By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, Feb 10 (IANS) Actor Saif Ali Khan has set media speculation to rest by saying actress Kareena Kapoor and he "would certainly be getting married in the next three to four years." The two have been going steady for some time now.
"Right now, we have our individual careers to look out for. Please, allow us to concentrate on our careers. I'm especially worried about how such rumours would affect Kareena's career. At this juncture of her career, the last thing she needs is to have people eagerly marrying her off," he told IANS in an exclusive interview.
"The fact is I'm seriously involved and, yes, the relationship would come to a logical conclusion, namely, marriage. But when it does, we'll announce it properly. Kareena is the woman I want to marry and will marry," Saif declared.
Asked whether the actor and Kareena have undergone a secret "nikaah" (marriage) ceremony Wednesday afternoon, Saif said it was absolutely untrue.
"All I will say is it's absolutely untrue. There's been far too much speculation and fabrication about our relationship. It's annoying me. I'm sure it's annoying people as well. Far too much attention is being paid to our relationship. Rumours about our marriage are at the limit. Both our families are very upset by them," the actor said.
A section of the media reported that marriage was on the cards for the most talked-about duo in showbiz. The reports have been taken with a pinch of salt by Kareena's parents, who feel that such a premature announcement can affect her career, which has taken off in a big way after the success of "Jab We Met".
So, when do the two plan to tie the knot? "We'll certainly be getting married. But not for the next three to four years," Saif said.
The actor admitted that he had in the past consulted his astrologer, Pandit Suvashitraj, about his future, but on a flippant note. "I'm greatly disturbed by the amount of information he seems to have accumulated about my personal life. Even I'm not aware of the 'nikaah'. I spoke to him Friday morning after the story appeared. He said his words had been twisted. And he flatly denied having made any statement on my marriage plans. I don't think I'll be speaking to him again."
Saif was apparently shooting for director Kunal Kohli at 12.30 p.m. Wednesday when he was supposed to be getting married to Kareena. "I've the perfect alibi," he laughed.
When asked about the statement made by the actor's mother that he did not inform his family when he married for the first time, Saif admitted to doing so. "That's true. In a million years, I wouldn't do that to my family again."
Are some people spreading the rumours about the marriage to actually harm Kareena's career? "I never thought of it that way," said Saif.
"I don't think rumours of marriage would damage her career. But getting married definitely would. As long as the truth is known, there's no harm done. And the truth is these marriage rumours are utter rubbish. We aren't married. We aren't even living together. Unfortunately, I don't get to see Kareena half as much as I'd like to," he said.
Space is not a constraint in Saif's life and home. The actor's new home is large enough for 20 people to live comfortably, he replies to a query whether his new home is being done up to "accommodate two people".
"I think 20 people can live comfortably in my new home. And if you mean Kareena and me, I hope we do live together in that house. But that would be in the future when both of us and our families are ready."
Do these rumours make Valentine's Day unpleasant for the two? No way. "But I am not telling you about our plans. They are very private."