Desi dreams in for­eign land!

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth. goyal@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

When Cana­dian doc­tor Frank Gre­goire (above) sang the fa­mous Hindi song Tum Hi Ho from Aashiqui 2 for his wife Sim­ran Mal­ho­tra (far right), lit­tle did the newly-wed cou­ple know that the sweet ges­ture would make them in­ter­net stars. The song, up­loaded 10 days ago on YouTube, has crossed 40 lakh hits so far. It was sung by Frank for his wife on their wed­ding day that took place in Bal­ti­more, Mary­land, US, last month. “This whole thing is so dream­like,” says Sim­ran, when we asked her about the re­ac­tions they have re­ceived. “Frank says it best: ‘We are just reg­u­lar peo­ple and we never thought in a mil­lion years that this would be pos­si­ble. We’ve been go­ing to the hos­pi­tal ev­ery day, work­ing as we usu­ally do, come home, eat din­ner

— and then see what the world is say­ing about us! We have fam­i­lies in Canada and In­dia trend­ing so­cial media for us and keep­ing us in the loop’,” says Sim­ran, adding, “We are not that into so­cial media, ex­cept Face­book, so we’re just learn­ing a lot!”

Sim­ran met Frank in 2012 in the US and re­calls how Frank could not stop talk­ing about Bol­ly­wood on their first date. “Frank has been a fan of In­dian peo­ple long be­fore I came into his life. On our first date, he asked me, ‘Have you seen K3G, you know Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (in his ac­cent, of course), it means some­times happy some­times sad’. And it still re­mains one of my favourite mem­o­ries,” she says, adding that her fami- ly also gets ex­cited when Frank talks in Hindi. “I taught Frank a few lines like ‘Sat Sri Akal’, ‘ac­cha hai’, ‘theek hai’, ‘chalo’, ‘thoda’, and ‘khushi hui apko mil ke’ in March 2015 when we went to In­dia to visit my grand­par­ents. ‘Khushi hui apko mil ke’ made him a star at our en­gage­ment party in Delhi.”

Ask Sim­ran if she now wants Frank to sing more Hindi songs and she says, “Now that I know he can do it, he’s ba­si­cally set him­self up for the rest of his life to ser­e­nade me with desi songs! I am look­ing for­ward to him singing the Hindi cover of All Of Me (John Leg­end) with the Hindi verse. I’ve been the one singing this verse to him when­ever we have lis­tened to the song this whole year — that was the song that we first danced to at our re­cep­tion.

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