Singer Anoop Jalota's age-gap love affair seems to be the burning issue on everyone's minds. So much so, that when actor Rhea Chakraborty shared a reverential birthday shoutout to director Mahesh Bhatt, the netizens couldn't resist asking - are they dating?

Bhatt recently turned 70 and the 26-year-old actor took to Instagram to post images of the duo hugging and captioned the image - Happy birthday to my Buddha @maheshfilm Sir, this is us - you held me with love , you showed me, love, and you have unclipped my wings forever , you are the "heart hitting " fire that ignites every soul it comes by ! Words fail me I love you." 

The trolls were quick to jump on the 'are they dating' bandwagon and comments such as 'India's new Anup Jalota' started getting peppered over the post. However, it's worth being pointed out that Bhatt is producing Rhea's upcoming movie Jalebi and the shared images are likely of Bhatt coaching the actor through a scene.