He stole a million hearts with his first Bollywood release, "Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na." But to every young girl’s disappointment, his heart already belonged to someone else. Well, we are talking about none another than tinsel town’s stylish young couple, Imran Khan and Avantika Malik. What started as puppy love actually turned into an everlasting bond, as the two lovebirds who had been dating for almost a decade, finally tied the knot on January 10, 2011. This young couple has now become the doting parents too.

With their strong love for each other, they are truly an inspiration for a lot of young couples in the nation. And we thought of bringing to all of you their complete journey, starting as lovebirds to becoming soulmates. So, let us begin.

The adorable beginning

Imran met Avantika when he was just 19 years old. The two started dating and were in the so-called "puppy love" phase. They even lived together for a year in Los Angeles, where Imran was pursuing a course in acting.

What made Imran propose?

For a lot of men, their career is the priority when they are young. But Imran did not worry about how his career would shape up if he got married so early. Following the example of a few of his seniors, such as Anil Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan, he, too, decided to take the plunge and asked Avantika to marry him. But how he asked her was the real icing on the cake!

The dream proposal

Absolutely romantic at heart, Imran planned a Bollywood-style proposal for his lovely lady by sneaking into her house and decorating her entire room with candles. He then went down on his knees and asked her to be his forever. Now, who could turn down such a romantic proposal coming from such a handsome guy, right?

The wedding celebrations

Following such a splendid proposal, the next step obviously was to get united forever by the bond of holy matrimony. And, the two decided to do that on January 10, 2011. In contrast to their intimate registered marriage at Avantika’s home in Pali Hills, Mumbai, the pre-wedding celebrations, as well as their wedding reception witnessed all the powerful personalities from the world of Bollywood and business.

The pre-wedding celebrations began on January 5, 2011, with a cocktail dinner hosted by Imran’s uncle, Aamir Khan, at a hotel in Bandra, Mumbai. Next, was a pre-wedding bash that took place on January 7, 2011. The next celebration, which was their mehendi ceremony, took place at Avantika’s farmhouse in Karjat, Mumbai. And after their registered marriage on January 10, 2011, they hosted a reception party at the Taj Land’s End Hotel in Mumbai.

Their bundle of joy

Three years after their wedding, this beautiful couple welcomed a new member into their family when Avantika gave birth to a baby girl on June 9, 2014.The young parents named their little angel, Imara Malik Khan.  

Talking about the meaning of her name, Imran said in one of his interviews, “It is Swahili, and it means strong and resolute. It's a dumdaar name.”

What the couple has to say about each other!

In one of her interviews, Avantika shared what she feels for her darling husband, Imran. The lady said, “He's fantastic. He's the best person to live with, because he is able to be with you and be supportive and also gives you tremendous space. He really looks after me, I have to give him that. I am an ordinary girl in love with a boy who happens to be a movie star. I just feel like I fell in love with this boy 10 years ago. He was 19-20 then, and though he's grown tremendously in many ways, his core being is still the same. I give Imran a lot of credit, because he hasn't changed in any way. Except that he's more confident as he knows what he's achieved.”

Imran too feels that Avantika has changed him in more than one way. She is his first priority and also the one who brings stability and balance to his life. A caring husband, and now, a doting father, Imran gives credit for whatever he is to his darling wife.

Well, their long journey, starting with being lovebirds to becoming soulmates, is certainly an inspiration for a lot of young couples. And, we at BollywoodShaadis, wish them a lifetime of togetherness!

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