By Meenu Bahuguna Last Updated:
Marriages are made in heaven, but love happens in this very world. This is exactly what happened to the youngest and probably the coolest jodi in Bollywood, Riteish and Genelia Deshmukh. There were no formal proposals, no candlelight dinners to woo each other! For Riteish and Genelia, being happy with the person they love was always the most important thing.
These two have restored our faith in love in today’s time. In an era, when people are drifting apart from each other with every passing day, Genelia and Riteish have set an example which proves that ‘Love conquers all’. So, without making you wait any further, here is their super-adorable love story.
Year 2002, it was a day just like any other, but who knew two hearts are going to be one forever after this day. A 16-year-old girl, full of inhibitions arrived at the Hyderabad airport with her mom to meet a young boy from an influential family of Maharashtra. The girl was Genelia D’Souza, and this young man we are talking about, was none other than Riteish Deshmukh, Maharashtra’s then Chief Minister’s (Late Shri Vilas Rao Deshmukh) son.
Initially, Genelia thought that being a chief minister’s son, Riteish will be a spoilt brat and full of tantrums. So, she decided to give him an attitude before he did! Oblivious to her thoughts, Riteish arrived on the terminal and saw this tall girl, who shook hands with him and started looking in a different direction. This cold reaction left him wondering why she was behaving awkwardly!
This was their first meeting for the test shoot of their debut film, Tujhe Meri Kasam.
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'They fight, they play and that’s the way, they are meant to stay!'
To Genelia’s surprise, opposite to her first thoughts, Riteish came out to be extremely humble and polite with everybody on the sets. During the shoots, Riteish was immensely respectful towards Genelia’s parents. The actress found it endearing that despite being the CM’s son, Riteish was completely down-to-earth.
The story moved forward from here, the two youngsters made things easy for each other on the sets. Not many people know that Riteish is also a professional architect, and architecture is what he used to discuss with Genelia on the sets. And, young Genelia used to share updates about her college and exams with him.
Soon, they became best friends on and off the sets. The fondness grew, but no formal proposals were made from any side. After the Hyderabad shoot, Riteish came back to Mumbai. By now, he had started missing Genelia’s company. She also could not keep herself unfazed by his charm.
The aura of Riteish was slowly taking over her. Love was never a sudden thing for them, it was a slow process, where they first got to know each other and before they could realise it, they were in love!
A 16-year-old girl and a 24-year-old boy met way back in the year 2002. They gradually fell in love and after a nine-year long relationship, finally tied the knot on February 3, 2012.
This youngest couple of Bollywood literally grew up together. The beauty of this relationship is that they were so used to each other as friends, that till now, they do not know when love 'officially' happened and who proposed to whom?
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In times where instant break-ups and link-ups are the trend around, this is one inspiring couple that has stood by each other for more than a decade now. Riteish and Genelia have always been in love since their first film, but both being from a non-filmy background, they never disclosed it to the media. The strong bond of commitment between them has made them the first couple of Bollywood to have never had a single controversy, or link-ups with any other co-star (touchwood!).
The secret to their happy married haven is nothing but just the fact that their relationship is based on understanding and friendship without any insecurities. This is what makes this beautiful couple shine out from rest of the celeb crowd.
As for Genelia, she gives Riteish unconditional support and love. Her love is the most amazing thing for him. He is deeply and madly in love with his wife.
And in return, Riteish is a loving husband to Genelia and supports her in each and every decision she makes. Even the decision to work in movies after marriage or not, is totally her choice. Genelia believes that guys like Riteish are rare in today's world.
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These two are such an amazing couple, that we do not have even an iota of doubt about how great they must be as parents. The lucky couple was blessed with two beautiful baby boys within a span of two years. The elder cutie, Riaan, was born on November 25, 2014.
The younger one, Rahyl, came into this world on June 1, 2016.
The elated parents are often seen cuddling these two munchkins, and enjoying their time as one cute, happy family.
For Riteish and Genelia, being happy with the person one loves has always been the most important thing. With their parents' blessings always by their side, this couple never gave a second thought to marriage. The most romantic aspect of this celeb jodi is that they started off being friends, and even after their marriage and two baby boys, they are still the best of friends.
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Riteish and Genelia’s journey from being sweet young lovers to a beautiful mature married couple has most definitely been an endearing one. We know that their love has and will always keep blossoming with each passing day. Here’s wishing this cutesy couple loads of love and good wishes, now and Forever!