Ishq Ka Rang Safed fame Snehal Rai opens up on her marriage with a politician who is 21 years older than her
Actress Snehal Rai, who is known for her role in shows like ‘Ishq Ka Rang Safed’, ‘Janmo Ka Bandhan’, ‘Ichhapyaari Naagin’, ‘Perfect Pati’, and ‘Vish’ among others recently made some big revelations about her married life.
The actress has been married to politician Madhvendra Rai for 10 years. Talking about it in a recent interview, she shared, “I never kept my marriage under the wraps but I never spoke about it. I am an artist. I am Snehal Rai and it was never necessary for me to say I am Mrs. Snehal Rai. But I am participating in a pageant for married women so I felt now is the time to say that I am ‘Mrs.’ As a wife, I am very happy but that is not my only identity.”
She added,, “I was only 23 when I got married. I never felt like my career would see a setback because of this. My husband is like a friend to me. I share such a good bond with him that all these things never occurred to me. The notion of marriage being a barrier in your career is wrong and many actresses have proven it.
When asked about her husband’s reaction to her being an actress, she replied, “When it comes to him, I always blush. I am an ordinary woman. I cook, and take care of the household at times. There is nothing different about my life. At home, I am someone’s wife and daughter-in-law. My husband is very supportive. I remember, we were newly married when I got a call from a casting guy late at night in an emergency, who was detailing me about the shoot. My husband looked worried. And now there are times when I come home late at night and he is very chilled. Initially, he was sensitive about my safety and slowly he has gotten to know how our industry works.”
Talking further about her husband, Snehal shared, “My husband’s name is Madhvendra Kumar Rai. He is from UP and belongs to a beautiful cultured family. Our family is filled with ‘Sanskaar, Sanskriti aur Sabhyata’. I am very happy to be married to such a family. It’s a perfect blend of modern and cultural family. I am very happy to be a part of the Rai family.”
On making the big revelation ahead of their 10th wedding anniversary, she said, “What a better occasion than this to make the revelation. I just want to tell this in front of all that I am here because of you. He once told me, ‘You are my Queen. Go and work like a Queen. You succeed or not, you will always rule my heart as a Queen’. These words have inspired me so much and it is overwhelming.”
When asked how it all started, she revealed, “I have done many shows as an anchor. I was doing a show in Delhi, where I had to announce the VIP’s name. My husband came there as a VIP. While announcing, just reading his name, I felt it was quite heavy as a name. Then his personality also matched his name. During the dinner, post the show, he sat beside me. His voice was also very dumdaar. Call it coincidence or destiny, the next day he was seated next to me on the flight. He told me about his event company and asked if I would be doing those shows. I gave him my manager’s number. Mujhe bhau khana tha. I did 10-12 shows and he just wanted to meet me. I don’t know when I fell in love. He is my brother, he is my friend, my dad, and whatever relation you call, mentor, guru, or well-wisher, he has been all those to me when needed. He is also a son. In these 10 years, it’s about both partners supporting each other. He balances everything beautifully.”