New Delhi: The May-December romance between Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoorin Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a noteworthy feature in a film that has received widely differing responses.
- A pic of Ranbir, Aishwarya was Instagrammed by Neetu Kapoor
- It is a throwback pic from the sets of Aa Ab Laut Chalen
- Ae Dil Hai Mushkil hit the screens last Friday
Now, let's take you 17 years back in time when a young Ranbir was so smitten by Aishwarya that he wanted to capture her on canvas.
In 1999, Ranbir's dad Rishi Kapoor was making Aa Ab Laut Chalen, the only film he's ever directed, starring Aishwarya and Akshaye Khanna. This picture from the sets was Instagrammed by Ranbir's mother Neetu Kapoor on Tuesday (clearly you don't wait till Thursday to post a throwback this epic).
Aishwarya, who is celebrating her 43rd birthday today, was about 26 then. Aa Ab Laut Chalen was her second Hindi film, after Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya.
Ranbir was all of 17, years before any assaults were made on his susceptible dil. Pure gold:
Last month, film journalist Rumy Jaffery posted this throwback image, also possibly from the Aa Ab Laut Chalen era, which went viral:
Cut to 2016. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has released - to mixed reviews, like we said - and Ranbir, now all grown up, has long emerged from behind the scenes. Aishwarya is still as lovely as she was decades ago.
These pictures, from a Filmfare photoshoot. QED.
We live in hope of more pictures, old and new.
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which also stars Anushka Sharma and Fawad Khan in a special appearance, hit the screens last Friday. Shah Rukh Khan has a cameo.