When Gauri Khan Turned Down Shahrukh Khan Twice; His Makers Asked Him Not To Marry Her- Exclusive!

On Shahrukh Khan and Gauri Khan’s anniversary, here’s looking back at their love story is still a favourite among fans.

It’s fitting that Bollywood’s ‘king of romance’ Shahrukh Khan’s own love story with Gauri was nothing less than an elaborate Yash Chopra production. The evergreen couple met at a common friend’s party in 1984 when he was only 18 years old. He saw Gauri dancing with another man and he didn’t ask her to dance at first. The couple, which tied the knot on October 25, 1991, has been married for 30 years.

SRK told Preity Zinta later, “I’m not overtly cool with women, I was never the guy to ask ‘May I have the next dance please’. But this girl was dancing in front of me, I asked my friend who she was. He went to find out and danced with her. He came and told me, “She’s waiting for her boyfriend.”

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He remembered how Gauri was very talkative at that time. “She’s talked a lot, which is strange because you know Gauri, she doesn’t talk much. Then she explained that she wasn’t ready for her boyfriend, but for her brother. She just used that line so she wouldn’t have to dance with any cheapskate.”

As it was SRK’s first relationship, he professed later in interviews that he was very possessive about Gauri, and didn’t like her talking to other men. He tried proposing to Gauri, who turned him down the first time, as her parents didn’t like him either. She decided that she needed a break from the relationship and then left for Mumbai, without telling him. He sold his camera to get money, to move around the city with his friends.

In a later interview with Preity Zinta, SRK recalled how he and his friends, broke as they were, searched the streets for Gauri, and finally found her at a beach. They had a tearful reunion and he again proposed marriage to her, to which she said no, again. “I found her, I told her, let’s get married. She refused even then, she was quite hard-hearted. A year later, my mother died so she felt sorry for me. So she said let’s get married. She didn’t want me to be an actor. So I said Okay let’s marry. My producers said not to marry, ‘Bachelor hero ki fan following zyada hoti hai, but I said, ‘Mushkil se pataya, shaadi karni padegi.”

The couple got married on October 25, 1991, after overcoming all hurdles.

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