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Arshad Warsi is one of the most loved actors in Bollywood. Popularly known as 'Circuit', Arshad Warsi's performance in the film, Munna Bhai M.B.B.S has got him a lot of applause and to this date, it is one of the most iconic characters played by the actor. Apart from his professional life, Arshad is a complete family man and he is also known for his down-to-earth nature. He is a doting husband of VJ-turned actress, Maria Goretti and a hands-on father to two lovely kids, Zeke Warsi and Zene Zoe Warsi.
Arshad Warsi and Maria Goretti's love story is no less than a Bollywood movie. It is rightly said that when you fall in love, you become oblivious to religion, culture and everything else. The love story of Arshad and Maria follow the same trail. How a judge fell in love with a contestant and built a beautiful life with her is an amazing tale to read!
Arshad and Maria both share a love for dance and this is what had brought them together. It was in the year 1991 when Arshad Warsi was invited to St. Xavier's college to judge a dance talent show, Malhar. Arshad saw a sweet and talented girl on the stage with the most beautiful smile ever. The girl was Maria Goretti. It wasn't love at first sight but Arshad was impressed with her skills. Later, he had asked Maria to join his troupe but she declined the offer.
Talking about his first meeting with Maria, Arshad had gushed:
"I was invited to Malhar to judge a dance competition where I noticed this lovely girl with a cute smile from St. Andrew's College, who was also participating in the competition and I fell in love with her. But if I have my facts right, it wasn't love at first sight."
Three months later, the two had met again through a common friend and Maria had joined Arshad's dance troupe. Sharing about the same, Maria had said:
"Three months later I met him again through a common friend and we gradually became friends. He even convinced me to join his dance troupe."
The two had become friends and had started having feelings for each other but no one had confessed it. Arshad knew that Maria had feelings for him but when he had asked her, she had refused. But, Arshad, being a prankster had made her confess her love for him.
Sharing the details on how he had pranked Maria to know her feelings for him, the handsome actor had said:
"Summing up the courage I asked her whether she loved me and she flatly refused. However, I was determined not to give up. After a month we went to Dubai for a dance show. One evening I mixed beer in her coke and her feelings poured forth. She confessed her love for me and even added that she couldn't live without me!"
After dating each other for 8 long years, Arshad and Maria had finally decided to get married. Maria's parents were not very keen on having a son-in-law from the film fraternity and were reluctant on getting their daughter married to Arshad. However, after meeting Arshad, they had agreed to the marriage and had given their blessings to the couple. The couple got married in 1999 on Valentine's day. They had a church wedding which was followed by a nikaah.
Sharing details about their interfaith marriage, Arshad had retorted:
"After they met me, they liked me and happily gave their daughter to me. Their only condition was that there would be a church wedding; whereas my parents wanted a nikaah. So, we decided to get married on Valentine's Day, 14th February 1999. We had two weddings, one at a church followed by the Nikaah.
Maria and Arshad love to dance together and enjoy their little fights. Maria is a romantic person and Arshad makes sure that her wishes are well taken care of. One of the best romantic memories was when Arshad had surprised his wife on their first anniversary. Recalling the same, Maria had blushed and had shared:
"I was in Taiwan shooting when Arshad called and wished me. In the evening when I returned, the entire house was lit with candles and Arshad gave me a long love letter."
Arshad had added:
"Every six months we go on a holiday. Our most memorable vacations were in London, Miami and Vienna. Cafés, boat rides and starry-night dinners are all very romantic. Maria's idea of a holiday simply means visiting cemeteries and ancient monuments, but I love eating and chilling out. In the end, we do both"
Arshad and Maria's relationship had hit a low when he got too involved in his production work. Arshad had confessed:
"For about nine months in that year, I just forgot that I have a family and was out of the house that was not good. It was a stupid phase in my life of overdoing something. I have always believed in having a perfect family, but I got swayed at that time about producing a film and got over-involved in it. I will never do it again."
The couple had learnt from their mistake and had emerged victoriously.
The fun-loving couple, Arshad and Maria are blessed with two adorable kids. The duo had welcomed a baby boy, Zeke Warsi in 2004. And after three years, in 2007, the couple was blessed with a little angel, Zene Zoe Warsi. This happy family loves their own little world.
Coming from different communities, it was dance and love that had brought Arshad and Maria together. The lovebirds are having a good time and we hope that they continue to embrace happiness at every step they take together.