Silent vows for screen couple

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By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 26.07.04

The occasion: A low-key wedding

The groom: 37-year-old percussionist Bikram Ghosh

The bride: 32-year-old actress Jaya Seal

After six months of a hush-hush affair, the couple that met on the sets of Subrata Sen’s Hothat Neerar Jonyo tied the knot on Sunday evening in a room packed with “very close friends and family” at the Ghoshs’ Behala address.

No rituals, just a signature on the dotted lines. “We will have a simple malabadal later, on the request of friends and family, and all of us will have dinner together,” said Bikram, dressed in a maroon kurta.

So, who proposed to whom and how? “After I went back to Mumbai, we used to chat for hours on the phone and Bikram broached marriage one day,” said Jaya, draped in a flaming red benarasi, in traditional Bengali-style. And no one on the sets had any inkling that Rani and Abinash were seeing each other off-screen, smiles Jaya.

“Just when we got to know each other, I had invited Jaya out to dinner one day, but she promptly turned me down. And I knew I had a hard nut to crack here,” laughed Bikram, who will soon be off to Barcelona for a concert.

Jaya, meanwhile, will fly back to Mumbai to wrap up her role in Ekta Kapoor’s Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki. The wedding bash and honeymoon can wait.

“I will start my dance classes once I am back in Calcutta and will take up acting assignments only if they are interesting,” said she.

“Jaya is very home-bound and isn’t fond of parties at all. So, I will cut down on my party-hopping,” admitted the groom, as the bride pottered around the room, chatting with her in-laws.