The Love Story of Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao

 

Aamir and Kiran are the epitome of a couple that likes fun, appreciate their creative differences and encourage themselves to grow and flourish. However, where did it all begin for them?

 

                                                

 

 Did you know that before the Kiran Rao – Aamir Khan marriage, the ever-so-pretty Kiran Rao was assisting Ashutosh Gowarikar while he was filming Lagaan in the year 2001?

 

                                                                         

 

 

The film had an ensemble cast and had Aamir Khan and Gracy Singh as the leads. It was India’s official entry to the Oscar’s that year and Producer Aamir Khan and Director Ashutosh Gowarikar took home eight National Film Awards, nine Filmfare Awards, nine Screen Awards[66] and ten IIFA Awards. This was how Aamir Khan first met Kiran Rao who was assisting the director. They met and unlike in the movies, love didn’t blossom in one magical moment. They took time and got to know each other for a while before they started to date. It was around that time that Aamir got separated from his first wife and actress, Reena Dutta. The couple then went the divorce route in the year 2002, ending their two decade old relationship.

 

                                                                   

 

Three years after his divorce from his first wife Reena, Aamir Khan married Kiran Rao on 28th of December, 2005. The marriage was formally registered under Special Marriage Act of the Indian Marriage Law . The couple later had a private function for family at Aamir’s farm house in Panchgani.

 

                                                                

Aamir had later said that he wanted to keep his relationship private until he was sure of himself and that he and Kiran had been living together for more than a year before they finally decided on getting married. The couple solemnized their vows on December 28, 2005. 

Kiran on her part says she was enamored by the star and shares her side of the love story. As a teenager Kiran had seen Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak which starred Juhi Chawla and Aamir in the leads on the new VCR her family had purchased. She says, ‘I loved him in it and really liked the film more. I thought to myself “What a sweet film, what great music, acting and what a cute guy!’”

 

                                                                

 

She says not in her wildest dreams had she imagined that years later she would actually date and later marry and have kids with that “cute guy”. In those days, everyone knew about Aamir was the perfectionist and a good actor. That is all she knew until she actually met him while working for Lagaan.

                                                                 

   

Aamir and Kiran Rao struggled while trying for a baby. They openly endorsed and advocated the usage of IVF( In Vitro Fertilisation) and surrogacy to those facing difficulties in conceiving naturally. They encouraged parents on choosing this route as having a child shouldn't be a thing they miss out on. Their son Azaad was born on December 5, 2011. 

 

                                                                

Kiran came into Aamir's life when he was at a crossroad that could have led him to his downfall or fame. Luckily, Kiran recognized his potential and understood focus and thus made him what he is today. Her supportive nature was evident in a statement she made in an interview when she said, "I was attracted to his sense of humour and his knowledge and the way he looks at things. What most keeps us together is our value system. For instance, both of us are not very interested in our work and enjoy that. Both of us have a sense of rooting in community and have a strong civic sense and being a part of civil society. We both get affected by a certain kind of politics or intolerance. Aamir is able to get lost in what he is doing, which I am unable to. You can be sitting in front of him and can be talking to him and he is able to think his thoughts and listen to you as if you are there which is incredibly frustrating for a spouse. Yet I support his dream."