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Rekha at ‘age 14’ in Sawan Bhadon (1970), as Navin Nishchol looks on.
Rekha at ‘age 14’ in Sawan Bhadon (1970)
Rekha at ‘age 14’ in Sawan Bhadon (1970)
Kauva bilkul nahin katega. After all, it is only her age that she is bolo-ing jhooth about. ’14-year-old’ Dimple Kapadia in Bobby (1973)
Aishwarya Rai without make up
Aishwarya Rai without make up
Amisha Patel without make up
Amrita Arora Khan mu without make up
Deepika Padukone without make up
Bipasha Basu without make up
Esha Deol without make up
Esha Deol without make up
Kajol without make up
Kalki Koechlin without make up. Photo: Education n Careers
Kangana Ranaut without make up
Kareena Kapoor without make up
Kareena Kapoor without make up
Katrina Kaif without make up
Katrina Kaif without make up. Photo: Bollywood Mast Actress
Katrina Kaif mu without make up
Lara Dutta without make up. Photo: Bollywood Go
Preity Zinta without make up
Priyanka Chopra without make up
Priyanka Chopra without make up
Priyanka Chopra without make up
Rani Mukerji without make up
Rani Mukerji without make up
Soha Ali Khan without make up
Sonam Kapoor without make up Photo: Education n Careers
Tanushree Dutta without make up
Vidya Balan without make up

See also

Rich list of film artistes: India

Private lives of famous Indians

Professional lives in Filmistan

The private lives of Tamil filmstars

The private lives of Pakistani filmstars

The private lives of Telugu filmstars

See also the private lives of actresses like…

Aishwarya Rai

Anushka Shetty

Bala Hijam The only pan-Indian star: Manipuri, Malayalam, Hindi-Urdu

Kangana Ranaut

Karisma Kapoor

Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif- Ranbir Kapoor: the relationship

Madhubala, actress

Madhubala and Dilip Kumar

Mamta Kulkarni, actress , with excerpts from her own autobiography

Parveen Babi

Preity Zinta

Protima Bedi

Raai Laxmi

Qandeel Baloch

Rani Mukerji

Rekha, actress

Sushmita Sen

Swastika Mukherjee : her life and relationships

Trisha Krishnan

Zhu Zhu, the controversial Chinese heroine of Tubelight, starring Salman Khan, film actor.

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Actresses and their real ages

One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.

Oscar Wilde


5 Actresses who hide their age

The Times of India

[Indpaedia’s comment: What is the big deal if a girl—or man—does not want to reveal something as personal as her/ his age? People are not public property. In any case Rekha claimed to be 13 when she joined the films in 1969. Dimple claimed to be 14, in which case her marriage to Rajesh Khanna was null and void under the law.]

Bipasha Basu: Bipasha Basu grabs the third position in this list. The curious case of Bipasha's mysterious age is another one to look out for. A few years back the actress claimed that she was 28. It was at this point that one of her juniors from school came out in the open and said that Bipasha was three years older to her and in no way she could be 28 then. As per IMDB, the actress is 35 now.

Gauahar Khan: Whether it was her traumatic stay in the Bigg Boss house that made her forget her real age or her hide-and-seek love story with Kushal, we don't know. But there is just one thing we know for sure, Gauahar Khan celebrated her 29th birthday in 2011 too. When Bigg Boss 7 winner, Gauahar openly answered Salman Khan and mentioned that her age was 29 during one of the 'Jannat Ka Wow' episodes, the feisty diva clearly forgot that she had already celebrated her 29th birthday two years ago. Gauahar celebrated her 29th birthday with sister Nigaar Khan on their reality show 'The Khan Sisters'. Well, looks like age is just a number for Gauahar.

Katrina Kaif: Katrina's true age is a mystery all Bollywood divas are trying to solve. In an exclusive interview with TOI Katrina had revealed that she was only 8 years old when the Berlin Wall fell. So if we calculate, Katrina was born in 1981. If we go by this detail, Katrina should be 33 today. But what caught us off guard was when Katrina said, "Just because I've acted with Akshay and Salman doesn't make me older. I'm younger than Ranbir." If we go by the data again, Ranbir is born in 1982 so Katrina indeed is older than Ranbir. Wonder why Deepika wanted to see Katrina's passport.

Mallika Sherawat: Aaprt from her bold statements there is one more thing that keeps the actress in the news, her fluctuating age. While Mallika claims to be 'very young' her IMDB account says she is born in 1976. That makes the actress 38 years old now. We wonder if 38 is the new 16 for this leggy lass.

Sherlyn Chopra: Sherlyn Chopra has made it very clear that she does not like hiding behind her clothes, but there is just one thing she likes to hide, i.e, her age. Sources claim the actress has celebrated her 22nd birthday many a times. While actresses like - Aishwarya and Shilpa proudly talk about their age, Sherlyn definitely does seem too inspired by them. According to IMDB, the actress is 30 years old

Actresses who are not college graduates

Till the mid-1950s, and even afterwards, Hindi-Urdu filmstars were rarely recruited from the ranks of rocket scientists.

The Outlook editor Vinod Mehta wrote in his memoirs, ‘In ’40s-50s Bombay, a lower middle class Muslim’s meal ticket was his daughter. Meena Kumari, Madhubala, Nimmi, Suraiya, their dads hawked them.’ (Outlook) Even though the sweeping generalisation about ‘a lower middle class Muslim’ is not acceptable because less than 0.0001% of India’s lower middle class Muslims would let their daughters act in films, Mr Mehta’s point is taken to the extent that the girls that did get into Filmistan were from lower middle class families. None of them was a graduate.

Leave alone actresses, even a top director like Raj Kapoor who attended fancy schools like Colonel Brown’s Cambridge School, Dehradun and St Xavier's Collegiate School, Bombay, and whose father was very well-to-do, never completed his graduation. Did his son Rishi Kapoor?

Therefore, is it fair to expect actresses to be graduates, though in this day and age even girls from very humble backgrounds are graduates and post-graduates; some hold professional degrees.

At the Miss India contest in 2000 Priyanka Chopra believed that Mother Theresa was a living person, three years after the much-loved saint had left the mortal world. Chopra won the crown nevertheless, because the kind of people who judge these contests are not much better informed either. What they buy newspapers for is Page 3 and, maybe, the stock market page. They, too, might have missed reports about the saint's death (on 5 September 1997) because of the juicier stories about Princess Diana's road accident five days before (on 31 August 1997).

In any case, poor Priyanka Chopra was only trying to become Miss India, not an IAS officer.

A college education is not relevant as long as these young ladies give us our money’s worth on the screen.

Still, for whatever it is worth, here is the lowdown on

5 Bollywood actresses who never graduated

The Times of India Feb 2014

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: One of the most beautiful face's in the world, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is a college dropout too. Aishwarya had always been an average student. She went to Jai Hind college for a year but later switched to some other college to pursue architecture. Soon she was offered many high end modelling assignments and film offers. Thus she left her studies mid way to join the Bollywood bandwagon.

Deepika Padukone: While Deepika played a [nerdy medical] college girl in one of the highest grossers of the year, Ýeh Jawaani Hai Deewani', very few know that Deepika did not complete her graduation in real life. For Deeepika, Bollywood had always been her first calling. Deepika had joined Mount Carmel in Bangalore but never completed her studies there. She also enrolled for a short term course in IGNOU for further studies but could never complete it. Deepika, who has been tagged as the highest grosser of Bollywood, definitely paid a huge price for reaching where she is today.

Kareena Kapoor: Unlike the juunior Nawab of Pataudi, Kareena had never been a bright student. From a very tender age, glamour and glitz impressed her more than anything else. One of the highest paid actresses of the decade, Kareena made her film debut at the age of 20. After studying commerce for two years at Mithibai Colege, Kareena later developed an interest towards law. She then enrolled at the Government Law College, but left it after the first year to join Bollywood.

Karisma Kapoor: One of the first to break the Kapoor stereotype, Karisma not only entered showbiz but also made it big there. Her passion and scintillating looks made her one of the most prominent stars of the 90s. However, very few of us are aware of the price she paid for this. Karisma allegedly dropped out of school soon after she entered sixth standard to pursue acting. Her first film was 'Prem Qaidi'and when she was just sixteen then.

Priyanka Chopra: One of the most sought after actresses of the decade, Priyanka never finished her graduation. The beauty queen has done her schooling from a number of places like USA and India. She wanted to be a criminal psychologist and joined Jai Hind college in Mumbai. But modelling and beauty assignments came her way too soon.

Actresses who chose silicon implants for (a) fuller look

The Times of India

Bipasha Basu is one actress who inspired many to get fit and her sultry body is reason for many to be jealous. However, this Bong beauty too allegedly opted for silicon implants and she grabbed headlines when she was allegedly accused of not paying her doctor after the treatment.

Kangana Ranaut, who is known for her performances in films like Fashion, Life In A Metro, too allegedly chose silicon implants and got a different avatar. However, Kangana denied all the reports and claimed that she never had any surgery.

Mallika Sherawat, who is known for her international trips and hot body, allegedly depends on surgeries to make sure that she gets a fuller look. The actress reportedly went under the knife and got silicon implants done for her Bollywood entry.

Minisha Lamba grabbed more headlines for her alleged plastic surgeries than her films. According to reports, the actress went under the knife to get a perfect body and reportedly even chose to go for silicon implants.

Rakhi Sawant is one proud member of the implant bandwagon. She cannot help flaunt her cleavage on screen and in parties. She also admitted about her plastic surgeries and later there were also reports that the item girl got them removed and spoke about it openly.

Shilpa Shetty is one example of transformation which will inspire many aspiring actresses. The lady allegedly went through a nose job and also opted for implants to give her body a fuller look. Shilpa's yummy mummy status gives you an inkling of her fab looks even today.

Sushmita Sen, who charmed many and made our nation proud by winning the Miss Universe title, has also allegedly been under the knife to make sure that she gets a envy-worthy body. According to reports, Sushmita the beauty also publicly admitted about her silicon implants.

Actors/ actresses with serious ailments and diseases

Celebs who battled illnesses and diseases

The Times of India

Amitabh Bachchan - He's the Shahenshah of Bollywood and an actor par excellence. His larger than life persona and charisma combined with that baritone voice, has wooed fans over decades now. But very few known that the actor suffers from a terrible disease called Myasthenia gravis. The occurrence of this disease is 3–30 cases per million per year. Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune neuromuscular disease leading to fluctuating muscle weakness and fatigue. Big B has been suffering from it for the past 30 years! The actor has also been suffering from other health issues and underwent two abdominal surgeries. The actor revealed to his fans that he was suffering from cirrhosis of the liver, caused by a blood transfusion following a near-fatal accident while shooting for Coolie in 1982. The megastar was quoted saying on his website, "I (am) a patient that had developed cirrhosis of the liver - a condition that is normally associated with that of an alcoholic. Now since the liver and any ailment associated with it is extremely sensitive, I have to be under constant vigil and monitoring. Some of them are at an extreme stage of repair and I may have to go under the knife sooner rather than later. It is a saga that never seems to end, for, what is more in store for me I cannot comprehend." (sic)

Dharmendra- The Veeru of Sholay was handsome, a heart breaker and one of India's most good looking, loved and popular stars. Little did anyone know that the actor battled depression for 15 years. Dharmendra then took to drinking and became an alcoholic. The veteran was quoted saying in the media that he has kicked the habit and is more focused on his film career now. The actor also admitted that the habit destroyed him in the past but he has come to terms with it.

Hrithik Roshan- The actor suffered from Chronic Subdural Haematoma, a type of hematoma, usually associated with traumatic brain injury. Hrithik was treated for the same at a hospital in Mumbai and underwent a successful brain surgery to remove a clot that developed from "head injuries" suffered during filming. Due to this condition, the actor suffered severe headaches and a CT scan and an MRI revealed that he was suffering from Subdural Haematoma, a brain condition normally seen in those above 65. Hrithik's surgery included drilling a small hole in the skull and sucking the clot out. But the surgery was successful and the actor's estranged wife Sussanne Roshan had released a statement saying, "Thank you for all your love and concern. Hrithik has come out of the surgery stronger than ever before."

Lisa Ray- When the model turned actress forayed in India, she created a storm. She was bold, beautiful and simply gorgeous. Her videos for Nusrat Fateh Ali khan made her popular, especially the song Afreen Afreen. But tragedy struck the actress when she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer- multiple myeloma in 2009, a cancer of the white blood cells known as plasma cells, which produce antibodies.. Ten months after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, the Canadian born actress says she is cancer free after a stem cell transplant. Initially Lisa stayed mum, but later chose to spoke about it on several platforms and adopted a positive attitude to fight the cancer. Kudos to her fighting spirit. The former actress got married to Jason Dehni and proves that cancer survivors can have a normal life. Her blog, The Yellow Diaries, chronicles her cancer experience. In an interview to The Times of India, Lisa spoke about contributing to a cause, " I want to contribute in my own little way to help people. Money is certainly an issue when you are fighting cancer but there are hospitals like AIIMS in Delhi that have very good doctors who can take care of you. I have been working with Living with Cancer, an organization in Delhi started by Shiladitya Sengupta, helping cancer patients. I donate whatever I can raise. I have started a line of cocktail saris with a designer and I am trying to donate to this organization from the sale. In India is we don't have enough oncologists. Also, the drugs need to be more accessible here." (sic)

Manisha Koirala- Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. The 42 year old star got treated in New York and ever since her diagnosis, she has been very brave about it. This year on 2nd May, she celebrated one year of being cancer free with her friends and colleagues. Her strength and will power have inspired many. In an interview to TOI, the actress spoke about her illness, "I didn't care about my health before, but now I take a lot of care of my health. But there is always a fear whether the cancer will come back, so I now know how to deal with it." Manisha received a lot of support from the industry and was posting pictures during her treatment.

Salman Khan- The troubled yet Dabangg actor of Bollywood was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia and is being treated for it. Also known as prosopalgia, Trigeminal neuralgia is a neuropathic disorder characterized by episodes of intense pain in the face, originating from the trigeminal nerve. It is known to be one of the most painful human condition. The pain also spreads to the jaw and cheek and this diseases is commonly called commonly known as the suicide disease. The actor has flown to the US a few times to take treatment for this disease and has been suffering from it for seven years. In an interview to the Hindustan Times, the actor was quoted saying, "I am suffering from trigeminal neuralgia, a facial nerve problem I have had since the last seven years. But now, it’s getting worse. Ab dard hadd se paar ho gaya hai and I am going to kill it." (sic)



Actresses who gave up their careers after marriage

Sharbani Mukherjee | 11 actorss who chose family over films! | October 15, 2017 | IndiaTimes/ The Times of India


Marriage is considered to be a game changer for most of the actors in Bollywood (especially the leading ladies). Though the scenario has changed over the time and many actors like Kajol and Kareena Kapoor Khan have been working post marriage; there have been a few actors who've been at the top of their game but have chosen to exit the industry post they have tied the knot.

Let us have a look at 11 such actors who've chosen family over films!


Amrita Arora Amrita Arora, who started her career as a model, went on to become a TV presenter and VJ, went on to act in several films. She married businessman Shakeel Ladak in 2009. They have two sons named Azaan and Rayaan.

Asin Thottumkal The 'Ghajini' actor, Asin Thottumkal, married Micromax CEO, Rahul Sharma in January 2016. She had released a statement on her official Instagram account that made it clear that she is not looking for work after marriage.

She had said: "For all my media friends who still have not got the message, I'm once again reiterating that I have stopped taking up any assignments and have wrapped all my commitments before my wedding itself including my brand endorsements. Request people to stop making assumptions about my assignments and work as I'm not doing that at this stage. Had made this announcement before the wedding itself."

Babita The actor starred in around 20 films before tying the knot with Randhir Kapoor. A major reason for her leaving B-town was rumoured to be Kapoor khandaan's idea of their daughter-in-law not working after marriage. She was 23 when she married Randhir Kapoor. However, the couple eventually separated after their daughters, Karisma and Kareena were born. And after about 20 years of separation, Randhir and Babita patched things up again.

Bhagyashree The film 'Maine Pyar Kiya' of the 90s, which went on to become a cult classic in the genre of romance also gave actor Bhagyashree her much deserved fame. The film was a huge hit. The actor went on to do a few more films until she married actor Himalaya at the age of 19!

Gayatri Joshi (Oberoi) Gayatri Joshi, who starred opposite Shah Rukh Khan in the film 'Swades' went on to marry Vikas Oberoi, the Managing Director of Oberoi constructions in the year 2005. The couple has two sons.

Meenakshi Seshadri She was a sought after actress in Bollywood in the late 80s. She went on to deliver several hit films like 'Hero', 'Ghayal' and 'Damini'. She married the investment banker, Harish Mysore and her last film was Rajkumar Santoshi's 'Ghatak' opposite Sunny Deol. She moved to the U.S.A. thereafter, where she now lives with her husband and two kids. The actor now teaches various traditional dance styles to kids abroad.

Namrata Shirodkar Former Femina Miss India 1993, Namrata Shirodkar appeared in many films like 'LOC Kargil', 'Astitva','Vaastav: The reality' and 'Bride and Prejudice'. The actor, who also used to act in films in down south, fell head over heels in love with actor Mahesh Babu on the sets of the film, 'Vamsi' in 2000. They got married in 2005 and now lives in Hyderabad with her family. They have a son and daughter.

Neetu Kapoor After starting her journey as a child artist and Neetu Singh went on to become a much sought after actor in many Bollywood films. Singh was rumoured to be in her teens when she started dating Rishi Kapoor. And at the mere age of 21, she tied the knot with him! Their wedding was an event which was much talked about. And like other Kapoor bahus, Singh retired from films as well. She only made a comeback with 'Do Dooni Chaar' opposite husband Rishi Kapoor a few years back.

Saira Banu Considered to be an epitome of beauty, Saira Banu was at the top of her game when she decided to tie the knot with the acting legend, Dilip Kumar. She was merely 22 years old when she married Kumar in the year 1966. The two have a huge age gap. She voluntarily chose to bid goodbye to movies after marriage.

Sonali Bendre After having a successful run in the films, Sonali Bendre married film director, Goldie Behl on November 12, 2002, and left the film industry. Bendre was again seen on the silver screen in 2003, doing a special appearance in 'Kal Ho Na Ho' and 'Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Dobaara!' She made her small screen debut in 2014 with the TV show 'Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye'.

Twinkle Khanna Daughter of superstar Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia, Twinkle Khanna debuted in Bollywood with the film 'Barsaat'. Even though the pretty looking Twinkle went on to do a few more films in Bollywood, the films didn't fare well at the Box office. She eventually started dating Akshay Kumar. Reportedly, she had a bet with Kumar that if her film 'Mela' tanked at the BO, she would marry Kumar. And it did! The couple got married in 2001. Her last film was 'Love Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega'. They have two children together. She is now a successful interior designer, author and a columnist.

Actresses who smoke

Shocking: 5 actresses who smoke in real life

The Times of India

We have witnessed a number of actresses smoking on screen but there are many mainstream actresses who have failed to quit smoking in real lives too. Let's take a look at the actresses who smoke in real life.

Dimple Kapadia

Kangana Ranaut is famous for her depressed, pipe smoking roles in the cine world. In films like Fashion, Tanu Weds Manu and Gangster, she's played the troubled female protagonist. But very few know that the actress is a chain smoker in real life too. Kangana even stood up openly against the ban on smoking. She also went on record to say smoking is a personal choice and should never be banned.

Konkana: Now Konkana is one such actress who is known for breaking all stereotypes so when we got to know that the actress is a chain smoker in real life, it did not really come across as a surprise. The actress revealed in an interview that she found it extremely difficult and irritating to control her urge to smoke while she was pregnant with her first child. Konkona is married to actor Ranvir Shorey.

Manisha Koirala That Manisha Koirala is a chain smoker is not one of the world's best kept secrets but what the actress did on her wedding day was totally unimaginable. While brides are supposed to be shy and coy on their wedding day, actress Manisha Koirala was clicked puffing away with friends on her wedding day, in her wedding dress. More than her wedding, it was her this avatar that made quite a headline. But after battling cancer and having survived through it, the actress has finally decided to lead a decent life - minus all bad habits, which also includes smoking.

Rani Mukerji Now Rani is one actress you wish would never smoke, but the truth is Rani Mukerji can't even think of starting her day without smoking.Though her family does not approve of this habit, all her efforts to quit has always back fired. In an interview Rani also hinted that she has had arguments with her family over this but she has failed to keep her promise whenever she has tried. We wonder if the Chopras are fine with this!!

Sharmila Tagore

Sushmita Sen Beauty queen Sushmita Sen has time and again been found smoking in public and seems totally unapologetic about it. The actress says she has chosen this life style and would quit if she feels she should.

Actresses who struggle with Hindi

Top Bollywood actresses who struggle with Hindi

The Times of India

While several actresses like Katrina Kaif are often targeted for their poor Hindi, we also look at some other foreign beauties and top actresses who have forayed into mainstream cinema and who have trouble with the language.

Katrina Kaif- She captures the numero uno spot on this list. Katrina Kaif, who was born as Katrina Turquotte is half British and Half Indian. She made her Bollywood debut in 2003 with the film Boom which bombed at the box office. Ever since, Kats has been trying to learn Hindi and speak the language and has made quite a progress after a decade in the industry. She has also been criticized for her poor Hindi and actors like SRK have come to her defence. In fact, in the Varun Dhawan starrer Main Tera Hero there is a reference to Katrina's poor Hindi. But seems like the actress has taken it in her stride and is working hard to get better and better.

Nargis Fakhri- Nargis is an American model and actress born to a Pakistani father and a Czech mother. She made her debut opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Imitiaz Ali's Rockstar but due to her poor Hindi, the actress's voice was dubbed but for Main Tera Hero, the actress dubbed for the film in her own voice. According to her interview in indiatoday.in, the actress spoke about working on Hindi. She was quoted saying, "There is no less offers because of my language problem. If I get a script, I understand it when I read it," said the actor and added that script reading sessions with co-stars help too." Further adding in the interview, "You get time to sit with your co-actors and prepare, but to improvise in Hindi is tough. (Initially) I had to stick to my lines, but now I can understand and that's a great progress."

Sunny Leone- The former porn star turned actress scored big when she was noticed in the Bigg Boss house by film maker Mahesh Bhatt who then offered her Jism 2. An Indo Canadian, Sunny's Hindi was poor and her voice was dubbed for the film. Talking about her Hindi, the actress was quoted saying in DNA, "I am improving. I took Hindi classes for 2-3 hours daily. But I still feel that my American accent will probably never go," she said at a programme organised by Hotel Hindusthan International.


Elli Avram- She's cute, humble and bubbly and wooed a million hearts when she participated as a contestant on controversial reality show Bigg Boss. Elli even charmed host Salman Khan with her antics and impressive attempts to speak Hindi and wear saris at various occasions. Elli made her Bollywood debut opposite Manish Paul in Mickey Virus and this Swedish born artist has tried hard to speak Hindi. In the Bigg Boss house, she managed to succeed most times as only Hindi was allowed in the Boss' house and punishment was meted to those who violated this law. Elli has a love for India and kudos to her just for her attempts to even try and attempt the language.

Lisa Haydon- Lisa Haydon was born as Elisabeth Marie Haydon to a Malayali father and an Australian mother. Having lived in countries like Australia and United States, it is only natural that the model turned actress has an accent. She wooed us with her performance in the Kangana starrer Queen where her French accent and cute attempts at Hindi made us all smile at her. This sexy model made her debut in Aisha and was also seen in Rascals. But despite her good performances, Lisa has not been able to get rid of her accent which is prominent in her films. In her interview to PTI, the petite model spoke about her film Shaukeen where Khiladi Kumar helped her with Hindi. "Yes, Akshay helped me a lot with Hindi. He does half of my lines. In fact His Hindi is far better than mine ever be. It is a slow process. I know one can’t learn Hindi in a day. But shooting for so many days and speaking it every day has surely bettered it. Akshay is amazing and lots of fun. He is immensely talented and very encouraging."

Sophie Choudry- The former MTV India VJ and occasional model and television presenter was born and brought up in England. So it's natural that the Hindi language may seem foreign to her. She participated in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7 and has also tried her hands at films like Shootout at Wadala, Heyy Babyy, Pyaar Ke Side Effects, Daddy Cool to name a few, where she made special appearances and she has also done a few item numbers. But yet, the actress speaks Hindi with a foreign accent and it is inseparable from her speech while she responds in Hindi.

Assistant directorships before stardom

Assistants who've made it big

The Times of India

The children of A-list Filmistanis--actors, actresses, directors, writers—often receive an apprenticeship (normally as assistant director) under a famous film director (a friend of their parents) before they set out on a career as actors themselves.

The children of stars

Arjun Kapoor worked as assistant producer and assistant director before making is career as a full-fledged actor in Ishaqzaade in 2012.

Emraan Hashmi (a star- nephew) Before starting his career as an actor, Emraan Hashmi worked with Vishesh Films as an assistant director on Vikram Bhatt's Raaz (2002), which featured actors Bipasha and Dino Morea.

Harshvardhan Actor Anil Kapoor's son Harshvardhan assisted Anurag Kashyap on his film, Bombay Velvet and he will be debuting in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's film, Mirza Sahibaan.

Hrithik Roshan: After doing cameo in Aap Ke Deewane (1980) and Bhagwan Dada (1986) Hrithik Roshan went on to become assistant director and worked under his father Rakesh Roshan for films like Karan Arjun (1995) and Koyla (1997).

Junaid Aamir Khan's son Junaid too is said to be assisting director Rajkumar Hirani on Aamir's film PK

Karan Deol Sunny Deol's son, Karan Deol assisted Sangeeth Sivan on Yamla Pagla Deewana 2. He is likely to be launched by Sunny Deol's production house as a hero.

Ranbir Kapoor found himself on the other side of the camera during his earlier days; he worked as assistant director for Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Black.

Shahid Kapoor worked as background dancer before wearing the cap of an actor in showbiz.

Sonam Kapoor worked as assistant director with ace director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Sooraj Pancholi Aditya Pancholi's son, Sooraj Pancholi makes his debut in Hero opposite Athiya Shetty. He has earlier assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali on his film, Guzaarish (2010).

