Twinkle Khanna And Akshay Kumar Show Us Why We Need To Leave The Old ‘Rules’ For Marriage Behind

Posted: September 19, 2016

Being always in the public eye can have negative effects on relationships. However Bollywood couple, Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna’s marriage, has survived the test of time.

“The greatest marriages are built on teamwork. A mutual respect, a healthy dose of admiration, and a never-ending portion of love and grace.” – Fawn Weaver

This is perhaps one of the best definitions of a happy marriage that comes to my mind. Think about it – teamwork flavoured with generous helpings of love and respect. Maybe that is why we find happily married couples, always vouching for these ideals, that strengthen their relationships. Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna seem to be one such couple, as was evident in a recent interview.

Married for the last 15 years, Akshay and Twinkle, though apparently possessing opposite traits and lifestyle choices, do have one thing in common–a loving partnership based on mutual love and support. While Akshay is a vegetarian, Twinkle loves non-veg; while Akshay is more calm, Twinkle flares up easily, however, according to Akshay, this is the “best part” of their relationship.

Both Akshay and Twinkle are respected names in their own fields. In 2016, Akshay Kumar ranked 9th on Forbes’ global list of the highest-paid actors (surpassing actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Leonardo Dicaprio and Brad Pitt) and has worked in over hundred films till date.

Twinkle, on the other hand, quit films pretty early into her showbiz career. However, unlike many other ‘star wives’, Twinkle did not fade into oblivion. Instead, she pursued things she truly enjoyed. Today, she is a famous columnist, author of a bestseller (Mrs Funnybones) and is known for her staunch opinions on a lot of current issues.

When asked whether having a successful wife, makes him feel insecure, Akshay said:

“Why should I feel insecure about anything? I am more glad than anybody. It makes me happy that she can find a new career, from being an actress, from being an ace interior designer, to something else. And she can change whenever she wants to, whatever she wants to, because her mind is brilliant.”

According to Twinkle, their journey together had indeed been wonderful, because of their different minds which help both of them grow and inspire each other.

The most beautiful thing in a marriage is when the couple believes its a friendship, that should not only survive the test of time, but also grow stronger with time.

This is what Twinkle says about Akshay’s relationship with their kids:

“He is a very hands-on father. I’ve left the kids with him when I travel and when I come back home, the kids always look fine. But the house seems to fall apart for some reason, right from the computer to the doorbell.”

Not only Akshay is a powerhouse celebrity and a hands-on dad, but he’s also the most helpful critique for Twinkle’s creative endeavours. While she was writing her book, Akshay had been the biggest support. Twinkle said:

“He reads everything I write first and then like a school child I wait for him to give me marks, he has always been my biggest supporter. But he is also my censor board at home as sometimes I do go too far.”

Here’s wishing the loving couple many more years of togetherness and friendship. May their story inspire more couples to look beyond the age old ‘rules’ for marriage and instead adapt a strong partnership based on teamwork and friendship.

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  1. Hi Kasturi,
    Really liked the way you have highlighted the importance of space in a married couple’s life and also how it should be a teamwork.
    Recently such topics came in our dining table conversation between me and my husband. We were bemused at the spontaneity in our ability to list out celebrities from entertainment industry who were couples with healthy relationships. But we had a little hard time to quickly tell the couples from other professions, who are also celebrities. If we have to talk only about couples from film and entertainment industry, then it is as if no other field has celebrities, or no other industry is as important as the entertainment industry. I am not fault finding with you here, but it is becoming our general notion to highlight movie industry celebrities as role models than any other celebrities. My family tried to name a few celebrity couples (not from entertainment industry) who also have healthy relationships.To name a few would be Mr.Narayan Murthy and Ms. Sudha Murthy, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Chitra Visveswaran and Visveswaran. I write this because, we may be misguiding the next generation by hinting them to look at only one field just because it seems more attractive. No offence otherwise. My family has started bringing such celebrity stories into our discussion and hence felt appreciation of all fields can be done by this process. If I am wrong anywhere, please correct me.

    • Kasturi Patra

      Hello Chintu, I absolutely agree with you that celebrities from the film and entertainment industries do get a disproportionate amount of mass attention. I can assure you that this was based on a recent interview and had the interview featured power couples from any other industry, I’d have happily covered them, too. Having said that, it is undeniable that movie celebrities do have a powerful impact over a wider section of the population, hence whatever messages they carry-positive or negative-do influence a lot of people. Hence, I feel it is important to discuss about those messages because they do carry a lot of weightage. If you notice, in one of my earlier articles I’ve discussed about Amitabh Bachchan’s empowering letter to his grand daughters containing hints of patriarchy. Mr. Bachchan is a powerhouse celebrity and anything he writes will influence a LOT of people, hence my aim was to show where the fallacy in his reasoning lies. Similarly, for this article, I tried to show what works in marriage and since both Akshay and Twinkle are major influencers, I tried giving their example and excerpts from their interviews to demonstrate how teamwork helps a marriage prosper no matter where you belong. I too adhere to the notion that influencers from all fields need to be highlighted and I try doing so whenever possible (for eg, my article on Reshma Quereshi). I hope you understand my reasons for writing this. 🙂

    • Kasturi Patra

      *Sorry, I also forgot to mention that I’ve written articles on influencers such as Irom Sharmila, Marjane Satrapi, and Katie Ledecky, alongside articles on Vidya Balan, Kareena Kapoor, and Olivia Wilde. Bottom line, movie celebrity or not, as long as someone’s actions or words hold a message, I try to highlight it and try including my viewpoints on the same.
      Thanks for taking the time to read and for expressing your views, I really appreciate.
      Kasturi

  2. Got it Kasturi. I apologise for not reading all your articles. I will definitely read them soon.
    My angst stemmed from the fact that even the newspapers are reporting which actor is in family way, including their due date. I don’t think anyone is interested in it and we all like to know more and sing adulation of our real life heroes like the defence personnel, inspiring scientists and innovators. Hope our kids can draw inspiration from such people.
    Thanks for penning your views in an inoffensive way. Write more

    • Kasturi Patra

      Please don’t apologize, I just wanted to explain my reason for writing the article. 🙂 I agree with you that media is more inclined towards covering film celebrities and that should definitely change. I do try including inspiring messages from incidents and people in my pieces. Thanks a lot for reading.

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