Abhishek-Aishwarya 10th anniversary: Revisiting the couple’s love story

Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai are one of the finest and adorable couples, and can been rightly termed the power couple of Bollywood. The couple has been together for ten blissful years, and today is their 10th wedding anniversary.

Abhishek and Aishwarya tied the knot on April 20, 2007 after knowing each other for a long time. Theirs was not love at first sight, but love that is rooted in friendship. Their wedding was held as per Hindu rituals at the Bachchans’ residence Prateeksha in Juhu, Mumbai. Though it was a private wedding, it was heavily covered by the media.

Abhishek and Aishwarya first met each other while working for their film ‘Dhai Akshar Prem Ke’ when she was still seeing Salman Khan. But the co-stars bonded very well and went on to star together in ‘Kuch Na Kaho’. By then, Aishwarya had separated with Salman and dated Vivek Oberoi, while Abhishek too was briefly engaged with Karisma Kapoor. The couple’s friendship continued and grew, and Aishwarya also did a special song ‘Kajra Re’ in Abhishek and Rani Mukherji starrer ‘Bunty Aur Bubli’ when Abhishek was rumoured to be seeing his co-star.

It was during the shooting of ‘Urao Jaan’, ‘Dhoom 2’ and ‘Guru’ that the duo grew very fond of each other. It wasn’t until then that they realised that their friendship has blossomed into love. Abhishek and Aishwarya played a married couple in the Mani Ratnam directorial which went on to be a big hit.

‘Guru’ released on January 12, 2007 and Abhishek finally proposed to Aishwarya during the film’s New York City premie. Interestingly, the ring with which he popped the question was not an expensive diamond ring, but a studio prop used during the shooting of ‘Guru’. It was the same ring that Abhishek had slipped on Aishwarya's finger in the film, and hence it had sentimental value.

Aishwarya was smitten by Abhishek’s gesture and had once said in an interview, “He (Abhishek) is original and real, like our relationship. There is nothing predictable or boring about our life. We nurture each other. The gesture was spontaneous and meaningful. God has been kind to us. We can certainly afford those standard rocks. But do we need them?”

The couple returned to Mumbai and got formally engaged on January 14 and tied the knot after three months in a wedding no less than a fairy tale. The couple has an adorable daughter Aaradhya born on November 16, 2011.

As a married couple, Abhishek and Aishwarya worked together in ‘Raavan’, but ‘Guru’ will always hold a special place for both of them. Buzz is rife that the couple will reunite onscreen after seven years.