Star couples search for love
The second part in our series on B'wood's failed marriages. Read part 1
The late Mazhar Khan was unlucky with both his marriages. First he married the Bengali model Nandini Sen and later Zeenat Aman. Both his women left him for reasons best known to them. Nandini Sen went on to marry Gautam Beri (Kiran Thakur (Kher)’s first husband ).
Anupam Kher was unlucky with his marriage to Madhu but lucky with his second marriage to Kiran Kher, a divorcee. Lucky for some, unlucky for more! The second timers in the industry have resulted in a big joint (related to each other) family endeavour, where you can find each one related to another in some way or the other. Bollywood surely is one big joint family, courtesy the second timers. The deadly performer Om Puri found bliss with marital bliss second time round with journalist Nandita Puri, after his first marriage with Annu Kapoor’s (Antakshari fame) sister Seema ended in a divorce.
From the days of yore, K Asif, better known as the man behind the magnum opus Mughal-e-Azam, first married actress Sitara Devi and later Nigar Sultan. So the trend in Bollywood is as old as 50 years. Nigar Sultan was first married to SM Yusuf and after her divorce, she became K Asif’s better half. Tanishaa and Kajol’s grandmother (Tanuja’s mother) Shobana Samarth’s first marriage with Kumar Sen Samarth (filmmaker) was a disaster. The lady was a real rebel during her time and so bold that after her divorce, she reportedly went for a live-in relationship with the legendary actor Motilal for 10 long years. Her contemporary Nalini Jaywant was unlucky for the first time with Virendra Desai but her second marriage with Prabhu Dayal was a happy one! The uncertainties in life are just like the films we have so often seen on celluloid.
While on the subject, how can one forget the demi-goddess Rekha? Just like Sanjay Dutt has been unlucky with women, Rekha has been very unlucky with her men. First she married Vinod Mehra, whose death left her shattered. Rekha surprised one and all by marrying businessman Mukesh Agarwal, who committed suicide soon after thier marriage. Her "love affair"(on and off and on) with Amitabh Bachchan is still the talk of the industry.
Reena Roy too was unlucky with her first marriage with Pakistani cricketer turned actor Mohsin Khan. The Gapuchi-gapuci gham-gham… girl of Trishul Poonam Dhillon too has had a failed marriage. Currently, she is dating a well-known television personality. Tabu’s elder sister Farha’s first marriage with Dara Singh’s son Vindoo too ended in a divorce. The unluckiest of the pretty brigade, the ones who sacrificed their lives for their love, are Sulakshana Pandit (singer-actress) and Asha Parekh. While Asha Parekh refused to get married after Shammi Kapoor married Neela Devi, Sulakshana Pandit was unlucky as Haribhai aka Sanjeev Kumar died prematurely. Rakhee and Waheeda Rehman too have had broken marriages. Likewise Kareena and Karisma Kapoor’s mom Babita's marrige, whose alliance with Randhir Kapoor was the talk of the town during its times, is shaky. Does this remind one of daughter Karisma’s recent divorce-patch-up drama with Sanjay Kapur last year?
Southern superstar Kamal Haasan has failed twice after eating two shaadi ka ladoos. First he married Vani Ganpati and when everything was looking great, surprised everyone by divorcing her to marry Sarika. In fact, Vani Ganpathy was so heartbroken that in one of the interviews, she cursed her saying, “Today he is leaving me for you, but the time will not be far when he will dump you for someone younger!” Uncannily true to her curse, Kamal dumped Sarika for Simran, if reports are to be believed.
Actor-politician Raj Babbar too married twice and has been unlucky with the second one. First he got married with Nadira Babbar and then Smita Patil. While he lost his second wife to God’s destiny, Nadira is back with Raj once again for the benefit of their children, Arya and Juhi Babbar. Mithun Chakravarty was unlucky with his first wife, model Helena Luke, but his second marriage with Yogita Bali (late Kishore Kumar’s third wife) is a happy one.
Speaking of late Kishore Kumar, indeed he holds the record of four marriages with beautiful women in Bollywood. First Kishoreda married Ruma Devi (Amit Kumar’s mother), then Madhubala (he lost her due to her untimely death), then Yogita Bali and finally Leena Chandavarkar, whose first husband Siddharth Bandekar, son of then chief minister of Goa, died after one year of their marriage.
Failed marriages, unhappy childhood, societal pressure, career hazards and an image to maintain. - it is not an easy task to handle stardom. While these traits of parents do rub onto their children, one cannot deny that the lives of celebrities are like a bubble - one touch and it goes kaboom!
Ramesh Sippy, who gave us Sholay, had a failed marriage and went on to marry actress Kiran Juneja. Similarly, son Rohan Sippy, who gave us Bluffmaster recently, too, couldn’t live a happy married life, which ended in a divorce.
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