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This can be rightly called as the love story of ‘The Geek and The Gorgeous’. When Kunal Nayyar aka Raj of Big Bang Theory met a former beauty queen, the Cupid struck his heart. You might have seen his on-screen character Raj not having much luck with ladies, but Nayyar proved that he is a true hero in real life and can speak his heart out to his ladylove.
You must be wondering how Neha, the beauty queen stole Kunal's heart, right? Well, take a look at the love saga of Kunal Nayyar and Neha Kapur and find out for yourself!
Both Nayyar and Neha were raised in New Delhi. Kunal, however was born in London but brought up in Delhi.Their Indian heritage added to the instant spark. Nayyar was still acting in the sitcom, when the duo met in India.
Neha is a 5’10” tall brunette beauty, who was also apparently crowned as Femina Miss India Universe 2006. She is a model as well. Kunal is that typical geek with an extremely funny bone and is famous as Raj, in the Emmy-winning US sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
The duo first met in the year 2008 in Delhi. Interestingly, Kunal's character in the sitcom, Raj can hardly utter a word to a girl.
But here in real life, Kunal was fast to react and act and initiated the talks by offering to buy a drink for the lady. Giving details of his first impression about Neha to Vogue India, Nayyar said:
“I thought, “Wow, she’s hot.” I wanted to hook up with her, to be honest. And then, she was so tall… I said, ‘Hey, sit down, I’ll buy you a drink.’ And that was it.”
It was indeed a case of ‘love at first sight’ for Kunal. In an interview to People magazine, he was quoted about his first meeting:
"I was overcome by this feeling of calmness. I just felt so sure and so comfortable. Not even poetry could explain how I felt about this woman."
It was a launch party of a bar which worked as the Cupid’s ground for the pair. They got introduced to each other through friends. Recollecting the meet, Neha shares:
“Kunal was visiting India, and my friend called me, saying, “Oh, this really great guy is visiting from America.” There was a party at a bar, and I saw Kunal dressed all LA, the star; the glasses…”
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It did not take much time for the pair to feel an instant spark between them. Soon they were seen bonding over a conversation on wide topics and gradually opened up. Kunal shares:
"We talked about our childhoods in New Delhi. Gradually, I think she could tell I was not a creep and she began to open up. There was something beautiful about the rawness of her emotion. I had known her for two hours, and I was getting hooked."
It was not just that evening in the bar that the couple felt connected. Kunal stayed for nine more days in Delhi and all those days they spent a lot of time together. At the culmination of his India tour, he was sure that he wanted to take this relationship seriously. He proposed Neha to visit LA and just three weeks later, she was LA bound.
Even though the duo are constantly in the media eye, owing to Kunal's huge popularity, they, especially Kunal does not like to get too public about sharing much about his life. He categorically says:
"We are very private!"
Recently, he launched his book. It narrates many of his life’s details and also anecdotes the saga of "how this nerdy guy came to marry a beautiful former Miss India". He writes in the book:
“‘She’s an ex-Miss India. You need to meet her,' said my cousin. 'Ex’? Can't you introduce me to the current one?' I joked.' "
The couple tied the knot in their hometown, Delhi on December 22, 2011, in a grand traditional Indian style wedding. It was not just a day’s ritual, but elaborate six days affairs with different ceremonies and celebrations.
Even Kunal came the traditional way riding a white horse.
Over 1,000 guests attended this swanky soiree. This over-the-top nuptial saw many big-wigs from different walks of life.
In his interview to Vogue, Nayyar expressed that he was clean bowled by Neha’s beauty on their D-Day. This is what he has to say:
“My favourite moment was seeing Neha for the first time that day. It still gives me the shivers to think of how beautiful she looked. There was something more than physical beauty at play when she was walking. It was spiritual, she was a vision. I will never forget that till the day I die.”
Kunal appeared on "The Ellen Degeneres Show," and remembering the lavish affair he quipped:
"They take six days. They can take seven, I think we ran out of money. One day is the henna festival, one day is the cocktail festival, one day is the actual wedding, then the reception. I just wish I could go back to my wedding as a guest."
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In 2014, the couple took a romantic trip to Hawaii and were spotted taking strolls on the beaches of Maui.
Well, by the looks of it, the couple looks too much in love. Someone has rightly said 'marriages are made in heaven'. We wish Neha and Kunal a long and happy married life.