Varun Dhawan Prior to his acting career, Varun Dhawan worked as an assistant director to Karan Johar on his directorial My Name Is Khan (2010). Two years later, he made his acting debut with Karan Johar's romantic comedy Student of the Year alongside Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt.

Not star children, but well placed

Aadar Jain At present Aadar Jain is assisting Farah Khan on Happy New Year and plans to continue assisting for Karan Malhotra's impending Shuddhi. He has trained in acting and filmmaking in America and is likely to be launched by a prolific production house as a hero.

Armaan Jain assisted Karan Johar on Student Of The Year before taking the plunge as an actor in Arif Ali’s directorial debut 'Lekar Hum Deewana Dil'.

Kunal Kapoor began his film journey as an assistant director to Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra on Amitabh Bachchan starrer Aks (2001) before making his acting debut.

Sharib worked an assistant director while waiting for the acting opportunities to come his way. He even played Shah Rukh Khan's best friend in Yash Chopra's 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan.'

Ranveer Singh assisted Shaad Ali in films like Bunty Aur Babli as well as some ad films. Following this, he worked with ace filmmaker Aditya Chopra before getting his first big break ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ in 2010 opposite Anushka Sharma.

Siddharth chose to work in film making and worked as an assistant director before making his acting debut in Shankar's super hit movie Boys the 2003.

Siddharth Malhotra Model turned actor Siddharth Malhotra worked behind the camera as assistant director on My Name is Khan before taking up acting as his career. He made his debut in Dharma Productions' multi-starrer movie Student Of TheYear. He donned the mantle of a solo lead in Hasee Toh Phasee.

The apprenticeships of others

Daisy Shah Before starting her career off as an actress, Daisy Shah assisted assisted choreographer Ganesh Acharya for number of movies.She made a grand debut in Jai Ho opposite Salman Khan.

Ganesh Acharya started working as junior artist at the age of 15. He became an assistant choreographer with dance master Kamal. At 19 years of age, he started independent choreography and now he is one of the most celebrated Bollywood choreographers.

Remo D'Souza During his struggling days Remo faced rejection because of his dark complexion and unattractive features but his dancing skills landed him a job. He assisted Ahmed Khan for one year before taking up an independent project. His first project Sonu Nigam's album Deewana turned out to be a big hit and later it was no turning back for Remo D'Souza.

Attention-seeking starlets and B-/ C- listers

Bizarre acts of celebs!

The Times of India

Andy: British born Anand Vijay Kumar aka Andy was last seen in Bigg Boss 7. Andy came across as an extremely fashion conscious, fun loving and happy go lucky chap, who loved keeping everyone in splits!

Dolly Bindra: Dolly Bindra became a household name for her loud and uncouth behaviour in Bigg Boss 4, where she literally loved picking fights with co-contestants and bossing around.

Imam Siddique: Fashion stylist and TV personality Imam Siddique was last seen in Bigg Boss 6. Imam is known for his eccentricity, temperamental and weird sense of style that makes him an intriguing celebrity and a favourite among masses.

Mallika Sherawat: After setting a kissing record in her debut, Mallika Sherawat drew huge flack for wearing an outrageous outfit at the Cannes and getting clicked with Hollywood celebs along with US President Barack Obama.

Poonam Pandey: Internet celebrity Poonam Pandey is a desperate attention seeker whose only claim to fame is shedding clothes on social networking sites.

Rakhi Sawant: Bollywood and small screen actress Rakhi Sawant is a garrulous loudmouth whose blunt views and voluptuous curves constantly keep her in the limelight!

Sherlyn Chopra: Model turned actress Sherlyn Chopra is the first Indian to shoot for Playboy magazine.

Sofia Hayat: British actress, model and singer Sofia Hayat is notorious for her weird fashion sense, who loves flashing her hot-bod. Apparently, Sofia's attention seeking antics were quite a hit in Bigg Boss Season 7.

Veena Malik: Pakistani actress Veena Malik grabbed huge eyeballs with her nude photoshoot and her casual romantic fling with Ashmit Patel.

B-films starring actors who normally act in better films

The Times of India

Here is look at the another brook of the showbiz where a storyline can be anything from thrilling to raunchy, low-budget and new faces which flourish side by side. Let’s take a look at the celebs who shocked and disappointed their fans with their B grade movies...

Akshay Kumar Not many know, Akshay Kumar appeared in B-grade movie Mr Bond reportedly based on Hollywood movie James Bond.

Amitabh Bachchan Living legend Amitabh Bachchan was seen in a never seen avatar in movie Boom where he received lot of criticism. He was seen doing some steamy scenes and indulging in a different style.

Archana Puran Singh A famous comedy show judge, Archana Puran Singh started her career by being part of several B-grade movies in early 90s. A still from the raunchy song 'Resham Jaisa Rang Dekho' from the movie Baaz.

Diana Hayden Miss World 1997, Diana Hayden delivered few steamy bed scenes with Shawar Ali, She was also tagged as the sex bomb with loads of lip-lock and skin show in the movie.

Diana Hayden Ab Bas

Isha Koppikar who has the reputation of sharing the screen with Shah Rukh Khan on Don was part of many B-grade films like Dangerous, Sexy and Haseena Smart.

Katrina Kaif Bollywood's Barbie doll Katrina Kaif made her debut in Bollywood with movie Boom which she regretted that it was a mistake being part of Boom. The film has been described as soft-porn by many.

Boom was supposed to be a 21st century art film, and marked the debut of Katrina Kaif (centre)

Mamta Kulkarni After doing A grade films like Karan Arjun and Krantiveer, actress Mamta Kulkarni was seen in completely different avtar in the movie Divine Temple Khajuraho. The actress was seen doing many bold scenes in the film.

Manisha Koirala garnered attention with her bold role in Ek Choti Si Love Story. The film ran into controversy as the actress found few scenes objectionable and asked for stay order.

Meghna Naidu got noticed with her debut movie Hawas and since then she was best known for her muggy roles. She has many B-grade films into her credit - Classic Dance of Love, Mashooka, Rain, Bad Friend etc.

Mithun Chakroborty was seen in B-grade movie Classic Dance of Love. In the movie he was seen portraying a religious instructor and his attraction towards a dancer.

Negar Khan Bollywood seductress Negar Khan exhibited her wild side in bikinis in the movie 'Double Cross'. She remains notable for her dare-bare acts.

Neha Dhupia Former Miss India, Neha Dhupia was seen in a B-grade movie Sheesha opposite Sonu Sood. The copious bold scenes in the movie did not go with the audience and was criticised heavily.

Neha Dhupia: Sheesha

Payal Rohatgi was seen Tauba Tauba, a B-grade Hindi film which tells the tale of 15 year old boy. The actress is seen in bikinis and many enlightening poses in the movie.

Rajesh Khanna Superstar Rajesh Khanna disenchanted movie buffs by being a part of a B-grade film Wafa: A Deadly Love Story directed by Rakesh Sawant. This movie was stated as his comeback film which was extremely criticised by many.

Samir Kochchar appeared in a B-grade movie Ek Se Mera Kya Hoga opposite Payal Rohatgi.

Shakti Kapoor: The 'aaaooo' man surprised his fans with his steamy act in Meri Life Main Uski Wife. He featured in many B-grade films along with Bollywood films with top actors of the showbiz.

Sudha Chandran got fame with her wicked portrayal in the TV serials. But years earlier, she featured has done plenty of B-grade not-so-family movies.

Tisca Chopra, who is best known for her role in Taare Zameen Par started off her career in early 90s. In this still, Tisca Chopra is seen seducing Ajay Devgn in a raunchy rain song 'Barsaat ka Bahana' achcha hain from the film Platform.

Urvashi Dholakia TV starlet Urvashi Dholakia started her acting at a very young age and was seen in several B-grade films. Her popular soft-porn film Swapnam got her immediate fame.


Bad times, lean spells

‘Indpaedia wisdom’: All human beings, be they a President, Prime Minister, industrialist, cinema superstar or ordinary folks like we, everyone goes through prolonged bad times that last several years at a stretch. May we all have the courage not to give up during our lean spells, because good spells normally follow, and may we support our relatives and friends when they go through their bad times.

There were nine years in the 1980s and 1990s during which nothing went right for Amitabh Bachchan, in his film career, personal life or forays into the corporate world: till Kaun Banega Crorepati brought success back into his life.

With Rajesh Khanna it was just the other way around. He tasted success only for around two years and nine months, between Aradhna (late 1969) and Mere Jeevan Saathi (early 1972). But what a spell that was! During his successful spell everything that he touched turned to gold, diamond or platinum. But outside that brief period he had only two major hits: Souten and Avtar.

Indpaedia has year-wise details of the fluctuating fortunes of Amitabh Bachchan, Dev Anand, Dilip Kumar, Rajinikanth, Salman Khan, film actor and Shah Rukh Khan to trace their good times and bad times.

The Times of India/ IndiaTimes has put together a list of filmstars’ bad times.


Bollywood stars in their worst times! Mar 1, 2017, The Times of India


Bollywood superstars like Salman Khan, film actor, Amitabh Bachchan , Kangana Ranaut , who are often known for their commendable performance in the industry, have gone through bad phases in their personal life. Let’s take a look at the struggling days of the B-town actors...


A.K. Hangal One of the well-known faces in the Bollywood industry, A.K. Hangal, also had a worst phase in his life. Hangal went bankrupt and couldn't even pay his medical bills.

Akshay Kumar Before getting a break, Bollywood’s action hero Akshay Kumar had to struggle a lot to earn a living. He would shuffle between Bangkok, Singapore and India and sell clothes and other products. Akshay also tried his hands at aiding people to buy and sell flats. Akshay Kumar struggled for five years.

Amitabh Bachchan You will be surprised to know that Bollywood Megastar Amitabh Bachchan also had worst times in his life. Amitabh Bachchan was rejected because of his appearance in his earlier times. Many people even asked to him to go back to Allahabad. Apparently, after being rejected by a radio company many times, Amitabh Bachchan used to sleep on a bench on Marine drive during his struggling days.

Arshad Warsi Life has also been hard for actor Arshad Warsi, who is known for his role of Circuit in Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. The actor managed his livelihood by working as a door-to-door cosmetics salesman.

Bipasha Basu There was also a time when B-town hottie Bipasha Basu went through a very bad phase and was suffering from depression. With failure in career and her love life, Bipasha was totally shattered.

Boman Irani Bollywood actor Boman Irani tasted success when he was 44. Before entering the industry, he worked as a waiter at the Taj Hotel. Later, he joined his mother to run their ancestral bakery shop.

Deepika Padukone Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone, who has stolen millions of hearts with her stunning looks, broke her silence and stigma around depression sharing, for the first time on TV, her battle against the ailment. She revealed that she often used to lock herself up in a bathroom and cry.

Dev Anand Success also did not come easy for actor Dev Anand. He started his career as a clerk in an accountancy firm for a meagre salary of just Rs 85.

Dilip Kumar During his initial days, Bollywood veteran actor Dilip Kumar worked as a canteen owner and a dry fruit supplier. His financial condition was so poor that former BCCI president, PM Rungta had to pay for his tram tickets so that he could travel to film studios from his home.

Govinda ‘Comedy King’ Govinda was once so popular that he was considered to be No. 1 in the industry. But Govinda also had a worst phase in his life when his acting career came to a halt. At that time he was suffering from phobia. People also said that he was mentally disturbed. Govinda’s morale was also low at this time. But actor-friend Salman Khan helped him and he was given a role in ‘Partner’ which was a hit. This also boosted his confidence. {How fortunes change. When Amitabh Bachchan was going through his prolonged bad spell in the 1990s, Govinda was a roaring hit. Mr. Bachchan was compelled to ride piggyback on Govinda’s then successful phase, by starring with him in Bade Miyan, Chhote Miyan. }

Irrfan Khan Bollywood’s versatile actor Irrfan Khan, known for doing intense roles, wasn’t paid for some of the movies in which he acted during his struggling days.

Kangana Ranaut It was really tough for Bollywood’s ‘Queen’ Kangana Ranaut to establish herself in the world of glamour. There was a time when Kangana had no money to buy food. She used to live on Vada Pav and sometimes used to sleep empty stomach in her struggling days.

Lisa Ray Indo-Canadian model and activist Lisa Ray, who catapulted to fame in the 90s as one of the most beautiful models, also a worst phase in 2009 when was diagnosed with multiple myeloma which is a type of cancer. The disease didn’t get better and she was a survivor.

Madhuri Dixit Bollywood’s ‘Dhak Dhak girl’ Madhuri Dixit never got positive reviews as a newcomer in Bollywood. It was never thought that she would become this big in the industry. Madhuri struggled for nearly 5 years in the industry.

Manisha Koirala It was a bad phase for actress Manisha Koirala when she had a failed marriage and in the year 2012 it was reported, that she was suffering from ovarian cancer.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui Starting his career as a watchman in Delhi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui had done many roles as a junior artist in films like Sarfarosh, Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., etc.

Neha Dhupia It will shocking for you to know that actress and former Miss India Neha Dhupia used to help models with their shoes backstage during her struggling days. {Neha had a heady start as a schoolgirl. When she was in her high school she got featured on the front cover of India Today’s magazine ‘Teens Today.’ Shortly thereafter television beckoned her as a star anchor for a travel show. this was followed by the Miss India title. And then came the bad spell…}

Parveen Babi The quintessential sex-symbol of the 70s and the 80s, Parveen Babi, also had a bad phase in her life. The actress developed paranoid schizophrenia. Parveen died a lonely person.

Rekha, actress ‘Evergreen Diva’ Rekha’s life was not a bed of roses for her in the beginning. She had to survive severe financial crisis as well. Apparently, she quit school at the age of 13 and began her film career.

Rajinikanth The God of the South, Rajinikanth struggled for nine years to actually become a star. He worked as a bus conductor in Bangalore.

Saif Ali Khan Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan faced lot of criticism from film critics during his struggling days in the industry. He was very disappointed and felt like leaving the industry.

Salman Khan, film actor Bollywood’s ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ Salman Khan only knows how he mentally prepared himself in his worst times. There was a time when he used to get angry on small things and people were so scared to talk to him. But now he has controlled his anger. His worst phase in life was when he was in jail. He was mentally shattered at that time and even thought whether he will ever come out or not. But his friends and family supported him in his bad times.

Sanjay Dutt Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt's worst phase started when the Supreme court of India sentenced him to 5 years imprisonment regarding his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai blasts.

Shah Rukh Khan You will be shocked to know that Bollywood’s ‘King of Romance’ Shah Rukh Khan slept on roads near the Oberoi hotel for many days before he got a role in Deewana opposite Divya Bharti. Apparently, Shah Rukh struggled for 20 years before his film ‘DDLJ’ was a hit. {Actually, SRK had it very easy. No star without relatives in Filmistan has had it as easy as SRK; nor have many even with powerful Filmistani parents. At age 23 he was a super-hit in the TV serial ‘Fauji’ {1988}. After four years on TV he got the leading role in four A list films released in 1992. The very next year 1993 he had his first super-hit film, Baazigar, followed, the same year, by the mega-hit, Darr. Since 2008 his no.1 rank has been in question but he is still the no.2 or at worst no.3 star, after Salman and maybe Amir.}

Shahid Kapoor, who climbed the ladder of success with his first movie ‘Ishq Vishk’, also had to face failure. But unfortunately his two films ‘36 China Town’ and ‘Chupke Chupke’ didn’t do well on box office. Shahid lost confidence after continuous failure. Shahid was so nervous while shooting for his movie ‘Vivaah’ that he used to ask after every shot whether it was fine or not.

Sidharth Malhotra One of Bollywood's hottest hunks Sidharth Malhotra also had his worst times. During Sidharth’s initial days, the shooting of the film which was offered didn’t even start. He had to share a room with three people and lived as a paying guest. He was so disappointed in his early days.

Sonu Sood Bollywood actor Sonu Sood had to struggle for 8 years before getting a break. Sonu had to bribe to get an entry into the studio.

Sunny Leone Bollywood’s ‘Item Girl’ Sunny Leone also had a bad phase in her life. Sunny had to deal with a fiancé who cheated on her with another woman.

Vidya Balan Bollywood actress Vidya Balan, who started her career with popular show ‘Hum Paanch’, also worked in Tamil and Malayalam movies. In her initial days, Vidya also had a bad phase where producers had asked her to bring her birth-chart and check whether the film will get flop or not. She felt very depressed after this and then decided not to work in South industry.

Zeenat Aman Veteran actress Zeenat Aman had to pack her bags and return to Germany during her initial days in the industry before Hare Rama Hare Krishna happened. She had to struggle for around 4 years to get fame.

Banned by the media

Celebs who were banned by the media

The Times of India

The Indian media in general and the paparazzi in particular have been having their way with celebrities at large. However, if we look at the recent turn of events, the Indian media, especially the photographers, have been turning away from some of the most popular names in the entertainment business. While the photographers blame the stars for acting pricey and making them wait endlessly for photo-ops; the celebrities in return have started tagging the media as aggressive and unreasonable.

(From around 1975 till he met with a near-fatal accident on August 2, 1982 Stardust tried its best to pretend that Amitabh Bachchan- Jaya Bhaduri, and Dilip Kumar-Saira Bano did not exist. Stardust even announced that Vinod Khanna had turned no.1. Stardust hurt its own reputation in the process. Mr Bachchan rose to be no.1—and stayed at that position—during the period of the media ban on him.

(In the 2010s the photographers are banning Salman Khan because his security won’t let twenty aggressive cameramen stick their cameras into his nose. We hope his Kick does great business and he retains his no.1 position, like Mr Bachchan did. In the 2010s, as then, responsible groups like The Times of India are not part of the ban.)

Salman Khan, film actor The latest celebrity to have been boycotted by the media is none other than Salman Khan. The superstar's 'I give a damn' attitude has not struck the right chord with the photographers' union who decided to boycott him after his security personnel roughed up the shutterbugs. According to a news report in Mumbai Mirror dated July 14, 2014, the photographers' union plans to boycott the actor till July 25 which coincides with the release of his film 'Kick'. A photographer has also been quoted as saying that they won't click Salman's pictures even if they spot him cycling around Bandstand.

As per the article, the photographers got miffed during a promotional event with Salman Khan on July 11, 2014. The shutterbugs claim to have been roughed up by the superstar's bodyguards and the security at the venue. Adding fuel to fire was Salman Khan's statement "Those who want to cover the event are welcome to stay, the rest can leave if they wish" (sic). It is believed that the photographers asked Salman to pose at a particular spot during the promotional event but apparently he refused. In a response to the ongoing controversy, Salman Khan's father told Mumbai Mirror that he didn't know what happened at the event but agreed that the cameramen get very close sometimes. So much so that Salim Khan said they were almost hit by the cameras at their faces at Baba Siddiqui's iftar party.

Shraddha Kapoor- 'Aashiqui 2' star Shraddha Kapoor may be basking in the glory of her recent success 'Ek Villain' but like they say, success comes with a price! Shraddha, known for her goody-two-shoes image shocked her fans with the news of her media ban thanks to the ire of the paparazzi. Shraddha allegedly made the media wait for two hours and then apparently refused to pose for photographs. While daddy dearest Shakti Kapoor came to his daughter's defense, his not-so-clean image with respect to the media got him no brownie points.

Believe it or not but the shy and sweet Shraddha Kapoor faced a media ban not so long ago because of her unwillingness to pose for the paparazzi. Shraddha has been turning her face away from the photographers too many times and finally invited a ban from the community. According to a news report in Mumbai Mirror dated July 4, 2014, it all started when she refused to look up on her way out of the airport and then kept the lensmen hanging around on the sets of a reality TV show where she was making an appearance. An assistant informed the gathered photographers that they will have to wait until the shoot is over, which meant waiting for a couple of hours. The stance continued as she had refused to pose for them at two other events as well. However, Shraddha sorted out the matter after she met with the photographers union regarding the same. With her film 'Haider' almost ready for release, a rising star like Shraddha couldn't have afforded a media ban.

Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor- Saif Ali Khan and his ladylove Kareena Kapoor also had the media walk over them back in 2010. This incident took place almost four years back when Saif and Kareena were supposed to address the media and promote a shoe brand the two were endorsing. While the media including the cameramen reached the venue bang on time, the much in love couple were not in sight. According to news reports, the media started fuming after a couple of hours of waiting when Saifeena were still not in sight. The couple walked in later but the members of the media decided to walk away instead. While Saif being the gentleman that he is profusely apologized to them and reasoned out that they were stuck in a traffic jam, the media boycotted the pair instead.

Amitabh Bachchan And till you thought that its the young guns of the industry that the press has targeted think again! Megastar Amitabh Bachchan was once banned by the press. In his blog Big B had revealed once that the entire media went against him after praising him initially. According to an article in Pinkvilla, Amitabh Bachchan had blogged that he was banned because the press were apparently informed by ‘sources’ that he had brought on the idea of the Emergency and a ban on the press. The press ban meant no interviews, no mention or pictures. This was a time when Amitabh Bachchan was doing well career wise and some of the biggest hits of his career had released. The media ban coincided with films like Sholay, 'Deewar', 'Sharabi', 'Muquaddar ka Sikander', 'Lawaaris', 'Natwarlal' etc. The media ban that lasted for more than a decade saw Big B's biggest hits release at that time.

(Indpaedia adds: No, it was not the Emergency. Stardust had some ego problem with Mr Bachchan. Stardust had become the biggest selling film magazine in English and expected him to kowtow to him. Some magazines followed suit. However, responsible ones like Filmfare did mot. In any case, the ban did not make the slightest difference to Mr Bachchan’s career. He rose to be no.1 during the ban. )

Business interests of Mumbai stars and other celebrities

The Times of India

Rajendra Kumar. who for a few years in the mid-1960s was the highest paid star in Bombay, arguably started the trend of investing earnings from cinema into business--tea and coffee estates in his case. Before him stars rarely invested óutside the film industry for their post-retirement 'pensions.'

Aamir Khan: Mr.Perfectionist has his own production house in film industry. He made many super hit films which had received highly positive reviews from the critics.

Adhuna Akhtar: Farhan Akhtar's wife Adhuna is a big name in Bollywood and fashion industry. Her styles which she gave to the stars in movie Dil Chahta Hai made her a prominent name in filmdom.

Ajay Devgn: Ajay launched his own production house 1999 named Devgan Entertainment and Software. His latest investment is in solar power. He is part of joint venture in a state of the art 25MW solar project in Charanaka, Patan District, Gujarat which has been operational since December 2011.

Akshay Kumar: After carving a niche for himself as the action star of Bollywood, Khiladi Akshay Kumar launched his production company called Hari Om Entertainment.

Arjun Rampal: The actor launched a lounge bar Lap in New Delhi. He also runs an event management company, Chasing Ganesha.

Bipasha Basu: Bips is another big name in the fitness industry. The model turned actress has looked to differentiate her fitness regimen and market her DVDs better.

Chunky Pandey: Chunky Pandey owns a very famous restaurant called The Elbo Room in Mumbai.

Dino Morea: Dino Morea's restaurant cum bar Crepe Station has branches all across the country. His retail line called Cool Mall Merchandise was launched by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Gauri Khan: Her claim to fame is no more being called SRK's wife. Gauri has today made her own standing among the masses with her business. Apart from being the co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders with Shah Rukh Khan, Gauri has also collaborated in Suzanne's (Hrithik's wife) signature furniture line.

John Abraham: John too has come a long way from modeling, to acting and then turning producer in Bollywood. The hunk produced Vicky Donor, which was a critical and commercial success. His second movie as a Producer and actor is Madras Cafe, which garnered fantastic critical acclaim.

Lara Dutta: The actress recently turned producer with her film Chalo Dilli and soon plans to launch a range of designer shoes. She also released a series of fitness DVDs.

Maheep Kapoor: Wife of Sanjay Kapoor, Maheep Kapoor is a professional jewelry design.

Mithun Chakraborty: Mithun Da is the owner of a hotel chain, The Monarch hotels at Ooty Masinagudi and Mysore are high end luxury hotels.

Preity Zinta: The popular Bollywood actress bought a share in the Indian Premier League team King's XI Punjab in 2008. In fact Preity took her business role so seriously, that reportedly (as per an interview to CNN) she went ahead and took a short term executive course at Harvard Business School.

Robin Uthappa and Sreesanth: Cricketers Sreesanth and Uthappa have also started the Bat & Ball Inn houses in Bangalore, Chennai and Kochi. Bat and Ball has cushioned itself with a cafृ run by the management of Cornucopia, a successful restaurant from Chennai.

Ronit Roy: Roy owns a security agency Ace Security and Protection for the last 10 years. He also provides personal security to the top Bollywood stars like Aamir Khan and SRK.

Sachin Tendulkar: Sachin Tendulkar, the God of cricket joined hands with famous hotelier Sanjay Narang of Mars Group and began his restaurant named Tendulkar's and cafe named Sachin's in Mumbai.

Shah Rukh Khan: From being an actor to a producer and now an owner of a cricket team, SRK has come a long way. Besides running the Red Chillis Entertainment company, Shah Rukh also is the owner of Kolkata Night Rider cricket team of IPL, with the help of which he earns millions of dollar every year.

Shilpa Shetty: Apart from launching a series of spas and a fitness DVD, Shilpa Shetty and hubby Raj Kundra own the IPL team Rajasthan Royals and restaurants and have also entered the real estate business.

Suniel Shetty: Suniel Shetty's production banner Popcorn Entertainment Pvt. Limited is engaged in Television production, event management and film production. He also launched a clothing line Mischief and the restaurant Club H2O for water sports enthusiasts.

Sushmita Sen: Sushmita Sen owns the Miss Universe India Franchise - I Am She.

Suzanne Roshan: Hrirhik Roshan's wife Suzanne, having obtained degree in Interior Designing is the owner of Suzanne Roshan's House of Design.

Twinkle Khanna: Aksjay Kumar's better half Twinkle is specially known for her interior ventures. She opened her interior store in 2002 with the partnership of two friend. The White Window(store) is located in Mumbai at Crawford Market.

Zaheer Khan: Zaheer Khan's restaurant ZK's started in Pune in 2005 still stands tall, also receiving a 3.5 rating on TripAdvisor for its food, quality and service.


