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The Farhan Akhtar-Adhuna love story

Last updated on: January 22, 2016 11:35 IST

The incredible years, with Farhan and Adhuna.

It's official that Farhan Akhtar and his wife Adhuna are ending their marriage of 16 years.

Reports about trouble brewing between the two were doing the rounds for a while, and they finally put an end to the speculation on January 21.

While this separation has shocked many of us, we look back at their beautiful love story.

 

Adhuna and Farhan

Image: Farhan and Adhuna. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar

Farhan Akhtar first spotted Adhuna Bhabani at a Juhu nightclub in 1997 and instantly fell in love with her. He was working on his directorial debut film Dil Chahta Hai at the time.

 

Zoya Akhtar, Farhan, Adhuna, Honey Irani

Image: Zoya Akhtar with Farhan, Adhuna and mother Honey Irani. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar

Farhan's sister Zoya then introduced the couple.

 

Adhuna and Farhan

Image: Farhan and Adhuna. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar

Adhuna is six years older than Farhan but the age difference was never an issue for them.

 

Adhuna and Farhan

Image: Farhan and Adhuna. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar

After dating for three years, they got married in 2000. 

 

Farhan and Adhuna Akhtar

Image: Farhan and Adhuna. Photograph: Rediff Archives

Dil Chahta Hai released in 2001, and it turned out to be lucky for the couple. Not only did Farhan taste success with his directorial debut but it was also Adhuna's first film as a hairstylist.

 

Farhan Akhtar and Adhuna

Image: Farhan and Adhuna. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar

Since then, the talented hairstylist has been part of all Farhan's films.

 

Farhan, Adhuna with kids

Image: Farhan with daughter Shakya and Adhuna with Akira

The couple have two daughters, Shakya and Akira.

 

Farhan, Adhuna, Merly Streep

Image: Hollywood veteran Meryl Streep with Farhan Akhtar and Adhuna. Photograph: Adhuna Akhtar/ Instagram

On Adhuna's 40th birthday in March 2007, the B-town hunk gifted his wife a diamond ring because when the couple got married, Farhan couldn't afford to buy a ring for his lady love. 

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