Farhan Akhtar Recalls His 'Awkward' First Date With Shibani Dandekar, Says, 'She Ran Out Of Topics'

Actor, Farhan Akhtar recalls his 'awkward' first date with his now-wife, Shibani Dandekar, and how he had handled the silence between them.


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Farhan Akhtar Recalls His 'Awkward' First Date With Shibani Dandekar, Says, 'She Ran Out Of Topics'

First dates are not always like movies where you go to candlelight dinner or rock climbing together. Sometimes, it can be awkward and yet can etch a special place in one's heart and memory forever. And the most loved couple of tinsel town, Farhan Akhtar and his wife, Shibani Dandekar have a similar story to share. Actor-filmmaker, Farhan recently recalled that his first date was all about handling awkward silences as his then-girlfriend, Shibani had run out of topics.

After dating for three long years, Farhan Akhtar had tied the marital knot with his dream girl, Shibani Dandekar on February 19, 2022, in an intimate Christian ceremony. Ever since then, the duo had been sharing stunning glimpses from their grand pre-wedding and post-wedding rituals. For instance, pictures from their lavish reception ceremony had taken the internet by storm. In the pictures, Shibani Dandekar could be seen wearing a gorgeous pink-hued saree while Farhan Akhtar had complemented her in a blush-pink sherwani. 

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In a conversation with CNN News, Farhan Akhtar confessed about his awkward first date with Shibani Dandekar, sharing how he did not speak at all. He shared that his wife, Shibani keeps telling people that she could hear cutlery sound on their first date because of the awkward silence between them. For Farhan, a perfect date is where the other person does all the talking. Elaborating on the same, Farhan said:

"It was very awkward. Shibani tells people how she could hear the sound of the cutlery cutting on the plate. It was so quiet. I wasn't talking at all and she had run out of all topics in her head. I didn't say anything."


Throughout their dating phase, the duo had developed a strong bond with each other and their families. In an interview with Bombay Times, Farhan Akhtar's mother, Honey Irani had opened up about her beautiful bond with Shibani and had revealed that she had used to talk with the latter almost every day. She had stated:

"She is so beautiful and is extremely respectful towards others. She mixes with the family very well. I meet Shibani every second day. They (Farhan and Shibani) just live next door. We also went on a holiday to the Maldives together. Shibani and I talk on the phone almost every day."

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Further in the interview, Honey Irani had shared that Shibani did not know how to cook, but she was learning. The doting mother-in-law had even supported Shibani, saying it was not mandatory for her to cook as they are not living in old times, where people would ask such questions. Irani could be quoted as saying:

"Well, she doesn't cook. I must say that she is learning to cook, she keeps trying and I know she will succeed someday. But honestly speaking she doesn't need to cook. We are not in times where we ask things like, Kya ladki ko khaana banane aata hai? (We're not in times where we ask things like, Does the woman know how to cook?"


On February 24, 2022, Shibani Dandekar had taken to her Instagram handle and had blessed the feeds of her massive fanbase with some droolworthy pictures from her mehendi ceremony. The actress had shared some never-seen-before pictures from her dreamy mehendi ceremony, and it had also featured a cute photo of the then-bride-to-be with her to-be-husband, Farhan Akhtar. In the photographs, Shibani had dazzled in her unique multicoloured boho outfit. Her post had also featured some memorable moments with her friends and family. She had captioned the dreamy pictures as:

"No better way to kick of the wedding than this! thank you @payalsinghal @nehalikotian I love you deep!"





We wish a lifetime of togetherness to this fantastic couple, Farhan Akhtar and Shibani Dandekar!

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