Charitable work

Salman Khan: Being Human

Celebs with a golden heart

The Times of India

Aamir Khan has secretly donated Rs 2 crore for the rehabilitation of people who lost their homes to the devastating floods that wreaked havoc in Leh.

Aishwarya is a UN Microcredit Spokesperson.She supports PETA India. She pledged to donate her eyes to the Eye Bank Association of India, and appeared in a public awareness film on eye donation. In November of 2004, Aishwarya Rai created the Aishwarya Rai Foundation to help needy people in India.

Akshay Kumar reportedly donated Rs. 3 crore to a judo-karate academy this year in a bid to promote the sport.

Amitabh Bachchan has been associated with a number of charitable causes including UNICEF's polio campaign. The superstar recently launched 'Jenaration' which is an online bidding scheme where celebrities would put up their clothes for sale and the proceeds would be used for educational purposes (

Anil Kapoor donated his entire Slumdog Millionaire fee — Rs. 4.3 crore — to charity.

Anupam Kher involved with the NGO Pratham, to raise money towards education of under-privileged children in India.

Farhan Akhtar donated Rs. 15 lakh towards rural empowerment.

John Abraham loves animals and has supported People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in numerous campaigns.

Katrina Kaif Besides being Bollywood's most bankable actress Katrina Kaif has been actively participating in charity works along with her mother Suzanne who runs charitable organization, Relief Projects India and Mercy Home.

Priyanka Chopra, In 2010, was appointed as the UNICEF national ambassador to support Indian children and their right to go to school.

Rajinikanth donated Rs. 10 crore to a religious shrine in Andhra Pradesh. According to Naman Ramachandran, the author of Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography, most of Rajinikanth's philanthropic activities went unpublicised because he did not want them to be so. Rajinikanth has given away half of his income to charities.

Salman Khan has been involved in several charities during his career. He has started an NGO called Being Human which sells T-shirts and other products online and in stores. A portion of the sales go to a worthy cause supporting the underprivileged

Sonakshi Sinha has reportedly donated her Dabangg paycheck entirely to Salman Khan's Being Human charity.

Vidya Balan reportedly donated Rs. 10 lakh to the Eastern India Cinetel Welfare Trust, which works towards the welfare of Bengali technicians.

Vivek Oberoi was awarded the Red and White Bravery Award in 2006 for helping re-build a village which was hit severely by the Tsunami. Oberoi and his family founded The Yashodhara Oberoi Foundation (YOF). Oberoi serves as the World Health Organization's anti-tobacco spokesperson. He is involved with several charities in Chennai and Mumbai.

Conversion to other religions

Celebs who changed their religion

The Times of India

Celebrities who converted to Islam The Times of India

Religion is an insightful aspect of one's life. Here's a look at few celebs who changed their religion to attain spirituality or for their love.

Amrita Singh: Actress Amrita Singh was born to a Sikh-Muslim family. She made her debut in Bollywood in 1983 with Betaab and delivered several hits like Sunny, Mard and Saaheb. Amrita, who followed the Sikh religion since birth, converted to Islam just before her marriage to actor Saif Ali Khan. Saif, who was a Muslim, is the son of the late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, the ninth Nawab of Pataudi and actress Sharmila Tagore. After thirteen years of marriage, they divorced in 2004. However, what is interesting is that Saif’s current wife and famous actress Kareena Kapoor has not converted to Islam after her marriage.

AR Rahman (Allah-Rakha Rahman): Though the whole world knows about his music, not much is known about his personal life. India’s most famous music composer, singer-songwriter, music producer and musician was born a Hindu and named A. S. Dileep Kumar. However, he converted to Islam later. The musician was introduced to Qadiri Islam when his younger sister fell severely ill in 1984. He was enchanted by the ideals and values of the religion. His mother, who belonged to an Islamic family before her marriage, too was influenced by Sufism. Though AR Rahman was an atheist during his childhood, he embraced Islam with his full heart. Music maestro AR Rahman, who was born to a Hindu father and a Muslim mother, converted to Islam in 1989. He grew up as an atheist before converting his religion to Islam after reaching adulthood.

Dharmendra and Hema Malini More than two decades ago, film stars Dharmendra and Hema Malini married secretly. Women activists protested against the "illegal" marriage. Dharmendra, they pointed out, was already married and had teenaged children. But in order to give legitimacy to his union with Hema Malini, the couple had converted to Islam. Dharamendra (born as Dharam Singh Deol) is one of the most charismatic heroes that Indian cinema has ever had. The dashing actor, who played both romantic as well as the action hero with finesse, converted to Islam in 1979. The actor was already married to Prakash Kaur and had four kids with her when he met actress Hema Malini and fell in love with her. Since he could not divorce his wife due to his commitment and could not marry again as per the Hindu Marriage Act, he converted to Islam and married Hema. Since then he has maintained two separate families. It is said that since there were many protests during his second marriage, the actor had no option but to change his religion to give legitimacy to his union with Hema Malini.

(Around the same time as Dharmenrra's 'conversion,' Shama, the biggest selling and very respectable Urdu film magazine, reported that Raj Babbar-Smita Patil and Vinod Mehra and his then latest wife had also converted to Islam in order to give similar legitimacy to their second marriages.)

Hans Raj Hans: The Pakistani media is abuzz with reports that popular Indian singer Hans Raj Hans has converted to Islam. The singer, who is Sikh by birth, has belted out some popular chartbusters like Aaja Nachle, Dil Tote Tote and Duma Dum Mast Qalandar. He is reportedly proud to embrace Islam and has also expressed a desire to visit Medina. He was allegedly studying Islamic literature for the past few days and has developed faith in the values of Islam as a religion. His fascination for Islam is pretty evident from the fact that he decided to stick to only the Sufi genre of singing, which has its origin in Islam. However, his son Navraj has denied these reports.

Nagma Actress Nagma who was born to a Muslim mother and a Hindu father took up Christianity in the year 2007.

Nargis Actress Nargis took up Hinduism and changed her name to Nirmala Dutt when she married Sunil Dutt.

Sharmila Tagore Bengali beauty Sharmila Tagore converted to Islam when she married Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi on 27 December 1969. She became Ayesha Sultana Khan, later shortened to Ayesha Khan.The gorgeous actress Sharmila Tagore, who has been awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2013, also converted to Islam for love. She fell in love with the late Mansur Ali Pataudi and had converted to Islam before her marriage to him. She was born a Hindu in 1946 but converted her name to Ayesha Begum after her marriage. The couple was blessed with three children – actor Saif Ali Khan, jewellery designer Saba Ali Khan and actress Soha Ali Khan. Her husband Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi died on 22 September, 2011.

Yuvan Shankar Raja Music director Yuvan Shankar Raja took to his micro-blogging page to announce something very personal. While dismissing rumours about him getting married for the third time, the composer also tweeted that he is now following Islam. “Yes, I follow Islam and I’m proud about it. Alhamdhulillah. My family supports my decision and there is no misunderstanding between me and my dad,” he said.

Criminal cases against celebrities

Celebs with dark past

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Fardeen Khan In 2001, Fardeen Khan was arrested for allegedly buying and consuming banned drugs. Earlier, Fardeen was accused of possessing 9 gm of cocaine.

Maria Susairaj and her boyfriend were arrested in connection with the killing of TV executive Neeraj Grover in 2008. Maria was sentenced to three years in jail for destroying the evidence.

Monica Bedi was arrested with underworld don Abu Salem by the Lisbon police in 2002. They were later brought to India after serving sentence for 3 years. In 2010, Indian Court convicted Monica Bedi for passport forgery. but reduced the jail term to the period that she had already served.

Navjot Singh Sidhu The cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu was accused of killing a Patiala resident in 1988. Even though the courts found him guilty, Sidhu goes scot free.

Salman Khan Bollywood hunk Salman Khan has been in the eye of a storm ever since his car rammed into a roadside bakery, accidentally running over some pavement dwellers, killing one inadvertently on the night of September 28, 2002. The court is yet to deliver judgment on the case.

Sanjay Dutt is arguably the most controversial star in the history of Bollywood. His early drug addiction in college and his stints in jails for possessing arms and ammunition have garnered more attention that his stupendous performance in films.

Sarika started her career when she was four years old. Since her father walked out on the family early on, she was the only bread winner, and was forced to work from a tender age. The actor was in a possessive and abusive relationship with her mother, who forced her to work. The actor did not go to school. Instead, she reported on the sets everyday. At the peak of her career, the actor was abused and thrashed in public by her mother. [Sarika is not in the same league as the others in this section: sad n troubled past, not criminal]

Shiney Ahuja In 2009, the domestic help of actor Shiney Ahuja lodged a police complaint alleging that she was raped by the actor at his house. Shiney was sentenced to seven years' rigorous imprisonment by a fast track sessions court in 2011.

Death in the bathroom

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Priya Rajvansh (Birth name: Vera Sunder Singh), was found dead in the bathroom of filmmaker Chetan Anand’s Ruia Park bungalow in Juhu in March 2000.

Divorces in Filmistan

Actresses’ hot avatars after divorce

Gursimran Kaur Banga, Rashami Desai, Jennifer Winget: TV actresses and their sexy post divorce transformation December 03, 2016, The Times of India


Daljeet Kaur, actress, after her divorce
Jennifer Winget
Jennifer Winget
Rashami Desai
Rashami Desai
Shraddha Nigam
Shraddha Nigam
Vaishnavi Dhanraj
Vaishnavi Dhanraj

When it comes to the glamour world, not everything is hunky dory and relationships often come under the scanner. TV celebs, too, go through their share of rough days, and have to deal with heartbreak. This often leads to them going through a divorce with their partner. But what is particularly praise-worthy is that some of the women have tided over their past and moved on in life. Not just that, they have had sexy transformation post their divorce and look stunning now. Take a look at The Times of India’s list: by Gursimran Kaur Banga

Daljeet Kaur: Daljeet Kaur, actress of the small screen parted ways with her husband Shaleen Bhanot some time back. The actress was usually seen in conservative attire on screen. But after her separation, she lost 25 kgs, following a strict diet and a fixed exercise regimen. She was chubby earlier but seems quite content with her new avatar. She also got a shorter hair cut for herself and let go of her long tresses. Undoubtedly, this has enhanced her personality and changed the way she looks now.

Jennifer Winget: Jennifer Winget got divorced in February 2016, right before ex-husband Karan Singh Grover decided to tie the knot with Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu. Jennifer, who has featured in TV shows such as Saraswatichandra and Dill Mill Gaye, was quite a simpleton and understated, but it is not the same anymore. With her comeback show Beyhadh, she has turned into a glam diva and could be seen sporting gorgeous outfits for the promotions of the show. She looks hotter than before and her personality oozes charm.

Rashami Desai: Rashami Desai rose to fame for playing the role of Tapasya in Colors' 'Uttaran. It is on the sets of the show that she met Nandish Sindhu and married him in 2012. Three years later, it ended in an ugly divorce with the two going public with their spat. It must have been hard for the actress back then, but going by her recent pictures on Instagram, it seems she is now focusing on herself and making the most of her time by doing yoga and working out at the gym. She looks her fittest best currently and more glamorous than before.

Shraddha Nigam: Shraddha was Karan Singh Grover's first wife and her separation with him came as a shock to many. After a low-profile wedding at a gurudwara with only close family members in attendance, KSG and Shraddha ended their marriage in just 10 month's time. But Shraddha has moved on in life. She has a new partner and has also got herself a makeover recently and with shorter hair cut she looks absolutely sizzling.

Vaishnavi Dhanraj: Popular TV actress Vaishnavi Dhanraj was in news in 2016 for her separation with Nitin Sahrawat. The actress, however, seems to have moved on in her life now. Vaishnavi has got herself a drastic makeover and looks completely transformed in her new avatar. She has been posting some really hot pictures on her Instagram account, which speak volumes about how she has gotten over the past and is ready to take on the future. Vaishnavi has starred in television serials like Madhubala - Ek Ishq Ek Junoon, Mahabharat and Begusarai.

Famous divorces

Shocking divorces of Bollywood

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Aamir Khan – Reena Dutta

Dipped in love, Aamir Khan and Reena Dutta tied the knot. Reena Dutta was Aamir Khan's childhood sweetheart. She stood by the actor at all times. Aamir and Reena kept their marital status under wraps for some time. The duo even have two kids from their marriage - Junaid and Ira. But after 15 years of marriage, Aamir and Reena parted ways. Reena got the custody of the kids and Aamir went on to marry Kiran Rao, but still shares a strong bonding with his kids and a cordial one with ex-wife Reena.

Chitrangada Singh – Randhawa

It was yet another case of a Bollywood actress getting hitched to a sportsperson. Chitrangada Singh and Jyoti Singh Randhawa came across as a couple in love till talks of a split began surfacing. Chitrangada and Jyoti have a son Zorawar. Chitrangada came to Mumbai to follow her filmy aspirations, when news of their divorce first came up. All along the actress kept up a brave front. Finally in 2014, the duo was legally separated.

Hrithik Roshan - Sussanne Roshan

They were the picture perfect couple of Bollywood. As if just out of a film, Hrithik and Sussanne were a couple blindly in love. Their love story is like a fairy tale, with two cute kids - Hrehaan and Hridaan. However soon cracks began to appear, with strong rumours of a divorce being reported. Finally in 2013, Hrithik and Sussanne announced their separation, following it up with news of a divorce in April 2014. This news shocked the entire industry, as the fairy tale couple decided to take different routes.

Karisma Kapoor-Sunjay Kapur

After a broken relationship with Abhishek Bachchan, Karisma got married to Sunjay Kapur. The couple seemed to be happily married, and had two kids too - Samaira and Kiaan. After the birth of their second child, Karisma shifted to Mumbai and started working on her Bollywood re-launch. That is when the news of a divorce came out first. Last week the couple locked horns over the custody of their kids and today the news of their divorce was reported by Mumbai Mirror. Initially what seemed to be a happy marriage, has ended on a bitter note.

Manisha Koirala – Samrat Dahal

In 2010 Manisha Koirala tied the knot with businessman Samrat Dahal. The actress was doing well in her career and decided to take a plunge. But soon, the marriage was in doldrums. According to a report in Times of India, the free spirited nature of the actress was reported to be blamed for the trouble in their married life. Having separated, Manisha returned to the glamour of Mumbai. And in 2012, she was detected with Cancer. Following which she went to the US for treatment.

Rahul Mahajan - Dimpy

This couple is an outcome of reality television. Rahul Mahajan and Dimpy Ganguly got married on national television, through a reality show. Rahul got to choose his bride from the many ladies who competed to be Mrs Mahajan. The small screen actor had himself selected his bride-to-be, through a process. However news of a broken marriage soon started haunting the couple. With reports also stating that Rahul had become physically abusive with Dimpy. Finally in 2014, A Mumbai Mirror report stated that Dimpy and Rahul had filed for divorce.

Saif Ali Khan – Amrita Singh

The marriage of Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh was a much surprising one. The couple was in love and soon tied the knot. There was an age gap of 12 years between Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh, however 'love is blind' just fits well in their case. After 13 long years of marriage and two kids - Sara and Ibrahim, the couple went for a divorce. The couple parted ways, following reports of Saif getting close to Rosa Catalano. Currently the kids live with their mother, while Saif is happily married to actress Kareena Kapoor.

Divorces and alimony

Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces

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Aamir Khan and Reena Dutta- Reena filed for a divorce petition with mutual consent, in a family court in Mumbai in December 2002. Post their divorce Reena took the custody of the kids. Aamir Khan on the other hand went ahead and got married to Kiran Rao who was the assistant director on his film 'Lagaan'. Although, Aamir and Reena have never come out in the open with the details of their divorce, gossip mongers assume that Aamir would have paid a huge sum as alimony.

Aditya Chopra and Payal Khanna: Aditya Chopra had to pay a heavy price to marry Rani Mukerjee. It is said that Payal Khanna, first wife of Aditya was paid a hefty sum of Rs 50 crores as divorce settlement.

Hrithik Roshan and his wife Suzanne are reportedly heading towards the costliest divorce in Bollywood history. Suzanne could reportedly ask for a part of Roshans’ property which is estimated to be over Rs 5,000 crore. According to a report in ZoOm, superstar Hrithik Roshan's wife Sussanne has reportedly demanded around Rs 400 crores as alimony after filing for divorce. While Hrithik brushed aside this piece of news and according to a report in TOI, a source close to Hrithik said there was no truth in it. Sussanne is an independent entrepreneur who is doing very well for herself.

Karisma Kapoor: Sanjay Kapur and Karisma Kapoor recently finalized their divorce. The actress is reportedly all set to receive an alimony of Rs 7 crore.

Rhea Pillai and Leander Paes- Rhea Pillai and tennis star Leander Paes went through another set of court proceedings. Model Rhea Pillai demanded Rs 4 lakh as monthly maintenance. She has asked Rs 3 lakh for herself and Rs 90,000 for her child who attends one of Mumbai's most expensive schools. According to a TOI report, Rhea said that Leander failed to financially support her for the last two years. Not just that the new twist in this saga is Rhea accusing both Leander and his father for physical abuse. She accused them of ill-treatment her during a birthday party at the house. However, the fact that left the media in a tizz so far is whether the couple is even married or not? This information is important especially while deciding the huge alimony amount Rhea has apparently demanded.

Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh: Saif Ali Khan professed his feelings towards Amrita Singh and later went on to marry her in Octobet 1991. Hwoever, things didn't work out between them and the couple decided to call it quits after 14 years. It is said that Saif had to pay almost half his fortune as alimony.

Rhea Pillai and Sanjay Dutt's much-hyped divorce of was worth Rs.8 crores. Sanjay also gave his ex-wife an expensive car and took care of all her expenses.

Divorce-prone celebrities

Celebrities Who Divorced The Most

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Adnan Sami Singer Adnan Sami had a little trouble in the romance department. He has divorced for two times, but his third marriage with Roya Faryabi seems to be solid.

Kamal Haasan : Ulaganayagan Kamal Haasan had a little trouble in the romance department. He has been divorced two times. Here are the lucky women who had the pleasure of his company; Vani Ganapathy, Sarika and Gauthami.

Kishore Kumar

Siddharth Roy Kapur UTV honcho Siddharth Roy Kapur has been divorced for two times. He got third time lucky with actress Vidya Balan, who has managed to keep the ring on his finger since December 2012.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra: Indian film director, screenwriter and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra has two divorces under his belt. His third marriage with film critic Anupama Chopra seems to be solid with almost 25 years.

Domestic help

Bad employers in Filmistan

Indpaedia’s take is that there are many upstarts in Filmistan who do not treat their domestic staff as fellow humans. But surely there must also be some big-hearted Filmistani employers as well. bookmybai.com should definitely blacklist the 25 errant and mean Filmistanis. However, bookmybai.com should not generalise about an industry with hundreds, perhaps a few thousand, cineastes that employ domestic staff. Instead, bookmybai.com should do a statistical analysis. Even if 66 per cent of Filmistanis turn out to be mean employers, that should not be held against the remaining, big-hearted Filmistani employers.


Himanshi Dhawan | Startup says bai-bai to Bollywood stars |Apr 19 2017 : The Times of India (Delhi)


Tinsel town's ugly underbelly is showing. A Mumbai-based start-up called bookmybai.com , an online platform through which people can hire domestic staff, has learned this the hard way .Barely two years in the business, it has announced that it will stop providing domestic help to Bollywood celebrities after cases of physical and verbal abuse, withholding payments and bad behaviour started mounting up.

Founder Anupam Sinhal, who announced the ban through a blog post, alleged that he has over 25 cases where a Bollywood or TV personality has misbehaved with their maids.

Sample this: one celebrity refused to let her male helper attend the last rites of his dead mother till the agency gave her a replacement.Another gave her maid only tea and bread as food, forcing the agency to find as many as seven replacements in less than six months. Yet another beat up her maid almost daily .

Sinhal described his experience working with Bollywood celebrities, some of them national film award winners, as nothing less than “horrendous.

“I felt that they are misusing their position to take advantage of people working for them who are helpless and poor. I wanted to bring out a true picture that these people who are role models for us, who we look up to, don't have basic ethics to treat human beings, he told TOI.

In one case, he wrote, physical abuse of the maid was almost a daily affair. “As soon as we got to know, we asked the maid to leave as soon as possible. When she came to our office, we could see marks of physical abuse on her body . However, the company that currently has 50,000 domestic workers on its rolls has been unable to pursue cases of abuse with the police as the maids do not want to file a FIR. “I am willing to file cases and take legal action but the maids feared harassment by the police, he said.

Sinhal claims he has also been threatened with bouncers, defamation on social media, police cases and legal notices forcing him to refund the deposit and close the case on some occasions to avoid trouble.

Dying in poverty

Celebs who died in poverty The Times of India

Achala Sachdev The famous actor Achala Sachdev died a painful death in Pune after she was totally ignored by her son who lived in the US and daughter who lived in Pune.

AK Hangal Veteran actor AK Hangal faced a major financial crisis after his successful stint in Bollywood. During his last years, he was unable to even pay his medical bills despite help from the film fraternity. He died in 2012.

Bhagwan Dada During his peak time, Bhagwan Dada had a lavish lifestyle. He owned bungalows, fleet of cars and had lots of followers. However, during his last days he had no money left and nobody at his bedside.

Bharat Bhushan was some of the first few actors in the country who defined stardom. He had loads of money but he lost all of it to gambling. Things got so worse that he had to live in a chawl during the last days of his life.

Jagdish Mali One of the renowned photographers in Bollywood, Jagdish Mali was found on the roads of Mumbai with no clothes and no shelter in a very horrifying state days before his death. He died in 2013.

Meena Kumari is also known as the 'tragedy queen' of Indian cinema. She shot to fame in the early fifties with the release of Baiju Bawra and went on to do some historic films. However, in her personal life, she battled with alcoholism which also led to her demise in 1972. It is said that the family had to sell her Bungalow to pay off her medical bills.

Vimi made her debut in B.R. Chopra's Hamraaz in 1967 and rose to stardom in quick time. However, after her separation with husband Shiv Agarwal, things took turn for worse and Vimi was left with no money or emotional support. She spent her last few days in the general ward of Nanavati Hospital. She was in her thirties when she died in 1977. The world was shocked to know that her body was taken for cremation on a chanawalla's thela.

Dying young, dying unnaturally

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Divya Bharti Actress Divya Bharti's Bollywood career was cut short by her death in April 1993 at the age of 19. The actress slipped and fell from the window-sill of her husband, Sajid Nadiadwala's fifth floor flat in Mumbai early morning. Apparently, she was drunk, but many believe she was murdered.

Jiah Khan British-Indian Bollywood actress Jiah Khan reportedly hanged herself at her Juhu residence on June 3, 2013. She was mostly known for her role in the 2008 film, the Aamir Khan starrer Ghajini. She made her film debut with Nishabd in 2007 opposite Amitabh Bachchan.

Nirmal Pandey Actor Nirmal Pandey, best known for his role as Vikram Mallah in 'Bandit Queen', died on February 18, 2010 following a heart attack. He was 48.

Sandeep Acharya, who won the second season of Indian Idol in 2006, passed away at a Gurgaon hospital at 9 am on December 15, 2013. Reports say, Sandeep was suffering from jaundice for a fornight, died while undergoing treatment in the hospital.

Srihari Telugu film actor Srihari passed away at a private hospital in Mumbai on October 09, 2013.

Taruni Sachdev Indian child artist Taruni Sachdev was among those who died in the Agni Air Flight CHT plane crash in Nepal, on 14 May 2012.

Uday Kiran Yet an unfortunate incident shocked Telugu film industry, actor Uday Kiran committed suicide by hanging himself at his Srinagar colony residence. Later, he was rushed to a private hospital where the doctors declared him dead. (www.gulte.com)

Vivek Shauq A popular name in the television circuit, Vivek Shauq died of a heart attack on January 10, 2011, He was only 47.

Viveka Babajee Supermodel Viveka Babajee committed suicide at her residence on June 25, 2010. She was only 37.

Educational qualifications

Engineering

Ruchi Kaushal | Engineers turned actors who made it big in Bollywood September 17, 2016, The Times of India


Had life not blossomed on the silver screen, Sushant Singh Rajput, R Madhavan, Kriti Sanon, Fawad Khan and Kartik Aaryan would have perhaps been busy with engineering and machines at a swanky corporate office. But destiny had something else in store for these masterminds. Here is a dekko at the real-life impressive educational backgrounds of our favourite stars

Kartik Aaryan ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ actor Kartik Aaryan is armed with degrees and diplomas. The Gwalior-based actor, who was doing his engineering course in Mumbai along with an acting course, without telling his parents about it, bagged a role in the blockbuster ‘Pyaar ka Punchnama’. Not only was his performance lauded, especially his lengthy monologue, but he went on to feature in its sequel too, which proved to be his second successful film. The actor has recently signed director-producer Aanand L Rai’s next, a remake of the hit Tamil romantic-comedy ‘Kalayana Samayal Saadam’ and has replaced Irrfan Khan as the brand ambassador of a popular deodorant.

Fawad Khan The ‘Khoobsurat’ actor Fawad Khan, who impressed us in ‘Kapoor And Sons’ and will next be seen in ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, had thought of becoming an Aeronautical engineer or a pilot. He holds a graduation degree in Telecom Engineering from the National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences, Lahore. But destiny had something else in store for him. He became a household name with his popular Pakistani romantic-drama ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’ before making it big in Bollywood.

Kriti Sanon Not many of us know that Kriti Sanon, who featured in Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Dilwale’ and will now be seen with Sushant Singh Rajput in ‘Raabta’, is an engineer by profession. She completed her B. Tech in Electronics and communication from Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Delhi but later pursued acting and even went on to win the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for her film ‘Heropanti’.

R Madhavan-The chocolate boy, who made his permanent place in our hearts with his romantic flick ‘Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein’ opposite Dia Mirza before becoming famous as Manu of ‘Tanu Weds Manu’, is actually one of the most talented souls in the B-town. The ‘Rang De Basanti’ actor is completely opposite of his popular character from ‘3 Idiots’. He did his graduation in electronics and represented India as a cultural ambassador in Canada. He was also awarded Best NCC Cadet Maharashtra and trained with the British Army, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force. He also won the Indian Championship for Public Speaking and even represented India at the Young Businessmen Conference in Tokyo, Japan.

