New Year began with great news for Hardik Pandya fans. The cricketer announced his engagement with actress Natasa Stankovic on January 1.
Natasa Stankovic is Serbian by nationality and is 27 years old. She had come to India in 2012 to make a career in showbiz. She first started as a model and then featured in numerous advertisements.
2014 was the turning point for her. She featured in two music videos of rapper-singer Badshah, Tureya Tureya Janda Tere Mode Te Bandook Ve and DJ Waley Babu. It was the latter that turned out to massive success.
So much so, that Natasa started being known as ‘DJ Waley Babu Girl', a term that is still used to address her.
Natasa Stankovic's Bollywood break came in the song Aiyo Ji in the Amitabh Bachchan-Ajay Devgn-Kareena Kapoor Khan-starrer Satyagraha in 2013. Cameos and appearances in movies like Ajay Devgn's Action Jackson, and films down South, Arima Nambi and Dana Kayonu followed. She had also appeared in Shah Rukh Khan starrer Zero. She has featured in many music videos, one of them being Badshah's hit video DJ Wale
Her popularity after the song made the makers of Bigg Boss approach her. Natasa featured in the eighth season of the show and survived in the house for 28 days. She also took part in Nach Baliye 9 with her ex-boyfriend Aly Goni.
While Hardik Pandya was known to allegedly date B-Town ladies like Esha Gupta and Elli AvrRam, Natasa Stankovic was earlier dating Ye Hai Mohabbatein star Aly Goni and their relationship reportedly started around 2014. However, they parted ways within a year.
The first reports of Hardik-Natasa's relationship started when Natasha wished the all-rounder on his birthday, on October 11, this year with a lengthy note. She had termed him her ‘best friend' and a ‘beautiful soul.'
Natasa wished Hardik with a long post. She wrote, “To my best friend, the strongest and the most beautiful soul. This year has been a roller coaster ride for you. Many great things happen and some were not that great but definitely have made you stronger.
You have been such an inspiration for all of us and I couldn’t be more proud of you for everything you have done for yourself and people around you, for everything you have gone through and still decided to stand tall and get out of it like a winner.
Keep shining, smiling and getting stronger. You are on the right track. Stay focused. I’ll always have your back. Happy bday HP God bless you @hardikpandya93 #happyface.”