By Namrata Arora Last Updated:
In an industry where marriages soon lose their charm and struggle immensely to survive, the magical love story of Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri is definitely worth telling. Their marriage has survived many tests of time, making them one of the most inspiring and stable couples of Bollywood [Read About The Other 6 Strongest Bollywood Marriages].
The romance of this Bollywood superstar, who is known to be the ultimate on-screen lover, is nothing less than a filmy story in itself. And, we thought of bringing to you, Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri's beautiful journey of love and marriage. So, here we go.
Shah Rukh laid eyes on Gauri Chibber for the first time at a common friend’s party in 1984, when he was only 18 years old. He saw her dancing with another boy, and due to his shy temperament, he could not ask her for a dance. When he finally gathered the courage to ask her for a dance, Gauri who herself was not interested, turned him down by saying that she was waiting for her boyfriend. Shah Rukh’s dreams of love shattered at that very moment. But in reality, there was no ‘boyfriend’; it was her brother she was there with. Shah Rukh told in an interview, that later when he came to know about this, he called her and said, “mujhe bhi apna bhai samjho.” (Consider me your brother too!). And, this was how their beautiful relationship began.
Gauri soon fell for Shah Rukh's wit, confidence and style, and the two started going out. But, things were not as hunky-dory for these two young lovebirds. Shah Rukh, by nature, was very possessive about Gauri. He did not like her to keep her hair open, let alone talking to other boys. It was then that Gauri realised that she needed a break from this relationship. A day after she celebrated her birthday at Shah Rukh’s place (complete with flowers, gifts and cake), she left for Mumbai with her friends without telling him.
It was at this moment Shah Rukh realised his love for Gauri. Shah Rukh, who was very close to his mother, told her what had happened. She not only told him to go after his love, but also gave him ten thousand rupees to help him out. Shah Rukh recalls that he and his friends searched the entire city, but had no luck in finding Gauri. It was only after a very frantic search that he found her at a beach. They both laid eyes on each other and broke down crying while in each other’s arms. That moment they realised that both of them could not live without each other and decided to get married. This is when the real drama began.
So far, as Shah Rukh and Gauri were making peace with each other’s love and different temperaments, they showed little concern for the biggest factor of their relationship- their different religious backgrounds. Gauri belonged to a family of Hindu Brahmins. Her father was a pure vegetarian, and even had a temple within the house. And, Shah Rukh was a Muslim. It was obvious that her parents did not approve of their relationship. After all, religion does play an important role in marriages in our country. Leave aside the religion, they also considered Shah Rukh unsettled and their own daughter, young and immature to take such a big decision.
In an interview, this is what Gauri said about her parents' reaction:
“Yes, my parents were obviously not for it because we were so young and then, to take a decision to get married to a person who was going to join films and also from a different religion.”
The couple went through a lot of struggle to be together, from keeping their relationship a secret for five years to even changing his name to pose as a Hindu boy to impress Gauri’s parents. They did all they could to convince her parents about their love and its seriousness. Shah Rukh was finally able to get Gauri's hand and her parent's blessings. And, the couple finally got married on October 25, 1991. It was a Hindu marriage ceremony. In an interview, King Khan said:
"I don't know whether I am a nut but I am very intense about my love for Gauri. She's a part of me."
While Gauri says:
"He was the first person I met and went out with. And he has been the only man."
Today, even after twenty five years of marriage, the couple still seems to be deeply in love with each other. They are proud parents of three lovely children– Aryan, Suhana and AbRam. Both Shah Rukh and Gauri respect each other’s religion and follow both at home. Their love, commitment, trust, fidelity and belief in one another, is an example to all couples within the industry and outside. Shah Rukh believes that for him, there is only one girl and that is Gauri. Shah Rukh always stays amazed by the way she handles their family, his production house and her work as an interior designer. He believes that she is a complete woman in every way!
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Here is wishing the happy couple many more years of togetherness and love!