"When someone new enters the industry, obviously there will be novelty and sensation. It is bound to happen. The reason why people are putting you down is because they're fed up with your success. Also there are people just waiting for that little slip and are ready to attack. But ultimately, your fate and your future cannot be determined by the press. Who is the press? They create you, they make you, they praise you. But by their praising or criticising you, nothing can be changed. People read and forget. Your future is based on your films and your work. People who are writing all this are non-achievers compared to Shahrukh." Life is so strange... When I married Shahrukh and came to Mumbai, I had my fears. Everything about the place including the film industry seemed so strange and awkward that every two months I'd run back to Delhi to my family. But finally, I did find my feet here and today I have absolutely no regrets in life. Shahrukh has given me so much that I couldn't ask for more. I have enjoyed the pleasures of stardom. It's funny when people ask me how I've been able to retain my identity despite being married to a superstar. They don't understand that I'm not a star. I have not achieved anything. When success has nothing to do with me, why should it get into my head? Why should it affect me? For me, to think that I'm even remotely connected to his success is silly. Today, Shahrukh is going through a phase where people are writing nasty things about him but that's not the end of the world. I guess you can't have everything in life and I believe that time is the only healing factor. I am basically from Delhi. My father, Ramesh Chhiba, is a businessman. He is into exporting garments to the US, UK etc. Currently, he is also the president of the Rotary Club in Delhi. I was born and brought up in a typical joint family with uncles, aunts and cousins. My brother Vikrant is also into the family business. We lived in Panchsheel Park in Delhi. I schooled at Loreto Convent, did my eleventh and twelfth from Modern School and graduated with history honours from Lady Shriram College. Growing up was great fun. My parents were not conservative as such but they were not very modern either. Though late nights and stuff were pretty restricted, it was okay once in a while. I had my group of friends with whom I used to hang out. One of our daily hangouts was the Panchsheel Club which was five minutes down the road and where all the colony children got together. We involved ourselves in a lot of activities like swimming, playing badminton etc. As a student, I was not really bright. Well, I never stood first but I never failed either. Though my circle was such that all my friends always did well, I was just average. In fact, it was only when I met Shahrukh, I started performing well in studies. Normally, when you have a boyfriend and stuff like that, you tend to get distracted from studies but with me, it was quite the opposite. I think I fared better in my twelfth exams than I did in school. I met Shahrukh when I was in the ninth standard... I was 14 ½ and Shahrukh was 19. We lived in the same area. I met him at a party at the club. It was very casual in the beginning. We always hung around with a group of friends, his or mine. We never went out on dates. At that time, you are too young to call it an affair because affairs happen much later in life. We used to meet at the club, play badminton, swim and eat out together. That's how our friendship began. We were too young to go out and as it is I was not allowed to go out very often. Later, however, we did manage to go out in the nights because as you get into college, obviously you get more freedom. Shahrukh was terribly intelligent. He not only excelled in sports but did well academically too. He was the one to have influenced me to open my books and study. He even made all my history notes for me despite being an economics student. He was out of college by then but it was thanks to him I did well in my eleventh and twelfth.