Happy Shahrukh and Gauri’s Anniversary! My favorite 26 Photos

My goodness October is busy!  And I suppose it is even more busy in the actual Khan household, with Gauri’s birthday and then the anniversary and then Shahrukh’s birthday.  Anyway, thanks to helpful reminders from the comments, I am throwing up a last minute anniversary post for them.  And since they are both incredibly photogenic, it’s just a bunch of pictures.  And yes, this is in addition to the Birthday Countdown post I already put up.

(not in any particular order, just counting down so I don’t lose count)

1.1. A young one when they were both still experimenting with looks, and “camera face”.  I do not approve of Gauri’s top (too busy) or Shahrukh’s earring (too fake macho).

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2. Similar era, much more natural and happy!

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3. A classic.  Love how normal family feeling it is.  And how they don’t care that Suhana is clearly picking her nose and Aryan is in the middle of a grouch.

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4. Still don’t care he is in a grouch!  By now it almost looks like a family joke, even Suhana is laughing at his “photo face”

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5.  Obviously their wedding photos are great.  Still a little strange to me that we have access to these candid photos from a private event before he got famous, but whatever.  I love how he looks nervous and she looks perfectly calm.

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6. Speaking of super early candid photos, LOVE THIS!!!  Again, Shahrukh is all nervous and worried and young, and Gauri’s all like “oh whatever, it’s fine, I’m cool, my boyfriend’s stupid.”

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7. I know I just put this photo up earlier today, but I don’t care, I still love it.  It’s like the ultimate “first time parents!” photo.  They both look dead on their feet, especially Gauri, but also just so so happy and in love with each other and with their new fat little baby.

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8. The candids are just the best.  They can do good photo shoots, but the ones where they are just caught at a party or an event and clearly are still enjoying being together even after 20 years, that’s what I love.

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9. Or, of course, 20 years ago when they were on a honeymoon that would never end.

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10.  Okay, this isn’t the most flattering photo of either of them.  Especially Shahrukh.  Oh Shahrukh!  Never dance like that.

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11.  Okay, better.  How did Gauri get more gorgeous after two kids instead of less?

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12.  Yep, Gauri is clearly the beautifulest person in this photo.  Partly because Aryan is making a funny face.

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13. Aw, this is cute!  Back in the “can’t keep our hands off each other even in public” phase.

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14. Another one from that era.

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15. Although part of that is also because it was back when Shahrukh was a little extra protective in public.

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16. Okay, he’s still a little protective.

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17. But the fashion sense has certainly improved since then. White washed denim pants? Really Gauri?

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18. Oh never mind, they are still super handsy too.

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19. Although the dancing is less.  For one thing, I don’t think Shahrukh’s shoulders could put up with this any more!

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20. Although he can probably still make her laugh like this (so many photos from this era!  I think because they were both always together for Aryan and Suhana when they were babies, and then once he grew up a bit, Gauri started working instead of just hanging around film sets)

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21. See?  Always on set, with the baby.

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22.  Unlike now, when they just relax and have a nanny.

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23.  And Gauri can build her on career and life.  See how much more relaxed and happy she is hanging out in her own store with Shahrukh as the hanger on in her life, instead of her chasing after his life?

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24. Okay, this is mildly disturbing, Gauri with two Shahrukhs.

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25.  Best of all, he still looks at her just the same, then and now.

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26.  And to end, with the greatest video ever!  Well, maybe not that, but it is pretty good.

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16 thoughts on “Happy Shahrukh and Gauri’s Anniversary! My favorite 26 Photos

  1. They are so cute!! #Goals!!
    There love story is super cute too!! He apparently ran to Mumbai for her hand in marriage before it was too late, since they were different religions!
    Loved how Gauri believed and loved him before he became a star and SRK being a one woman man since forever, excluding the rumors between PC and him (which were true or not??)

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    • I am resisting the urge to give you a massive Shahrukh studies lecture. So I will keep it simple 🙂

      Shahrukh and Gauri met when they were teenagers at a kind of chaperoned teenage party thing. They started dating and slowly got more serious over many many years. When she was around 19 and he was in his early twenties, still in school and hanging out with theater groups, they had a fight and she left town to visit people in Bombay. Her family didn’t know about the relationship, so Shahrukh couldn’t exactly go to her house and ask for her address in Bombay. So instead he borrowed money from his mother and he and 2 friends ran off to Bombay, slept in the streets when the money ran out, and looked for Gauri on beaches because she liked to swim. They finally found her on the last day, but (my favorite part of the story) she wasn’t impressed by his big romantic gesture and still wanted a break from the relationship for a while.

