Bollywood playback singer Ankit Tiwari is set to get married to Pallavi Shukla, a mechanical engineer, on February 23.
The wedding will be held in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, in typical North Indian style. The couple will exchange rings on February 20, which will be followed by pre-wedding ceremonies including Haldi, Sangeet, Mehendi will be organised.
The singer's paternal grandmother had arranged the wedding after she met Pallavi during a train journey.
Ankit, who has crooned some chart-busters like Sunn Raha Hai Na Tu, Galliyan and O Yara, is too busy with his work commitments and hence, plans to host a reception in Mumbai only by next month.
"Usually, weddings in our family last 10-12 days, but Ankit doesn't have the time. His shows are booked months in advance and we worked around his dates," Ankit's older brother Ankur told Mumbai Mirror.
Talking about his to-be-wife, the Galliyan singer told the Times of India: "She's a very sweet girl and already gets along very well with everyone at home, which is what matters most, as ours is a very close-knit family," he said.
"My parents had never stopped me from having a love marriage, but my experience with love has been rather bad. So, I am happy with the choice my parents have made for me. After all, every parent wants the best for their child. It's going to be the start of a new phase in my life and I want it to be a really good one!" he added.
Ankit, who was arrested in 2014 for allegedly raping a 28-year-old woman and was acquitted in 2017, further said that Pallavi is aware of his past.
"We met before things were finalized and I discussed everything with her. She is a very well educated girl and understands things. Her parents were also made aware of everything right from the start," Ankit said.
"Ab zamaana bahut aage badh chuka hai. Aaj bhi log discussion kar sakte hain, I can't stop them. What's important is ki jiske saath mein judne wala hoon, nothing is hidden from her and her family."
"I didn't need to justify myself to her. She's a very genuine person and we sorted out things before we said yes," he added.