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Second time lucky in marriage?

In a special series Johnny D looks at B'wood stars in search of marital bliss.

india Updated: Jan 28, 2006 19:20 IST
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Perfection can never be perfected, Bollywood's Mr Perfectionist Aamir Khan cockily said of himself in the Farhan Akhtar-directed hit Dil Chahta Hai. But life careens out of control on reel for Mr Perfect in the movieand so did it for Aamir Khan in real life, when his 16-year-long marriage to Reena Dutta, with whom he has two children, fell apart.But the Khan was soon to go in search of happiness in marriage a second time round, and his search seems to have ended with Bangalore girl Kiran Rao. Will Aamir Khan be second time lucky in marriage?

There have been many famous stars who have tied the knot for the second time, for various reasons, the recent instance being the secret marriage of Sanjay Dutt’s second wife Rhea Pillai with Leander Paes (she’s expecting his baby).

With the trend of second marriages catching up with Bollywood personalities, we present our special series on Bollywood’s famous couples, who have married, divorced, remarried and...

The Saira-Dilip-Asma 'sangam'
Like they say, “Shaadika ladoo jo khaya woh bhi pachtaya aur jo nahin khaya woh bhi pachtaya! Our actors and actresses seem to love this particular sweet (shaadi ka ladoo) very much. The legendary actor thespian Dilip Kumar, who had a massive crush on the beautiful Madhubala, ultimately married Saira Banu in the year 1966 on October 11. Their marriage was oh-so-beautiful. The 19 years age difference (Dilip was 44 and Saira 25 when they got married) did not seem to matter till societal pressure forced the thespian actor to take the plunge a second time with Hyderabadi socialite Asma Begum, a divorcee, on May 30, 1981. However, Dilip’s second marriage turned out to be a bitter alliance as the two women (Saira Banu and Asma Begum) fought tooth and nail over him. Ultimately, Dilip Kumar chose to stay on with his first wife, Saira Bano and divorced Asma Begum on January 22, 1983. Unlike Dilip Kumar, apna garam Dharam (Dharmendra) converted to Islam so that he could savour marital bliss a second time with his lady love, the dream girl Hema Malini. The rest, as they say, is history!

Munnabhai's marital woes
Coming to the present generation, Munnabhai MBBS Sanjay Dutt failed twice, boleh toh, he ate two shaadi ka ladoos! First he married Richa Sharma and long before she was diagnosed for cancer, their relationship had turned sour. During the shooting of the film Khalnayak, Dutt entered into a torrid affair with Madhuri Dixit, who left him soon after he he landed in jail under TADA, post the 1993 bomb blast in Mumbai. But he still had someone to stand by him- the pretty model Rhea Pillai. After the death of his first wife, Richa Sharma, Sanjay married Rhea Pillai. But his second married innings did not last long. He soon split with Rhea, who is now married to the tennis star, Leander Paes.

Soon one got to hear of the Dutt's dalliance with a foreigner Nadia, but news is that they have split for good. Lady Luck seems to favour Munnabhai at the box office but has frowned at his relationships, so far. Will Sanjay Dutt attempt marriage for a third time?

Painting the town red nowadays with his firang girlfriend, Rosa, is Chhote Nawab Saif Ali Khan. Such has been his ardour for Rosa that Saif ended up divorcing his first wife Amrita Singh in 2005. Will Saif go the Aamir Khan way with Rosa? Fans and the industry are waiting and watching...

Coming up next: The stories behind Mazhar Khan, Om Puri & yesteryear's stars.

First Published: Jan 29, 2006 11:00 IST