The saga between the prince of Indian cricket and B-town’s showgirl continues, reports FILMI FEMME’
Film lore has it that an irresistible pitch is created when a suave batsmen meets a dazzling Bollywood queen. Many a maiden has been bowled over by the charms of a sporty cricketer, like in the 60s when Tiger Pataudi wooed the svelte Sharmila Tagore and put the tongues of sceptics to rest by marrying her! But the nawabi fairytale ending didn’t always turn out to be happy in other cases. Like Anju Mahendroo and Gary Sobers who tried walking that path, but called it quits soon after the engagement; while Reena Roy and Mohsin Khan had a turbulent marriage. Viv Richard and Nina Gupta did have a passionate ‘no strings attached’ relationship, and their daughter Masaba was born out of wedlock. When the much-married Mohammed Azharuddin married Sangeeta Bijlani the actress was called a home-breaker, but the cricketer’s roving eye got the better of him and the couple separated after 15 years of marriage. There have been others like Ravi Shastri and Amrita Singh, Rahul Dravid and Raveena Tandon, Sourav Ganguly and Nagma, and Yuvraj Singh and his entourage of starlets including Deepika Padukone, who famously chose to break up with him over SMS. But now the new couple on the block are Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli, who seem very much joined at the hip. But it’s been a sticky wicket for the couple as Anushka has been blamed for Virat’s non-performance on the field. However, the feisty actress shut up her detractors by calling them primitive and clearly stating that her relationship with Virat was their business and no one else’s. And she had reason to smile as team India including her boyfriend, fared well till the quarter finals. Anushka who had earlier denied any plans of coming to Australia for the semi finals, changed her mind and was seen cheering the team during the most challenging of matches – the one against Australia As luck would have it, Virat scored just one run and India was defeated with poor Anushka back in the limelight and facing flack from fanatic fans, while being panned on social media for bringing the team bad luck. But the couple received support from many, including Anushka’s Bollywood colleagues who applauded her for being there, cheering her man. But now, the couple have now thrown caution to the winds by making a bold visual statement, seen at the airport in India firmly hand in hand. Virat’s body language, his arm carefully draped around Anushka and she too, holding on to his arm, made it clear that they gave a damn and had nothing to hide. Virat who has now moved base to Mumbai, took Anushka with him to meet his mother in Delhi. The two arrived as a couple in Kolkata for the IPL opening which will have Anushka performing, sharing a quick hug as they left in separate cars which made it clear that the couple were more than happy about going public about the seriousness of their relationship. Virat who lacked finesse earlier, seems to have lost his rough edges, thanks to Anushka. So will this one be for keeps? It certainly seems so at the moment. Anushka seems far more secure and grounded than her colleagues Deepika and Katrina and although her past relationship with Ranveer Singh still remains highly speculative, the actress has kept herself away from controversy Virat who was earlier seeing a Brazilian model, seems devoted to his actress girlfriend and despite his fiery temper on field, he seems far calmer and sensible, off it. So will there be wedding bells in the offing? Well, maybe but its just the start of the innings. Let’s see if they notch up a good score together….