was, of course, shocked by his proposal
There was no scenic backdrop, no bending of the knee, no quartet of violinists serenading the object of Imran Khan's affections.
Imran proposed to Reham Khan in his container. And no, it wasn't cosy.
She revealed this and more in a heart-to-heart with Dawn News' Saira Qadeer on Yeh Zindagi Hai today, where she finally opened up about her life and work but what everyone really wanted to know about is her "life-changing" interview with Imran Khan, which led to his proposal of marriage!
Reham describes her interview with Imran as "an unpleasant experience".
"The only other container I had ever been in was Tahir-ul-Qadri's with my colleague Wasim Badami. His was square and air-conditioned, but Khan sahab's was very narrow. I was sick with tonsillitis and fever on the day of the interview, and the container was so hot! Khan sahab has an allergic reaction to air conditioning, so it wasn't switched on. It was an unpleasant experience," shared Reham of that fateful day.But she doesn't believe it was the interview that drove him to propose. He had been "thinking about it", she feels, though he didn't know her well at all. Referring to herself as a private person, she said that she doesn't have many close friends, even in the journalists' circle, so no one really knew about her earlier marriage or kids. he question that IK popped was not the standard 'Will you marry me?'
The PTI Chairman instead asked for the full name of her parents.
"Na jaan, na pehchaan, and here he was asking for my parents' name!" she recalls, "I demanded to know why he was asking."
IK didn't beat about the bush in his answer: he plainly revealed that he wanted to have someone perform an istakhara (a special prayer for determining the best course of action before a decision)... to determine if she was the right woman for him.
"He didn't even ask if I'm interested," she exclaims. "So I gave him a lecture, which was contrary to what he's used to, so he was quite shocked. Among other things, I told him that an istakhara should be performed by oneself, not others!"
Khan sahab then resorted to praise of his to-be wife, which seems to have scored him some points.
"You don't have a price," he said, "I like you for your khuddari."
But then he went a tad overboard.
"I know your story, your first marriage and kids," he continued, and Reham had to shut him down. "That's none of your business," she said.
So as the banter between the two oscillated from hot to cool, what led up to her final acceptance of his proposal?
"I was, of course, shocked by his proposal. What struck me was when he spoke about Sulaiman, his eldest son. We see Imran as an aggressive, confident, macho kind of man, but when he talked about Sulaiman, there was a softness in his eyes that really appealed to me. Imran Khan is an exceptional father. And I realised that there is more to this man than what's on TV."