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Hindu girl meets Muslim boy. It’s love at first sight for both of them. They got married and lived happily ever after. But, before they lived happily ever after, their love story which is filled with whole lot of twists and turns deserves a special mention (a million times over) for all those hopeless romantics and anyone who dreams of a fairytale love story.
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Meet Ankita Agarwal and Faiz Rehman, a beautiful Hindu-Muslim couple who got married not just once, not two, but four different times! And not just that, they got married in four different ways!
Ankita and Faiz who fell in love the first times their eyes met, had a court marriage, a temple wedding, a nikaah ceremony and finally a gorgeous beach wedding. We know this wedding saga sounds more like a Bollywood movie, but if you hear out Ankita and Faiz's lovely journey together, you know it’s exactly what fairytales are made of.
So much has been written about this wonderful couple that the lady herself decided to unravel their love story. In a heartwarming blog post, Ankita reveals how it took the couple around two years for their union since it was an inter-religion wedding.
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Here’s a little excerpt from Ankita’s blog describing the moment when Faiz met Ankita’s father for the first time:
“It has been 2 years of trying to convince Papa, and as a last resort, we decide it is time. Time to make this test series an action packed 20-20 match. The boyfriend, unannounced rings my doorbell, taking my Papa completely by surprise. My mom turned red, she did not know whether to make ‘chai’ or run inside the room and burst out crying. Papa, very calmly, went inside, changed out of his home clothes into something more formal. I was terrified, but knew that we could not have postponed this further. Then there was a long monologue by my boyfriend – explaining how he will not convert my religion or change my name or make me eat non-veg or make me follow his culture or make me wear a burkha or marry anyone else or whatever other doubts my parents expressed in the last 2 years. He ended by saying he will pamper me as much as my Papa did as he knew that he could not pamper me more! At this point in time, any Bollywood movie would have shown a teary eyed Dad get up from the sofa and hug the hero, but that did not happen in my story. My Dad asked my boyfriend to leave (respectfully so), promising him that he will never ever be part of this marriage or our lives if we decided to live it together. I was crying of course, but not because I had to choose. I had made my choice 2 years back already when I had told my parents. I was crying because I had somehow wished to magically change my Dad’s 50 years of thinking in that one meeting, but we failed. We however realised that it was time to step on the peddle and accelerate our lives out of this everyday emotional drama that had engulfed us all.”
Reading this, we can imagine what a painfully overwhelming moment it must have been for Ankita as well as Faiz. Cut to the present, Ankita and Faiz are blissfully married and enjoying every moment.
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Now Ankita’s father didn’t agree to solemnise the wedding, but agreed to send her mother and brother to attend the wedding. Ankita and Faiz decided on a court marriage on February 18, 2015 under the Special Marriage Act, which does not allow a Muslim to marry four times. Four days before the wedding, Ankita’s mom informed her that 18th was Amavasya and a very inauspicious date to get married. So, what happens next?
Everyone arranged for the couple to get married a day before, i.e. February 17 so that the Amavasya angle doesn’t hit the newlyweds. So, Ankita and Faiz get married in a Ram mandir before getting married in a court the next day.
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The next, Faiz’s parents and Ankita’s mother and brother and a few closed ones attended the court marriage. Both the parties did not confuse over exchanging the pleasantries, it was neither Salaam Valekum or Namaste, it was just happiness all around. Of course, Ankita’s father’s presence was enormously missed, but everyone knew time heals everything!
After the temple wedding and court wedding, Ankita and Faiz planned a nikaah as well as saat phere wali shaadi according to Hindu rituals in Goa, and it was one magnificent affair!
If you are still smiling over Ankita and Faiz’s roller coaster sort of a wedding, wait, there’s more to come. You can read the complete story on Ankita’s blog post here. Team BollywoodShaadis wishes Ankita and Faiz for breaking all stereotypes and making people believe in fairytales all over again!
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Meanwhile, check out the fun-filled photos from each of their four weddings of Ankita and Faiz’s weddings that true love always finds it way.