He's Muslim, she's Hindu and their 'no nikah, no phera' wedding video has gone viral

From the moment Junaid Shaikh and Garima Joshi started dating, they knew their relationship would not last but, fate proved them wrong.

Be it caste, religion, financial status or just regular old conflicts, there are too many barriers that need to be overcome. And God forbid if you ever think of a Hindu-Muslim wedding.  When Junaid Shaikh started dating Garima Joshi, he felt that their relationship came with an expiration date. Fortunately, fate had planned it differently and their families whole-heartedly accepted them. Their love proved to be stronger than any religious prejudices and they were finally to become man and wife. As Junaid put it, it was the best day of his life so it also had to be a celebration like no other.

“We’re not doing a nikah, we’re not doing pheras,” Junaid said. “We are just having a celebration. It’s a celebration of two cultures and two families.” And that it was. Their wedding was just a huge celebration where the couple’s families came together to “#ShaikhItWithJosh”.

Posted by Shutterdown, the video went viral and the couple is now being celebrated for becoming one against all odds. “Awwww…This video can only bring a smile and tears of joy 🙂 ! Mabrook mabrook Junaid and Garima,” wrote one Facebook user.

Not only are there cultural differences, there’s a common hesitation from accepting the union of these two faiths owing to the fact that Hindus and Muslims have been at odds for way too long. As much as Bollywood wants us to believe in the power of love, ever so often it seems that love crumbles under the influence of ‘log kya kahenge?‘ But not this time.

Here is the full video: