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Anil Kapoor and Sunita Kapoor started dating when the former was still a struggling actor, while the latter was an established model. They stuck by each other through thick and thin and their love story will restore your faith in fairytale romances. Read on...
In picture: Anil Kapoor posted this lovely picture with his wife Sunita Kapoor and wrote a sweet note alongside. He captioned - Happy Anniversary Sunita! Our house would never have become a home without you. Our kids would never have understood the meaning of family without you. I would have never experienced love without you. Thank you for always being my rock, my best friend, my lifeline and my soulmate!
The love story of a "bekaar" (jobless) boy from Chembur - Anil Kapoor - with a banker's daughter from Nepean Sea Road - Sunita - began with a prank call.
"A friend of mine gave Sunita my number to prank call me. That's when I first spoke to her and fell in love with her voice! Soon after, we met at a party–there was just something about her. We started talking and became friends. We used to discuss this other girl I liked-you know if I like her or she likes me? Then suddenly that girl vanished, leaving me heartbroken–our friendship strengthened because of that," said Anil Kapoor.
In picture: Anil Kapoor captioned this throwback picture with his wife - My best friend, my soul mate, my wife..Thank you for your unconditional love, now and always
"Little did I know that Sunita was the one all along - we started dating organically. It's not like in the movies–I didn't ask her to be my girlfriend - we both just knew," Anil further added.
In picture: Anil Kapoor captioned this throwback picture with his wife - This is what being young and in love looks like! Every day of my life is made better because of her...Happy Birthday Sunita! You are the reason for everything. Isn't she just flawless? I am so lucky! Love you!
Sunita, as described by Anil Kapoor, was from a liberal family - a banker's daughter with a modelling career, while the Kapoor lad was a struggler, figuring out his career goals. "She didn't care who I was or what my profession is- none of it mattered," said Anil Kapoor.
While Anil Kapoor and his family lived in Chembur, Sunita lived on Nepeansea road. It used to take Anil an hour to reach by bus. "Sometimes, Sunita would start screaming, 'No come fast by cab!' and I would say 'Arrey I don't have money'. Then she'd say 'Just come na' and pay for my cab," added the actor.
In picture: Sunita Kapoor holds little Sonam in her arms, while Rhea Kapoor in her dad's arms.
Anil Kapoor and Sunita Kapoor dated for 10 years, before getting married in 1984. He knew he needed to become something before asking his love of life to marry him. So, Anil Kapoor went through the struggle of not getting work. However, Sunita supported him unconditionally.
But, Sunita had one condition for marrying Anil Kapoor. She was always clear that she won't enter the kitchen. "If I said 'cook' I'd get a kick," said Anil Kapoor.
In picture: Throwback picture of Sonam Kapoor, Sunita Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor (behind)
"So when I got my first break, 'Meri Jung' I thought, I will get a house now, kitchen will come, help will come. I can get married! So I called Sunita and said, 'Let's get married tomorrow–it's tomorrow or never' & the next day, we were married," said Anil Kapoor.
In picture: Anil Kapoor captioned this picture - Just a couple of young hearts in love now & forever! #withmyoneandonly
As filmy as their love story sounds, there's an interesting backstory to their honeymoon too! Believe it or not, Sunita went on their honeymoon without husband Anil Kapoor. "I went for shoot 3 days later and madam went abroad on our honeymoon..without me," quipped Anil Kapoor.
In picture: On her birthday, Anil Kapoor penned a beautiful note for his wife Sunita, which read - The world sees the surface and applauds it for its sheen. But a surface is simply the reflection of the substance that lies underneath. You are the depth to my surface, the substance of my life and the essence of my being. Happy Birthday, Sunita!
Another interesting fact about the couple is that they are an art collector. Anil Kapoor has a collection of over 100 paintings comprising Indian as well as international artists, worth several crores. The collection is made up of known and unknown artists. When Anil married Sunita, she made him promise that for every film he signed, he would buy a painting. This started from his breakthrough film Woh Saat Din. Almost 30 years later, they own a fabulous and valuable collection of art.
In picture: Kapoor & Sons, with their wives - Boney Kapoor, Sridevi, Sunita Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor and Maheep Kapoor
When Anil Kapoor performed risky action scenes after his career took off, colleagues would tease him, "Why are you breaking a leg and risking your life over a shot? Your wife will go and buy a painting with the money." Isn't that funny and cute?
In picture: Harshvardhan Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Rhea Kapoor with boyfriend Karan Boolani, Sunita Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor with husband Anand Ahuja
The couple has three kids - Sonam Kapoor (born in 1985), Rhea Kapoor (born in 1987) and Harshvardhan Kapoor (born in 1990). Anil Kapoor calls Sunita - "the perfect mother, perfect wife and the reason I wake up every morning, motivated." He further quips, "You know why? When I ask her, 'Arrey, yesterday only gave you so much money' she says, 'Woh sab khatam ho gaya..it's all finished!' and I jump out of bed and run to work."
Anil Kapoor and Sunita Kapoor's relationship is so strong that the actor feels, his wife knows him better than he knows himself. "We've built our life; our home together. We've raised 3 kids and been through ups and downs. But I feel like we're finally dating now–romantic walks and dinners have just begun!
In picture: "#EkLadkiKoDekhaTohAisaLaga jaise strong, loving, boss lady... @kapoor.sunita my lifeline, my heart, my home!," read Anil Kapoor's caption to this picture.
While Anil Kapoor's daughters Sonam Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor are a big name in the fashion industry - one being known to be a fashion chameleon and the other being known as someone who has redefined fashion quotient in Bollywood, the veteran actor credits it to his wife Sunita. He feels Sonam and Rhea's style sensibilities come from Sunita, who was a former model.
Anil Kapoor stated, in an interview, "I think it has come from my wife. Sunita used to choose my clothes before. Now she takes care of Sonam and Rhea’s clothes too. They pay me compliments as well as criticise me if I go wrong." Sunita has styled hubby Anil's looks in several films like Judaai, Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja, Loafer, Beta, Calcutta Mail.
In picture: Anil Kapoor posted this adorable picture of him with his wife in 2019 and captioned - The best thing that ever happened to me is you...Our life together has been one big adventure & through it all, you were my love, are my love and will be my love till my last breath. Your love and support is the reason for who and what I am. Thank you for the best 11 years of dating & 35 years of marriage! I can't wait to spend the next 46 with you! Happy Anniversary, @kapoor.sunita! Love you!"
We hope Anil and Sunita Kapoor's bond will inspire the newer generation to keep their faith in love and stick by their partners against all odds. Maybe you would have a cute 'then and now' picture with your love one day!
In picture: Sunita Kapoor shared this picture on Anil Kapoor's birthday and wrote - Happy Birthday My Amazing Husband, My Biggest Blessing, My Favourite answered prayer, And my True Love Forever.