Shibani Dandekar is marking her 43rd birthday on August 27, and the online realm is abuzz with well-wishes pouring in from her fellow industry peers and associates. Nevertheless, the most touching birthday message emanates from none other than her filmmaker spouse, Farhan Akhtar. Having exchanged vows just last year, after a period of courtship, Farhan and Shibani often treat their admirers to glimpses of their endearing relationship through photos and videos on social media. Their public displays of affection never fail to captivate their online audience.
A Heartfelt Birthday Note
On the occasion of Shibani’s birthday, Farhan took to his Instagram account on Sunday. He posted a captivating snapshot featuring himself and his beloved wife, Shibani. In the image, Farhan, acclaimed for his portrayal of Milkha Singh, exudes elegance in a sharp blue suit and trousers coupled with a crisp white shirt. With his right hand gesturing, his left hand holds a coat. Standing beside him, Shibani, the birthday celebrant, looks stunning and cozy in a textured coat, accessorized with a red bag. Their radiant smiles tell of their boundless joy. Farhan poured his heart out in his birthday message, writing, “Happy birthday partner… may life bestow upon you all you desire and more… may your reasons for smiling never cease… (but let’s not focus on me) (wink emoji) loads of love. Wishing you the most fantastic year ahead. (heart emojis).” The post can be viewed below:
Overflowing Affection from Fans and Celebrities
As anticipated, numerous fans and celebrities deluged the comments section with warm birthday greetings. Shibani reciprocated to Farhan’s emotional wish with her own endearing words, “I love you so much! Thank you for the best gift in the world! You! ☺️❤️.” Renowned choreographer Farah Khan playfully commented, “She married into our family. That’s enough 😂.” Actress Tanisha Mukerji chimed in, “Happy birthday @shibaniakhtar ✨✨.” A devoted fan added, “Too cute… sending birthday wishes to your better half 🎂💐😊😊✨.”
From Courtship to Marriage
The couple’s journey from courtship to marriage spanned several years before culminating in a heartfelt wedding ceremony. The intimate nuptial affair unfolded at the Akhtar family’s residence in Khandala, attended solely by close relatives and a select group of friends. The couple’s shared wedding photographs testify to the jubilant atmosphere that prevailed at the event.
Reflecting on their marital bond, Farhan, known for directing “Don,” shared his perspective on their union. He acknowledged that while the wedding label may confer an official status on their relationship, it hasn’t substantially altered their connection. He stated, “I’m not sure if it feels drastically different. Shibani and I have been a couple for quite a few years now. So, to some extent, this adds a sort of official tag to it. However, apart from that, our relationship is truly wonderful. It has been ever since we began dating, and together we’ve elevated it to a new level. This just feels as great as always,” as conveyed to India Today.
Farhan had previously been wedded to Adhuna Bhabani, with whom he shares two daughters. Notably, his daughters were present at the matrimonial celebration. Meanwhile, Farhan and Shibani’s romantic liaison spanned four years before they took their vows. In a heartfelt tribute to Farhan, Shibani had his name tattooed on her neck the previous year. And as a tribute to their marital union, she got their wedding date inked on her arm following the ceremony.