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Friday, 8 December, 2000, 15:37 GMT
Bollywood superstar to wed
Poster of Hrithik Roshan
Hrithik Roshan is one of Bollywood's hottest properties
By Sanjeev Srivastava in Bombay

The question is no longer: Will he or won't he?

The question is: When and where?

The news that Bollywood heart-throb and megastar, Hrithik Roshan, is to get married is being endlessly discussed - not only amongst the millions of Roshan fans, but also on the front pages of the mainstream Indian press.

We are still discussing and consulting priests to finalise an auspicious date

Sanjay Khan, father of Hrithik Roshan's fiancée
Even before his first film and the year's biggest hit, Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, was released, Hrithik had done what even established stars don't dare to do in Bollywood for fear of losing their appeal to the opposite sex.

From day one, Hrithik was seen in public with his girlfriend of five years, Suzanne Khan, daughter of actor-producer, Sanjay Khan.

No date yet

"Yes they are getting married. Call me after a couple of days and I will give you the date and venue, " Sanjay Khan told BBC News Online on Friday.

Hrithik Roshan
Can he get time off from filming?
"The wedding is just around the corner," he added. In their enthusiasm, some newspapers and websites have even published a date - as yet unconfirmed (20th December)

"Maybe they know more about it ," Sanjay Khan said.

The bride's father said the venue is still to be decided, but it could be the family farmhouse in Bangalore.

Family sources say the venue is deliberately being kept secret.

They want to avoid hordes of hysterical fans and unwanted media representatives trying to gatecrash what is being seen as the biggest wedding since the then superstar, Rajesh Khanna, tied the knot with one of Bollywood's prettiest actress, Dimple Kapadia, in the mid-1970s.

Busy schedule

The need to maintain secrecy is not the only problem confronting the Roshan and Khan families.

They are also finding it difficult to finalise the wedding date because Hrithik is simply too busy.

He has already committed a whole set of dates to his producers and unless one of them decides to release him and reschedule shoots, there is little scope for a wedding - let alone a honeymoon.

"We are still in the process of talking to producers. Unless someone releases Hrithik for at least 10 days how can we fix the marriage date?" Hrithik's father, the actor-director Rakesh Roshan told the BBC.

He also said the wedding will be "a small, private affair with only close friends invited".

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