The film industry works in a mysterious way. Here, lead actors fake relationships in order to promote their films, while married actors are asked to keep their marriage under wraps for the sake of their fan following. Shreyas Talpade recently revealed how he was asked to cancel his wedding during the making of Iqbal (2005).
Helmed by Nagesh Kukunoor, Iqbal that released in 2005. The sports drama also starred Naseeruddin Shah and Shweta Basu Prasad. Shreyas played a teenager in the film, and director Nagesh didn’t want the actor’s marriage to hamper the audience’s perception of him.
Revealing how Nagesh had asked him to cancel his wedding, Shreyas told Times of India, “Here I was, a middle-class guy whose wedding cards had gone out, being told to cancel it; I didn’t know what to do. It was after a lot of convincing, and assuring him that I would keep the wedding under wraps, that he let me have a day off.” Interestingly, Subhash Ghai, who produced Iqbal, also was unaware of Shreyas’ marriage.
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Shreyas’ wife Deepti had attended the premiere of Iqbal as his sister. “When Subhash ji saw her one too many times at screenings and enquired, Nagesh told him who she really was. He refused to believe I was married. To him, I was an 18-year-old boy who had had a child marriage and was not even feeding his wife, making her faint (laughs),” revealed the actor.
Iqbal went on to become one of the most popular works of Shreyas’ career. The actor and his wife Deepti became proud parents to a baby girl in 2018.