      At some point after that, they started dating for real, not just high school stuff but seriously. He got a contract to do TV serials in Bombay, was living in Bombay and calling Gauri every night, and they finally decided they had to get married or break up. And then he did a real life DDLJ. Because he was Muslim, and a semi-employed actor, and her family had no idea they had been dating for 6 years, they knew it would be an uphill battle to get married with her family support instead of eloping, but it is the way they wanted to do it. So he met her family one by one and slowly won them over, and they had a big wedding in Delhi, before Gauri came down to Bombay to join him and they lived in a one room apartment with a mattress on the floor until his career started taking off. She didn’t even want him to be an actor, they had a deal that if he didn’t make it in a year, they would just go back to Delhi and he would get a job with his economics degree.

      Oh, and the other nice thing (and the reason there are so many young photos of them), Shahrukh was one of the few actors who never tried to hide his relationship. Even before they were married, there are super early interviews talking about how he always had a picture of his girlfriend and would show it to everybody from reporters to spot boys. And after marriage, they went to premieres together and did magazine spreads and TV commercials and all kinds of things. From Gauri’s side, it was partly because she just didn’t have anything else to do, not knowing anyone in Bombay or having a job or anything.

      Okay, I’ll make myself stop now.

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  2. The pic with Kajol is not from a set. It’s from Kajol’s mehndi ceremony before her real wedding with Ajay.

    Also, SRK has done some crazy stuff for Gauri. Besides following her Bombay. When she insisted on breaking up with him, he made posters stating his love for her and why they should stay together and posted them all over the streets from his house to some other destination that she was going to. Then he started dancing on the street, making a scene, and ended up stopping all the traffic because there was a crazy guy dancing in the middle of the street and refusing to move. SRK said he wouldn’t stop dancing until Gauri agreed to stay with him. He was making a scene purposely so that he could embarrass her especially since her family was not even supposed to know about him – forget getting involved in this kind of shenanigan.

    On Preity Zinta’s show, he described Gauri as being very hard-hearted who refused to marry him even after finding her on the beach in Bombay. He joked that it was when his mother died that she came back to him because she must have felt sorry for him so she said ‘okay now I’ll marry you.” 😛

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    • Everything I have read/heard about their early relationship sounds like it could have had a very out of whack power dynamic if Gauri wasn’t so strict with him. 19 and 14, him being so immediately possessive and over the top, she could have just caved and lost herself in him. But instead there are all these stories of her being totally able to make selfish decisions based on what she wanted. Probably part of the reason he is such a great feminist, he’s had a woman back home training him since he was 19 that women are people too and what they want out of life/relationships/everything is just as important as what their partner wants.

      Also, of course, I think he plays it up a little in interviews. Gives a funny slant to their relationship stories and stuff. But I love that his slant is to make her into the unromantic tough one, so much better than the usual interview stories of “my wife is a saint, and perfect, and I don’t know how she puts up with me”. Shahrukh is saying “hey, if you want the perfect man and the perfect marriage, then speak up for yourself and tell him what you want”.

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  3. Gauri must have had an extremely powerful personality even as a teen to put up with the hurricane that is SRK. Anyone less stronger would get subsumed into his huge personality. Especially because he has this tendency to do these huge gestures that a lot of people would get taken by but Gauri seemed to be quite unmoved by all his craziness.

    I recall Gauri saying that she thought she was too young for marriage. I think that’s partly why she wasn’t keen on it apart from all the other issues. SRK passed it off as a joke but i bet there is quite a lot of truth in her coming back after his mother died. Gauri must have realized she needed to step up and give him the support now because despite their problems she did always love him. With no other real family, she was his only family and she knew it.

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    • From the far far distance at which we are seeing all their relationship stuff, I’ve always felt like there was a combination of this swoony perfect love affair (the meeting on the beach in Bombay, the winning over her family), and a messy real relationship that moved forward in a series of starts and stops just like normal people do.

