A power couple is usually made up of talented individuals who invite more than a fair share of fame and public scrutiny. In this country and in fact most of the world, the people we define as power couples are usually movie stars, businessmen, athletes, singers and philanthropists. When these people come together, their popularity practically doubles and they assume a special place in tabloids and mainstream media.
Here are some of the most powerful Indian couples:
1. Mukesh and Nita Ambani
One of Mumbai’s richest couples, Mukesh and Nita Ambani have been happily married for 32 years. The couple has three children; Anant Ambani, Akash Ambani and Isha Ambani. The couple’s love story started after Mukesh’s father Dhirubhai Ambani, spotted Nita at a dance recital. He introduced the duo, hoping things will work out. While, Nita initially could not believe what was happening, she was soon head over heels for Mukesh.
2. Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna
Akshay Kumar is still going strong in the film world, churning out movies practically every year and showing no signs of stopping. Twinkle Khanna may have quite acting, but she’s established herself as a successful interior designer. Apart from that, she also works as an author, newspaper columnist and film producer. A power couple if ever there was one.
3. Raj And Sharmila Thackeray
Sharmila and Raj Thackeray are amongst the Political world’s top power couples. Sharmila can often be seen supporting the MNS leader at various public events and functions. The couple has a son, Amit Thackeray and a daughter Urvashi Thackeray.
4. Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan
There’s not much that needs to be said about Big B. The veteran actor has received a Padma Shri, a Padma Bhushan and a Padma Vibhushan over the years, and is still active. Jaya Bachchan made her mark in the acting world, starring in a string of Bollywood movies before moving into politics as a Samajwadi Party member of parliament.
5. Anand and Anuradha Mahindra
Like many love stories, Anand and Anuradha Mahindra’s started while they were students. Anuradha was studying Psychology at Mumbai’s Sophia college, while Anand Mahindra had taken a semester off from his fil-making course. The couple, who has now been married for more than three decades, have two beautiful daughters.
6. Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi
Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi, love and marriage was a very long road. Akhtar met Azmi while he was still married to Honey Irani. He also had two children at the time; Zoya and Farhan Akhtar. Despite his circumstances, Javed decided to make the hard choices. As a result, Javed and Shabana have been happily married since 1984.
7. Anjali and Sachin Tendulkar
Anjali and Sachin Tendulkar’s love story blossomed at an airport. Anjali Mehta, who was a medical student then, ran after 17-year old Sachin when she saw him at the airport. She had gone to pick up her mother, something which she totally forgot upon seeing the young cricket. There has definitely been no turning back for this Mumbai couple.
8. Gauri Khan and Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan and his wife Gauri Khan are among the front-runners for Bollywood’s ideal couple. Speaking about how he met Gauri on Anupam Kher’s Show, Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai, Shah Rukh said, “I am very shy in personal life. I had never asked a girl out. I danced with her, she was very good. I asked for her telephone number and she was the first girl with whom I had danced or asked for their number.”
9. Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma
Virat Kohli has proved his cricketing prowess countless times. He’s also the current captain of the Indian team in test cricket. Anushka Sharma has established herself in Bollywood with numerous leading roles and award nominations. It’s easy to see why the public spotlight on them has been enormous.
10. Azim and Yasmeen Premji
If you’re known as the Czar of the Indian IT industry, you’ve got to be doing something right. Azim Premji is Chairman of Wipro, and has a net worth of more than $17 billion as of this year. His wife Yasmeen works in a markedly different field, being noted for her philanthropic activities and social development work over the last 2 decades. She is also a director at the Azim Premji Foundation charity.