Don Abu Salem and Saraswatichandra aka Monica Bedi's love story
Find out more by clicking on the following slides
- 2 of 9
Monica told in an interview,. "One day, I got a call from a guy in Dubai saying he was organising a show where he wanted me to perform. I said okay. He said he would get back to me after all the formalities were done. Then, a few days later, he called up again and we talked for some time. A couple of days later, he called again. I began getting friendly with him over the phone. At the time, he gave me a different name. I didn't know he was Abu Salem."
- 3 of 9
Salem kept hiding his real name from Monica. Says Monica, "He kept hiding his real identity from me at that time. Even though we hadn't met, we became really close. Finally, we decided to meet up. That's when I went to Dubai. We met; we liked each other. That's how it all started."
- 4 of 9
Monica visited Salem twice in Dubai and still, his real identity was unknown to her.
- 5 of 9
"When he invited me to Dubai for the third time, I asked him to come to Mumbai instead. But he always kept giving me some excuse or the other. He had introduced himself to me as Arsalan Ali — that's the false identity he used often.
- 6 of 9
"When I asked him to come to Mumbai, he said things like, 'I won't get the visa' and all that. Finally, on my third trip to Dubai, he told me his real identity. He said his real name was Abu Salem and that he had a past. He said he wanted to change all that and start afresh. By that time, we were in love with each other.
- 7 of 9
Monica reveals that he kept her from returning, "He never allowed me to come back. He feared that if the police got hold of me, eventually, he'd get caught. There were two fears he faced – for me and for himself." "Again, he was living with the same fear. That if I left him, I'd go back to India. If I went to India, the police would interrogate me. And if that happened, I may say something about him and he'd get caught. Sometimes, his actions seem selfish to me; sometimes I feel he acted like that because he really loved me.
- 8 of 9
Maybe it was his fear. But the fact was that he didn't allow me to go. I really tried hard. Twice, I even tried to escape but he got me and I came back to him. It was all a big mess
- 9 of 9
Finally, we got caught in Portugal." Realisation By that time, though they were together, the relationship was going through its worst patch. Monica looks back and analyses it. "In the initial days of my relationship with him, I couldn't really make out what kind of a person he was. I would be in Dubai for two-three days and then I'd be back in Mumbai. When you're with a person for just two-three days, he's always on his best behaviour. It was only after I started living with him that I realised we weren't meant for each other. But he did not understand it then.