In the first ever televised 'Swayamvar' item girl Rakhi Sawant chose Toronto based Elesh Parujanwala as her life partner in a unique reality TV show the final episode of which ended on late Sunday night, August 2, 2009.
NDTV Imagine's ' Rakhi ka Swayamvar' ran 26 episodes before Rakhi Sawant made her final choice from the three finalists out of the original list of 16 contestants. The other two finalists were Manas Katyal and Chhitiz Jain, both from New Delhi.
'I have been watching Elesh from day one. On and off the camera, he has been the same and has really taken care of me. He is everything I was looking for and I am glad to have found him on the Swayamvar. Swayamvar means finding a life partner and I have found Elesh’, said Rakhi Sawant.
According to Rakhi, it was her engagement and she is ready to get married after understanding each other better off camera, Rakhi said after announcing her choice. Rakhi was in red and gold lehenga-choli and kundan jewellery looking like a perfect bride. Elesh Parujanwala was in white sherwani and turban.
Asked when where he would like to go for honeymoon, Elesh said that he would prefer Niagara Falls, followed by Disney USA. Garlands and rings were exchanged in the dramatic finale.