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ďWill they? Wonít they?Ē The entire nation waited with bated breath when news of their romance leaked out. Well, they finally took the plunge and it was possibly the most-talked-about wedding of the decade. Itís been over a year and the couple still seems like theyíre on their honeymoon.
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Head over heels in love, they look like they have eyes only for each other. Theyíve hardly made an appearance without interlocked hands or looking lovingly into each otherís eyes. Their romantic pasts buried, they personify wedded bliss. Who cares about history when youíve got chemistry?
Actively listen to what your partner says, work things so that you are both happy with the result, apologise and repair any damage done and always show gratitude for everything you do for each other. These things, done on a daily basis, will keep your relationship fresh and happy, always.
This story begins with a pair of legs. True to filmi style, a teenaged Shah Rukh Khan fell in love with a pair of legs walking down a Delhi road. She turned around and if those lovely legs didnít belong to a girl named Gauri Chibba, there wouldnít be much of a story here, but yeah, you guessed it. The rest, as we know, is history.
Shah Rukh & Gauri Khan
Shah Rukh Khanís intense, passionate onscreen persona is an extension of his actual personality. His charm can make any woman go weak in the knees. Being married to a larger-than-life personality like him must be a task indeed. But Gauri makes it all seem like a breeze. Despite being married to a superstar, her individuality shines through. Be it her work as a producer or her own special inimitable style. When rumours of an affair between SRK and a leading lady and questions about his +++uality broke out in the í90s, Gauri chose to stand by her man. And itís probably the faith in their relationship that has kept it going strong. They arenít called the first couple of Bollywood for nothing.
Take a leaf out of Gauriís book and learn to deal with all the female adulation. It could be a female colleague, his sister or even your mother-in-law vying for his attention. Enjoy the attention he gets - itís a compliment to your good taste!
Hrithik & Sussanne Roshan
The first promo of Kaho NaaÖ Pyaar Hai declared Hrithik Roshan a superstar. Conventional Bollywood logic would have him denying his relationship till the end of time. Hrithik decided to marry his lady-love in a lavish ceremony instead. This couple has been together since the days when Hrithik was a shy, gawky teenager known just as Rakesh Roshanís son.
Greek god looks and superstar statusÖ Hrithik has it all. And he chose to share it with his childhood sweetheart. He proposed to her over a romantic dinner by writing ďWill you marry me?Ē on a piece of tissue. If the answer was ďNoĒ, she was to continue eating. SighÖ We just might need some of that tissue ourselves.
Over the years, Sussanne and Hrithik seem to have grown together. So, go that extra mile and keep your romance alive by working on your relationship. Donít take each other for granted and, most importantly, donít forget how important intimacy is in a longstanding relationship.
Aamir Khan & Kiran Rao There was quite a stir when the very-married Aamir Khan got involved with Kiran Rao, who was an assistant director for Lagaan. And their marriage later caused a frenzy among media and fans alike.
It didnít take much time for the rather quirky but endearing Kiran Rao to win hearts and be whole-heartedly accepted as Aamir Khanís partner. Aamir recently admitted that sheís had a calming effect on him. For Kiran, the change was as much professional as personal - sheís got a chance to learn the commercial side of filmmaking. The coupleís love for cinema is what brought them together and continues to provide intellectual stimulation. They prove that the couple that works together, stays together.
If you work with each other, try and complement each otherís working style and personalities. Bounce ideas off one another and accept that the work personality is bound to be different from what you see at home. Keep it strictly business while youíre at work and try to strike a balance. You might not agree on everything, but remember to keep an open mind and agree to disagree.
Arbaaz Khan & Malaika Arora-Khan
The ever-supportive Arbaaz is always happy about wife Malaikaís successes. In fact, Malaika has the entire Khan clan backing her and her career.
If Malaika is out shooting long hours, Arbaaz fills in to care for their young son, Arhaan. And vice versa. Malaika, on her part, is quite the pro at managing her family and career and doesnít take up assignments that keep her away from home for long periods of time. With her priorities in place and an equally grounded husband, itís no wonder Malaika usually gets what she wants.
Juggling a career and a home is a tough balancing act. But setting ground rules always works. For instance, make it a point not to bring work home and keep the weekends reserved strictly for family. Establish strong boundaries and donít let anyone or anything weaken your bond from the outside.
Two heart-throbs coming together makes for great copy and the coming together of two of the planetís best lookers Ė Brad and Angelina Ė made for sensational news. Their much-publicised romance started on the sets of Mr and Mrs Smith and has provided enough fodder to feed gossip-mongers for a lifetime.
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie
This relationship stands out because itís not just about the two stars. They set a fine example of the perfect humanitarian team by drawing attention to issues like the plight of refugees and the cause of the girl child. Theyíve adopted three children, Maddox from Cambodia, Zahara from Ethiopia and Pax from Vietnam, and they also have three biological children, Shiloh and new-born twins. They have ensured that the adopted kids learn their mother tongue and culture, so they always remember their heritage. For this golden couple, the priority is children and that keeps them real, despite the pressures of stardom.
Take a tip on working as a unit from Brangelina. Cherish and respect each other, and get equally involved in all decisions. Ensure that both of you have a common goal. This will keep the relationship focused. Set aside as much family time as possible and if that means spending your Saturday evening watching football, so be it!
Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith
A young actress named Jada Pinkett came to audition for the part of Will Smithís girlfriend in the hit TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel Air in 1995. Unfortunately, the makers thought she looked Ďtoo smallí in front of Will Smith. Though she didnít get the part, she ended up with the star. Two years after they met, they were walking down the aisle.