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'Ajay and Kajol would not last!' This was media’s verdict when the two hogged the limelight for pairing up in real life. The critics labelled them as an ‘unlikely pair’ due to their contrasting personalities. While, Ajay was known to be shy and an introvert, Kajol was a live wire, who would burst into vivacious laughter at the drop of a hat. A few believed that the relationship would not last long, let alone culminate in marriage. But, defying the media speculations, the couple got married after four-year-long long courtship and are still going strong.
Kajol, who was always found reading a 'Mills and Boon' novel, had finally fallen head over heels in love with her Mr Right. Ajay explained their relationship by saying:
We never resorted to the usual 'I love you' routine. A proposal never happened. We grew with each other. Marriage was never discussed, but it was always imminent.
This ‘unlikely pair’ tied the knot on February 24, 1999, in true Maharashtrian style.
Ajay, often regarded as ‘camera shy’, wanted the marriage to be a private affair. He did not even hire professional photographers for the wedding, insisting that he would be the only one with the camera. Therefore, the photographs were totally up, close and personal. The newlyweds left for a two-month long honeymoon to Europe soon after their wedding.
No matter how smooth their courtship was, their marriage saw a lot of ups and downs. Post the marriage, there were rumours that Kajol did not get along with her in-laws well. But, she came out strongly against the allegation. Also, the couple had to face several media attacks. One of the popular magazines had published Ajay's alleged affair with a much younger actress.
Kajol reacted to this saying:
I don't believe in those rumours because I know the way this industry functions. You cannot continue a marriage without the basic trust. Frankly, I don't care for such talk.
It was in 2001 when Kajol was pregnant with her first child. Devgn family was all set to welcome their bundle of joy, but Kajol suffered a miscarriage in the sixth month of her pregnancy. Maintaining great dignity in his sorrow, Ajay informed the media:
Both of us were thrilled when we learnt of the pregnancy. If not today, tomorrow we will look forward to starting a family. Kajol will be back on her feet before you know it. We're happy together and that's all that matters.
Two years after the miscarriage, the couple got a second chance to experience parenthood. It was on April 20, 2003, that Kajol gave birth to their gorgeous daughter, Nysa. Yug, their son, came seven years later. Since then, Kajol took motherhood as her first priority. She has also been turning down several offers from the industry till date, just to stay at home with her kids. While for Ajay, Nysa is her weakness; he hates it if he has a day off and she is not around.
Kajol, in an interview, once said:
I’m really nasty, critical and cutting. Ajay is a much better person than me. It’s not easy being the sensible one all the time, but he’s such a gentleman.
No wonder this couple has braved all the controversies and testing times and has managed to come out strong. Ajay sums it up the best. He says, “In our differences, we complete and complement each other. Both Ajay and Kajol opened up recently about how they still have such a beautiful relationship going. They were quizzed about the secret behind their happy married life at the 'Hindustan Times Leadership Summit' held in December 2014. To that, Kajol cheerfully admitted:
We dated for almost four years before getting married and we are best friends. I think our relationship has worked only because I speak a lot and he quietly listens. So the secret to our happy married life is that Ajay doesn't say much.
Adding to this, Ajay joked:
I sometimes listen and sometimes I just pretend to listen.
Aren't they adorable? They make one of the best pairs of the Bollywood couple. Team BollywoodShaadis wishes the happy couple a lifetime of togetherness and happiness! Stay tuned with us to know more about the sweet love stories of your favourite celebrities.