Sonu Sood The ‘Happy New Year’ actor, Sonu Sood will now be seen sharing screen space with none other than Jackie Chan in ‘Kung Fu Yoga’. But not many are aware that the actor, who is also a hit down South, holds an Engineering degree in Electronics from Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering in Nagpur. The tall, dark and handsome actor, who is also a fitness freak, bagged several awards for his Telugu film ‘Arundhati’ and has played prominent roles in ‘Dabangg’, ‘R… Rajkumar’, ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ and many more.

Sushant Singh Rajput Not many know that ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’ actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who will now be seen in the MS Dhoni biopic and ‘Raabta’ with Kriti Sanon, pursued Mechanical Engineering at a college in Delhi before he decided to follow his dreams and move to Mumbai. From being a bright engineering student and 7th rank holder at the All India Engineering Entrance Exams (AIEEE), Sushant Singh Rajput went on to become the most loved small screen actor for his TV show ‘Pavitra Rishta’ opposite his ex-girlfriend Aankita Lokhaande. Sushant later rose to fame on the silver screen by hitting the bull’s eye with Bollywood debut ‘Kai Po Che’.

Vicky Kaushal The ‘Raman Raghav 2.0’ actor Vicky Kaushal, who garnered huge appreciation for his debut performance in the award-winning film ‘Masaan’, is an Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer but the first thing he wanted to do after completing his education was working as an assistant director. The actor revealed that he tore apart his job letter after appearing for an interview as he knew that nobody would take his interview in the film industry.

Families in Filmistan

Actors, actresses embarrassed by their family

Bollywood celebs embarrassed by family?

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Bollywood celebs are constantly under the limelight and they are bound to make mistakes which get highlighted in the media, often causing embarrassment to their families. But there have also been instances when B-town celebs have been embarrassed by their own families! Read on to find out which Bollywood stars were put on the spot courtesy their near and dear ones who have done some embarrassing things in the public eye!

Ameesha Patel- Ashmit-Ameesha Patel and her sibling Ashmit Patel are close, in spite of Ameesha's problems with her parents where she waged a legal battle against them. The Bollywood actress who made her debut with Kahno Naa Pyaar Hai, is Ashmit's older sister. But seems like her younger brother gave her reason enough to go red in the face. Ashmit was said to be in a relationship with Riya Sen. Things got ugly when an alleged MMS clip about the two getting intimate made its way online and in the media. Both denied the rumours and Ashmit even said on Bigg Boss that though the MMS was on his phone, he never leaked it. Wonder how the clip leaked online?

Amitabh Bachchan- MP from Samajwadi Party, Jaya Bachchan created quite a stir at the music launch of the film Drona. Mrs Bachchan had said that they are from UP (Uttar Pradesh) and thus they will speak in Hindi and that the people of Maharashtra should forgive them. This was a direct taunt to MNS chief Raj Thackeray for his alleged anti North Indian sentiments. This created a stir and must have been an embarrassment to Big B as Raj Thackeray demanded an apology, after which Big B issued a statement clarifying his wife's remarks and even issued an apology.

Ayesha Takia - In the recent wake of the anger Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi has aroused in the nation, his daughter in law, former Bollywood actress Ayesha Takia, seems embarrassed. According to a report in Mid-Day, he was quoted saying, "Rape is punishable by hanging in Islam. But here, nothing happens to women, only to men. Even the woman is guilty. In India, if you have sex with a person with consent, it's fine. But if that same person complains, it's a problem. Nowadays, we see a lot of such cases. Girls complain when someone touches them, and even when someone doesn't touch them. It becomes a problem then, and the man's honour is ruined in this. If rape happens with or without consent, it should be punished as prescribed in Islam." Ayesha Takia took to Twitter to express her shock. She tweeted, " If what I'm reading about my father-in-law's statements is true then me and Farhan are deeply embarrassed and ashamed... We surely do not share this mindset... It's disrespectful to women. If these statements are true then it's sad."

Farah Khan -Farah Khan's director husband Shirish Kunder caused quite an embarrassment to her during Sanjay Dutt's Agneepath success bash in January 2012. The film editor turned director made a comment on the failure of SRK's ambitious, big budget project RA.One. Shirish took to Twitter to write, "I just heard a Rs 150 Cr firework fizzle." This seemed to irk the badshah of Bollywood who got into a tiff with Shirish at the party and allegedly slapped him. Farah came in support of her husband and supported him by sending a message to the media. It stated, "Shah Rukh has always told me that physical abuse is the worst way 2 sort out a problem, n that its means the person who's hitting has either a personal or professional crisis going on, n it saddens me 2 see him doing the same (sic)." But nothing is permanent in Bollywood. Shirish quickly mended his ways by posting on Twitter, "I'll always regret one thing that I feel very guilty about. I sincerely apologise for my tweet on RA.One." Even Farah quickly realised the grave consequences of this and made peace with her good friend SRK when Sajid Nadiadwala intervened. Though Shahrukh is doing Farah's Happy New Year, the ace choreographer and director must be deeply embarrassed by her husband's actions in hindsight!

Kajol- Tanishaa- Tanishaa Mukerji's career may have failed in Bollywood, but she made a sure shot come back on TV with Colors' controversial reality show Bigg Boss 7. It is said that her mum Tanuja and sister Kajol and brother in law Ajay Devgn were against Tanishaa's decision to go into the Bigg Boss house. Her decisions seems to have caused quite an embarrassment to her family. But that's not all. On many occassions, host Salman Khan badgered her for not standing up against Armaan Kohli, a fellow inmate who would shout at Tanishaa. Doing this on national television further embarrassed her family. But it doesn't stop there. Tanishaa's open romance with Armaan Kohli did not go down too well with Tanuja and it is said that brother in law Ajay Devgn even told Viacom 18 to evict Tanishaa from Bigg Boss. According to a report in IANS, Kajol was quoted saying, “I do watch Bigg Boss regularly and I feel the show’s format is such that it brings out the worst in the person. I try and catch every single episode of the show and will support Tanishaa because she is my sister. I don’t think I have any advice for her because that place is such. The show puts you in an unnatural situation and compels to get the worst reaction out of you.”

Troubled families

9 Celebs Who Don't See Eye To Eye With Their Families

Neha Borkar The Times of India November 17, 2015

All is not well with the families of tinsel town. Many have been embroiled in family squabbles and now they don't see eye to eye. From Prateik Babbar's tumultuous relationship with his father Raj Babbar, to Amitabh Bachchan giving the cold shoulder to his brother Ajitabh, we list other celebs who are not part of a happy family.

Prateik and Raj Babbar

Late actress Smita Patil’s son Prateik Babbar is not on good terms with his father, Raj Babbar. The actor had said in an interview that his father was never around while he was growing up and that he was always busy with his other family. Prateik then decided to drop his surname Babbar, further letting the world know of their strained relationship.

Surveen Chawla and her parents

Surveen Chawla, the ‘Hate Story’ hottie annoyed her parents by exposing herself much to much in her debut film. The reports stated that her parents were upset to see their daughter’s steamy scenes in the promos of the film.

Ameesha Patel and her parents

The 'Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai' actress got into an ugly rift with her parents. The actress alleged that her father mishandled her earnings and sued him for 12 crore. The fight got so bitter that Patel left her house and told the media that her mother had hit her with a slipper!

Aditya Narayan and Udit Narayan

Aditya Narayan

There was buzz that Aditya and Udit Narayan shared a tumultuous relationship. Reports say that it was Udit who pushed Aditya’s career initially and recommended his name to producers. It is said that their relationship got bitter after Udit landed in a polygamy scandal, where he was accused by a lady of being her husband.

Rohit Shetty and Hriday Shetty

Hriday Shetty is the half brother of 'Golmaal' famed Rohit Shetty. Hriday Shetty, who is also a director (directed movies like Chaalis Chaurasee, Pyaar Mein Twist), disowned his half-brother Rohit saying that his father had only two sons, him and his brother Uday, and that Rohit’s presence doesn’t matter. There were also rumours that stepbrother Rohit Shetty’s star friends refused to work with him due to his aversion to Rohit Shetty.

Arshad Warsi and Anwar Hussain

Did you know that actor Arshad Warsi is the stepbrother of former playback singer Anwar Hussain? Anwar, who is now a forgotten voice, is struggling by singing in bars. The singer had told the media that Arshad would never take his calls, and was in no mood to help him. The Munnabhai MBBS star never acknowledges him in public and refuses to talk about him with the media.

Amitabh Bachchan and Ajitabh Bachchan

Big B had strained relations with brother Ajitabh, who decided not to write a book on the family after announcing that he would. We guess the megastar was not happy with a book that would have revealed many skeletons in the family closet. [Indpaedia knows for a fact that Amitabh Bachchann, his children and children-in-law flew all the way from Mumbai to Delhi and then drove in full strength to Kapas Hera, a suburb, to attend the marriage of Ajitabh and Ramola Bachchan’s daughter Naina in 2014.]

Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar

The rivalry between the two sisters was so fierce that there was a film made on the subject. Asha also said in an interview that Lata could have helped her in her turbulent times, but didn’t.

The Deols

The industry sensed that something was not well between the Deols when Bobby and Sunny decided to give Esha Deol’s marriage a miss. The media tried to question Papa Dharmendra about their absence, but he yelled at the media and asked them to leave the wedding venue. [Indpaedia believes that Bobby and Sunny’s problem was not with father Dharmendra but his ‘second wife’ Hema Malini, whose daughter Esha Deol is. Like the Indian law, the sons do not accept the ‘second marriage’ or the offsprings from it.]

Fetishes, obsessions

10 Crazy Obsessions of Bollywood stars

The Times of India

Ameesha Patel ‘bags’ it all: Like all women, the cute and effervescent Ameesha Patel has a weakness for shopping. And she is totally crazy about bags. The actress loves to shop for bags and is so crazy about bags that she owns bags from all possible brands- be it Gucci or Chanel. She even has them in various colours and designs. Whenever she goes abroad, she makes it a point to shop for designer bags. In fact, rumours suggest that she used to clean the handbags once in a week. Another actress who is crazy about purses and clutches is Sonam Kapoor. Be it Prada, Chanel, Marc Jacobs or any other luxury label – she has them all!

Kangana Ranaut is obsessed with getting inked: The gorgeous actress, who has won many hearts with her endearing act in Queen, loves to get inked. She is obsessed with tattoos and has one on her neck – a cross with an angel and a sword. Then there is another tattoo of an angel on her ankle. In fact, she had to endure pain for almost two-and-a-half hours to get her dream tattoo of a warrior angel. There were also reports of her getting inked on her neck for the film Tanu Weds Manu. Well the style diva sure knows how to turn heads.

Preity Zinta’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: The bubbly beauty of Bollywood, who is currently in the news for alleging that her former boyfriend Ness Wadia threatened and abused her, has an obsession for clean bathrooms. People who are close to the actress say that she will never use any bathroom unless the bathroom is squeaky clean. If that was not enough, the dimpled beauty makes sure that her washroom is spic and span immediately after she uses it. In fact, her friends often tease her about this obsession for clean loos. A report in Mind The News says that when she broke off with Ness Wadia, there were jokes that went viral that alleged that the actress might have ditched Ness as he could not meet her standard of immaculate cleanliness.

Priyanka, Kareena’s fetish for shoes: Bollywood beauties Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor Khan might be rivals and have taken digs at each other several times on public platforms. However, there is something that unites them and that is their love for shoes. Both divas have their distinct style and have ruled Bollywood. However, both of them go gaga over shoes. While Priyanka apparently has a collection of over 80 pairs of designer shoes, her rival Kareena reportedly owns over a hundred pairs of shoes. Apparently both the actresses love shopping for shoes and have shoes of all colours and brands. Well we are dying to see their collection of shoes.

Rajesh Khanna’s obsession with red: Not many people know that the late Rajesh Khanna had a strange obsession with red colour. He reportedly used to smoke Dunhill cigarettes, whose cover was bright red in colour. His favourite drink was Johhny Walker Red Label and he reportedly loved having coke in a red can. In fact, so much was his obsession with this colour, that he was often spotted in red or maroon kurtas when he was older. In fact, his favourite song was ‘Yeh lal rang kab mujhe chhodega’... from Prem Nagar’.

Salman Khan: He is hot and handsome, and his macho persona makes girls go weak on their knees. His dabangg attitude with a heart of gold makes him one of the most popular actors of B-Town. However, what comes as a surprise IS that his fetish is rather tame and simple. Apparently, he loves collecting soap bars and perfumes. In fact, it is said that you will find a collection of all kinds of herbal soaps in his bathroom. He likes collecting and using different flavoured soaps. And whenever he goes out for shooting and if he gets time, he will definitely shop for soaps, preferably made from natural fruit and vegetable extracts.

Shah Rukh Khan's love for video games: The charismatic Shah Rukh Khan may be known for his romantic roles but what he actually loves is video games. King Khan is very tech-savvy and is obsessed with gadgets and video games. It is said that he is so obsessed with gaming and gaming gadgets that he has an entire floor in his house ‘Mannat’ dedicated to video games! In fact a report in Hindustan Times says that Shah Rukh used to compete with Farhan Aktar in the soccer video games when they were shooting for Don: The Chase Begins. Hence, it does not come as a surprise that King Khan actually made a film on THE gaming world – Ra. One.

Shah Rukh Khan Keep it simple for Shah Rukh Khan: Bollywood’s badshah Shah Rukh Khan believes in living life king size and you can get to see his royal taste when you walk into his luxurious house. However, when it comes to clothes, SRK likes to keep it simple. Though he is in a position to buy designer clothes, he likes to stick to a classy blue pair of jeans and slim fitted white shirt. In fact, he is so obsessed about jeans that rumours say that he owns more than 1500 pairs of jeans. In an interview to Filmfare, he said his fashion statement is a white t-shirt, blue jeans and sneakers.

Sunny Leone is obsessed with her feet: Former adult star-turned-actress Sunny Leone, who won millions of hearts with her act in Ragini MMS 2, has a very interesting obsession- and that is her feet. A Mid-Day report said that while filming for Pooja Bhatt's Jism 2, Sunny surprised everyone on the sets of the film with her habit of cleaning her feet every 15-20 minutes. The report adds Sunny used to constantly clean her feet with water. Even while shooting indoor, she would keep washing her feet, sometimes every 15 to 20 minutes and in between every shot. Well her fetish for her own feet does sound strange, isn’t it?

Vidya Balan's sari obsession: The curvaceous actress, who made sari the style statement in Bollywood, is pretty obsessed with the garment. She reportedly has a collection of over eight hundred saris in her closet and that does not seem enough to her. She shops for saris whenever she gets a chance. In fact, when the actress was asked to be the jury at the prestigious 66th Cannes Film Festival, she chose to wear a sari. In an interview to PTI, she had said, “I see myself in a sari even when I am sleeping.”

Filmistan trivia

The Times of India

Celebs little known facts

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Beautiful actress, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is a true linguist. She can speak not just one or two, but six languages. Being a South Indian the beauty is well versed with Tulu and Tamil. Since she has lived in Maharastra, she learnt Marathi in school and she understands Bengali as well because she has portrayed Bengali characters in films like Devdas and Raincoat.

Akshay Kumar is very devout, he writes "Om" on the top of the page before writing anything.

Amitabh Bachchan is so punctual and dedicated to his work that many a times he turned up before the watchman or gatekeeper and opened the gates of Filmistan Studios himself.

Bachchan family It is confirmed that the Bachchan family has collectively paid 53.81 cr and have been declared one of the highest tax payers for the year ending March 2013.

Dharmendra was a married man with children. But that did not deter him from converting his faith to Islam in order to wed Hema Malini in 1980. The name he took upon the conversion was Dilawar Khan.

Dharmendra was paid only Rs.51 for his first movie Dil Bhi Tera, Hum Bhi Tere (1960)

Hrithik Roshan Before the release of Hrithik Roshan's debut film, he used weight training to bulk up for his role under the supervision of actor Salman Khan.

Hrithik Roshan Bollywood Greek god Hrithik Roshan had stammering problem from age of six and he overcame it once he sought the help of a speech therapist

Hrithik Roshan Very few knew that Hrithik Roshan suffered from scoliosis and got diagnosed at the age of 21. Doctors told that he could never be able to dance and do stunts like all other Bollywood stars. But Hrithik proved that medical science is nothing before man's will power

Mona Abegaonkar Actress Mona Abegaonkar delivered a baby girl, out of wedlock. Grapevine suggests that Mona was seeing Dayanand Shetty on the sets of a TV show CID. An actor from the unit (requesting annoymity) offered, "Everyone believes that Dayanand is the father of Mona's child. She has confided to her close friends. But he surely can't confess, because he is married and even has a kid from his first wife."

Preity Zinta Actress Preity Zinta was honoured with Godfrey's Mind of Steel Award for her "gutsy act" of standing against the Mumbai Underworld during the 2003 Bharat Shah case.

Raj Kapoor went off liquor and meat and continued to remain a non-drinker and eating only vegetarian food until the premiere of the Satyam Shivam Sundaram.

Rakhee Gulzar was born on the day India on the day India attained independence -15 August, 1947.

Ranbir Kapoor 'Rockstar' Ranbir Kapoor continues, in late 2013, to take Rs. 1500 every week from his mother as his pocket money

Shah Rukh Khan starrer Swades is the first Indian film to actually be shot inside the NASA research center. For authenticity, Ashutosh Gowariker shot a scene at Launch Pad 39A, at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. Shah Rukh Khan's character Mohan Bhargava was seen working on a rainfall monitoring satellite known as the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM), which is lifted into an orbit aboard a Space Shuttle.

Shah Rukh Khan was the first choice for the role of Munnabhai, but was forced to turn it down when he had back problems. Though he was part of the film and helped out with the script. The producers credited him for his consulting inputs. After SRK, Vivek Oberoi was considered for the same role but Sanjay Dutt finally won it.

SRK walked up 800 steps with Deepika in his arms. As per a wedding custom that takes place annually in Munnar, the husband picks up his wife and walks up 800 steps, to create a strong bond between the couple. While shooting for Chennai Express, SRK had to lift Deepika, so she asked him, “Can you do this? Are you strong enough?” The chivalrous Khan, not knowing that it involved 800 steps, instantly said, "Of course."

Shekhar Kapur's Mr. India was originally written for Amitabh Bachchan. The film was also scripted keeping in mind Amitabh Bachchan's voice but Big B refused to be a part of the film and to do the 'invisible' role.

Shiamak Davar Choreographer Shiamak Davar insisted Sushant Singh Rajput to take-up acting and encouraged him to take admission in Barry John acting school.

Shoaib Akhtar The role of Daya Shankar in movie Gangster, which was inspired from the real life of Abu Salem was originally offered to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar.

Sridevi portrayed the role of superstar Rajnikanth's stepmom in Tamil movie Moondru Mudichu at the tender age of 13.

Food habits

Vegans

Melissa Rumao | Bollywood beauties who turned vegan |December 18, 2017 | IndiaTimes/ The Times of India


Veganism has attained tremendous popularity in the last few years, and the change is still widespread — with more and more people joining the movement to fight animal cruelty and by adopting a clean plant-based lifestyle.

Veganism is much more than just a diet, its a way of life which can be achieved by quitting animal meat and dairy products in order to pledge your support towards animals.

Vegetarianism as a way of life is deeply rooted in the Indian ethos. Howrever the two terms can not be used synonymously as there is a difference between veganism and vegetarianism.

While quitting eggs and meat, in particular, is termed as 'vegetarian', altogether giving up on consuming anything that is extracted from animals including dairy is termed 'vegan'.

Veganism is both difficult and expensive to sustain and one needs to find plant-based alternatives to almost every product in the market.

In the recent past, many Bollywood beauties have opted veganism to switch to a healthier, and a "cruelty-free" lifestyle. Some of them are...


Alia Bhatt Alia Bhatt is one of the many celebs who has undergone a massive transformation post her debut. Initially, the ‘Student of the year’ took to vegetarianism to battle the summer heat. The diet helped her feel lighter and better and she decided to ditch meat and eggs to adopt this diet as a part of a healthy lifestyle. It is also said that her father Mahesh Bhatt who is also a vegetarian is happy after the transformation. Alia is new to veganism but seems to be enjoying her changed food habits.

Esha Gupta The 'Rustom' actress took to veganism to lead a better life. Esha has given up milk and all animal products. The model-turned-actress was also seen supporting veganism in PETA’s ad campaign. She converted into a vegan for good when she realised the consequences of opting for a meat-based diet meant butchering animals. Esha has an enviable body and she owes most of it to a fully plant-based vegan lifestyle

Jacqueline Fernandes Jacqueline Fernandes has turned vegan to pitch in her bit towards protecting the environment and also a quest towards a healthy lifestyle. The Sri Lankan beauty stands by eating a clean, wholesome and a healthy diet. To raise awareness for the same, she is opening her own restaurant in Mumbai! She is an animal rights activist and has opted for veganism to steer clear of participating in animal cruelty. The winner of the title by PETA—'Woman of The Year' in 2014, Jacqueline is encouraging her family and friends to do the same.

Kangana Ranaut Hailing from the hills, the ‘Queen’ of Bollywood has been a hardcore non-vegetarian throughout her life. Once the actress moved from the Himachal Pradesh and set base in Mumbai, she switched to a vegan lifestyle. Kangana maintains that she saw a huge improvement in her life and veganism had helped her skin, mind, and body.She was also termed as the hottest vegetarian celebrity in 2013 by PETA. "When I decided to become a vegetarian, I realised that consuming dairy products was not agreeing with me and was giving me acidity. Hence, I switched to being a vegan and this has made a lot of difference in my life. I am very happy now." - Kangana Ranaut.

Neha Dhupia Neha Dhupia is an animal rights activist and has also taken up the vegan lifestyle to refine her body and mind. Being a vegan can be an expensive lifestyle change and to make it more affordable to people Neha has helped PETA launch the V-Card, which is India’s first-ever discount savings card for vegans. “I’ve realised that the benefits of eating plant-based foods include feeling energetic and succeeding to keep weight in control”, said the actress.

Richa Chadha The 'Fukrey' actress has been extremely vociferous about what's right and is a champion of animal rights too. The model turned actor modeled a lettuce dress and became a mermaid for PETA’s pro-vegan ads. Richa Chadha who was previously a vegetarian decided to shed eggs and dairy for good. She has embraced the vegan lifestyle whole heartedly and continues to promote it.

Sonakshi Sinha The 'Dabangg' girl has given us fitness goals owing to her fab transformation. Sonakshi Sinha loves animals and joined the vegan bandwagon to fight against animal cruelty. This change in her lifestyle helped her slack lots of weight. According to Sonakshi, the vegan lifestyle has helped her to boost her metabolism.

Sonam Kapoor It's not surprising for Sonam Kapoor, who hails from a Punjabi family to feast on meat and dairy products. Sonam grew up fighting weight issues and her favourite foods included seafood and curd. Finally, when Sonam decided to adopt a healthier way of life and got fitness conscious, she turned to vegetarianism. Sonam went on a weight loss spree after her diet transformation and it yielded great results. She ultimately hopped on to the vegan bandwagon as dairy products were not suiting her. "I stopped eating meat four years ago. What has happened now is that I have stopped consuming milk and milk products."- Sonam Kapoor

Gifts in Filmistan

Unbelievably expensive gifts by Bollywood celebs

The Times of India

Bollywood celebrities are known for their flamboyant lifestyle off the big screen as well. So keeping up with their magnanimous image, Bollywood celebrities are known for using much more than simple words to express their gratitude. Here are five unbelievably expensive gifts that Bollywood superstars have given their famous friends.

Aditya Chopra- Rani Mukerji and Aditya Chopra's relationship has been on the media's tenterhooks for ages now. While the media was busy playing the guessing game on their alleged affair and later marriage rumours, Aditya's one move grabbed eyeballs. Apparently, in true filmi style the celebrated filmmaker gifted a Rs 1.25 crore worth Audi A8 W12 to rumoured wife Rani Mukerji. Aditya has never professed his love for Rani publicly although rumour mills have always been abuzz about their romance. Aditya's very expensive gift to Rani was touted to be his gift to her before they finally say "I do".

Karan Johar- Filmmaker Karan Johar who is known for making larger-than-life films for the big screen is a man with a big heart. We know that because the celebrity director apparently gifted nothing less than an extravagant Ferrari to actress Katrina Kaif. The story that goes around this big gift by the filmmakers is that Karan Johar asked Katrina Kaif to do an item number in his film 'Agneepath'. The actress agreed and reportedly refused to charge anything for the same. So overwhelmed was Karan by this gesture that he apparently decided to return the favour and gift something to the beautiful actress. Karan is believed to have gifted Katrina a Ferrari for shaking a leg to 'Chikni Chameli'.

Salman Khan- Salman Khan has become synonymous with being generous in the flashy corridors of Bollywood. The actor who has a penchant for gifting and helping well-wishers and loved ones, did the same for former girlfriend Katrina Kaif. If reports are to be believed then Salman gifted Kat a black SUV on her birthday a while back. In 2012 when Salman and Katrina were still together, Sallu bhai had gifted his ladylove an expensive Audi. However, after the two parted ways, rumours of Katrina contacting an agent to sell the same car made its way. Even though Kat may have sold her expensive gift, we think Salman deserves a pat on the back for his choice of wheels.

Shahrukh Khan - The badshah of Bollywood is known to maintain a high-profile lifestyle off the silver screen as well. Over the years, King Khan has gifted expensive tokens of appreciation to his friends and well-wishers. Shahrukh recently came in the news for gifting Abhishek Bachchan a Harley Davidson motorbike. From what we can gauge from SRK and Abhishek's tweets, SRK gifted Junior B a Harley after the latter gifted SRK a bicycle! Shahrukh had before that made headlines when he gifted friend and director Farah Khan a Mercedes Benz E Class for their film 'Om Shanti Om' and a Hyundai SUV after the release of 'Main Hoon Na'. Even though his superhero film 'Ra.One' did not live up to the expectations, SRK spent Rs 1 crore each while gifting Arjun Rampal, Anubhav Sinha and Rajinikanth, a BMW each.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra- Now this is one 'gift' that has stayed for long in public memory. In a publicized event of sorts, filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra gifted a Rolls Royce Phantom to megastar Amitabh Bachchan for his performance in the film 'Eklavya'. What followed however, was an altogether different story. Soon after Chopra's gift of a flashy pair of wheels to Big B, news of Big B returning the same to the showroom the next day appeared. If that wasn't all, this 'gimmick' was seen as a way of waiving off taxes by Amitabh Bachchan. According to reports Big B charged just rupee one for 'Eklavya' and hence, Chopra gave him this extremely expensive gift.

