SINGAPORE - ANSHUMAN loves Pakhi - so much that he followed her to Singapore last week, hoping to make her change her mind and go back to India with him.
From what I know, I think he nailed it.
For those of you who do not understand what I am talking about, the main characters from a popular Indian drama series, Tumhari Pakhi, were in town for a week.
Mohammed Iqbal Khan, who plays Anshuman, and Shraddha Arya, who plays his on-screen wife Pakhi, along with their director Amit Gupta and other crew members were here since early June to shoot the footage required for a few episodes.
As I do not follow the Hindi drama series, my colleague Surendar Kaur came along with me to meet the actors at Clarke Quay on a rainy Friday afternoon.
Along the way, she filled me in on the details of the show.
It was while she was talking to me that a handsome young man walked by. Surendar recognised him almost immediately and waved at him calling out his name. He responded and I thought maybe they were friends.
It took me a while to register that he was Iqbal Khan, the star of the show. Before I had time to react, he walked over to us, and shook our hands.
While I stood there dumbfounded, Surendar told him that we were there to interview him.
And he politely informed us that as glad as he was to see us, he was hungry and wanted to have his lunch first since he was coming straight from shooting at Gardens by the Bay.
So we let him go, and then started gushing about how extremely good looking and friendly he was.
That part of Clarke Quay at that time of the day was pretty quiet, as most of the pubs were closed.
So, we hung around for a while for the rest of the crew to arrive. E
Eventually, when they all gathered after lunch, a gorgeous young lady dressed in a pink sari stood out in the group - Shraddha Arya.
Her character, Pakhi, is the focus of the drama, and speaking of her character, Shraddha said: "Pakhi is an optimistic and strong person. She doesn't cry every now and then. There has not been a moment where she becomes weak, in any situation.
"She's a fighter and the message we strive to send across is that hope is what you should cling on to at all times, and you will come out of every troubled situation a winner."
The 29-year-old was introduced to the entertainment industry 10 years ago, through the talent-hunt competition India's Best Cinestars Ki Khoj.