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Why Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna are old wine in a new bottle

Ambika Sharma

If there is anything that has aged better than wine according to me hands down it is the relationship between Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna.

From rebound lovers to a madly in love married couple to best friends, these two have come a long way and while at this journey they have been giving couples relationship goals to us at every stage.

A true example of ‘Opposites Attract Each Other’, they are poles apart yet they complement each other in the best way possible.
He is always politically correct and she is strongly opinionated and never misses a chance to speak up openly about a situation. He is the silent rain while she is the thunder and lightning. He is the quite pleasant wave and she is the tsunami no one will want to mess with.
Akshay Kumar needs Twinkle Khanna in his life to keep it exciting.

Then and Now. Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna

He credits his marriage to her for everything that is remotely related to success in his life.
“Twinkle has not only added to my wardrobe but also to my bank balance. I was a scattered person; she is the one who has put me together. After marriage, she has kind of raised me (Laughs). On a serious note, whenever I’ve broken down she’s given me emotional support,” he says.
They first met on a photoshoot for a magazine and that is where our Mr. Khiladi developed his feelings for her.  Ask them how their relationship began and Twinkle will give you an answer that will leave you in splits.
“We were in Calgary, I was just out of a long term relationship and had finished reading all the books I had carried along, there was no TV and I had nothing there that interest me so I decided to have a fling with this gorgeous man who I was shooting with. We were to shoot there for fifteen days so for me it was the best thing I could think of and after we were back it was supposed to be over for me, at least that was my plan,” she admits.
Of course the ‘KHILADI’ was more than a fling material, the sparks never died out. They still seem to be at a very happy place with each other in their relationship. 

They have aged like wine but packaged and marketed themselves even better

From being an actor who would only star in action movies, to doing movies like ‘Oh my god’, ‘Special 26’ and ‘Rustom’ and now ‘Padman’; Akshay Kumar has come a long way in his career. A martial arts expert who showed off his fighting skills, Akshay Kumar started off as an action hero who performed his own stunts in the movies he starred. This is where he got coined as ‘Mr. Khiladi’ of the industry also the ‘Casanova’ image that was being painted of him worked well with this new name.
He created a niche for himself during the time SRK was ruling the industry with his blockbuster romance movies while Salman and Amir were dangling between comedy and romance. It was in the year 2000 that we saw a romantic hero in him in the movie ‘Dhadkan’ and his impeccable comic timing in ‘Hera Pheri’.
This is when a new horizon opened for him. However both these movies happened after Twinkle Khanna agreed to marry him. Obviously Akshay gives all the credits for his amazing transformation to his wife, he calls her his lady luck. But it was in the year 2012 that we started seeing a new side of him, with more challenging movies, the kinds that leave the audience thinking even after it has ended, like ‘OMG’ and ‘Special 26’. This was the year when his daughter Nitara was born, again we have to thank Mrs. Funnybones for this, but do not expect to hear him say a typical story of how his wife has influenced his decision making, he says,
“She refused to have a second child with me, if I did not start doing more sensible kind of movies that everyone is looking forward to from me, now.” 
Like the back of a palm of the same hand Twinkle has travelled a distance is her own along with her husband. From a star daughter of yesteryear actors ‘Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia’ and an actor herself to a celebrated author and a feminist she has gotten better and bolder.
In a short acting span from the year 1995 to 2000 she delivered a few hits however she refuses to accept that she was remotely even a decent actor and she gladly agreed to quit her acting career to get married to Akshay Kumar in 2001. After which she dedicated herself into inculcating the right values in their son Aarav who was born in 2002.

A marriage snap of Akshay and Twinkle Khanna

She later tried her hand at interior designing and did a wonderful job at it, but it was in the year 2013 when we were introduced to the writer in her. She has an amazing comic take on things and also an opinion on almost everything, that we obviously enjoy reading for usually it is the best take on a matter.
Her first book Mrs Funnybones became an instant hit and she became India’s highest-selling female writer of  the year 2015. In her second book, The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad she wrote about topics that we still do not speak openly about in our country, which also was welcomed with open arms. 
The fourth story,  “The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land” in her book, ‘The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad’ was about a man who produces sanitary napkins for less cost. It is based on a true story. Impressed and inspired by the work of Padmashri Arunachalam Muruganatham in rural India she decided to produce a movie on his inspirational life. Though she had a few actors in mind for the role, she believed that Akshay would justify the role the best.
If you still ask me why I compare their relationship with an aged wine? Here I’ll leave you to decide for yourselves with a quote from each of them about the other. 
AK: “Tina (Twinkle) is my best friend. My wife is the best person any man could wish to wake up next to. She holds me up when I’m falling, and puts me down when I’m flying. She makes me laugh when I’m sad, and moans when I am sitting idle. Tina is everything for me. She is my reality check.”     
TK: “He really believes in my capabilities as a person and that gave me a lot of confidence to switch jobs. Even today, if I do something new, he ensures he is a part of it. He still reads all my pieces for my column before I submit them.”
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