Bollywood has proved it time and again that it is not just the washboard abs and toned bodies which can keep a marriage. Love and loyalty are the inevitable traits that hold a marriage together. When celebrities get hitched, it all plays out like a fairy-tale romance in the minds of their fans. However, this picture-perfect disposition can be a myth as well. Blame the dark side of glamour, ever prying tabloid glare or the realisation that cupid can indeed strike twice (or even more times for some), but the fact remains that marriages made in heaven do end up midway on earth. Here are a few Bollywood love marriages that shockingly ended in divorce; and a few that are also headed in that very direction.
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The most recent love relationship that has hit a 'confirmed' rough patch is of Pooja Bhatt and Manish Makhija. The bubbly actress and the gutsy director, Pooja Bhatt wrote on Twitter, “To all those who care and especially those that don’t my husband Munna and me have decided to part ways after 11 glorious years of marriage. Our split as some might call it is amicable and we hold each other in the highest esteem for now and forever.” Pooja and Manish got married in 2003.
Pooja Bhatt, who is loved for her performance in movies like Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi, Daddy, Sadak, and Sir, further added, "The reason I explain is because we are both part of the public domain. Our friends, well-wishers and foes are free to now speculate. I choose to live life on my terms and refuse to perform to the gallery. Certificates don't make or break marriages and relationships! Life does!”
They are one of the most loved pairs of the small screen, both on- and off-screen. And now, it is certain that they are ready to part ways. Actor Karan Singh Grover took to Twitter, to reveal about the news of his impending divorce. Karan wrote, "For all those who are concerned, you might have heard that Jennifer and I have separated and will soon be getting divorced. I just wanted to confirm that it's true.”
After a lot of speculations of 'will they or will they not', they finally have! Yes, Karisma Kapoor and Sunjay Kapur have signed the divorce papers. What comes as a surprise is that this love marriage came to, what is being called, "the ugliest” ending! It has been reported, "Karisma and Sunjay started hurling accusations at each other from the word go, since the time the divorce proceedings started."
As the matters went from being bad to worse, it was Karisma’s brother-in-law, Saif Ali Khan, accompanied by Kareena Kapoor, who took the charge and played a mediator between the two. As reported, "He (Saif) told Sunjay and Lolo (Karisma) that there was no point in dragging the fight, and they need to move on with their lives. He categorically told them to ease their tempers, as anger would not help the process. He spoke to them about the similar situation (with his ex-wife Amrita Singh) that he had gone through."
Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh had a whirlwind romance. Their love story was filled with a lot of differences, from religious to that of the age. Amrita was 12 years older than Saif. Even though the two got married even after the disapproval from Saif’s parents, their relationship was not strong enough to keep the two lovers together for life. Well, 13 years and two children later, Saif and Amrita had a highly-publicised divorce.
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Latest B-town couple, to move way past the separation phase is, Chitrangada Singh, and her golfer husband, Jyoti Randhawa. The couple, who had been married for 13 years, filed for divorce last year, following some martial discords. The divorce has now been granted. Chitrangada has been given the custody of their son, Zorawar.
Certificate Copy: TOIThe couple had a love marriage, and during the happier times, the actress has been quoted saying, “I have been madly and insanely in love only once. I married him. I keep having little crushes from time-to-time, but Jyoti is my soul mate.” Then, how the problems started brewing, is something that the couple has chosen to keep under wraps.
Aamir and Reena tied the knot in 1986, and were married for 15 long years before they decided to call it quits. The reason behind the split is not known, though many speculate it might have been Aamir’s alleged closeness to some of his female co-stars. In 2002, the couple filed for mutual divorce citing their ‘temperamental differences’ as the reason.
Many believe that it was perhaps Aamir’s relationship with Kiran Rao that caused the couple’s split. Aamir married Kiran in 2005. Despite the divorce, Aamir and Reena continue to be good friends. They have two children together– Ira and Junaid.
Rhea Pillai and Sanjay Dutt got married on February 14, 1999. Sanjay was earlier married to actress Richa Sharma, who separated from him after the birth of their daughter Trishala and subsequently passed away due to cancer. Rhea stood by Sanjay during the most trying period of his life (Bombay Blast case). However, their relationship did not last long, apparently because of Dutt's casanova ways. It is also said that Sanjay’s busy work schedule and Rhea’s closeness to tennis star Leander Peas caused their split.
Kamal Hasan and Sarika stunned the country by living together without marriage way back in the 1980s. Both their daughters, Shruti and Akshara, were born out of wedlock. The lovers married after they had their second child, and parted ways in 2004. Kamal Hasan, who is now in a live-in relationship with Gouthami, a renowned South Indian star, says that he believes in love, but not in the institution of marriage. Don't Miss: 6 Bollywood Celebs and their Live-in Relationships
Kishore Kumar found love for the third time in actress Yogita Bali. Before Yogita, the ace singer-actor tested his martial compatibility with Ruma Guha Thakurta and actress, Madhubala. He married Yogita in 1976. However, this marriage lasted for a short span of two years only. It is said that Yogita fell in love with Mithun Chakraborty. In 1979, she married Mithun, and in 1980, Kishore da married Leena Chandavarkar.
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Another couple that might soon be heading towards divorce is Anurag and Kalki. The two fell in love while working on Dev D in 2009, and tied the knot in 2011, in a private affair. But soon their relationship hit a few speed bumps. It is said that it is Anurag’s closeness with the actresses in his films that does not go down well with Kalki. In 2013, Anurag finally confessed, "Me and Kalki are separating. We are taking time off from each other to figure things out. We are not divorcing.” This is Anurag’s second marriage.
Hrithik and Sussanne have always been one of the most adored couples in Bollywood and have always portrayed the ‘perfectly in love’ look. So, the official news of their split came as a huge shock. Hrithik and Sussanne have been together for 13 years as a married couple and five years before that as lovers. On November 1, 2014, Hrithik and Sussanne were finally granted the divorce by the Bandra family court.
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