Judges who tried/ sentenced celebrities

Policing celebs: 15 min of fame for judges

The Times of India This news item is from before 2014.


Dinesh Kumar Gupta: Gupta, who shot into prominence with a harsh arrest warrant for Gere, is a 1996 batch Rajasthan Judicial Service (RJS) officer. Gupta comes back from a humble background of traders from Malakhera in Alwar district and trained in law from Alwar. A former president of the Rajasthan Judicial Service Officers Association, Gupta has a reputation of being tough on the establishment as well as a judicial activist who has fought for the rights of his fellow judicial officers.

Vikram Singh Muwel: Vikram Singh Muwel gained fame when actor Priyanka Chopra’s case landed at his Indore court from a court in Mhow earlier this year. He scheduled a hearing in the case filed by her former secretary, who alleged that Priyanka had levelled baseless allegations against him in an interview. He even issued summons to Priyanka to appear before him on May 19. However, the actor’s lawyer approached the MP High Court and got a stay.

Rakesh Kumar Gupta: As a first class judicial magistrate in the Indore district court since 1997, the judge had issued summons to artist M F Husain after a case was filed surrounding his controversial paintings of Hindu goddesses. Husain appeared in the court of magistrate Gupta and was later granted bail. The judge is now a chief judicial magistrate in a district court in MP.

Malati Karmakar and Pijush Sarkar: Middle-aged, amiable, new to Alipore court. That is how her colleagues would like to describe Malati Karmakar, judicial magistrate of the Alipore court, who took cognisance of a petition filed against a private TV channel and anchor Mandira Bedi for wearing a sari with Indian flag printed on it at a show. Later, the case was transferred to judicial magistrate Pijush Sarkar. Known as a stickler to law, Sarkar, in his early forties, has been at Alipore for long.

Legal troubles

When celebs ran into legal trouble| June 07, 2017 | IndiaTimes/ The Times of India


Abhijeet Bhattacharya A 27-year-old man approached the MRA Marg police, complaining against singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya for allegedly making "hurtful" remarks on Salman Khan's hit-and-run case verdict, reports DNA. The guy, Nachiket Kulkarni, who has registered the complaint, is a resident of Fort, added the report. Mr. Kulkarni's copy of complaint stated, "People were expressing their opinions through social media. Singer Abhijeet also expressed his opinion on Twitter through his personal verified account @abhijeetsinger."

Abhishek Kapoor Eros International has sent a notice to Abhishek Kapoor for refusing to refund an advance of Rs 60 lakh, taken as part of fee to helm a planned Ranbir Kapoor starrer, reports Mumbai Mirror. Abhishek recently sued his Rock On!! producers, Excel Entertainment, for excluding him from the credits of the musical's sequel. The report quoted a source close to the development, that the transaction took place in August 2010, but five years later, Abhishek is yet to start work on it. Jyoti Deshpande, Group Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of Eros International, confirmed the news to Mirror, saying, “We have patiently waited for over five years for Abhishek to make the film for us. We don't want any bad-blood. We are only asking for a refund of the money that he owes us. A notice has been served. Since he has to refund the advance of Rs 60 lakh, a strong case will be made against him if he fails to do so. His way of functioning has been highly unprofessional." However, Abhishek's spokesperson denied the news.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan , who is roped in to play a key role of Sarabjit Singh’s sister in the biopic helmed by Omung Kumar, has landed herself in a legal trouble, reports Bollywoodlife.com. Ash was to play Sarabjit's older sister Daljit Kaur in the film. But another sister of late Sarabjit, Baljinder Singh, has now sent a legal notice to Aishwarya and Omung, the report stated. Producers Zeishan Quadri and Kumar were thrilled for signing up Aishwarya for the film, the fate of which is apparently at stake. According to the report, Singh's sister feels that the movie will project her brother in a bad light as his real life story had several angles about death in Pakistani prison.

Ali Fazal A report on Mid-day.com quoted a source as saying that Ali stays alone in his Bandra flat and his friends keep visiting him all the time. The source further revealed that Ali had been partying a little too often with his female friends visiting him. Reportedly, the actor has been warned against playing loud music and having too many guests coming over his place. The report also quoted Ali Fazal as saying that he and his friends weren’t making noise. He further said that someone had inquired but it was a perceived as a complaint by some people. He also added that he would invite people of the entire building at his next party.

Amitabh Bachchan According to a report on Bollywoodlife.com, Amitabh Bachchan has landed into a legal trouble. The report stated that Big B has been summoned by a Los Angeles federal court in allegation pertaining to human rights violation. The lawsuit has been filed by a New York based body called Sikh For Justice (SFJ), which claims that Big B had instigated violence against the Sikh community by raising blood for blood slogans in 1984, the report further stated.
Big B's manager in Hollywood received a copy of the summons and according to the law, the megastar has 21 days to respond to their charges, read the report. Quoting a legal advisor of SFJ, a daily reported that if the defendant failed to respond by March 17, 2015, then they will move the court for the default judgment imposing compensatory and punitive damages against Bachchan for instigating violence which took lives of thousands of innocent Sikhs during November 1984, the Bollywoodlife.com report stated.

Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan A case has been filed against Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan in a Ghaziabad court, saying that they were seen covering their bodies with the national flag in a manner insulting to the nation, reports IANS. Complainant Chetan Dhiman, in his complaint before the judicial magistrate's court, said that the actors were seen with the national flag during the India-Pakistan World Cup cricket match in Adelaide on February 15, 2015. Dhiman's lawyer Sanjeev Sharma said the complainant and five of his friends saw the Big B wearing the national flag in an insulting manner, the report stated. Further to the report, he said that by such an act, the internationally acclaimed actor and his son downgraded India's reputation. The act was covered under The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, and the Flag Code of India, 2002, and both should be summoned before the court to face trial, the report concluded.

Amitabh Bachchan The makers of an instant noodles brand are in the midst of a controversy due to the contents of their product. However, even the celebrities who have endorsed the product are being dragged into the ongoing tussle. Some time ago, Madhuri Dixit was in trouble over having endorsed the product and now Amitabh Bachchan has also cleared his stand on the same since he used to endorse it. Big B was seen in several advertisements for the noodle brand and speaking to CNN IBN, the actor explained that at that time of endorsing the brand, he had checked with the makers to ascertain if the product was all right. The report further quoted Big B as saying that he also puts a clause in his contract where the makers would defend him in case of any legal trouble. He further added that the contract was now over.

Amitabh Bachchan , Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Jackie Chan are among the celebrities that figure in a leak of documents obtained from an anonymous source by German Daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung. The documents name more than 500 Indians, including real estate tycoons represented by Mossack Fonseca, a Panama-based law firm with offices in 35 countries, of misusing their respective companies. However, there is no proper evidence that Bollywood celebrities used their companies for improper purposes. Bachchan, who has long since resigned from the companies, has not commented on the issue while Aishwarya's media advisor has rejected the documents and labeled them "totally untrue and false." Chan has been revealed to have at least six companies represented by the firm.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and Preity Zinta According to reports, the Bihar court has ordered the police to lodge an FIR against Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and Preity Zinta, who are the brand ambassadors of Nestle India, following a complaint filed by a lawyer alleging that he fell ill after eating Maggi. Reportedly, the court has ordered the police to file an FIR against the actors under various section of IPC (Indian Penal Code) that includes IPC 420 for cheating consumers. Also included are Section 270 for malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life and Section 273 for sale of noxious food or drink.

Asin Ready actress Asin Thottumkal is said to have parked her vehicle in a no parking zone. According to a report on Mid-day.com, Asin's car was stationed in the no-parking zone outside the Santa Cruz Police Airport in Mumbai. Asin had just landed in the city and decided to dash from the airport in her car but it took a good 10 minutes before the cops unlocked her the wheels. Further to reports, Asin sped away without paying a fine.

Chetan Bhagat Author Chetan Bhagat has been slapped with Rs 1 crore defamation suit by a Bihar royal family, reports IANS. Reacting to news, Chetan said that his novel 'Half Girlfriend' has nothing to do with the former kingdom of Dumraon in Bihar and that he will try to settle things by explaining the point to the other party. “I didn’t know them and was not aware of their existence. I came to know about these people after the book came out,” Chetan was quoted saying. The suit claimed that the book portrays male members of the royal family as drunkards and gamblers. “They have raised something. I'm going to answer them. It (The book) is a piece of fiction. It has got nothing to do with them. I will try to clarify that," said Chetan.

Dimple Kapadia The Supreme Court, (August 7, 2015) issued a notice to actress Dimple Kapadia on a petition by Anita Advani seeking restoration of her complaint of being subjected to domestic violence subsequent to the death of yesteryear's film star Rajesh Khanna. An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu issued notice on Advani's plea challenging Bombay High Court’s order quashing her complaint of domestic violence against Kapadia and others. Appearing for Advani, senior counsel CA Sundaram told the court that his client was living with Rajesh Khanna for 25 years following his estrangement from Kapadia.

Farhan Akhtar According to a Mumbai Mirror report, filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor, who wrote and directed Rock On!!, has moved the Bombay High Court against the movie's sequel, Rock On 2, being produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani's Excel Entertainment. He claims that he hasn't been credited for the story, the report stated. Kapoor has sought an injunction against Excel Entertainment from producing the movie, or entering into any third-party agreements related to it. He has also sought that whatever agreements are already in place should be disclosed before the court, stated the report. Further to the report, Kapoor said that screenplay writer Pubali Chaudhuri avoided meeting him and stopped taking his calls. His attempts to resolve the issues with the production house had failed.
On February 11, 2014, he applied to the Film Writers' Association to register the script of Rock On 2 in his name and the association ruled in his favour, the report further stated. Regarding his deal with the production house, Kapoor said that when the agreement was executed he had just begun his career as writer and director, and had relatively low bargaining power as compared to a big and established production company like Excel. "The company's directors had created a friendly atmosphere and I started trusting them. The clauses of the agreement were in favour of Excel, and some of the clauses are even contradictory to one another and completely contrary to the Copyright Act," Kapoor said in the suit. According to a report in Bombay Times, the matter was supposed to come up for hearing in the High Court on March 18. However, the hearing has been postponed to April 7. Both Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani have been asked to file their reply in response to the charges put forth by Abhishek Kapoor.

Geeta Kapoor The Versova police arrested Bollywood choreographer Geeta Kapoor (42) allegedly after the sedan she was driving knocked down a pedestrian at Vateshwar Naka in Versova in the wee hours on Thursday. The incident occurred around 5am on JP Road when Nisar Noormohammed (37), came out of a medical store after buying some medicines and was trying to cross the road."The choreographer has tried to settle the matter out of the police station level and even assured giving medical assistance and tried to avoid filing FIR against her. However, the case has been registered and she is being arrested,” said a police officer. Geeta called the ambulance and the police before taking Noormohammed to the Kokilaben Ambani hospital. “The choreographer was called to the police station and was arrested. She has been booked under the Indian Penal Code sections 279 (rash driving) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others). She was not drunk at the time of incident and was later released on bail,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IX) Vinayak Deshmukh. by V Narayan

Hansal Mehta Director Hansal Mehta recently had a horrifying experience when he tried to call the cops to rescue a drowning boy. According to a Mid-day report, the director was quoted as saying that when he went for a morning walk on Juhu beach and saw crowd gathered, he found out that there was a boy who was drowning in the water. The director recalls that he tried to call the police on the number ‘100’ and spoke in English, Hindi and Marathi, but the only response he got was a frustrating, ‘kyaa kya.’ The director feels that Juhu is a big beach and there should be some kind of rescue service available at all times.

Himani Shivpuri According to a report, actress Himani Shivpuri has been booked for cheating an Indore-based film director by the Vijay Nagar police. This was a court directive. Director Mohammad Ali claimed that the actress had entered a contract with him where she was supposed to work in his film. The FIR also mentioned that the veteran actress had been paid Rs 1 lakh, 1.5 lakh and 2.5 lakh over time as an advance amount to act in his film, the report added.The report also stated that Shivpuri backed out and when the director asked for his money back, she threatened him with dire consequences. The director then filed an FIR and has moved court against her.

Hrithik Roshan It seems the Bollywood Greek god has jumped into a mire of legal hassles and it all began when he tweeted, "There are more chances of me having an affair with d Pope dan any of d (I'm sure wonderful) women d media has been naming. Thanks but no thanks.” This was tweeted by the handsome hunk, when Kangana had allegedly called him a 'silly ex' in one of her interviews. Earlier this month, both the actors - Hrithik and Kangana- had slapped legal notices on each other. Now, according to a media report, a Mumbai resident, Abraham Mathai, who is the ex-Vice Chairman of States Minorities Commission and President of Indian Christian Voice, has sent a criminal notice under Section 295 (A) of Indian Penal Code for his unwarranted comments against the Pope. Interestingly, the notice has been sent through Abraham's advocate Rizwan Siddiquee, who also represents Kangana!

Hrithik Roshan Whenever Hrithik Roshan appears for any press conference or events, the actor is expected to spill the beans on his legal tussle with Kangana Ranaut, which has of late been off the limelight. Recently when the actor was asked about the persistent issue at an event of his upcoming film 'Mohenjodaro,' and he took everyone by surprise by actually taking the question head-on. "I am here to answer your questions, and I will answer them. But it will be very unethical and unprofessional for me to use up this platform for my own personal gain to talk about my decision. There’s lot I want to say, I will surely answer your questions," he quipped. The actor who has maintained a low profile until now is finally ready to talk about the tussle that started back in the month of March this year.

Karan Anshuman Director Karan Anshuman’s Bangistan’s trailer seems to be facing the wrath of religious fundamentalists. It looks like that the film won't be green-signaled without taking expert religious opinion, claims a media report. A source has been quoted in the report as saying the film will not be cleared without getting religious experts to scrutinise the content. The source further adds that nothing will be passed without careful consideration.

Khalid Siddiqui According to a Mumbai Mirror report, actor Khalid Siddiqui, 41, was arrested earlier this week by the Khar police after he had an altercation with his estranged wife Raahat. The incident occurred around 3 am on Wednesday outside the apartment of his 'girlfriend' in Bandra, where Siddiqui allegedly molested Raahat in front of the building's watchmen. Siddiqui was later granted bail by the Bandra court after he claimed there was no intention to outrage his wife's modesty, and that despite their separation technically she was still his wife. According to the complaint filed by Raahat, who works as an interior designer, Siddiqui had not been taking care of their children and "abused and molested" her when she objected.

Leena Maria Paul According to a report on Mumbai Mirror, the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai police have arrested Leena Maria Paul , her partner, Sekar Chandrashekhar and four others four allegedly cheating people by promising them 300 per cent returns on their investments in their firm. Leena, who had acted in the Bollywood film, Madras Café, and her live-in partner were arrested from their rented Goregaon apartment. They had earlier been arrested by the Delhi police in May, 2013 for allegedly cheating Canara Bank in Chennai by taking a loan of Rs 19 crore and then absconding. Mesmerised by the couple's put-on lavish lifestyle to attract investors, over 1,000 people had invested in their Ponzi firm.

Madhuri Dixit Actress Madhuri Dixit has apparently landed herself in trouble as Haridwar Food and Drug Administration has filed a legal notice to her for endorsing a noodles brand, suggest reports. Further to reports, a case will be registered against the actress if she fails to respond to the notice within 15 days. It was recently reported that the product is under regulatory scanner for containing high levels of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) and lead, beyond permissible limits. Madhuri may have to answer on how the product she endorses is good for health.

Mahmood Farooqui Peepli Live co-director Mahmood Farooqui is alleged to have raped a 35-year-old researcher from the United States or so claims a media report. The victim was a student of Columbia University and was apparently researching on yoga. She was put in touch with Farooqui, an alumnus of The Doon School and St. Stephen’s College who is credited for his role in the revival of the medieval art of Urdu storytelling known as Dastangoi, by a common friend. A case against Mr. Farooqui was lodged on June 19, he was arrested on June 20 and remanded to judicial custody till July 6. The alleged rape took place at Mahmood Farooqui’s residence on March 28 when he was reportedly under the influence of alcohol. According to police, the complainant returned to the US afterwards following which she decided to pursue the matter through the US embassy in India.

Mahmood Farooqui Complainant testifies in rape case against 'Peepli Live' director According to an IANS report, an American woman, who was allegedly raped by Bollywood movie Peepli Live director Mahmood Farooqui, has testified as a prosecution witness in the case, sources said. The 35-year-old woman reiterated the same point which she had made earlier while filing the first information report, court sources said. Meanwhile, Farooqui's defence counsel started cross-examination of the woman after the prosecution concluded recording of testimonies during in-camera proceedings. Additional Sessions Judge Sanjiv Jain listed the matter for Monday for further recording of the woman's statement. The court framed rape charges on September 2 against Farooqui, who is in judicial custody since June 20. In July, Delhi Police chargesheeted Farooqui for allegedly raping the woman.

Mamta Kulkarni, actress Former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni and her husband, alleged drug lord Vicky Goswami were declared as proclaimed offenders by a special NDPS court in June 2017, in the Rs 2000 crore drug bust case. This means that the couple's passports can be seized and that they can be arrested in any part of the country within the period of a month. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, special public prosecutor Shishir Hire said that after the police file a compliance report in the court after a month, they will be in a position to seize their immovable property in India after a court order. The duo has been declared as absconders in the drug haul case which came into public view last year when the Thane police seized over 20 tonnes of Ephedrine and 2.5 tonnes of acetic anhydride - both banned party drugs from a pharmaceutical factory in Solapur - and other spots in Thane and Mumbai. Investigations have revealed Goswami's involvement with Kenya-based international drug mafia in the racket. Mamata's lawyers have denied all allegations against her.

Mandana Karimi Actress Mandana Karimi has been the talk of the town these days for all her antics on a reality TV show that she is part of. However, according to a report on Mumbai Mirror, her complete absence of time management skills have rubbed the makers of her upcoming film in a wrong way. A source informed that Mandana's contract has a clause that requires her to allocate at least 10 days for the film's promotions. Before going on the reality show, she paid producer Ekta Kapoor a visit and was clearly informed that the film would release anytime between January and February 2016. But she has reportedly made no effort to come out of the house and honour her agreement. "We are happy that the TV show has made her popular but Mandana has contractually committed to us and will have to adhere by it. She had signed with us much before entering the house," informed CEO of Balaji Motion Pictures.

Mithun Chakraborty The Enforcement Directorate recently questioned Trinamool Congress MP and actor, Mithun Chakraborty, in connection with the multi-crore Saradha scam. According to the PTI report, during the questioning, the actor assured the agency that he would soon return the amount given to him by the said firm. Official sources said the TMC MP was questioned earlier this week at the fortified guest house of a Central police organisation here where his statement was recorded under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. "The actor told the investigators that his association with the Saradha group was purely professional and that he had no intentions of cheating or duping anyone. He said he had no inkling about any sort of scam being perpetrated. The actor submitted all his personal and official records to the agency in this regard," sources were quoted as saying in a PTI report.

Parvez Qureshi According to a report, Parvez Qureshi, a 45-year-old employee of a film production firm, who used to pass off inside information of his bosses to fugitive gangster Ezaz Lakhdawala, was arrested by the Anti Extortion Cell of Mumbai police. Interestingly, the complaint was filed by one of the directors of Zahara production Shabana Hashmi who recently produced Hindi debut Barkhaa.
In her complant filed at crime branch, Shabana Hashmi had alleged that just a day after she threw party for the film in June 2014, she and her husband, who runs a construction firm in Gujarat, started receiving overseas calls. In one of the tapped conversations, Chhota Rajan's aide Ezaz Lakhdawala had called her and demanded a sum of Rs 3 crore and also threatened her with dire consequences.
"Immediately after we called Qureshi for questioning, he started running away and finally disappeared for months. Recently the anti-chain snatching Andheri unit got a wind of Qureshi and they nabbed him," said an officer.

Preity Zinta 2016 is indeed a great year for Preity Zinta as everything seems to be falling in place for her finally. Not only did the dimpled beauty marry the man of her dreams, the actress has also won a four-year old legal battle. Well known dialogue writer, Abbas Tyrewala, had filed a complaint against Zinta in 2013 after a cheque of Rs 21 lakh, that was issued to him in advance for writing eight lines of voiceover in ‘Ishq in Paris,’ bounced. Preity’s defense team argued that Abbas had not delivered the work as per the contract and was not supposed to get paid the decided amount. The team further stated that since Abbas had presented the cheque at the bank without informing Preity, the latter had to give a stop payment instruction to the bank.

Rakesh Roshan and Sanjay Gupta vs Sudhanshu Pandey Mumbai Mirror had earlier reported that Rakesh Roshan and Sanjay Gupta were teaming up for a love story-cum-revenge drama featuring Hrithik Roshan. But the film, which was to roll in Mumbai in February and be shot over a four-month marathon schedule, has found itself in a legal soup. According to MumbaiMirror.com, the model-actor, Sudhanshu Pandey, is suing the makers for copyright infringement of his story, screenplay, and dialogue. He said that he had spent two-and-a-half years nurturing his script titled, Farmayish. He alleged that the story was his and was to be the debut production, made under his banner Raw Stock Production Private Limited.

Ravinder Ahlawat According to a PTI report, A 47-year-old ad-film director has been arrested for allegedly molesting a minor artiste during a shoot at South Delhi’s Fatehpur Beri, the police said. Accused Ravinder Ahlawat also owns an acting school in Lajpat Nagar.The incident was reported last month, after which Ravinder went missing. He was arrested after he returned to Delhi. In her complaint, the girl stated that Ravinder molested her on the pretext of giving her acting lessons and also offered her roles in documentaries and ad films. Last month, they went to Fatehpur Beri for a shoot, where he allegedly touched her inappropriately, she stated in her complaint. When she resisted, he threatened to dismiss her from his group. She had joined the group as a child actor a few years ago, he said.

Saif Ali Khan According to a report in Mid-day, Saif Ali Khan's ancestral property in Bhopal might be confiscated by the government and the actor is trying his best to retain it. The Union home ministry has initiated a process to vest control of properties of the former princely state under the Enemy Property Act, 1968. Saif's grandmother Sajida Sultan had inherited the properties of Bhopal's last ruler, Nawab Hamidullah Khan in 1961 as her elder sister and heir apparent had migrated to Pakistan in 1950, a year after Bhopal State was merged with India. A source in the report was quoted as saying that Saif has been busy proving that the Pataudis are successors to the erstwhile Bhopal State since last December. He was also asked to submit a copy of the missing merger agreement between the last ruling Nawab and Indian Union.

Saif Ali KhanA lot of celebrity legal hassles were brought back to life in the year 2015. After the controversial hit-and-run case of Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan’s 2012 brawl case has now come up. A local court today referred the 2012 Saif Ali Khan brawl case for mediation. "The metropolitan magistrate has referred the case for mediation. Khan has consented to it and also the prosecution side," public prosecutor Wajid Sheikh told PTI. However, as of now, the complainant Iqbal Sharma has not given his consent to it. Reports say that the case is likely to come up next on July 22, 2015.

Saif Ali Khan It seems nothing is going right for Saif Ali Khan. After the Phantom controversy, here comes another trouble for the actor. According to a media report, Saif and Amrita Arora's husband, Shakeel Ladak, and the third accused, Bilal Amrohi, could reach a settlement with businessman, Iqbal Mir Sharma and hence, the trio will have to undergo a trial. The report further stated that public prosecutor, Waajid Shaikh, confirmed that Sharma is in no mood to settle the matter outside court. Reportedly, the hearing was held on September 4, 2015, at Esplanade court and none of the parties were present. Though the court has suggested mediation between parties in June, both the parties failed to explore the option. Moreover, the Phantom star was open to negotiate, but the businessman, who registered the case against him did not, concludes the report.

Salman Khan, film actor A buzz doing the rounds suggests that Salman Khan is threatening a blogger to take down the posts that he had written about his 2002 hit-and-run case, reports Bollywoodlife.com. However, further quoting a source, the report stated that Salman never threatened any blogger. Further to reports, the actor had no interaction with the blogger or vice versa; a notice was sent to him, but no part of it is a threat. It was a case of defamation and there was no proof, otherwise the blogger would not have taken down the posts, the report concluded.

