Harbhajan Singh Family
Harbhajan Singh Plaha, who is affectionately known as ‘Bhajji’ in the cricketing fraternity, is a former Indian cricketer who was a specialist spin bowler in the squad and is the holder of the second highest Test wickets by an off-spinner behind Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka.
He was born to a Sikh family on 3 July 1980 and was the only son in the family and had five siblings who were girls.
His father, Sardar Sardev Singh Plaha, owned a ball bearing and valve factory. Being the only son in the family, it was destined that Harbhajan would inherit the family business. But his father wanted Harbhajan to play cricket instead and to represent his country at the international level.
Harbhajan began his cricket training in his childhood as a batsman under coach Charanjit Singh bhullar. But after his coach’s untimely death, he turned to the tutelage of Davinder Arora and took up spin bowling.
Arora has credited Bhajji’s success to his hard-working schedule of his training, as he used to train three hours in the morning and later started training from 3 pm and continued until after sunset.
Harbhajan became the family head after his father’s death in 2000 and by 2001 he had arranged the marriages for three of his sisters.
In 2002 he fended off his own marriage rumours and in 2005 he again did so when he was linked to a Bangalore-based bride, stating that he would marry a Punjabi bride who would be selected by his family.
After his successful performance in 2001 against Australia, he was awarded Rs. 5 lakhs by the Government of Punjab and was also offered the post of Deputy Superintendent of Punjab Police, which Harbhajan accepted.
Harbhajan Singh Wife
Geeta Basra, an Indian actress, is the wife of Harbhajan Singh. She was born in 13 March 1984 and has worked in a number of Bollywood films. She has taken her acting lessons from the Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Institute.
She was born to a Punjabi Indian family in Portsmouth on the south coast of England, but currently she resides in Mumbai.
Her parents Rakesh Basra and Parveen Basra had successfully owned the Stop and Go shop in Arundel Road, Landport since 1990s. She also has a younger brother whose name is Rahul Basra and a younger sister named Ruby Basra.
She studied in Mayville High School in Southsea, which at that time was a school for small girls only. Later she studied in South Downs College where she secured level A in IT, psychology, sociology and English language.
She had earlier decided to study as a criminal psychologist but later decided to drop her dream and enter the entertainment industry.
It took 18-year-old Geeta five months to convince her parents to let her leave for India. While her brother Rahul lives in Portsmouth, her cricket-enthusiast sister Ruby lives with her family in England.
She had to work very hard to build a network in the Bollywood industry. Moreover she could understand, read and write Hindi, but was not too fluent while speaking the language. Her career was advanced from the “stereotypical girl from abroad” roles.
She first appeared in the film ‘Dil Diya Hai’ opposite Emraan Hashmi in 2006 which also starred veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty. She played the female lead role in the film named Neha Mehra.
Her second film ‘The Train’ was also opposite Hashmi which was released in 2007, where she played the role of Roma, a working woman who gets caught up in an extramarital affair. This film was her breakthrough in the industry as it opened up further opportunities for her.
Apart from these films, she has worked in ‘Zilla Ghaziabad’ (2013), ‘Mr Joe B. Carvalho’ (2014), ‘Bhaiyyaji Superhit’ (2014), ‘Second Hand Husband’ (2016) and ‘Lock’ (2016). Harbhajan had also made a special appearance in the film ‘Second Hand Husband’.
She has also worked with Sukshinder Shinda and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in the music video song ‘Ghum Sum Ghum Sum’, where she played the role of the love interest of the male protagonist. She also appeared as a guest in an episode of ‘Nach Baliye’ where Harbhajan was the judge of the show.
She had also graced the celebrity talk show ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’ a couple of times in 2015 with her husband once and in another occasion with ‘Second Hand Husband’ movie co-stars Dharmendra and Gippy Grewal.
Harbhajan Singh Love Affair and Marriage
The Indian spinner and the Bollywood actress tied the knot and took their wedding vows on 29 October 2015 and all the wedding celebrations were done in a grand style in Harbhajan’s hometown Jalandhar.
Before the wedding, Geeta had a secret bachelorette party with her gang of girls where they had a lot of fun. Only a single picture was revealed of the secret party.
After the bachelorette party, the mehendi ceremony was celebrated on 27 October 2015. While the groom’s side celebrated the occasion at their native house in Navi Baradari, the bride’s side chose to celebrate the occasion at a hotel on the outskirts of Jalandhar.
For the mehendi ceremony, Geeta had worn a pastel pink and lemon yellow lehenga with patchwork by Archana Kochhar and looked stunning in that dress.
Although the mehendi ceremony were celebrated by both the parties in different places, yet Harbhajan and some of his friends decided to drop by Geeta’s hotel to give her a surprise. Later they also had a fun-filled shayari round.
One of the guest later said, “The bride’s side was happy to have the munde wale (boy’s side), adding to the celebrations. The boys’ gang spent some time at the mehendi venue on the outskirts of Jalandhar. They danced for a while and there was a special shayari session too.”
The couple met on 28 October 2015 at Phagwara for the sangeet ceremony. For this occasion, Geeta wore a dark green lehenga while Harbhajan worn a pastel pink kurta, white churidar accompanied by a hot pink waistcoat.
The sangeet ceremony was made memorable by the energetic performances of two great Punjabi singers in the likes of Mika Singh and Gurdas Maan. Even Bhajji became so excited that he could not stop himself from shaking a leg and also posed with Geeta for some candid photos.
The jago ceremony took place at night after the sangeet ceremony. During the jago ceremony, which is one of the important ritual in a Punjabi marriage, Harbhajan had to carry a decorated pot around the locality with his mother, sister and other relatives and did giddha.
For the entire ceremony the locality was cordoned off because of security issues and the bouncers wore special t-shirts with ‘Harbhajan and Geeta’ written on them. For the ceremony Harbhajan wore a green pathani suit and after the ceremony ended, a special dinner was organised.
The wedding was a traditional Punjabi affair. The groom got ready and left for the wedding venue with his baraat in a Rolls Royce in style. The bride also reached the venue, blushing all the way, in another Archana Kochhar creation.
Geeta wore a red lehenga with heavy golden work on it. To match with it she wore heavy kundan jewellery, consisting of a nath, haath phool and a maang tikka, which were made from Vadodara-based Narayan Jewellers. To complement his partner, Harbhajan wore an off-white and red sherwani.
The wedding took place in presence of close friends and family members in a gurudwara in Jalandhar. Sachin Tendulkar and his wife Anjali Tendulkar and Neeta and Mukesh Ambani’s son Akash Ambani was present at the wedding.
The reception party was organised at The Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi on 1 November 2015 and was graced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Cricketers like Virender Sehwag, Munaf Patel, Kapil Dev, Varun Aaron, Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay and chairman of Indian Premier League Rajeev Shukla were among the A-listers for the grand reception. In total 1000 guests were invited according to some reports.
Harbhajan Singh Daughter
The couple were blessed with a baby daughter on 27 June 2016 who was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire and was named Hinaya Heer Plaha.