Saturday, February 11, 2012

Bollywood's Most Romantic Couples


Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

In the run up to Valentine's Day, here's looking at the most romantic couples of Bollywood.
ne generates it, the other reels in its impact. The beauty of romance lies in the inexplicable magic it casts upon two people in love. From loving glances to extravagant gifts, it has innumerable forms of expression.
And even actors, despite engaging in make-believe ardour repeatedly, cannot succumb to its exciting allure in real life. With Valentine's Day close on the heels, it's only fair we take a look at 10 of Bollywood's most romantic couples.

1. Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
It wasn't love at first sight for Bollywood's most beautiful and the Bachchan scion.

Although when they did fall in love, AB Jr didn't waste any time. He took his light-eyed ladylove to the same spot -- balcony of a New York hotel -- where the thought of marriage had occurred in his mind and popped the question.

Even though the newly-turned parents don't quite coo sweet-nothings for public consumption, their attachment is obvious and endearing. 

Image: Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Photographs: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

2. Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor

Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor

From grand getaways in Europe to pampering Bebo with a whopping we-are-committed-to-each-other solitaire and even a tattoo, their romance is stuff Mills & Boons are made of.

Both Saif and Kareena are extremely vocal about their affection for each other and haven't had any hiccups in their solid four-year-old relationship, which is rumoured to culminate in marriage later this year.

Image: Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor

3. Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna

Twinkle Khanna and Akshay Kumar

Co-stars-turned-life partners, Akshay and Twinkle are easily one of the best-looking couples of Bollywood.

And while they prefer to keep it low-profile for most, one does catch a glimpse of their wild camaraderie once in a while.

Like the time, the Khiladi asked his significant other to unbutton his jeans while walking the ramp at a fashion show.

Image: Twinkle Khanna and Akshay Kumar
Photographs: Arun Patil 

4. Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan

Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan

Best of times. Worst of times.

Mr and Mrs Bachchan have endured a whole lot of highs, lows and negativity through the course of their togetherness.

Yet one look at the duo, be it in AbhimaanKabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Tanishq commercials or public appearances, and you know what makes them the golden jodi of tinsel town -- that's, pretty much, the long and short of it.

Image: Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan

5. Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan

Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan

Childhood sweethearts to power couple, SRK and Gauri's journey is surreal and special.

While SRK continues to refrain from doing overtly intimate scenes with his co-stars, Gauri plays the devoted, understanding better half to the hilt.

Their mutual respect for each other's religion, family, choices and values makes them what they are. 

Image: Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan
Photographs: Rajesh Karkera

6. Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao

Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao

For all his perfectionism, there's nothing rehearsed about Aamir Khan's interactions with the sweet, earthy but strong-willed filmmaker Kiran Rao.

Despite their age difference, the duo share similar passions, ideals and work ethics, lending their relationship a sense of level-headedness and accessibility.

Image: Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao

Imran Khan and Avantika Malik

The cute pair dated each other forever before making it official last year.

What's cool is how secure the pair appears together and the absolute sincerity and twinkle in their eyes when they gaze at each other.

Bottom-line: they are in love and it shows.

Image: Imran Khan and Avantika Malik
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar 

8. Ajay Devgn and Kajol

Ajay Devgn and Kajol

Kajol's real life love story with Ajay Devgn may not have the drama and grandeur of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayengebut the level of stability it projects is simply rare in Bollywood.

So they are not the kind to get gooey in public but their decade-plus chemistry, even if not particularly effective on silver screen, is unmistakably genuine and warm in person. 

Image: Ajay Devgn and Kajol

Rishi and Neetu Kapoor
From Ek main aur ek tu to Do Dooni Chaar, Rishi and Neetu Kapoor have only prospered in romance.

For Neetu, it's always been a case of family comes first. 

And in reciprocation, the sparkle on Bollywood's beloved Chintu's face when he dedicated his Best Actor-Critics' Filmfare trophy to wife Neetu for her relentless support, during his acceptance speech spoke volumes.

Image: Rishi and Neetu Kapoor
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

10. Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu

Saira Banu adjusts Dilip Kumar's tie at Boman Irani's son's wedding
True romance is often likened to wine that gets better with time. 

Turns out, it's not such a cliche after all. The commitment shared by Dilip Kumar-Saira Banu is a tribute to this theory.

'I have been blessed with the man I dreamed of marrying from the age of 12 and we have both given a lot to the relationship to grow stronger and happier with each passing year,' Saira Banu, once said in an interview, about her husband for whom she recently threw a lavish, star-studded bash celebrating his 89th birthday.

Image: Saira Banu adjusts Dilip Kumar's tie at Boman Irani's son's wedding
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar


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