      If you strip out the romance, they started dating as teenagers, had a lot of teenage drama, had a big big fight, took a break, and made a decision that they wanted to come together in a more mature relationship, dated a while longer more seriously, tried the long distance thing, realized it wasn’t working and they either had to break up or move to be in the same place, and that meant getting married because otherwise there was no way she could move to Bombay. And there was a lot of fighting and compromise and discussion along the way, it wasn’t just “I saw you and I knew and then we got married”.

      Oh, and I agree that his mother’s death could have been a part of it. If they choices were “let’s break up because long distance is too hard and maybe get back together later if I move to Bombay or you move back to Delhi” or else getting married, breaking up would suddenly be off the table after his mother died. And from the really practical side of things, if his mother was dead, there was no real reason for him to come back to Delhi besides Gauri, and no place to stay once he got there, and so on and so on. It would make the long distance thing even harder.

      And again, I love that we know all of this! That Shahrukh made sure that his TV interviews and everything modeled this practical messy complicated long term relationship, instead of giving us just the romantic ideal.

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      • SRK has been such an open book, it’s remarkable. He says he doesn’t tell everything but what more could there even be?!

        He talked about the long-distance part a few times and how he would rush from set to call her every night and how pathetic the calls were. She wouldn’t even speak to him and there would be long stony silences from her end because she was so mad at him for leaving.

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        • I do like how in all these stories he is respectful of Gauri’s side of it. I am sure as a long term couple they had conversations/fights where she talked about “I was keeping this a secret from my whole family, and crying myself to sleep every night, and you were calling and expecting me to be interested in stories from your stupid film sets!”

          Anyway, we never hear that part of it, he always tosses off her reaction in just a little light comment.

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  4. Gauri: He (Shah Rukh Khan) has the knack of making anyone feel special. And has always made me feel so.
    ShahRukh: Basically, I love the people. I love men and women, but it’s not the kind of love that I have for Gauri. I think friendship, love and affection all mean to let everyone be! Gauri lets me be.

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    • Just as an ‘afterthought’…
      From the very beginning, it was clear that Gauri was the most powerful in that relationship…the ‘joke’ Aamir once made with the dog has a background that has nothing to do with Aamir…

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  5. Finally I had the time to search for a comment in the scene-by-scenes of JabHarryMetSejal…there was one of Anonymous who made me think how much it fitted to ShahRukh and Gauri… (I just copy/paste it)

    Anonymous on August 29, 2017 at 3:24 pm said:
    In terms of family, they perfectly complemented each other! Harry has no ties and I think he actually needs them. He needs to be responsible for someone, to have someone he can’t disappoint, to have that rootedness and bond. I think one of the reasons he behaves so well with Sejal is that he feels responsible for her. He’s able to improve his behavior because someone is counting on him and if not for himself, at least for her he has to control himself.
    Harry is the kind of guy who will function much better in all parts of his life when he’s married with kids. It will give him the grounding he needs to not act out, not be irresponsible, to try harder in his career, etc because now it’s not just for himself. There are others counting on him. All the freedom he had by himself was stifling him.

    With Sejal, it’s the opposite. She needs to cut some ties, remove herself from the setting with dozens of relatives and aunts and uncles and everyone constantly in your personal business. She’s very constricted by all the rules and restrictions. Even in her job, she is made to feel like a child because even at work, she has to listen to Dad. If she married Rupen, it would have added a whole another set of people who would be curbing her freedom – a house full of husband and in laws where she likely would not have even been able to raise children in the manner she wanted because the elder in-laws would have kept advising her in that too.

    Harry and Sejal together can have a little small close knit family of their own without too many outsiders to get in the way. I imagine with Harry support she would eventually quit working for her family too.

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    • Yes! I think of it as Shahrukh being perfect for this character because he could bring a certain sadness from his own sense of having no family. And once you put that in, his natural compliment would be a woman with too much family.

      Gauri’s family sounds like perfectly nice people, not at all like Anushka’s family in the film, but there must have been something in her, just like in Anushka, that made her want to break free and have this relationship with a completely unacceptable guy that had no family at all.

      On Sun, Oct 29, 2017 at 7:34 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • Maybe one can imagine a bit of her family life at tht time…her Dad in the Army, her mother threatening Gauri with suicide, her brother threatening to beat up ShahRukh seriously…ShahRukh and Gauri lying about the person calling at the phone and the fact that the official (state) announcement was made by giving a false address…doesn’t seem to me signs for an easy-going family life…

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