The past couple of months have been a rough time for celebrity couples in Bollywood. Constant media glare, hectic work schedules, and frequent link-ups, often cause trouble in paradise when it comes to actors. Still, there are some love stories in the industry that have stood the test of time. This Valentine’s Day, we asked these couples what it takes to keep the magic alive.
Vidya Balan and Siddharth Roy Kapur
“It’s not difficult to sustain love in a relationship. It only becomes tough when you want different things from life,” says Vidya. Talking about how she makes her marriage work (the couple tied the knot in 2012), the actor says, “If you both want to be together, everything else falls into place. Spending time together is the answer to everything when it comes adding fun in a relationship.”
Shilpa Shetty Kundra and Raj Kundra
“The secret to my marriage is friendship and trust,” says Shilpa, who married Raj in 2009. When asked about what the couple does to reinvent their relationship, the actor says, “Raj and I go out on date nights every Friday. Either we catch a movie or go for dinner to a new restaurant. We do other things, too, which, obviously, I can’t talk about (laughs). It is not impossible to have a healthy relationship. All a couple needs to do is to take out time for each other.”
R Madhavan and Sarita Birje
R Madhavan stresses on the quality of time he spends with wife Sarita, who he married in 1999. “Sarita and I love talking about how things were earlier, how we moved into our first apartment, which was a one-room and kitchen, among other things. We love to talk about our journey. We also pick up different hobbies. We did skiing a couple of years ago. More recently, we also did snorkelling together,” says the actor.
Kabir Khan and Mini Mathur
“We are the kind of couple who did a scuba diving certification on our honeymoon,” says Mini, who tied the knot with Kabir in 1998. She believes that for a relationship to last, respect and friendship is far more important than chemistry and excitement. “More than spouses, we are friends. In every marriage, the excitement and physicality will die after a few years. If the physical chemistry was the only thing in a relationship, then it is bound to go downhill after a point. But, if you have other factors that bind you, it will last,” she says.
Arshad Warsi and Maria Gorreti
“You can’t take your partner for granted,” says Arshad, who married Maria on February 14, 1999. The actor says that today, it is important to keep working on your relationships. “We didn’t feel the need to work on our marriage earlier. But now, life has become so stressful that one needs to put in a little more. I only take enough work that provides me a comfortable life and also gives me the luxury of time. Maria and I also take regular trips. You’ve got to make life interesting. People snap very easily in today’s time, because patience is not very common anymore.”
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