What is more influential than one Bollywood star? Two in a wasta-filled partnership. So, from some long-standing couples to new romances, here is our pick of the 10 most important power couples in the Indian film industry.
Many relationships don’t stand the test of time in Bollywood, but that is not the case with our number one couple: Shah Rukh and Gauri have been married since 1991 (they met in 1984), and despite the odd rumour that they lead separate lives, by all official appearances, they are still going strong.
She is the key interior designer in Mumbai high society, and he is arguably the most famous Bollywood star of all time. They are an interfaith marriage too (he is Muslim and she is Hindu) and they got together before either of them was famous, so their match appears to one truly founded on love. The pair have three kids together, and by all accounts their children are expected to be the next big thing in Bollywood, so the family’s power will likely continue.
This pair is powerful together, but they are both Bollywood royalty in and of themselves. Kareena’s family is ‘the first family of Bollywood’, with her great-grandfather Prithvi Raj Kapoor a very famous actor from the 1930s to the 1970s. Meanwhile, Saif boasts royal lineage (his famous cricketer father Mansoor Ali Khan was the Nawab of Pataudi) and his mother is, of course, Sharmila Tagore of Aradhana fame.
Saif and Kareena have starred side-by-side in many big budget movies and ads, but their own love story started late. Saif, 48, was married to Amrita Singh, 60, before he married Kareena in 2012 after a five-year courtship. While Saif has two children with Amrita, it is his child with Kareena that the media adores. Super-cute, blue-eyed Taimur Ali Khan is undeniably Bollywood’s most famous baby.
Soon to be married, Ranveer and Deepika have kept the details of their relationship under wraps, but appear to have been dating for around five years. While they are famous actors in their own right, it is when they star next to each other in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s historical epics that they truly shine. Ram-Leela in 2013, Baijrao Mastani in 2015 and this year’s Padmaavat are some of Bollywood’s biggest recent hits.