Salman Khan, film actor See complete details at Salman Khan: hit-and-run case, 2002
According to a DNA report, on the third day of the final arguments in Salman Khan's alleged hit- and-run case, prosecution informed the court that the conduct of the actor at the time of incident clearly showed that he was guilty. Special public prosecutor, Pradeep Gharat countered that unless and until the accused is guilty, he had no reason to leave the spot; rather he would have helped the victims and would have approached the police and concluded that this conduct proved the guilt of the accused. The prosecution also mentioned that one of their witnesses, an RTO officer, had "intentionally tried to sabotage the case to help the defence."
The prosecution has rejected Salman Khan's driver Ashok Singh's statement and asked why Singh was silent for last twelve years and hadn't testified earlier. Apparently, the prosecution has alleged that Khan did not have driving licence and was under the influence of liquor at the time of the accident, both of which are claims that the actor has vehemently denied while recording his statement, last week. while making the final arguments in the case, special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat said, "It appears that he is a 'brought up' witness and as such his evidence cannot be accepted." Gharat also questioned Salman's reluctance to be examined. He said, "If he (Khan) had chosen to examine himself he would have been exposed in cross-examination." The prosecution assailed the defence theory that the mishap had occurred due to a mechanical fault in Khan's Land Cruiser Lexus and also because of tyre burst. "That is not possible because the car is a high end sport utility vehicle and has a display panel indicator which gives alerts if any defects crop up. The car is a fully automatic power-loaded one which will not take it away from the road in case of mechanical failure," said the prosecutor.
According to a report on Movies.ndtv.com, a police officer, who had registered an FIR against actor Salman Khan in the hit-and-run case in 2002, informed the trial court that Salman was neither found at the accident spot nor at his house on the day of the mishap. The report quoted investigating officer Rajendra Kadam saying that when he reached the spot, he did not find Salman Khan, then he went to his house, but Salman couldn't be traced even there. The report further quoted the officer saying that on reaching the spot, he found that people had gathered there and were pushing around Salman's bodyguard Ravindra Patil, who later told the police about the incident. The complaint that was registered stated that Salman was driving the car at the time of the accident and he was under the influence of liquor. According to a report in agencies, Salman was later arrested on the same day from a lawyer's house, a police officer who investigated the case told the trial court.
According to a report on Mid-day.com, Mumbai Sessions Court had allowed the prosecution in the Salman Khan hit-and-run case to rely on the statements of the late Ravindra Patil, who was a witness to the 2002 accident and was also Salman's bodyguard along with a medico who performed the autopsy on the accident victim. Patil passed away in 2007 due to natural causes when the trial was underway before the magistrate court, while Sanap, the doctor who performed the autopsy, is based in the US. Further to the report on Mid-day.com, Patil was sitting next to Salman Khan on the night of the accident and had warned the actor against rash driving but Salman did not pay attention to his advice. After the accident, Patil filed a complaint with the police where a pavement dweller was killed and four others were injured in Bandra on September 28, 2002. Judge DW Deshpande had allowed the prosecution and defense to file their replies on Patil's statement and also said that Salman Khan will have a chance to have his say in the matter and cross-examine the investigation officer with the next hearing being scheduled for March 12, the report further added.
According to reports, the Salman Khan hit-and-run case took a turn for the worse when the RTO officer's statement claimed that the actor had no driving licence on his name when the incident had occured. On September 28, 2002, Salman was arrested for rash and negligent driving which allegedly killed one person and injured four others. The actor is under trial for this alleged act. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, the prosecution in the 2002 hit-and-run case told the sessions court that Salman's lawyer was delaying the trial to which the judge agreed saying that the case had already been going on for 13 years and should end by December. As per a report in Mumbai Mirror, the actor was present in the court on December 3, as the judge heard depositions in the case. The report presented, stated that as per the chemical analysis, Salman's blood alcohol level was found to be double the legal limit. After a series of questioning and cross-questioning, the case was adjourned to a further date.
According to a report, the Jodhpur court deferred its verdict in the illegal arms' case against Salman Khan and pushed the matter for March 3, 2015. The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (district) Anupama Bijlani deferred its verdict and started the hearing of four old applications which were moved by the prosecution in 2006, the report stated. The court was scheduled to deliver its final verdict in the case on February 25, 2015. Defence counsel H S Saraswat said, "Since these applications did not come up during the hearing of the case since 2006, the prosecution might not have considered them to be important. Now, the process will take some more time."
According to a report on Ndtv.com, the Jodhpur court was to pronounce its final judgement in the Arms Act case involving Salman Khan on February 25, 2015. Salman was required to appear in the court for the same. The actor was earlier restrained from travelling to Britain as the Supreme Court had cancelled the court order that had put his five-year jail term in a 1998 poaching case, on hold. Under the British immigration rules, a person sentenced to more than four years in jail is not eligible for a visa and Salman was convicted in 2007 for hunting and killing an endangered species of deer while shooting for a film in Rajasthan in 1998. He is currently out of the jail on bail.

Salman Khan, film actor Arms' case...Bollywood actor Salman Khan pleaded not guilty in an arms case in a court in Rajasthan's Jodhpur city, reports IANS. The actor was in Jodhpur to record his statements under section 313 of CrPC in the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) court in Jodhpur in the 17-year old case. On April 23, CJM Anupama Bijlani had asked Salman's counsel to ensure his presence in the court on April 29. Salman was present in the court along with his counsel and answered the questions posed by the court, the report stated. Salman Khan and a few other Bollywood stars were accused of poaching blackbucks on the midnight of October 1-2, 1998, during the shooting of Hindi movie Hum Saath Saath Hain. Two blackbucks, a protected animal under the Wildlife Protection Act, were killed on the outskirts of Kankani village near Jodhpur. Salman is accused of carrying and using illegal arms. He is also alleged to have been carrying arms with expired license.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ranveer Singh .. After it was reported that a Pune-based lawyer had filed an FIR against Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ranveer Singh, the filmmaker's spokesperson has cleared the air. The spokesperson has issued a statement that reads, “The team of Bajirao Mastani was shooting today (Friday) at the Bhor Rajwada court in Pune. When crucial shots had to be taken, the few people present in the court were asked to leave so as to avoid chaos and crowding. The crew has been extremely professional and ensured that the shoot took off smoothly and in the most respectful manner. No one was mistreated during the shoot."

Shah Rukh Khan According to a Times Now report, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued summons to Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner, Shah Rukh Khan, for allegedly breaching the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) norms. It further goes on to say that Kolkata Knight Riders Sports Pvt Ltd, which is co-owned by Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla and Jay Mehta, is suspected to have undervalued its shares in a transfer deal with a Mauritius company. It also mentions that Shah Rukh Khan has asked for more time to appear before the ED, as he is out of town.

Shiamak Davar Ace choreographer Shiamak Davar is shocked and has denied sexual abuse allegations made by his former dance students Percy Shroff and Jimmy Mistry, reports IANS. Percy Shroff, 40, and Jimmy Mistry, 33, both of North Vancouver, say they endured years of unwanted sexual touching at the hands of Shiamak, who they say, abused his authority as their spiritual leader to control all aspects of their lives, reports cbc.ca. They have alleged that Shiamak is a sexually abusive and controlling leader of a sect called VRRP Spiritual Learning group, according to two lawsuits filed in the Canadian province of British Columbia Supreme Court.Denying the same, Shiamak, a National Award winning talent, said in a statement, "I'm shocked by these allegations and deny them completely. I will not be intimidated into silence and will defend myself vigorously in court.""Even though I'm extremely anxious to speak the truth, I have been advised not to do so publicly by my lawyer, David Crossin, as this matter is now before the court," added Shiamak, who bagged the National Award for Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Dil To Pagal Hai.

Shilpa Shetty According to an IANS report, a Kolkata-based company has filed a police complaint against Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty alleging that it was fraudulently induced to invest Rs 9 crore in a company run by her, police said on Sunday (March 22, 2015). Police have initiated a case against Shilpa and Ripu Sudan Kundra of Essential Sports and Media Private Limited following the complaint by MK Media Private Limited's additional director Debashis Guha, the report stated. "We have registered a case against Shilpa and her company on the charges of criminal breach of trust, cheating, extortion, criminal intimidation and criminal conspiracy," Deputy Commissioner of Police Murli Dhar said to IANS.
According to the complaint, "Shilpa and others allegedly induced the complainant company to invest a sum of Rs 9 crore with the promise of 10 times return against the invested amount within two years." The complainant company has also claimed that against the investment of Rs 9 crore, it was allotted 30 lakh equity shares which were subsequently reported to be bogus, Dhar to IANS. The Kolkata-based company earlier filed a civil suit before the Calcutta High Court, claiming refund of the Rs 9 crore it was "fraudulently induced" to invest in Shetty's company, the report concluded.

Shruti Haasan According to an IANS report, actor Shruti Haasan has landed herself in a legal wrangle with a media and entertainment house, after it initiated legal proceedings against her. Shruti allegedly pulled out of the media house's yet-to-be-titled Tamil-Telugu bilingual project citing the issue of dates, the report stated. "Shruti Hassan after entering into a contractual agreement to be the female lead in a bilingual starring Nagarjuna and Karthi directed by Vamsi Paidipalli has reneged on her contractual obligations. She has arbitrarily pulled out of the project citing dates clash as a flimsy excuse," read a statement in the report. "The dates were mutually discussed with her and schedules were planned around her convenience. The said movie has commenced its shoot and first schedule was completed and unexpectedly Shruti conveyed through an email that she wanted to exit the project," added the statement.
Further to the report, the company claims that the unethical and unprofessional act of Shruti has resulted in heavy loss in time, reputation and finances. "With an intention of ensuring that such unprofessional attitude is not repeated and to protect the interests of its various stakeholders, Picturehouse Media has initiated both civil and criminal proceedings against Shruti Hassan," the statement read further. According to the company, an injunction order restraining Shruti from signing any new movie has been passed.

Sooraj Pancholi The CBI recently examined Sooraj Pancholi, son of film actor Aditya Pancholi, in connection with the mysterious death of actress Jiah Khan in 2013. According to reports, sources have been quoted as saying that the aspiring Bollywood actor, who is gearing up for the release of his debut film, Hero, is likely to be called again for examination. Sources said Aditya Pancholi was also examined on May 13, when the agency carried out searches at his residence. CBI is probing criminal conspiracy and suicide angle in the death of Jiah, famous for her role in Amitabh Bachchan-starer Nishabd. Jiah's mother has alleged that Sooraj was in a relationship with the actress and should be probed for her daughter's death. She has alleged that it was not suicide.

Sunny Deol A complaint has been filed against Sunny Deol and director Chandraprakash Dwivedi over the liberal use of expletives in their forthcoming film, Mohalla Assi. According to an IANS report, complainant Sarvajan Jagruti Sanstha has alleged that not only does it violate moral ethics, but it also shows Varanasi in poor light. The social organisation has filed the complaint at Bhelupur police station on June 21. "The film hurts religious sentiments and we cannot allow such a film to be released," a complainant was quoted as saying in the IANS report. The film is based on a novel, Kashi Ka Assi that is written by acclaimed Hindi writer, Kashinath Singh. The film also stars Ravi Kisan and Sakshi Tanwar. Sunny Deol plays the lead role of a Sanskrit teacher and an orthodox religious priest, while Sakshi Tanwar plays his wife.

Sunny Leone and Vir Milap Zaveri's sex comedy 'Mastizaade,' which stars Sunny Leone, Vir Das and Tusshar Kapoor in the lead has ended up in a legal soup. A complaint has been registered against the cast and the crew of the movie. Reportedly, a case has been filed in the Adarsh Nagar police station in Delhi and the matter is currently under investigation, stated the report. Apparently, the reason for the complaint was that the actors were promoting condom inside a temple is a very vulgar way.

Vishal Thakkar , ‘Munnabhai M.B.B.S.’ actor charged with rape Munnabhai M.B.B.S. actor, Vishal Thakkar, who had a cameo appearance in the film, has been booked for raping a television actress in Mumbai, as reported by a leading daily. The actor was earlier allegedly in a live-in relationship with the actress but the two had parted ways due to his abusive conduct. An FIR has been filed at a Mumbai police station by the actress who alleged that Vishal had called her for her birthday party and promised to start afresh but later physically assaulted her. The actress, however, managed to approach the nearby police station to report the matter.

Liars

5 TV celebs who are compulsive liars

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Ashmit Patel: Ameesha Patel's kid brother, Ashmit Patel may not be known for his movies and Bollywood career but the actor will surely be remembered throughout his lifetime for his MMS scandal. Ashmit Patel and his then girlfriend Riya Sen grabbed attention and surrounded themselves with controversies with one MMS scandal. Both the actors were caught on camera spending some personal moments together and getting intimate. And in no time the video became viral. Initially, both the actors stayed mum and denied the authenticity of the MMS. However, later apparently Ashmit admitted that the MMS belonged to him, but he did not do it for any publicity stunt. The controversy once again came into limelight when Ashmit participated in controversial reality show Bigg Boss. Apparently the clip became more popular this time than when it was released the first time. Ashmit also went ahead to say that he was not the one who circulated the MMS. hmm.. hmmm... Ashmit do you really want us to believe this?

Gauahar Khan: Gauahar Khan, basked in the success of her two TV reality show Bigg Boss 7 and Khatron Ke Khiladi. Gauahar made headlines for lying about her real age. During one of the Weekend Ka wow episode of Bigg Boss 7, when Salman had asked Gauahar about her age, she said that she is just one year older to Kushal, i.e. 29 years old. There are conflicting reports about her age on different websites. According to Wikipedia, she is 32 years old and even her Bigg Boss profile says she is 30 years old. If this wasn't enough the truth was once again exposed when a leading website Miss Malini reported that Gauahar Khan had celebrated her 29th birthday back in 2009 when she was doing 'Khan Sisters'. Well, looks like Gauahar has never heard of the phrase Age is just a number. (Indpaedia’s take: Lying about your age is not a sin, if it is in response to your age being asked by someone who has no business to. What is a sin is others, including journalists, wanting to know your age, which is an invasion of your privacy. Who has a right to know your correct age? Your educational institution; your formal employer in jobs that come with minimum and maximum age limits—and this does not include the makers of films; your prospective spouse; and those given the task of ensuring that only people of a certain age get privileges meant for that age group.)

Poonam Pandey: We all are very well aware about the fact that strip queen Poonam Pandey knows how to seek everyone's attention. But what many don't know is that she is a lying queen as well. Poonam, who was last seen in Nasha is an expert when it comes to lying. In 2011, the model turned actress promised that if India wins the World Cup she will bare all inside the stadium. The news about Poonam Pandey's striptease act for the Indian Cricket players spread like wild fire and within next two days, she became one of the most searched persons on the internet. But Poonam never fulfilled her promise. This is not the only time when the sexy siren proclaimed to strip. Before the Indian Premier League (IPL) final, Poonam reportedly promised that she would pose nude for Shah Rukh Khan if his team Kolkata Knight Riders won the tournament. When the team did win, Pandey delivered on the promise but with a twist. (She released an airbrushed nude photo)

Rakhi Sawant: Queen of controversies is what perfectly describes Rakhi Sawant. She surely knows all the tricks to shock the audiences with her decisions whether it is standing up for elections or getting married on National Television. Rakhi Sawant, surprised everyone with the first of its kind reality show which generated drama over her choices and got the nation excited, in the process garnering huge TRPs. She announced her decision of selecting a groom and tying the nuptial knot with the chosen one – on the reality TV show. However, the drama queen on the D- Day seemed to develop cold feet as she settled down and had an engagement with a Canadian businessman Elesh Parujanwalla, but later called it quits.

Sara Khan-Ali Merchantt: Well, who can forget this couple? When it comes to keeping things under wraps and blatently liying about it Sara Khan and Ali Merchantt certainly take the cake. Before taking the nuptial vows on National Television in reality show Bigg Boss, the two were allegedly married on November 10 2009 in a close family affair. And Sara’s father’s interview on a news channel said that Sara and Ali were already married and the reason they were hiding it from the press was to protect their careers. This added fuel to the fire. However, both Sara and Ali Merchantt denied the news of being married before Bigg Boss.

Marriages in Filmistan

Happy times

How celebrities met their future partners

Jab 'they' met

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Aamir Khan Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan fell in love with his assistant Kiran Rao during the making of Lagaan and married on December 28, 2008 in Mumbai.

Aanchal Kumar Supermodel Aanchal Kumar married Shaadi.com CEO, Anupam Mittal on July 04, 2013. The duo met through common friends and has been together for more than seven years

Arbaaz Khan fell in love with Malaika Arora while they were shooting for a coffee ad and went ahead in their relationship to get married.

Arshad Warsi found his ladylove Maria Goretti in a college dance competition where he was invited as judge in 1991.They are happily married with two kids named Zeke and Zene Zoe.

Dhanush was very lucky to get superstar Rajnikanth's daughter Aishwarya as his wife. The actor met Aishwarya during the screening of his first movie Kadhal Kondaen. Aishwarya was so touched by his performance that she sent a bouquet saying, 'Good Work. Keep in touch'. Both sealed their relationship after 2 years of dating.They are happily married with two kids named Yatra and Linga.

Dharmendra and Hema Malini fell in love in the mid seventies during the making of Ramesh Sippy's Sholay. (Unlikely. They had done Seeta aur Geeta and several other films before. By the time Sholay was being made they were already a number.)

Diana Hayden Former beauty queen and Bollywood actress, Diana Hayden met Collin Dick in February, and went ahead with their releationship to get married on September 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, USA.

Farah Khan Shirish Kunder and Farah Khan met during the making of Main Hoon Naa and love blossomed soon.

Farhan Akhtar fell in love with Adhuna Bhabani during the making of Dil Chahta Hai, and got married in 2000 after a three-year relationship with her.

Hrithik Roshan Heart-throb Hrithik Roshan confessed his love to Suzanne at a traffic light. Hrithik Roshan married his sweetheart in a private ceremony.

Kalki Koechlin Ace director Anurag Kashyap married actress Kalki Koechlin in 2011 with whom he fell in love with during the making of Dev D.

Lara Dutta Actress Lara Dutta found true love and got engaged to tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi at a star hotel in New York City where Mahesh was visiting for the US Open.

Nargis fell in love with Sunil Dutt after his courageous and heroic act when fire broke out during the shoot of movie Mother India.

Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D'Souza met on the sets of their first film, Tujhe Meri Kasam (2003), and fell in love.

Sachin Tendulkar's romantic love story begun when he saw Anjali for the very first time at the Mumbai International Airport, it was love at first sight for him. Sachin was returning from his first International cricket tour in 1990 while Anjali was at the airport to receive her mother.

Saif Ali Khan fell in love with Kareena Kapoor during the shooting of film Tashan in 2007.

Sanjay Khan Already married Sanjay Khan reportedly fell in love with actress Zeenat Aman during the making of Adbulla in Jaisalmer in 1980.

Shikhar Dhawan Cricketer Shikhar Dhawan fell in love for a half-Bengali and half-British Ayesha Mukherjee on a social networking site. They were common friends of Harbhajan Singh on the site, and it was Bhajji who introduced them and then love blossomed.

Suniel Shetty met Mana Kadri for the first time at a party when she was just 17. Then they started going out and after nine years of courtship they tied the knot in 1991.

Vidya and Siddharth Love blossomed between Siddharth and Vidya when they met for the first time at the backstage at Filmfare Awards some years back.

Inter-religion marriages

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Aamir Khan Mr Perfectionist, Aamir Khan fell in love with Kiran Rao on the sets of Lagaan and they married on December 28, 2008 at a simple civil ceremony at Bandra Registration office. This was Aamir's second marriage after he divorced his first wife Reena.

Amrita Arora followed the footsteps of her sister Malaika and married a person from a different religion. While she follows Christianity, Shakeel is a Muslim, they tied the nuptial knot at the Bandra Church in Mumbai on March 4, 2009.

Anurag Kashyap Ace director Anurag Kashyap married a French descent girl Kalki Koechlin in 2011 with whom he fell in love with during the making of Dev D

Arshad Warsi married TV anchor Maria Goretti on Valentine's Day in 1999, whom he met in 1991 in a dance competition.They are happily married with two kids named Zeke and Zene Zoe. While Maria is a Christian, Arshad follows Islam.

Atul Agnihotri Actor Atul Agnihotri married Salman Khan's sister, Alvira. Alvira is a dress designer and designs costumes for Atul's film's. /

Celina Jaitly Former Miss India Celina Jaitly secretly got married to Austrian businessman Peter Haag in 2011. The couple was blessed with twins, Winston and Viraaj in 2012.

Farah Khan and Shirish Kunder met on the sets of Main Hoon Naa and love blossomed soon. Their marriage is special in more ways than one. Not only Farah is eight years older than Shirish, both belong to different religions but that didn't stop these love birds from tying the nuptial knot. (

Fardeen Khan tied the knot with his childhood friend, the beautiful Natasha Madhvani [herself the child of an inter-religious marriage] in December 2005. The couple's parents have been close family friends. Fardeen and Natasha have known each other since childhood. They tied the knot in a civil ceremony with a registrar performing the deed

Farhan Akhtar met Adhuna Bhabani during the making of Dil Chahta Hai, and got married in 2000 after a three-year relationship with her. While Farhan is Muslim, Adhuna is a Bengali Hindu.

Hrithik Roshan Religious differences have never been a barrier for Hrithik Roshan and the beautiful Suzanne Khan. Hrithik confesses that he fell in love with Suzanne at a traffic light. Heart-throb Hrithik Roshan married his sweetheart in a private ceremony marked by both Hindu and Muslim rites.

Kabir Khan Director Kabir Khan is married VJ and anchor Mini Mathur. They have two kids Vivaan and Sairah. While Kabir Khan is Muslim, Mini Mathur is a Hindu.

Kareena Kapoor entered holy matrimony with her long time boyfriend, Saif Ali Khan, setting trends for the future generation. Saif, now the Nawab of Pataudi, is a Muslim. And while everyone expected Kareena to convert to Islam just like her mother-in-law Sharmila Tagore, the actress had maintained that she will remain a Hindu even after marriage.

Malaika Arora fell in love with Arbaaz Khan on the sets of a coffee ad and went ahead in their relationship to get married on December 12, 1998. The duo has been together for almost 10 years now and still seem very much in love.

Mohammad Azharuddin When stories of Mohammad Azharuddin seeing Sangeeta Bijlani made news in 1994, people were shocked. He was married to Naureen and Sangeeta was dating Salman Khan. The two denied their affair vehemently. However, in 1996, Azharuddin divorced his wife and married Sangeeta

Nargis fell in love with Sunil Dutt after his courageous and heroic act when fire broke out on the sets of Mother India. Nargis took up Hinduism and changed her name to Nirmala Dutt when she married Sunil Dutt.

Naseeruddin Shah married Ratna Pathak for the second time after the demise of his first wife Manara Sikri.

Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D'Souza met on the sets of their first film, Tujhe Meri Kasam (2003), and fell in love. Eight years later, the actor confessed his feelings for the first time and married her ladylove in 2012

Sanjay Dutt Actor Sanjay Dutt married Musilim girl Manyata according to Hindu rituals in the presence of family and friends in Mumbai. For both of them it was their third marriage. Manyata's original name was Dilhaaz Shaikh

Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri are one happily married couple, as happy as any marriage can be. SRK being a Muslim and his decision of marrying Gauri, whom he had met in 1984, was indeed a tough task to accomplish. But on August 26 their marriage was finally solemnised in the court and after that they lived happily ever after like a fairy tale.

Sharmila Tagore This Bengali beauty Sharmila Tagore converted to Islam when she married Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi on 27 December 1969. She became Ayesha Sultana Khan, later shortened to Ayesha Khan.

Sohail Khan eloped with Seema Sachdev in a true film style on the day of his movie, Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya released. Since the girl was a Punjabi, they first had an Arya Samaj wedding and later in the evening there was a nikaah. Sohail's family accepted it with grace and goodwill. The couple have two kids named Nirvaan and Yohan.

Suniel Shetty met Mana Kadri for the first time at a party when she was just 17. Then they started going out and after nine years of courtship they tied the knot in 1991. While Suniel Shetty is a South Indian, Mana is a Muslim.

Vindu Dara Singh split with his first wife Farah Naaz, who reigned during the 80s and 90s and married a Russian model Dina Umarova in 1994.

Weddings: Secret/ low key

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Aamir Khan Even before his debut film 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak' released, Aamir had played his love story in real life. He eloped with his childhood sweetheart Reena and got married, but kept denying his marital status, till the truth was found out. However, the marriage didn't work and the two called it off. Presently, Aamir is happily married to Kiran Rao.

Ajay Devgn and Kajol Mukherjee The 24th of February, 1999 witnessed the culmination of Ajay Devgn and Kajol Mukherjee's 5 year long courtship as they tied the knot in a simple wedding held on the terrace of Ajay's plush residence.

Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna got married in a secret ceremony on January 17, 2001. The ceremony was attended by only families and friends from both the sides and consisted of a simple mehendi ceremony followed by the 'pheras'.

Ayesha Takia Long-time sweethearts, Ayesha Takia and Farhan Azmi got married in a largely private ceremony on March 1, 2009.

Celina Jaitley Bollywood's light-eyed beauty Celina Jaitley broke the news of her wedding with boyfriend Peter Haag on Twitter. The actress posted: 'Beloved tweeple. ..With great pleasure I would like to announce my wedding with @peterhaag on the 23rd of last month at a thousand year old monastery in Austria. We seek your blessings and good wishes, and apologize for the delayed announcement due to a family tragedy.'

Diana Hayden has got married to her boyfriend Collin Dick in a country club in Las Vegas, USA, on September 13, 2013. The wedding was a private affair, attended by close friends and family. Collin, who is originally from Vegas, has been working in Mumbai for an international NGO.

Lara-Mahesh The much in love Lara-Mahesh's wedding took place in 'Catholic Style' at a private ceremony, held at Taj Aguada in Goa on February 19, 2011.

Madhuri Dixit After years of reigning as Bollywood's undisputed queen, Madhuri Dixit decided to marry Dr Shriram Nene. After the wedding, she threw a reception party to celebrate her marriage in a hush-hush ceremony in US.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni Team India skipper and one of the most eligible bachelors in India Mahendra Singh Dhoni got engaged to Sakshi Singh Rawat at a ceremony in Dehradun attended by close friends and family.Post engagement – their quick wedding had taken place.

Pia Trivedi Model Pia Trivedi and squash player Ritwik Bhattacharya have tied the knot. Just like their hush-hush engagement. However, TOI learnt that they've already gone through with the pheras and now, a white wedding has been planned for the weekend of September 25-26 2013 in the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu. Guests will be flying to Tamil Nadu from where they will be travelling for two hours by road to reach Coonoor.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, one of Pakistan's most wellknown singers, has secretly married his model girlfriend Falak in a secret ceremony in Oct 2013. The Times of India also learnt that he has divorced his first wife Nida.

Ranvir and Konkona's simple wedding ceremony took place on September 3, 2010.

Rashmi Desai TV's gorgeous face Rashmi Desai entered matrimony with her 'Uttaran' co-star Nandish Sandhu in a secret wedding ceremony.

Rima Kallingal Malayalam film actress Rima Kallingal tied the knot with director Aashiq Abu at the Sub-Registrar's office in Kochi on November 02, 2013. The two had earlier decided not to have a lavish wedding and instead donate the wedding expense for a noble cause. The newlywed donated Rs 10 lakh towards the welfare of poor cancer patients at the general hospital here and also gave Rs 25,000 to meet a day's expense of the dietary kitchen at the hospital.

