Actor Alia Bhatt has turned 27 today, March 15. The actor who’s celebrating a quiet birthday due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country is currently busy with the shooting of her upcoming film Brahmastra. The Ayan Mukerji directorial features Ranbir Kapoor opposite her while other prominent names like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Nagarjuna and Mouni Roy are also playing important roles in the film. With her stunning performances on-screen, Alia has already emerged as one of the most talented and sought-after actors in the country. But, another thing that keeps her in buzz throughout is her relationship with co-star Ranbir. Also Read - Happy Birthday Alia Bhatt: 10 Times The Gully Boy Star Made us Fall in Love With Her 'Beta' Edward

The Bollywood grapevine is abuzz with the strong rumours of Alia and Ranbir dating each other and everything about these rumours seem true. The kind of bond they seem to share, their chemistry both in front of the camera and off the screen, and their bonding with each other’s families say a lot about the relationship. Last year as well, Ranbir had reportedly celebrated Alia’s birthday at her place inviting her close friends and family members. It was believed that the man himself took care of every tiny detail including the cake, guest’s list and food among other things to make Alia feel special on her birthday. But, how did it all start? How Ranbir, who was dating Katrina Kaif back then, fell in love with Alia? Also Read - Alia Bhatt's 'Save Water' Reminder Amid Coronavirus Precautions is Global Advice of The Hour!

Alia Bhatt Ranbi Kapoor Love Story and Wedding plans

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt with Imtiaz Ali

After Alia starred in Imtiaz Ali‘s Highway, she established herself as a strong performer who was not here to do just the candyfloss cinema – the kind of which she had debuted in. Imtiaz had just given a super successful film – Rockstar with Ranbir Kapoor back then. When the director signed Alia for his next film, it kind of introduced a good friendship between her and Ranbir considering the latter was a good friend of Imtiaz. Both Alia and Ranbir also clicked some photos with Imtiaz and that was the first time the two were seen together in one frame. Also Read - Entertainment News Today, March 14: Shah Rukh Khan Plays a Scientist in Ayan Mukerji's Brahmastra Alongside Ranbir Kapoor And Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt Ranbir Kapoor love story and wedding plans

A few years went by and Alia’s mentor in the industry, who by the way is also known to play a matchmaker between his actors – Karan Johar – offered a film to them. It was a grand film coming from his Dharma Productions and was being directed by Ayan Mukerji who is one of Ranbir’s closest friends in the industry and had already teamed up with him on Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Brahmastra, as the film is known today, was announced as a grand fantasy drama. The work on the film began in the year 2017. Later, it was revealed that it’s being made into a trilogy starring other big names as well. It is believed that it was on the sets of this film in Bulgaria that the cupid stuck the two.

Alia Bhatt Ranbir Kapoor love story and wedding plans

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt (Picture Courtesy: @Instagram/ayan_mukerji)

Ranbir and Alia fell head over heels in love with each other amidst the wilderness and ice-capped mountains. It was all dreamy. Even though the entire team was present with the two actors, they seemed to have had built their own secluded space in which they used to spend more and more time with each other. This was the time when the speculations about their increasing proximity began in the media. Alia posted a few pictures of Ranbir on Instagram and even when she posted her own pictures, she beautifully informed in the captions that the photographer behind those clicks was none other than the man himself.

Alia Bhatt Ranbir Kapoor love story and wedding plans

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. Photo Courtesy: Instagram/@aliaabhatt

Then the two made their first official appearance together at the wedding reception of Sonam Kapoor that happened in May 2018. Ranbir and Alia looked dreamy together. While she got dressed in a green Sabyasachi lehenga, he was dressed in a white sherwani. After posing together, they called up Ayan to pose with them and the director has been playing the third wheel between the two ever since.

Alia Bhatt Ranbir Kapoor love story and wedding plans

Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor and Ayan Mukerji (Photo Courtesy: Instagram/@aliaabhatt)

The shooting of Brahmastra continued and Alia-Ranbir got to travel together a lot. The duo started getting clicked at the airport together. Even when Alia got hurt during the shoot, Ranbir went to the doctor with her and took the best care. One evening, the duo was clicked by the paparazzi at Alia’s house and something seemed different. The reports of their affair that didn’t seem to have had any solid proof until then suddenly received the family’s approval. Alia’s father, Mahesh Bhatt was seen in a serious discussion with both Alia and Ranbir at his daughter’s home in Mumbai. Later, daddy Bhatt talked to the media and said he would let everyone guess if the ‘dad is Raazi’. However, he praised Ranbir thoroughly for being ‘an original person like Alia’ and for being a terrific actor as his film Sanju had just released then.

Alia Bhatt Ranbir Kapoor love story and wedding plans

Mahesh Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt (Photo Courtesy: Yogen Shah/ Indic.com)

While Alia’s side of the family seemed to have given its approval, it was the turn of Ranbir’s folks to give a nod to their relationship. It was believed that while Ranbir’s father, Rishi Kapoor is quite an easy man to impress, his mother Neetu Kapoor had a history of not gelling well with any of his girlfriends including Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif. However, it was surprising to see how Neetu welcomed Alia into the family and everything seemed smooth and merry.

Alia Bhatt Ranbir Kapoor love story and wedding plans

Alia Bhatt, Soni Razdan, Ranbir Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor (Photo Courtesy: Instagram/@sonirazdan)

In between all this, Ranbir’s father got diagnosed with cancer and flew to the US for his immediate treatment. The trying times began for the family and Alia stood with Ranbir like his rock-solid support. She made regular visits to his ailing father in New York and even spent New Year with the Kapoor family – Ranbir’s parents, his sister Ridhima Kapoor Sahani’s family and a few other close relatives were present. Neetu herself posted happy photos of Alia posing with the members of the Kapoor family. That was just another proof of how Alia and Ranbir were deeply honest about their feelings for each other and were seeing their future together.

Alia Bhatt Ranbir Kapoor love story and wedding plans

Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, Picture Courtesy- Instagram/riddhimakapoorsahniofficial
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A year passed and Rishi came back to India cancer-free. Things started to become normal for the couple. Meanwhile, Alia bagged the trophy for Best Actress for her performance in Raazi at all major award ceremonies and thanked Ranbir in all her lovely speeches. In fact, when she received her Zee Cine Awards in 2019, she expressed her love for the man from the stage. Ranbir was sitting in the front row when Alia said ‘I love You’ to him and he also blew a flying kiss in return. Later, at Filmfare Awards 2020, the two were seen indulging in strong PDA during the entire ceremony. They sat in the front row while holding each other’s hands and shared some warm hugs and kisses.

Alia Bhatt Ranbir Kapoor love story and wedding plans

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt at Filmfare Awards 2019

It was all beautiful for Ranbir and Alia and continues to be so. The duo has not yet wrapped up the shooting of Brahmastra and the talks about their wedding are on. After Ranbir’s cousin, Armaan Jain got married last month in a grand wedding ceremony, various reports suggested that the Kapoor family is now thinking of another grand wedding. The couple might not have accepted their relationship officially yet but there seems no need to do it now. Their chemistry, appearances at family gatherings and body language when they are together are enough to prove just how much they feel for each other. Rumours are now rife that the duo is going to get married by the end of this year around the release of their film in December.

While we celebrate Alia’s birthday today, we wish that she sees more success in her career and also begins a new personal journey with Ranbir which is full of beauty and more love every day! Happy birthday, Alia!