Soha Ali Khan, who is in a relationship with actor Kunal Khemu, says though her mother keeps asking her to settle down, elder brother Saif advises her to take the plunge at 40. Soha and Kunal recently moved into a new house and are living together but marriage is not on the cards yet.
“My mother asks me to get married every day and if I would have taken her advice then I would have had 20 children by now. Fortunately she is fed up of telling to get married and now she is like, do whatever you want,” Soha says.
On the other hand, Saif feels people should get married at 40. “He says marriage is very serious commitment and you are genuinely not ready for it until you are 40. He advised me the same. When mother called him up and told him to talk to us and ask us why Kunal and I aren’t getting married, this is what he told her,” she says.
At 42, Saif, son of former Indian cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and actress Sharmila Tagore, sealed his five-year relationship with Kareena last year through a registered marriage.
The 34-year-old actress says Kunal is her support system and is a happy-go-lucky person. “He is genuinely a happy person and he makes me laugh, I know when I am feeling low, he will be able to get me out of it, which is important. He also gives good professional advice and is very affectionate,” she says.
“It is nice to have someone who is loving and kind and has a healthy sense of humour. He is quite a muscled guy too, so you feel secure,” she adds.
Soha bonds well with Kunal's family also and feels very comfortable with them. “They are lovely, warm and very accepting people. Normally, families won’t celebrate a live - in situation but they are supportive. I feel they are like my family. His father has so much knowledge and is well read and he has worked in theatre, films and there is lot to learn from him. He has great sense of humour too,” Soha says.
“Kunal's mother loves to feed you with so much food. When we have dinner together I make sure Kunal sits next to me so that I can slip things one after the other onto his plate,” she laughs.