Rinki Khanna, daughter of Dimple and Rajesh Khanna and sister of actress Twinkle Khanna got married to Sameer in a secret ceremony in New Delhi. The wedding reception was attended by family and close friends.

Umesh Yadav Indian pace ace Umesh Yadav finally tied the knot with his lady-love Tanya Wadhwa in Nagpur on May 29, 2013. The ceremony was attended by close friends and family.

Unhappy times

Troubled marriages

The Times of India

While tying the knot one day and parting ways the next, sounds common in the glitzy world of celebrities. There are a few celebs who never 'officially' part ways and time and again, Bollywood has witnessed a number of couples who split soon after they get married but never make it official. Let's take a look at few such Bollywood couples.

Anurag Kashyap and Kalki Koechlin Next in line is Anurag Kashyap and Kalki Koechlin. Though the couple has stayed away from washing their dirty linen in public, actress Huma Queshi's proximity to Anurag Kashyap during the shooting of Gangs of Wasseypur seems to have taken a toll on their happy marriage. Last heard, Anurag and Kalki are taking some 'time-off' from each other to resolve their issues.

Dimple Kapadia was just 16 when she tied the knot with superstar Rajesh Khanna. Touted as the sex symbol of Bollywood, Dimple did not take a second thought when Kaka told her to quit movies after marriage. But it was Kaka's busy schedule and the 15 year age gap which made it difficult for them to live together. Dimple took her daughters, Twinkle and Rinkie and started living separately but never applied for a divorce.

Rakhee and Gulzar too separated after the birth of their daughter Meghna Gulzar but never filed for divorce. They said it was difficult for their daughter to accept their broken marriage and thus they continued living separately but amicably.

Randhir Kapoor and Babita's love story was just like a fairy tale but without a happy ending. One of the most iconic jodis of Bollywood, Randhir and Babita were madly in love when they tied the knot. Babita accepted Kapoor clan's norm to quit the glamour world after marriage and focused on her married life, but Randhir's alcoholism and laid back attitude towards his career did not go down too well with actress. The couple decided to part ways after Kareena's birth but claim they never had space for anyone else in their lives. Not surprisingly, they did not get divorced even after so many years.

Hrithik and Sussanne's split not only came as a shock to their fans but their celebrity friends also found it hard to digest. Both Hrithik and Sussane have constantly maintained that there is no third person involved in their decision but rumours have been abuzz with a lot of names which could have played a vital role in their split. Though Hrithik and Sussanne announced their separation publicly, they have not filed for a divorce as yet.

Troubled marriages: the impact on star children

Star kids with not so perfect families

The Times of India

Showbiz is the perfect place for instant success and stardom but family life isn't the ideal one here. We look at a few distorted homes and star kids who went through a lot because of their celebrity parents' separation. Take a look.

Boney Kapoor and Mona Kapoor- His mother passed away a few years ago to cancer and we know Arjun Kapoor misses her when he fondly talks about Mona Kapoor. Even though he has opened up about his producer father Boney Kapoor in his interviews recently and is now working on his father's film; Arjun Kapoor and his sister Anshula Kapoor lived with their mother after her separation from their father. Mona, Boney and their two kids Arjun and Anshula were one big happy family until actress Sridevi came into their lives. Boney Kapoor left his family for Sridevi and the couple now live with their two daughters Jhanvi and Khushi. Arjun and Anshula have always been closer to their mother than their father especially after he left them for Sridevi. Arjun adressed Sridevi as his "father's wife" on the celebrity chat show 'Koffee With Karan'. Arjun's strained relationship with his father is looking up after he became an actor.

Chitrangada Singh and Jyoti Randhawa- The latest kid who has been included in this list is Zorawar Randhawa. Son of Bollywood actress Chitrangada Singh and golfer Jyoti Randhawa, Zorawar's parents recently filed for divorce. The couple had been married for 12 years. Although speculations about their 'happily ever after' life have been there for long, the couple always denied these as just rumours. But the fact of the matter was, more than over a year ago, when in a strange coincidence, a nasty buzz did the rounds. Apparently some neighbour spotted the hubby sneaking into his neighbour friend's house in Gurgaon in the wee hours. Chitrangda had packed her bags and moved to Mumbai. The couple had then stayed away for good. While Zorawar is still very young, we hope he gets a normal upbringing and that his parents' decision to lead separate lives wouldn't have any repercussions on him.

Hrithik Roshan and Sussanne- The country wept when they found out about the turmoil in their favourite superstar Hrithik Roshan and wife Sussanne's life. Hrithik and Sussanne have two sons: Hrehaan and Hridhaan. The two decided to go their separate ways but came together for their kids. While the kids will be shuffling from one parent to another, their parents came together for their annual day. Recently, Hrithik Roshan and Sussanne attened their kids' annual day sitting alongside each other. However, other than special occasions when the entire family comes together, the kids divide their time between both parents. On Hrithik's birthday, he spent time with his two kids unlike in the past where Sussanne was also a part of the celebrations.

Leander Paes and Rhea Pillai- Tennis star Leaner Paes and his model wife Rhea Pillai are going through a difficult phase, the going gets tougher especially for their daughter Aiyana Paes. News of Leander and Rhea's divorce hit the newsstands sometime back, only to be cleared by the couple that the two have been in a live-in relationship all this while and were not married. When the fire around this issue doused, Leander dragged Rhea to court over their daughter's custody battle. According to news reports, Leander has cited Rhea's "irresponsible behaviour, lack of personal maternal supervision, self-indulgence, volatile temper, bohemian attitude and creating insecurity in the mind of the child" as reasons detrimental to her "healthy upbringing." According to a news report in The Telegraph in 2008, Rhea Pillai's ex husband Sanjay Dutt was paying Rhea's mobile and shopping bills till the divorce was finalised, even though she had a baby with Leander. Leander and Rhea's custody battle for their tiny tot has grown murkier overtime.

Raj Babbar and Smita Patil- Raj Babbar and Smita Patil had a very serious love affair when Raj was already a married man with kids. Raj Babbar married Smita Patil and Prateik Babbar was born. Smita Patil soon passed away after a complication post child birth. Raj Babbar went back to his first wife and kids and Prateik was left to stay with his maternal grandparents. However, unlike other star kids, Prateik turned out to be more rebellious while growing up. Prateik dropped his last name soon after making his debut with 'Jaane Tu..Ya Jaane Na'. Raj Babbar's older son Arya Babbar lashed out at Prateik for bringing shame to the family by dropping his surname. In an interview sometime back, Prateik called Abhishek Bachchan his "big brother" and this irked Prateik's stepbrother Arya Babbar. Amitabh Bachchan and Raj Babbar have been arch rivals since the start of their careers. Both of them were contemporary actors who went ahead and joined rival political parties at the same time. Even though in his interview sometime back to the Times of India, Prateik said that he shares a strong bond with his father Raj Babbar, his actions and stepbrother Arya's comments suggest otherwise.

Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia- Rajesh Khanna's daughters Twinkle Khanna and Rinkie Khanna did not have the perfect home as well. Their parents Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia separated not long after tying the knot. After marriage, Rajesh Khanna did not allow Dimple to work in the movies. So, Dimple often used to accompany Rajesh Khanna on his movie sets. However, their love did not last long and the couple started living separately. The reason for their separation was that Rajesh Khanna was always busy with his films, so Dimple also decided to comeback in films but Kaka wanted her to stay at home and take care of his two daughters, Twinkle and Rinkie. Although, even after living separately, both of them never applied for divorce.

Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh- Bollywood's royal family isn't far away either. Saif Ali Khan and his first wife Amrita Singh have two children together. While their daughter Sara Ali Khan is a teenager now, their son Ibrahim is younger. Together the four of them made a picture perfect family until news of Saif and Amrita heading for a divorce came about. The kids moved in with their mother while Saif started living in with his Swiss model girlfriend Rosa but they too later parted ways. Saif married actress Kareena Kapoor and while Amrita Singh chose not to attend the celebrations, she did not deter her children to do the same. Sara and Ibrahim attended the ceremonies. According to various news articles, Saif and Amrita share a cordial relationship even after their divorce. Saif and Amrita often dine together with their kids when abroad. Kareena Kapoor also praised Amrita Singh on 'Koffee With Karan' saying that they are the most well brought up kids and that they have a wonderful mother.

Sanjay Dutt and Richa Sharma- While Sanjay Dutt didn't separate from his first wife Richa Sharma, in that case their daughter Trishala Dutt doesn't easily slip into this category. However, considering she always lived with her maternal grandparents in the US and away from her father and his various relationships, we thought Trishala Dutt makes the cut here. A mother who she lost to cancer and a father who couldn't live with her due to his various legal battles and a history with drugs, Trishala Dutt didn't have the usual star kid's life. In an interview to Hindustan Times a while back, Trishala said, "I never accompany dad to any filmy parties because I am barely in Mumbai to begin with. I do have some friends in the industry and in the socialite scene but I am not close to anyone in particular because I'm not in India very often to build such a strong relationship like that with anyone, and when I am in Mumbai I spend time with dad and Maanyata because I haven't seen them in so long." She further added, "I faced a lot of challenges growing up and till today I face new challenges everyday but I always find a way to fix them. Unlike other starkids, I don't have the luxury to have mommy and daddy help with things. I don't have the luxury of a father to "make a phone call" or "pull a favour" for me as the others do. It's hard with no help and you have to do everything on your own."

Complicated times: Marriages that were, were not and were all over again

Marriages not supposed to happen but did

Celebrity couples who we thought will never get married

The Times of India

They say marriages are made in heaven and the same holds especially true for our Bollywood and TV celebrities. While a few celeb love stories seem like just another chapter from a fairy tale, there are those that rather surprised us with their 'till death do us apart' vows. Here are some celebrity couples who we thought will never get married! Read on to know which ones!

Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan: While she is the most beautiful woman in the world, Aishwarya Rai's track record when it comes to boyfriends has been a bumpy ride. After dating Salman Khan, news of him allegedly physically assaulting and stalking her did the rounds. The very possessive Salman Khan apparently irked Ash's new boyfriend Vivek Oberoi so much that he had to call a press conference to address the issue. After moving on from these affairs, Ash was linked to actor Abhishek Bachchan and stories of will they, won't they tie the knot constantly did the rounds. While Ash's love life was always scrutinised, Abhishek too did not make a smooth ride to the aisle. He was earlier engaged to be married to actress Karisma Kapoor but that was later called off. However, Ash and Abhishek shut all the gossip mongers once and for all and announced their wedding soon after. The couple got married in 2007 and now have a daughter Aaradhya together.

Dimpy Ganguly and Rahul Mahajan: Rahul Mahajan's inclusion in this list might hardly raise any eyebrows. Former 'Bigg Boss' contestant, Rahul Mahajan's marriage to model Dimpy Ganguly on reality show 'Rahul Dulhaniya Le Jayega' created waves when the two actually exchanged vows. His marriage came as a surprise to many as Rahul was earlier dating actress Payal Rohatgi on reality show 'Bigg Boss'. The two would often get 'cosy' for the many cameras in the house and hence his decision to participate in the swayamvar itself was a surprise. Soon after their marriage, news reports of Dimpy allegedly accusing Rahul of punching, kicking and dragging her by the hair came out in the open. The two later reconciled but Dimpy's marriage to Rahul Mahajan came as a shock to is for sure.

Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupathi: A brief romance between the former Miss Universe Lara Dutta and tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi took a serious turn soon after and the couple was hitched even before we knew it! Yes, Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupathi make it to our list of celebrities we thought would never get married. Lara was in a decade long live-in relationship with boyfriend and actor Kelly Dorjee and their split came as a shock to everyone. While we thought it may be just another lover's tiff and the couple may soon mend their broken hearts, news of Lara apparently dating actor Dino Morea came to the forefront. However, their affair lasted a short while only and soon Lara was linked to Mahesh Bhupathi. Given her recent short flings, we assumed this one wouldn't be too serious too, but the couple shocked us when they exchanged vows with a white wedding in Goa. The couple now has a daughter, Saira together.

Payal Rohatgi and Sangram Singh: When news of model and Bollywood actress Payal Rohatgi getting engaged to wrestler Sangram Singh hit news stands, it definitely came as a shocking surprise. Not because of anything else, but that Payal Rohatgi who started dating Sangram after the two participated together in a realtiy show 'Survivor India' has been in rather public relationships before that never really reached the alter. Payal participated in reality show 'Bigg Boss' and was linked to inmate Rahul Mahajan then. The two apparently continued dating for some time after the show got over but split after Payal complained of physical abuse. Later, in 2010 rumours of Payal seeing South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs were doing the rounds too. While we were about to dismiss Payal and Sangram's affair as yet another 'publicity stunt' the couple announced their engagement. The two who had started dating on 'Survivor India' eventually moved in together. Sangram recently participated in 'Bigg Boss' and his lady love even visited him during his stay in the house. The two got engaged on 27th February, 2014 and will soon tie the knot.

Veena Malik and Assad Bashir: Controversy is Veena Malik's middle name. The Pakistani actress who joined Bollywood and is still looking for a strong hold in the industry shocked many after her sudden marriage to singer-actor-businessman Assad Bashir Khattak. Veena shocked one and all including an ex-employee Prashant Singh who alleged that the actress betrayed him with her sudden decision to marry Assad in Dubai. According to a news report in Emirates 24/7, Prashant alleged that he was in a live-in relationship with Veena and that she was even pregnant with his child but the couple decided to terminate the pregnancy. The starlet has been in the news constantly since the beginning of her career in Bollywood for her relationship with actor Ashmit Patel. She was earlier dating Pakistani cricketer Mohd. Asif and after their breakup bad mouthed him and said "He was better at foot massage than cricket"! I am sure it will come as no surprise to everyone when we included her in our list.

Marriages supposed to happen but did not

Almost Got Married!

The Times of India

Let's take a look at some of your favourite celebs who almost tied the knot but couldn't

Abhishek Bachchan and Karisma Kapoor: Abhishek Bachchan and Karisma Kapoor were very much in love and also had an official engagement. Apparently, the marriage didn't materialize due to some strange reasons still unknown

Akshay Kumar and Raveena Tandon: Akshay and Raveena made a sizzling hot pair in Bollywood whose love blossomed with the release of the movie Mohra. Apparently, the love story didn't see a happy ending. Akshay, who already had a casanova image, faced commitment issues was not ready to settle down.

John Abraham and Bipasha Basu: John and Bipasha made a successful pair both on-screen and off-screen. Apparently, John's commitment phobia spelled the doom to their beautiful ten year old relationship

Kelly Dorjee and Lara Dutta: Kelly Dorjee and Lara Dutta were live-in partners for twelve years when they broke up for reasons still unknown.

Mahima Chaudhary and Leander Paes: Bollywood actress Mahima Chaudhary and tennis ace Leander Paes were all set for matrimony till their relationship went kaput. Apparently, Mahima revealed that Leander cheated on her.

Nargis Fakhri and Uday Chopra have decided to part ways. The reason behind this is basically a long distance relationship and commitment issues. While Nargis wishes to focus on her career, Uday Chopra wanted commitment.

Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia: Bollywood actress Preity Zinta and business magnate Ness Wadia went around for five years and were on the brink of marriage when they went splitsville.

Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone: Ranbir and Deepika, who were first seen together in Bachna Ae Haseeno, hit it off instantly and soon became one of the most talked about couples of tinsel town. The two were serious and Deepika reciprocated her feelings for Ranbir with the RK tattoo. Apparently, Ranbir cheated on Deepika with his Rajneeti co-star Katrina Kaif.

Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai: Salman and Aishwarya's tempestuous love affair generated huge buzz in tabloids and newspapers. Despite the constant disapproval by her family, Aishwarya stood by her man, Salman Khan, only to be let down time and again. Aishwarya revealed that Salman harassed her and the break-up finally came when she got to know that the actor was cheating upon her.

Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor: Shahid Kapoor gave his biggest hit Jab We Met after his break-up with girlfriend Kareena Kapoor. Kareena and Shahid's relationship came under constraint when the duo left for an outdoor shoot with their co-stars. Apparently, the news of Kareena spending time with her secret crush Saif Ali Khan didn't go down well with Shahid and Kareena too became miffed with the growing proximity between Shahid and Vidya Balan.

Marrying ex-spouses

Celebs who re-married their Exes!

The Times of India

Annu Kapoor Bollywood actor Annu Kapoor's was first married to Anupama (Pami) in 1992 and he remarried Anupama in 2008. "Perhaps her parents convinced her that she had made a mistake. We drifted apart. While she remarried in the US, I settled down with another partner, but both marriages failed," says Kapoor, who credits destiny for reuniting them in February 2008.

Sanjay Gupta Hindi filmmaker Sanjay Gupta (of Kaante, Musafir fame) first married Anuradha in 1997, but their relationship was marred by petty fights and got separated in 2004. Sanjay remarried Anuradha five years after the divorce.

Choice of spouse

Businessmen: whom actresses married

B-Town actresses married to businessmen

The Times of India 2013

If one goes by the trend of choosing their life partners, Bollywood actresses have clearly shown to prefer powerful businessmen rather than their co-actors from B-town, who perhaps maybe more famous and hogging the limelight all the time wherever they might go. Here's a look at the Bollywood divas who are married to rich businessmen.

Amrita Arora married Shakeel Ladak in 2009. He is involved in the construction business. They now are proud parents of two sons.

Ayesha Takia and restaurateur Farhan Azmi got married in a largely private ceremony on March 1, 2009. Son of politician Abu Azmi, Farhan, who is also a builder, contested elections in 2010.

Celina Jaitly Bollywood's light-eyed beauty Celina Jaitly married Dubai-based Austrian hotelier Peter Haag in 2011. She broke the news of her wedding on Twitter.

Esha Deol got married to Delhi-based businessman Bharat Takhtani in 2012. The who's who of Bollywood and politics attended the grand wedding reception.

Gayatri Joshi Few months after the release of her debut film with Shah Rukh Khan, Swades, model-turned-actress Gayatri Joshi married Vikas Oberoi, who is into construction business.

Isha Koppikar After her relationship with struggling actor Inder Kumar went kaput, Isha Koppikar decided to get hooked for life with restaurateur Timmy Narang in 2009.

Juhi Chawla married British businessman of Indian origin, Jay Mehta in 1997. Jay, whose business is spread across several countries, is also a co-owner in IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders

Karisma Kapoor After her break up with Abhishek Bachchan, actress Karisma Kapoor married Delhi-based businessman Sanjay Kapoor in 2013. However, their marriage has seen a lot of ups and downs in the recent past.

Perizaad Zorabian The gorgeous actress Perizaad Zorabian is married to construction tycoon Boman Rustom Irani.

Rambha In 2010, actress Rambha married Indran Pathmanathan, the founder and chairman of a kitchen and bathroom manufacturing firm based in Canada.

Raveena Tandon married prominent film distributor Anil Thadani - they'd fallen in love during the making of her film, Stumped.

Reema Sen Malamaal Weekly actress Reema Sen, who kept denying rumours about her affair with a businessman, eventually took the plunge and married a Delhi-based hotelier Shiv Karan Singh in March 2012.

Rinke Khanna—Dimple Kapadia and Rajesh Khanna's youngest daughter—married industrialist Sameer Saran in 2003.

Shilpa Shetty The gorgeous Shilpa Shetty married businessman Raj Kundra in November 2009. UK-based Kundra was ranked the 198th richest British Asian in 2004.

Tina Munim Actress Tina Munim married Anil Ambani, the son of industrialist Dhirubhai Ambani, in 1991. Anil is counted among the richest men in the world at present.

Urvashi Sharma Starlet Urvashi Sharma tied the knot with her entrepreneur and actor boyfriend Sachiin Joshi recently. Sachiin, who made his debut with Aazaan in 2011, is still to find a foothold in Bollywood, but is steady with his finances as the vice-chairman of his group that is into hospitality and more.

Vidya Balan Actress Vidya Balan, who was linked to many co-stars in the past, married Siddharth Roy Kapoor, the top honcho of a leading production house, in 2012.

Cricketers: Actresses in marriages/ relationships with

Cricketers clean bowled by actresses

The Times of India

Though Filmistan and cricket have no similarities yet time and again cricketers and actresses have been reported mingling with each other, thanks to their fondness for both professions. Sharmila Tagore-Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi (they got married), Azharuddin-Sangeeta Bijlani, (they got married), Neena Gupta-Vivian Richards (they had a child out of wedlock), and Reena Roy-Mohsin Khan (they got married), are a few names who have been much talked about for their relationships. However, new age cricketers have not been able to play long innings like their predecessors.

Harbhajan Singh and Geeta Basra: Cricketer Harbhajan Singh and actress Geeta Basra expressed their feelings for each other on Twitter. They were even seen together publicly. Reports were rife that they were supposed to get married in September 2012 but Geeta later clarified that she was not married to Bhajji and had no plans as such. "I have never denied that Bhajji is a very important person in my life, but right now, I am single and not ready to mingle. Marriage will happen when it has to happen, but right now, it's just work." However, both are still in a relationship but avoid talking about their link-up.

Kim Sharma and Yuvraj Singh: The real life hero Yuvraj Singh and former actress Kim Sharma were once famous lovebirds but since Yuvi’s mom was not happy with Kim’s lifestyle and both were also busy with their careers, the two parted ways. A heartbroken Kim finally married a Kenyan businessman Ali Punjani and shifted to Nairobi. Yuvraj was recently spotted at the birthday party of model-cum-actor Gizele Thakral. The model was last seen in 'Welcome — Baazi Mehman Nawazi Ki'. A source present at the party said that Gizele apparently waited for Yuraj before she cut the cake. The source added, "Both seemed quite comfortable with each other and hugged each other as soon as they met. They have been spotted together in the past too, but mostly in a group." Yuvraj was at one point also linked to Bollywood beauty Deepika Padukone but the rumours soon fizzled as Deepika was then dating Ranbir Kapoor.

Suresh Raina and Anushka Sharma: The young cricketer confessed his fondness for actress Anushka Sharma yet he admitted that there's no question of dating her or any other Bollywood actress. “I will never date an actor or a model. My family will never accept her. We are a middle class family and an actress will never be able to gel with us," said Raina in a chat with The Times of India. The cricketer said that Anushka is his favourite actress and as a person she is very sensitive. Several people claimed to see the two at events and in restaurants. However, the relationship could not last long as according to Raina, he has no time for a relationship.

Virat Kohli and Izabelle Leite: Prospective Indian skipper Virat Kohli was seen shopping with Brazilian model and actress Izabelle Leite that caught the media's eye. Izabelle later shifted to India and even worked in a Bollywood film 'Sixteen'. When quizzed by the media about his relationship status, Kohli refused to divulge any information saying, "I won't answer personal questions," Later the girl also denied her link-up and addressed Kohli as a 'good friend'. Izabella is now rumoured to be dating Rati Agnihotri's son Tanuj.

Yuvraj Singh, cricketer seems to have had at least ten lady friends in Filmistan. Therefore, Indpaedia felt compelled to create a special page for his love life--and his cricket.

Zaheer Khan and Isha Sharbani: Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan was very much in the news for his relationship with actress and dancer Isha Sharvani. There were rumours that the two were looking for a house where they could move in after they tied the knot. However, Isha cleared the air saying that they were together for many years but it is all over between them now. “I am single today,” said the actress. She even refused to talk about the reason for the split saying, “It is not right to wash dirty linen in public. We respect each other." After the split, Zaheer was seen at parties with VJ-turned-singer Ramona Arena.


Names of actors: Real names, screen names

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A R Rahman: Dilip kumar

Ajay Devgn - Vishal Veeru Devgan. In 2009, he dropped the 'a' from his surname.

Ajit: Hamid Ali Khan

Akshay Kumar - Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia

Amitabh Bachchan – Inquilaab Srivastava: The superstar of Bollywood was initially named Inquilaab. On fellow poet Sumitranandan Pant's suggestion, his father Harivansh Rai changed his name to Amitabh.

Anita Hassanandani Reddy: Natassha Hassandani

Anushka Shetty: Sweety Shetty.

Ashok Kumar: Kumudlal Ganguly

Bindiya Goswami: Debra (her Christian name).

Bobby Deol: Vijay Singh Deol.

Chunky Pandey: Suyush Sharat Chandrakant Deshpandey.

Dev Anand - Dharam Devdutt Pishorimal Anand

Dhanush: Venkatesh Prabhu

Dharmendra - Dharam Singh Deol

Dilip Kumar - Yusuf Khan

Govinda - Govind Arun Ahuja

Guru Dutt: Vasanth Kumar Shivshankar Padukone

Hrithik Roshan: Hrithik Nagrath

Jackie Shroff: Jaikishan Kaku Bhai

Jagdeep: Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jaffery

Jayant - Zakaria Khan

Jeetendra - Ravi Kapoor. He was named Jeetendra by his mentor V Shantaram.

John Abraham – Farhan. John's real Persian name, given at birth by his mother. But he went with John, the name given to him by his father.

Johnny Lever - John Prakasa Rao Janumala. He found his new name while performing at a Hindustan Lever company function where he mimicked a few senior officers. That day on, the workers rechristened him Johnny Lever.

Johnny Walker: Badruddin Jamaluddin Kazi.

Kamal Haasan: Parthasarathy

Katrina Kaif - Katrina Turquotte. On Jackie Shroff's wife Ayesha's advice during the early days of her career, Katrina changed her last name from Turquotte to Kaif.

Kimi Katkar: Nayantara Katkar

Kishore Kumar: Abhas Ganguly

Kumar Gaurav: Manoj Tuli

Madhubala: Begum Mumtaz Jehan Dehlavi

Mahima Chaudhary – Ritu. It was with 'Pardes' that Ritu came to be known as Mahima Chaudhary, thanks to director Subhash Ghai who believed letter 'M' was lucky for his films. (Subhash Ghai’s previous heroines included Madhuri, Manisha, Meenakshi and Mishthi)

Mala Sinha: Alda Sinha

Mallika Sherawat - Reema Lamba

Manoj Kumar: Harikrishna Giri Gosawmi. Being a fan of Dilip Kumar, Gosawmi renamed himself after Dilip’s character in Shabnam (1949).

