Thiruvananthapuram: The love affair between actress Rima Kallingal and director Aashiq Abu is no longer a secret. The director has recently admitted his relationship with the actress. Now, it is the turn of the 22 Female Kottayam star, who has confirmed dating him. Rima says that they have been going out for two years and they have never kept their affair under wraps.
It was being rumoured recently that Aashiq Abu had got married to Rima Kallingal in a hush hush manner. But Aashiq took to his Facebook page to silence the rumour mongers and posted, "The hoax about my marriage with Rima was quite entertaining but totally untrue. We love each other and will definitely let the world know when we go for a wed lock."
In an interview to Deccan Chronicle, Rima Kallingal admitted her relationship with Aashiq Abu, but she denied keeping it secret. The newspaper quotes Rima as saying, "Yes we are. And I don't know why there are these rumours now. We have been going out for two years, we have never kept it a secret!"
The couple does not seem to be getting married anytime sooner as they are busy with their respective professions. Rima Kallingal is currently shooting for her upcoming movie Zachariyayude Garbhinikal. Whereas Aashiq Abu is also busy with his upcoming movie Anchu Sundharikal in which Rima is playing one of the five female leads.
We bring you some rare and unseen pictures of Rima Kallingal and Aashiq Abu. Continue to see them in the slide show.
Rima Kallingal - A Dancer By Profession
Rima Kallingal is a dancer by profession and has performed on national and international stages. Before entering film industry, the actress, who holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Christ University, Bangalore, also tried out her luck in modelling and succeeded to a certain extent. She was spotted by director Lal Jose on a magazine cover and he cast her for a goat herder role in a Tamil film Mazhai Varappoguthu, but the project did not materialise.
Rima Debuted In Films With Ritu
In 2009, she was offered the lead female character of Varsha by director Shyamaprasad for Ritu, which marked her acting debut. Then onwards, there is no look back for this Mallu beauty. In just four years, she has starred in more than 20 movies, including a couple of Tamil films. She has bagged five best actress awards from Vanitha, Asiavision and Kerala state film award.
Aashiq Abu - Basically Ad-Filmmaker
Aashiq Abu is basically ad-filmmaker and has done ad films for Joyalukkas group, Mathrubhumi, Panasonic, Lulu Group, Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group and Club 7. He debuted as film director with Mammootty's 2009 movie Daddy Cool, which went to become a big hit of the year.
Aashiq Turned Director With Daddy Cool
In four years, he has directed five movies like Daddy Cool, Salt N' Pepper, 22 Female Kottayam, Da Thadiya and Annayum Rasoolum, which have become big hits at the Box Office, besides being critically acclaimed films. Two other films Anchu Sundharikal and Idukki Gold are lined up to release in 2013.
Love Blossomed On 22 Female Kottayam Sets
Interesting, Rima Kallingal and Aashiq Abu entered the film industry in the same year - 2009, and hogged the limelight with their debut movies. Later, they worked with Malayalam superstars like Mammootty, Mohanlal, Dileep, Prithviraj and a few others. The couple first met each other on the sets of 22 Female Kottayam and fell in love there. Today, they are considered as the hottest off-screen couple in Mollywood.