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Amrita's bizaare

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By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Stars are used to receiving all kinds of odd gifts from their fans, but this could possibly be the first time that someone wants to send a star a puppy! Amrita Rao discovered that a fan wanted to send her a puppy dog after the release of Vivah.

A dog's life
Says Amrita, "I knew this fan called Jitesh for a long time. He's 28 years old. He is from Kolkata and once even came to Mumbai to meet me at a function. Later, he sent me the pictures he had clicked with me. I don't know where he got my mother's number from, but just before the release of Vivah and told her that he wanted to send me a two-month old puppy as a present. Even though I was very keen, mom said no!"

The reason is nothing other than the fact that the pup will need a lot of looking after. Talking about her love for animals, Amrita says, "I love animals but I've never had a pet. Mom says that with such a hectic shooting schedule, it wouldn't be possible to take care of it."

Is this the first time she's got such an unusual gift? Says Amrita, "Yes. Normally I get things like guitars, soft toys and necklaces. Thank-fully, Jitesh hasn't sent the pup over till now, but I don't know if he won't in the future. The love and adulation that fans give you is overwhelming but it's difficult to accept gifts as one doesn't know how to return the gifts. But it was a sweet gesture for sure."

Viva Vivah!
Amrita's mother, Kanchan Rao says, "Jitesh used to call on my number from Kolkata and keep asking me if he could send the puppy. It was a very cute one but who would look after it? We don't know how to look after a puppy and it needs constant care. Finally, I told him that if he sends it, I don't know what will happen with it."

Amrita adds, "Jitesh also sent a message on mom's cell saying he loved Vivah and wants to go and see it again. The response to Vivah has been quite overwhelming because the film has been well received by audiences all across India."

Very few people know that Vivah is a true story. Amrita says, "Soorajji's father Rajbabu (Raj Kumar Barjatya) had spotted the article in a newspaper a few years ago. It was about a man from north India whose bride had got burnt a day before their marriage. He married her at the mahurat time in her room. It was a very inspiring story. This should dispel the notion that Vivah is larger than life and that such things don't happen in today's times."

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