malvika spills the bins on her upcoming wedding, memories of K3G, her film family roots and her eternal love story. Excerpts…
An intimate destination wedding near Mumbai in the pipeline
I will get married by the end of this year. I want mine to be an intimate destination wedding near Mumbai because I want my dog to attend the ceremony. I want my close friends and family in attendance. My family itself is big so we will plan something where we all can stay together and enjoy the festivities. Not just me but half of India grew up dreaming of weddings as shown in Karan Johar movies. I am sure most girls aspire to have a Bollywood style wedding. However, I was slightly different as a child. I was a tomboy. But I wanted to fall in love the way people do in Bollywood movies and get a dreamy proposal which I was lucky enough to have.

Malvika Raaj and fiancé Pranav Bagga

Malvika Raaj and fiancé Pranav Bagga

The dreamy proposal
It was spontaneous, romantic and beautiful. Love was literally in the air. I had gone to Turkey for my cousin’s wedding. My sister and Pranav (fiancé) planned this thing where we go to Cappadocia before the wedding to explore it and try out the hot air balloon ride, etc. The two teamed up secretly. My sister got my outfits ready; they got the whole setup ready for pictures, there was a violinist, photographer, and a videographer. You can’t say no to any boy who proposes to you like that (smiles). When I woke up that day, I just thought we were going for the hot air balloon ride. But my sister asked me to wear this dress and I got a hint. I still told myself that I shouldn’t overthink. As soon as I saw the setup, I knew it was true. It was the sweetest thing, and I enjoyed the process.
The Turkey trivia
About five years back, Pranav had casually asked me that if I were to get proposed, at what place would that be? I just said in a dreamy way, hot air balloon and he remembered that. That’s how Turkey was decided. A person who makes efforts and remembers these small things in life, that’s when you know he’s the one.

Malvika Raaj and fiancé Pranav Bagga

Malvika Raaj and fiancé Pranav Bagga

The love story
We have been together for a long time and have been friends before that. We are from Mumbai and live five minutes away from each other. We met through mutual friends in college. Sometimes, when you meet a person, you just know you are going to land up with them. There was instant attraction from his end. He has his bridal couture line and a couple other businesses, he’s an entrepreneur and a workaholic.
Pranav and I are spiritually connected
We complete each other’s sentences. It usually never happens in the first stage of dating, but it happened to us. Pranav and I are spiritually connected. We felt like we had known each other all our lives. That kept us close, and the bond is still there. He is not from the film industry and sometimes a non-film person may not understand what goes on in an actor’s life. He was patient enough to understand that. He told me, “I will wait for you whenever you are ready to take the plunge,” and he did wait foR long. The way he can read my silences and words, that attracted me to him. We both are so likeminded. Our ideologies match. When two souls are meant to be together, love feels like a breeze.

Malvika Raaj and fiancé Pranav Bagga

Malvika Raaj and fiancé Pranav Bagga

Love is secondary, respect comes first
For me, Love is secondary. Respect and trust are sacrosanct. They are key to a healthy relationship. If there is no respect or trust, there’s no love. I grew up in a house where my parents are still madly in love with each other. They also dated for a long time before tying the knot. For me, togetherness, love and family matter the most. I am inspired by my parents when it comes to love.
Playing the young Poo in K3G is going to be my claim to fame for the rest of my life.
I grew up hearing this tag ‘Young Poo from K3G’. I guess that’s going to be my identity for life no matter what I do. Even if I win an Oscar, it will be said, “K3g child actor wins an Oscar” (smiles). It’s going to be my claim to fame for the rest of my life. But I love it, I am honoured and proud to be a small part of such an iconic movie.
I have never met Kareena in my life
I am only in touch with Karan sir, I once bumped into Shah Rukh sir and the charmer that he is, he is the sweetest. I am his biggest fan. I have also met Hrithik Roshan, Kajol on occasions. Though I played the younger Poo, I have never met Kareena Kapoor in my life. I have never seen her, nor bumped into her at events. People compare me so much to her. I would love to meet her face to face and click a picture someday. She’s stunning.

A still from k3G

A still from k3G

I do belong to a film family but K3G didn’t come to me because I belonged to a film family
My grandfather was an actor. His name is Jagdish Raj (known for playing cop roles), my aunt Anita Raj is an actress. My dad used to make films too. He made many films with Govinda and Sanjay Dutt in the early 90’s. But K3G didn’t come to me because I belonged to a film family. I auditioned in school for the film. They didn’t even know about my family when I was selected. My grandfather and Karan sir’s father (Producer Yash Johar) have worked together on films before. He didn’t know that before. Once I was selected, my mom told Karan sir about it and he was thrilled to discover that.

A still from k3G

A still from k3G

Not a bridezilla
I just shot two films in London, at the end of the year or early next year I will have many films lined up for release. I am already going crazy as I also have my wedding to plan but I am a chillzilla, not bridezilla. I am not relaxed at all as I am Virgo but I am good at assigning work to people (laughs). I love sharing my personal life on Instagram. I would love to share my wedding day with everyone as well. I believe in sharing my happiness.





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