Says a source, "Like most actors, Zayed too loves playing cards during Diwali and every night, he'd go to some friend's home to play cards. On Diwali night, he had gone to a very close friend's (an industrialist) home, and won a Diwali bonanza of Rs 9 lakh! The actor came home and immediately gave it away to Malaika. That was his Diwali gift to his wife."
Zayed is extremely reluctant to disclose the exact amount. All he's willing to say is, "Yes, I did win a huge amount at a very good friend's home on Diwali and I gave the entire amount to Malli (Zayed's pet name for Malaika). At the end of the day, whatever I am doing it's for her and my family." He adds, "It's not that I carry lakhs of rupees with me every day - sometimes I don't even have Rs 300 to boast about."
Zayed was thrilled to celebrate his baby Zidaan's first Diwali. He says, "I slowly introduced him to the world of phuljharis but no crackers. Malli always does a puja every year and we had that too." Malaika and Zayed will be celebrating their third wedding anniversary in November this year. He's given Malli her Diwali gift. What's she giving him? "She knows what I like - I love shoes, watches and jackets but always manages to surprises me."
The actor is also gifting himself something. Zayed says, "My next purchase is a bike - the super fast blue Ducati 999 which is like the Italian Ferrari of bikes. Earlier, I had the 954 Honda Fireblade but sold it as my wife didn't want me to ride. But I got hooked on again when I rode the Ducati on highways while shooting for Blue. But this time to keep Malli happy, I will simply ride my bike and not race it." Zayed Khan will next be seen in Subhash Ghai's Yuvvraaj. He plays Anil Kapoor and Salman Khan's youngest brother and a rich, self-centred megalomaniac.