In part 6 of our 11-week special, we look at the top splits and alliances of the decade.
Salman Khan- Aishwarya Rai
The couple started seeing each other in while filming Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and separated in 2002 after a three-year-long relationship. Aishwarya released a statement in the media alleging abuse, indignity and infidelity. Their relationship was often reported because of recurring instances-Salman is reported to have knocked on her door all night when she refused to let him in- another when the actor physically dragged her out of the sets of her film Chalte Chalte.
Aishwarya Rai- Vivek Oberoi
Aishwarya found love in actor Vivek Oberoi while shooting Kyun Ho Gaya Na in 2003. The couple split in 2005 – due to unexplained reasons. During their courtship, Vivek referred to Ash as his girlfriend, but she always called him her good friend. Rumour mills claimed Ash broke up with Vivek after she met Abhishek, others that Ash dumped Vivek because his career was not going anywhere.
Salman Khan- Katrina Kaif
The two started seeing each other in 2004, soon after Kat moved to Bollywood and the actor reportedly helped her get work. In the past seven years, there have been various stories about their break up and on and off relationship. Both subtly indicated to being in a relationship but never openly acknowledged it. Sallu-Kat split last year.
Abhishek Bachchan- Karisma Kapoor
The two were in a seven year relationship before getting engaged in October 2001. A few months later, news surfaced that the engagement had been called off. Speculation was rife that Karisma’s mother Babita had called for a pre nuptial agreement and that she had asked Amitabh Bachchan to make Abhishek the sole heir to all his property.
Abhishek Bachchan-Aishwarya Rai
Abhishek and Aishwarya started dating while shooting Dhoom 2 in 2005. Always tightlipped about their relationship, the couple acknowledged it publicly after their engagement in January 2007. They subsequently married two months later.
Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor
They started dating in 2004 during the filming of Fida. Though the film proved a dud at the box office but their relationship took off well. Both made tall claims of having found a right partner which all fell apart while they were shooting for Jab We Met. And Shahid-Bebo parted ways after three-year long relationship in 2007 without citing any reasons.
Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor
While the Kapoor lass was finding it hard to deal with a broken relationship, she found a pillar of support in Chote Nawab. There romance kick started on the sets of Yash Raj Films’ Tashan and Saifu as Bebo fondly calls him made it public during Manish Malhotra's grand finale show at the Lakme Fashion Week in October 2007. The couple is still going strong and if all goes well then they are expected to tie the knot next year.
Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone
Ranbir and Deepika started seeing each other while shooting for Bachna Ae Haseeno in March 2008. On one hand Deepika was always forthright about her relationship but Ranbir never spoke much about dating her. Deepika broke the ice in an interview to HT City and had said, “We are dating each other and I look forward to be Mrs Kapoor.” But things went haywire when Ranbir reportedly cheated on his ladylove and the two split in November 2009 due to his rumoured proximity to his co-star Katrina Kaif.
Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapoor
Split and make up seems to be the mantra for this duo. Though they have never disclosed their relationship but tabloids are abuzz every now and then with news of them dating. Priyanka has maintained that Shahid is a good friend but has maintained a ‘no comment’ mode when asked about her relationship status. But the couple does spend quality time together and are working on a couple of films together.
Bipasha Basu and John Abraham
Bipasha and John boasts of one of the longest yet successful relationship in Bollywood barring a few hiccups. The couple started dating eight years ago in late 2002. But if the buzz is to be believed now their relationship is going through a rough patch. Though John is tight lipped about the same but Bips trashed all such rumours and has maintained that they are still going strong. She previously dated Bollywood actor Dino Morea.
Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao
Aamir divorced his first wife Reena Dutta in 2002 and married Kiran Rao in December 2005. Khan broke his fifteen year long marriage for Kiran who he had met during the shoot of Ashutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan where Kiran worked as an assistant director.