Amid rumours of Salman Khan getting set to tie the knot even as he stays mum, we look at his alleged affairs over the years.
Sangeeta Bijlani: After her Miss India win in 1980, Sangeeta Bijlani (then 20) did a few films and started seeing Salman in the late 80s. Salman’s sister Alvira played Cupid. The two parted ways in the early 90s. Earlier this year, Salman, 47, came out in support of Sangeeta, 52, when her marriage with Mohd Azharuddin hit a rocky patch.
Somy Ali: Somy met Salman through a common friend soon after her acting debut in 1993, at the age of 19. As per rumours, she could not tolerate Salman’s excessive drinking and abusive behaviour, and so left him in 1999. Rumours around them rekindling their love surfaced when Somy, now 37, accompanied him for a shooting schedule for Ready (2011). He now supports her NGO.
Aishwarya Rai: One of the most memorable affairs in Bollywood was when 21-year-old Aishwarya Rai came into Salman’s life while shooting for Hum Dil Chuke Sanam (1999). In March 2002, they had an ugly breakup and Ash’s family filed a police complaint against him. However, Ash’s now husband, Abhishek Bachchan, and Sallu were seen chatting cordially during an Xmas Eve bash last year.
Sneha Ullal: After Ash, Sallu chose her lookalike Sneha Ullal, then 18. She reportedly befriended Salman's younger sister Arpita and became part of the Khan-daan. The two starred together in the dud Lucky (2005) and the spark seemed to have faded off soon after. Presently, Sneha, 25, is working in Telugu films.
Katrina Kaif: Salman’s last serious relationship was with actor Katrina Kaif, now 28. Kat's career got a kickstart when Salman co-starred with her in Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? (2005). They broke up in 2010. While the two say they remain friends, Sallu reportedly got violent with her on the sets of Ek Tha Tiger (2012).
Claudia Ciesla: Buzz was that German model, now 27, was the reason behind the Salman-Kat split. The rumours began after he invited her to his place. Salman had said, “Claudia is a very nice girl. I’ve introduced her to my family.” She, however, said they are ‘good friends’. Claudia continues to do small roles in films.
Zareen Khan: Sallu’s lookalike fetish was further fanned by Zareen, with whom he co-starred in Veer (2010) and was seen at many a late night party thereafter. Zareen, 29, who looks like Katrina, however, denied the romance. The two will reportedly work together in Partner 2.
Mahek Chahel: Starlet Mahek Chahel made an appearance with Salman in Wanted (2007) and participated in a reality show hosted by him in 2011. Salman was said to be biased towards her on the show, and grapewine suggested the two were more than just friends.
Hazel Keech: The two were linked up after the British actor, 26, starred in Bodyguard (2011) alongside Salman. It was reported that Salman even tried to get her an entry into the reality show that he hosts. Last she was seen was in an item song, Aa Ante Amalapuram.
Lulia Vantur: Salman’s latest rumoured girl, the 32-year-old Romanian actor-anchor met him two years ago on one of his trips abroad, and she has made two long trips to India ever since with Sallu as the host. Interestingly, he was introduced to Lulia by her then boyfriend, Marius Moga, and later, helped her get over him. Buzz is that it’s been a year of their affair and he may tie the knot with her. The two are often seen together in Mumbai’s Bandra by onlookers.