It’s been a while since his mother and sisters confirmed an October 16 wedding, but actor Saif Ali Khan still says no date has been decided upon. Is it to save fiancee Kareena Kapoor from Bollywood’s married-actress jinx that has made many leading ladies lose their career after they got hitched?
Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has clarified that it was he who dropped her from his forthcoming Romeo and Juliet adaptation as he did not want a ‘married Juliet’, and it wasn’t she who ditched him. While Kareena cites date conflicts as the reason, the ouster may just be the reason behind Saif’s denial of a definitive marriage date.
“I haven’t fixed a date for my wedding! I’m yet to meet Kareena’s parents to sort out the date ... the venue is also not finalised,” says the actor, maintaining the obvious: It’s going to be a year-end wedding.” He doesn’t sound very thrilled about it either. “As for excitement, we’ve been together [for a while], so what’s new? I’m 41, not an 18-year-old!” And, how are his kids taking it?
“Everyone is very happy,” he comes crisp, adding that he is saving for the future. For him, like for most other male actors, there’s no career-lapse to fear. “There are good movies and great roles coming my way. I’m reuniting with Milan Luthria for another film, and I play a UP mafia don in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s next. Then there’s Sajid Khan’s film.”
Bebo, on the other hand, does not have a single project in her kitty after Aamir’s Talaash and Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine. “Being a married actress is a curse in Bollywood, and precisely because of this reason, Saif and Kareena have time and again pushed their wedding date and are still not talking about it as it will not just affect her future films but also the ones that she is working on,” says a trade analyst, wishing not to be named.
Trade expert Amod Mehra says, “Bollywood, like our society, is chauvinistic. Actresses have a very small shelf life unlike in Hollywood. Once an actress gets married, her career ends as audiences stop desiring her.”
The ladies who struggle
Got married at the peak of her career in 1999. Had four hits in 1998. Was next seen on screen only two years later, and has had only three hits thereafter.
After her marriage in 2007, she has had just two hits, Jodhaa Akbar and Rajinikanth’s Robot. Before marriage, she had Devdas, Dhoom 2, Raincoat and Khakee to name a few.
Genelia has no projects in Bollywood or the South after her wedding to Riteish Deshmukh earlier this year. Before her wedding, she had many hits.
...And the men who didn’t
Akki got married to Twinkle Khanna in 2001. His marital status had no effect on his career. He is doing 3-4 films every year, with a fee of Rs 22cr per film.
He married Aishwarya Rai in 2007 after he did Dhoom 2 and Guru. He is currently doing well with successful films such as Dostana, Paa and Bol Bachchan.
Married Avantika Malik in 2011. Gave hits such as Delhi Belly, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan after marriage and flaunts a promising lineup with three big films ahead.
(With inputs from Afsana Ahmed)