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The UnReal Times‘ special correspondent Babu Moshoy caught up with Sunny Paaji at a recent Page 3 event. The Gadar star fondly reminisced about his half-sister Esha Deol’s wedding to businessman Bharat Takhtani. Excerpts from the interview follow-
The UnReal Times: Congratulations Sunny. It must have been an emotional moment. A true bade bhaiyya‘s responsibility.
Sunny: Oh yes! But Papaji and Bobby also worked hard. And of course Hema ji.
The UnReal Times: Hope everything went well?
Sunny: Well, almost. Pandal was good, food was great. Just don’t know how some stray dogs, well, strayed into the pandal.
The UnReal Times: Stray dogs?!?
Sunny (leaps from his seat, with bloodshot eyes): Balwant Rai ke kutteyyyyy…..
The UnReal Times (jumps back in terror): Please, calm down, please!
Sunny (calms down and takes his seat): I’m sorry, got emotional. What were we discussing?
The UnReal Times (heaves a sigh of relief): That some dogs had strayed into Esha’s wedding.
Sunny: Yes. Strange, despite having Papaji there. He even screamed that line from Sholay “Kuttey, kaminey mai tera khoon pee jaunga” and most dogs ran for their life.
The UnReal Times: Hope it was not a serious problem.
Sunny: Two dogs refused to leave. Hema ji was supposed to dance late in the evening which had to be cancelled.
The UnReal Times: Why?
Sunny: Papaji got emotional and screamed again “Basanti, in kutto ke samne mat nachna!“. You know how he is. Waise I’m no less emotional. I saw the tubewell and suddenly became Gadar’s Tara Singh. I screamed “Humara Hindustan zindabad tha, zindabad hai aur zindabad rahega” and uprooted the tubewell.
The UnReal Times: Good lord! What happened then?
Sunny: Half the baaratis fled from the scene and we had to apologise to them and goad them back to the pandal. And when they returned, there was nearly another crisis because of the uprooted tubewell, which was the only source of drinking water!
The UnReal Times: Oh boy! So how did you manage that?
Sunny: Hema ji intervened. She immediately got 25 Kent water purifiers there, 23 of which she sold to the baraatis.
The UnReal Times: Well, sounds quite eventful. But these are minor glitches, happen in every marriage.
Sunny: I guess so. We also ran out of paneer and rushed to nearest shop to buy more. Guess what? They had a weighing balance but no weights. Fortunately I could solve the problem.
The UnReal Times: How?
Sunny: You silly fellow. Everyone knows I have dhaai-kilo-wala haat. We needed 5 kg paneer. So I put both arms on one side and they weighed paneer on the other. Dimple! I mean simple!
The UnReal Times: Got the point, got the point. Must say it was an extraordinary marriage. Thanks for your time, it was a pleasure talking to you.
P.S. Those interested in facts (god knows what they get out of it) Sunny & Bobby Deol were reportedly unsighted within 100km of Esha’s marriage)