Gossip is bad, and we shouldn’t make assumptions about people we don’t know, and of course none of this matters as much as stuff that happens in “real” life. But, on the other hand, isn’t it fun?
Ayan Mukherjee is Kajol’s first cousin, and part of “the” Mukherjees, the ones who founded Filmistan studio and stuff. When he was a 21 year old kid who had assisted on one film, he met Karan Johar at a gym and introduced himself, and then sent a text message to follow up which was so eloquent and beautiful that Karan reached out to him and offered him an entry level job at Dharma with the potential of becoming a Dharma director in future. Ayan worked as an AD, and then wrote Wake Up Sid, Karan agreed to produce it, and they brought in Ranbir to star. This was in 2008, Ayan was 25 and so was Ranbir. Ranbir had just been launched and had his first hit film, and was also widely rumored to have been dating his first co-star Sonam, and currently dating his new co-star Deepika.
Starting with the Wake Up Sid promotions, it became obvious that Ranbir-Ayan were more than the usual “friends during filming” kind of relationship. They went everywhere together, and everyone just accepted that as a given, from the media to their families to their significant others. Oh, and also Wake Up Sid was immediately obviously brilliant both for Ayan’s writing/directing and Ranbir’s performance, so the creator-muse relationship was also accepted.
Ayan’s gay, that’s just common knowledge and commonly accepted. So no one expects him to have a girlfriend. But Ranbir has had a whole string of girlfriends, while also being closer to Ayan than anyone else. They’ve been together over 10 years now and made 2 movies plus the currently forever in production Brahmastra, but also done things like vacationed together, gone to parties together, and so on and so forth.
And latest news, Alia posted some vacation photos of her and Ranbir…and Ayan. Which is just a bit odd! It’s not like this was a big group thing, or a family thing, or a work thing. It looks like a vacation getaway for boyfriend-girlfriend Alia and Ranbir. And also Ranbir’s best friend Ayan. Huh?? What now?? How does this work?
So, in a completely frivolous and meaningless way, well aware that it doesn’t matter and is none of our business, what is your vote for the deal on the Ranbir-Ayan relationship:
- Magical creative partnership in a way that draws them together closer than lovers
- Weird undefined thing that is painful and passionate and no girlfriend can ever come close to
- Just good friends