Meena Kumari - Mahjabeen Bano

Mithun Chakraborty - Gourango Chakraborty

Nana Patekar: Vishwanath Patekar

Nargis: Fatima

Nawab Banoo: Nimmi

Nayanthara: Diana Mariam Kuriyan.

Prabhas: Venkata Satyanarayana Prabhas Raju Uppalapati.

Preeti Zinta: Preetam Singh Zinta

Raaj Kumar: Kulbhushan Pandit

Rajesh Khanna - Jatin Khanna. His uncle KK Talwar changed his first name to 'Rajesh' when the actor decided to join films.'

Rajinikanth - Shiva ji Rao Gaikwad. He later changed his name on director K Balachander's suggestion.

Ranveer Singh: Ranveer Bhavnani

Reena Roy: Saira Ali

Rekha - Bhanurekha Ganesan

Saif Ali Khan: Sajid Ali Khan

Salman Khan: Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan.

Sanjay: Shah Abbas Khan

Sanjeev Kumar - Harihar Jethalal Jariwala

Sanjeev Kumar: Harihar Jethalal Jariwala

Shahid Kapoor: Shahid Khattar

Shilpa Shetty - Ashwini Shetty. She changed her name from Ashwini Shetty for numerological reasons. Her astrologer mother thought this name change would bring her more luck in the films.

Silk Smitha: Vijayalakshmi Vadlapati.

Sridevi: Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan.

Sulochana: Ruby Myers (1907 –1983)

Sunil Dutt: Balraj Dutt

Sunny Deol: Ajay Singh Deol

Suriya: Saravanan Sivakumar

Tabu: Tabassum Hashmi Khan.

Tiger Shroff: Jai Hemant Shroff

Tun Tun: Uma Devi Khatri

Yo Yo Honey Singh: Hirdesh Singh

Plastic surgery and Filmistani starlets

5 celeb plastic surgeries that went wrong

The Times of India

Gauhar Khan Model-turned-actress, Gauhar Khan went under the knife and got her lips augmented which she was not happy with and chose to be away from the camera for some time. She had to cancel the shoot of her reality TV show Khan Sisters, after her lip augmentation surgery went wrong.

Kangana Ranaut entered Bollywood and made a place for herself with her different styles and her intense acting. However, soon the actress got a new look. All her fans were aware about her bug-bitten lips, but the actress went through a lip job. It was also reported that the actress went for breast implants and soon she looked fuller and sexier.

Koena Mitra, who grabbed headlines with her plastic surgery went through a difficult phase when her nose job went wrong. The model entertained many in Bollywood with her sexy moves and hot body, but a botched-up nose job made her go through trauma. According to reports, after her surgery her bones started swelling up. Koena’s face was disfigured after the disastrous job. To get the job rectified she had to go through many surgeries.

Minissha Lamba- Minissha Lamba shocked all her fans when her look after a nose job was revealed. She is known for her cute smile and simple looks. However, she chose to experiment with the wonders of plastic surgery and got a nose job done, but the experiment didn’t work for the pretty lady. According to reports, she also did silicon implants which made her look fit in Kidnap.

Rakhi Sawant has always been upfront about her plastic surgeries and the actress went through various experiments on her body. From liposuction to breast implants to shaping the jaw line, she tried almost everything. She also had a bad time for few wrong surgeries and in an event; people didn’t recognize her because of her cosmetic surgery. Many criticized her for the new look.

Rape, allegations of

Allegations made till Feb 2018

Snehha Suresh | 11 Bollywood celebrities who were accused of rape | February 13, 2018| Miss Kyra


Bollywood men often find themselves on the wrong side of the law. These celebrities have been charged with rape or sexual assault. While some have been proved, others have been altered, and some are just new and still waiting a definite verdict. There are controversies in Bollywood always. There are some shocking names who have been accused of rape. Here are 11 celebrities who have been accused of rape in Bollywood.


Ankit Tiwari Singer-composer Ankit Tiwari was arrested for rape after a 28-year-old advertising woman; she filed a complaint against him. She alleged that he raped her on the pretext of getting married to her. The woman also said that the singer’s brother threatened her with major consequences if she tried to complain the police. The matter was settled out of court after a petition was filed by Ankit Tiwari in the Bombay High Court.


Dibakar Banerjee Director of films like ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’ and ‘Love Sex Aur Dhokha’, Dibakar Banerjee also faced molestation charges from actress Payal Rohatgi. According to the actress, her mentor dropped by her house one night and commented that she had gained weight. She added, “He asked me to lift my shirt and show him my stomach. I didn't like it. I told him I was in no mood for jokes. But he did not agree.” The actress also said that when she refused to do what he asked, he nixed her from his film, Shanghai, for which she had auditioned and also received a positive feedback. However, the director had a different story to tell, "I spoke professionally, saying that she would need to shed weight if she wanted the role. There was no demand from anyone that she lifts her top.” However, later both went their separate ways.


Jackie Shroff According to reports, actress Tabu said actor Jackie Shroff had tried to molest her in 1986 during the shooting of ‘Diljale’. The incident allegedly happened at the residence of actor Danny Denzongpa who rescued Tabu. Nothing was ever proved, but Tabu and Jackie Shroff never acted together post that.


Jeetendra On 8th February, veteran actor Jeetendra was accused of sexually harassing his cousin, who has come forward to file a police complaint 47 years after the alleged incident. She claimed that she was sexually assaulted at the age of 18. The victim made the allegation in a police complaint filed with Himachal Pradesh's Director General of Police. As per the complaint, the incident took place in January 1971, when the victim was 18 and the actor was 28. It happened when he arranged for the victim to join him from New Delhi to Shimla on the set of his movie without the complainant's awareness. The victim has claimed that on the night they reached Shimla, the actor returned to the room in an inebriated state, joined the two separate beds and sexually assaulted her. Advocate Rizwan Siddiquee representing the actor stated that the allegation made by the cousin is baseless and ridiculous. "Foremost my client specifically and categorically denies any such incident. Besides even otherwise such baseless, ridiculous and fabricated claims cannot be entertained by any Court of law or the law enforcement agencies after a span of almost 50 years. The Statute has provided a justice delivery system through the Courts, and the Limitation Act 1963 was specifically enacted to ensure that all genuine complaints are made within a maximum time limit of three years so that a proper investigation is carried out and timely justice is delivered, said the advocate.”


Madhur Bhandarkar Model and actress Preeti Jain accused director Madhur Bhandarkar of rape. Preeti Jain said that Bhandarkar raped her for three years, promising to cast her in a film which he later refused. The rape case went on for nine years but the Supreme Court of India closed it after Preeti Jain said that she did not want to pursue it further.


Mahmood Farooqui Director Mahmood Farooqui, known for ‘Peepli Live’ film produced by Aamir Khan, was arrested after an American woman accused him of rape. He was convicted of the charges and sentenced to seven years in jail by a Delhi court. [The Supreme Court dismissed a plea filed by an American researcher challenging the Delhi high court verdict acquitting Peepli Live' co-director Mahmood Farooqui in an alleged rape case.]


Shakti Kapoor Shakti Kapoor was caught on camera in a sting operation done by a private media house, asking a young aspiring actress for sex in exchange for help getting movie roles. He named big film people like Yash Johar, Subhash Ghai, and Preity Zinta as active casting couch participants, and was widely criticized in the industry for this.


Shiney Ahuja Then the news of him raping his maid in 2009 and this news had shocked his fans. He denied it initially, and later, his maid retracted her statement. The trial court delivered a verdict of rigorous 7-year imprisonment for him. He was acquitted of charges of wrongful confinement and criminal intimidation and later released on bail by the Bombay High Court. The case stands closed as of now.


Subhash Kapoor ‘Jolly LLB’ director, Subhash Kapoor was accused by a journalist-turned-actress Geetika Tyagi of molestation. According to the actress, the incident took place at her residence, on May 28, 2012. But she did not file the complaint then, due to the lack of evidence, and also because, as Geetika says, "His wife Dimple begged me to let go of the matter saying that not only would their lives be ruined, but also the future of their son. But when her anger and helplessness got unbearable she decided to come out in the open.” The actress recorded a video with the help of her friend Atul Sabharwal where Kapoor admitted of the act, in front of his wife. She uploaded the video on social networking websites and captioned, “Subhash Kapoor’s True Face”.

Relationships

Actresses who have been in more than one relationship

5 actresses who have always been in relationships

The Times of India

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: The world's most beautiful woman sure had a heavy dose of romances before she settled for matrimony. Aishwarya and Salman Khan were one of the most good-looking couples of Bollywood. The handsome hunk and the light eyed beauty sizzled together on the big screen in 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam' and soon fell in love. However, the two broke-up later as Salman reportedly grew extremely possessive of Ash. There were news reports of him harassing her and even physically assaulting her. After much media attention the two parted ways with Vivek Oberoi coming in as Ash's knight in shining armour. Although she never admitted, Ash soon jumped into a new relationship with Vivek Oberoi but broke his heart eventually. She finally settled and tied the knot with actor Abhishek Bachchan and now has a daughter, Aaradhaya Bachchan with him.

Bipasha Basu: Moving on from one man to another was also Bollywood siren Bipasha Basu. Bipasha who has always been open about her relationships, has dated one of the hottest men in Bollywood. Bipasha's first famous boyfriend was actor and her 'Raaz' co-star Dino Morea. The two reportedly started dating in 1996 and broke up in 2002. Soon after that Bipasha met hottie John Abraham on the sets of 'Jism' and love blossomed. The two were in a really long relationship before they called it quits in 2011. While John secretly got married to his investment banker girlfriend at the start of the year, Bipasha has found love again in actor Harman Baweja.

Deepika Padukone: Deepika Padukone's list of affairs is a long, lengthy one as well. When she first moved to Mumbai, Deepika was said to be in a three year long relationship with model Nihar Pandya. Deepika was still a model then and it is also rumoured that they apparently met during an acting class. Dippy met Ranbir Kapoor on the sets of 'Bachna Ae Haseeno' and love blossomed soon after. Rumours are abuzz that Deepika left Nihar for Ranbir Kapoor. Ranbir and Deepika were the perfect Bollywood couple but apparently Ranbir's philandering ways didn't go down well with Deepika. The two broke up and soon after news of Deepika getting linked to cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Shoni emerged. While Dhoni went ahead and got married to long time friend Sakshi, gossip mills suggested that Yuvi and Deepika were an item, alas for a short while. After the Yuvraj fling, Deepika is believed to have dated Siddharth Mallya. The two were an 'item' apparently and would be seen attending parties and events together. For reasons unknown, Siddharth and Deepika called it quits and she is now in a rumoured relationship with her 'Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela' co-star Ranveer Singh. Phew!

Kareena Kapoor Khan: Kareena Kapoor has now settled with her Prince charming aka Saif Ali Khan, but the actress had to kiss many frogs before she finally settled. At the beginning of her career, Kareena was linked to heartthrob Hrithik Roshan. So strong were the rumours that their alleged relationship was highlighted even when Hrithik tied the knot with girlfriend Sussanne. Soon after that Bebo got into a long relationship with actor Shahid Kapoor. Shahid and Bebo were going steady for long and news about their wedding plans was always eagerly awaited by their fans. However, while Bebo was with Shahid, gossip mills did not stop churning out stories of an alleged romance brewing with Fardeen on the sets of 'Fida'. The two even had a passionate lip-lock in 'Dev'. After a highly publicized break-up with Shahid, Bebo fell in love with the Nawab of Pataudi Saif Ali Khan while shooting for 'Tashan'. The two finally got married in 2012.

Lara Dutta: Former Miss World Lara Dutta has had her share of relationships, so much so that over the years, we have seen her mostly "in a relationship" status. Lara Dutta was in a live-in relationship with model and actor Kelly Dorjee. It was almost impossible to see the two separate but the couple parted ways after 10 years. Soon after her decade long relationship with Kelly came to an end, news of Lara being in a relationship with actor Dino Morea came to the forefront. However, it was a short relationship and the two broke-up soon after. Newly single Lara then settled for tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi. The two got married and also have a daughter, Saira.

Failed relationships in Filmistan

Actresses: failed relationships with sportsmen

Failed marriages between actresses and sportsmen

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Chitrangada Singh and Jyoti Randhawa: Golfer Jyoti Randhawa and actress Chitrangada Singh were married for 12 years, and have a son, Zorawar. They made a beautiful couple and were very popular in the social circuit in Delhi. However, the couple filed for divorce by mutual consent last year, and have been granted divorce by a Gurgaon court last month. There were speculations that they were facing marital problems for a while. Things apparently worsened when Chitrangada went to Mumbai to pursue her Bollywood aspirations and hardly visited her husband in Delhi. There were also rumours that the actress was allegedly in a relationship with filmmaker Sudhir Mishra. However, the pretty actress has always maintained a silence about her personal affairs. In fact, there were rumours that Jyoti was also allegedly seeing someone in Gurgaon. However, their split shocked the film industry and broke many hearts.

Leander Paes and Rhea Pillai: All the while we were thinking that tennis ace Leander Paes and model Rhea Pillai, who fell in love with each other on a flight to Goa, were married, we have just been told its not true. The couple, who are now washing their dirty linen in public in a custody battle for their child, have now cleared the air and said that the two have been in a live-in relationship all this while and were not married. While Leander claims Rhea is irresponsible, self indulgent and has a volatile temper, Rhea alleges that Leander has been cheating on her from day one of their relationship and is abusive. In fact, their relationship worsened recently when Rhea returned to her family home to allegedly find herself locked out. A NDTV report says that Rhea and her daughter had left their house on Carter Road for a party in Juhu and when Pillai came back, five men blocked her way and did not allow her to enter her house. She alleged that Paes had done this to lock her out of the house.

Mohammad Azharuddin and Sangeeta Bijlani: She was a successful actress and he was the captain of the Indian cricket team. Together they made an awesome couple. They had the looks, fame and power. The pretty actress was often spotted by his side at many Page 3 events. However, in July 2010, the former model-actress walked out from Azhar's life. She believed that he was allegedly involved with badminton champ Jwala Gutta, who is half his age. This brought an end to a 14-year-long marriage between the two. While Sangeeta was once dating heartthrob Salman Khan, Azharuddin was married to Naureen before he met and tied the knot with Sangeeta. In fact, it is Salman's sister Alvira who has been by her side through Sangeeta's ups and downs. She was there for her after her marriage went kaput and stood by her in her moment of crisis.

Reena Roy and Mohsin Khan: The marriage between Reena Roy and Mohsin Khan had all the necessary ingredients of a masala movie as there was romance, drama and cross-border tension. She was a popular Indian actress and he was a successful Pakistani cricketer. Reena met Mohsin when she was suffering from an emotional turmoil and got charmed by him. In fact, she gave up her career and decided to settle down with the cricketer in Mumbai. However, differences started to creep in when he decided to try his hand in acting but failed miserably. A report in Asian Woman magazine says the failure of his acting career coupled with his family not accepting his wife wholeheartedly, led to their break-up and a bitter divorce. While he moved back to Pakistan and tried a moderate career as a cricket commentator, she just faded from the limelight.

Veena Malik and Mohammed Asif: Like other things in actress Veena Malik's life, her alleged marriage with Pakistani cricketer Mohammed Asif was full of controversies. While she has denied they were ever husband and wife, there were reports that said that the two had tied the knot in a secret ceremony. In fact, not only were the two of them reportedly involved in a property dispute but the actress had blown the whistle on Asif’s involvement in match-fixing after a sting operation by a UK tabloid exposed him. In an interview to Hindustan Times, she had said that she had handed over his phone records to ICC. She also told the newspaper that whenever he used to get messages by an Indian number he would delete it. She got suspicious of his actions and got his phone records pulled out and the number turned out to be that of a man in Mumbai. She admits that she suspected that he was having an affair with a man! Veena had gone on record to say that by being involved with bookies he not only cheated on cricket, he also cheated on her.

If we include failed relationships,

Anju Mahendru and Gary Sobers, the hotshot West Indies all-rounder and cricket captain were said to have been engaged—for a while. Nothing came of it.

Neena Gupta and Viv Richards, also of the West Indies, had a child out of a once-secret relationship that did not end in marriage. Gupta became Filmistan’s first unmarried mother (and perhaps the only one so far?)

Breakups in Bombay

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Betrayal can reduce even the most seemingly intense romances to a facade. And Bollywood, always vulnerable to unfaithfulness, suffers from more than its share of love-gone-sour. Here's a look at some celebs who've been the victim in love.

Aamir Khan It may morally may not be acceptable but love has its own fickle ways. Mr. Perfect Aamir Khan hid his wife Reena Sharma when he first stepped into Bollywood claiming himself unmarried. But his romp with scribe Jessica Heines, their lovechild and later his affair with current wife Kiran Rao could not remain hidden from public glare.

Abhishek Bachchan and Karisma Kapoor were very much in love and also had an official engagement. Apparently, the marriage didn't materialize due to some strange reasons still unknown.

Aishwarya Rai was driving men crazy with her cold attitude which became a second habit till she settled down with Abhishek Bachchan. First Salmaan Khan and then Vivek Oberoi, they are all aware of the La Belle Dame Sans Mercy!

Akshay Kumar was known to be a woman's man, Shilpa fell hard for him during the shoot of Dhadkan. She was so madly in love with him but before she could bask in her new found love, Akshay married Dimple and Rajesh Khanna's daughter Twinkle and left Shilpa heart broken. It's said that Shilpa took long to recuperate from this hurt and though she's married to Raj Kundra.

Amitabh-Rekha The Amitabh-Rekha saga has been the subject of endless debates and speculation. This is one rumour that refuses to die down!

Boney Kapoor Producer and Anil Kapoor's elder borther Boney Kapoor didn't look back at his wife and kids the moment he set eyes on the leading lady of his films, Sridevi. On her part, she partook the hospitality of his wife and family and then stole the elder Kapoor away right under their roof!

Hema Malini and Dharmendra It was a typical candyfloss romance between Hema Malini and Dharmendra on the sets of 'Sholay' and then they got married even though Dharamendra was married to Prakash Kaur. However, till date he manages to maintain both the knots beautifully.

Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor- Bebo and Hrithik were the it item in 2000. Hrithik was debuting with his father's film Kaho Naa Pyaar Hain and Babita and Randhir Kapoor's daughter was cast opposite him. However, due to some differences, Kareena walked out of the project and was replaced by Ameesha Patel. But this did not stop an alleged romance from blooming between the two. Hrithik was already dating his sweetheart Sussanne Khan (Sanjay Khan's daughter) and an affair with Kareena was something totally unexpected. The two were said to be madly in love but shortly after, Hrithik got married to Sussanne in Bangalore and Kareena Kapoor started dating Shahid Kapoor and eventually married Saif Ali Khan. Recently there were reports that Hrithik and Bebo were being cast for KJo's Shuddhi but both backed out due to various reasons. It's been more than a decade since the two have shared screen space and we hope the alleged former lovers can make a comeback on the silver screen!

John and Bipasha Agreed that there is an enduring relationship, which has seen it travails, but nothing rocked John and Bipasha's boat the way her hot kiss with international footballer Ronaldo did! Who could forget those hot tabloid photographs where Bips babe was caught kissing the soccer star at a night club. And, John’s commitment phobia spelled the doom to their beautiful ten year old relationship.

Kareena and Shahid's relationship came under stress when the duo left for an outdoor shoot with their co-stars. Apparently, the news of Kareena spending time with her secret crush Saif Ali Khan didn't go down well with Shahid and Kareena too became miffed with the growing proximity between Shahid and Vidya Balan.

Kareena Kapoor Bebo was to make her debut opposite Hrithik Roshan in Kaho Na Pyaar Hain but due to some problems, she quit the film and Ameesha was roped in. Thought Bebo had walked out of the film, her few scenes with Hrithik created a romance that Bollywood remembers till date. Hrithik was already committed to child hood sweetheart Suzanne Khan. But nothing could stop Duggu and Bebo from falling for each other. But this story ended when Hrithik got married to Suzanne.

Mahima Chaudhary Leander Paes Bollywood actress Mahima Chaudhary and tennis ace Leander Paes were all set for matrimony till their relationship went kaput. Apparently, Mahima revealed that her relationship with Paes ended because of another woman.

Preity and Ness were the most stylish couple in B-town and though it is said that Ness’s mum Maureen Wadia was unhappy with this relationship, Preity and Ness continued to date. Zinta and Ness were also partners for the IPL team Kings XI Punjab. It is believed that Preity's closeness to Vikram Chatwal and business differences with Ness caused the rift. Others say it was mum Maureen who was instrumental in the break up.

Ranbir and Deepika, who were first seen together in Bachna Ae Haseeno, hit it off instantly and soon became one of the most talked about couples of tinsel town. The two were serious and Deepika reciprocated her feelings for Ranbir with the RK tattoo. Apparently, Ranbir cheated on Deepika with his Rajneeti co-star Katrina Kaif.

Saif Ali Khan First it was a much-older Amrita Singh, whom he married and had kids with when he was a budding star. But the tables turned as his star shone bright in the glam world and he dumped his wife of over a decade for Rosa Catelano. Rosa couldn't keep him from the scorching passion of Kareena Kapoor.

Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit- Sanjay Dutt was married to Richa Sharma and had a daughter, Trishala. But her untimely death due to cancer, left the actor devastated. It was at this time (in the 90s) that he was linked to his beautiful co star Madhuri Dixit, the Dhak Dhak girl of Bollywood. The two allegedly got close to each other on the sets of Saajan. It is alleged that everyone was surprised by this link up rumour as Sanjay Dutt aka Sanju was considered to be the bad boy of the industry. Some reports even suggest that their affair started before Sanjay's wife Richa passed away and Madhuri's father was unhappy with this linkup. But after Sanjay's TADA arrest , all the stories died down and Madhuri allegedly moved on. Sad but true!

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Aamir Khan and Reena- Aamir Khan and his first wife Reena's romance blossomed as the two would look at each other from their windows. Aamir and Reena were neighbours and he said that the two spent more than the normal time looking at each other through the window. Aamir even said that he went up to Reena and told her "I love you" but she said no instead. Not just that, Aamir confessed that he once wrote a love letter in blood to Reena! She however, didn't like it and was very upset with the same. Aamir said he only wanted to express his love deeply for Reena and that's why he did it. But he said no one should do such a thing. Aamir and Reena were childhood sweethearts and got married in the year 1986. They however, got divorced in the year 2002 after 16 years of marriage. Aamir went ahead and tied the knot with Kiran Rao in 2005

Ameesha Patel and her parents- Ameesha Patel made news when she dragged her parents to court for financial issues. In her interviews in the year 2004 she blamed her father for 'mismanaging' her account and assets and sued him for Rs. 120 million. However, even before that Amisha Patel and her mother had given an interview to Simi Garewal. The mother-daughter duo then seemed like a picture perfect happy family at that time. Ameesha had revealed even then that her father took care of her entire earnings. He invests her earning so that they earn more because if she had anything to do with her money, it would be "squandered like that". Amisha's mother in the interview said that Ameesha has to give an account of what she spends and she gets pocket money from her parents. Ameesha' mother went on to add that "change comes with money, in the long run money talks". Unfortunately, things didn't remain the same between Ameesha Patel and her parents. A rather public legal battle over the actress' financial problems with her parents turned the picture perfect portrait of this happy family upside down.

Hrithik Roshan and Sussanne- Hrithik Roshan and Sussanne's separation has been a hard one for the couple and their families but it was an equally hard-hitting one for millions of Hrithik Roshan fans. While the various aspects of their break-up and Sussanne's decision to part ways with Hrithik have been scrutinized many times over, we laid our hands on this interesting piece of information of them in their good times. In an interview to Simi Garewal, Hrithik mentioned why he called Sussanne an angel. He narrated that when he was young, his friend Uday Chopra was going to a party where Sussanne was also going to be. When Uday asked Hrithik how will he identify her from everyone at the party, he just said she is the one "who looks like an Angel". Hrithik said that Uday called him up from the party and said "I didn't take a second to identify her". Sussanne who heard this story couldn't help but blush. Although, theirs was a fairy-tale romance that ended in matrimony and then kids, Hrithik and Sussanne separated after 13 years of marriage.

Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh- Even though Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh broke up after being married to each other for 13 years, their love story was a rather steamy one. In an interview to Simi Garewal years ago, when the two were still a couple, Saif and Amrita revealed that their love story started in just a day. Saif was a struggling actor who went to established actress Amrita Singh's house for dinner one evening as their first date together. Saif revealed that by the end of the evening, they kissed each other and Saif continued to stay in that house. He said "I never left the house even till today". What is interesting is that Saif and Amrita, who is 12 years older to him, kept their wedding a secret even from their parents! They only told their parents the next day. Both Saif and Amrita said they decided to get married just two days before they actually tied the knot and were scared to tell their families. In the interview Saif recalled how his mother Sharmila Tagore warned him "don't get married" just a day before. Sadly, after they had two kids Sara and Ibrahim, the couple called it quits.

Sushmita Sen and Vikram Bhatt- The beautiful Sushmita Sen has had a series of relationships, but her relationship with filmmaker Vikram Bhatt was the talk of the town at one point. While everyone called Sushmita a "homebreaker" as Vikram was already married with a two year old daughter; Sushmita clarified her stance with Vikram in an interview the two of them gave to Simi Garewal. Sushmita said that Vikram was going through his divorce when they met and she thought that if her conscience is clear, why would she wait to tell the world about her relationship. Sushmita said "I love him like mad" and also told Simi that she feels "content" with him. Well, Sushmita Sen's relationship with Vikram Bhatt faded out eventually and the two moved on in their lives. While we know about Sushmita's other boyfriends over a period of time, the actress never opened up about anyone at a public platform the way she opened up about Vikram.

Dumping old flames

Fair-weather friends!

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Relationships are fragile and ever-evolving, and some people just can't have enough of it. At times, you stick and hold on to your beloved, whereas most of the relations tend to lose it all. Here's a list of celebs defining their past/forgotten love. As per the sources:

Abhishek Bachchan Rumors say that Abhishek Bachchan dumped Dipannita Sharma, a model and his girlfriend for 10 months after the success of Guru. Really?

Aishwarya Rai As per the sources, Aishwarya Rai met a guy called Rajeev Mulchandani at the onset of her career as a model. And something brewed up?

Anupama Verma and Aryan Vaid pepped-up the air with their romance and ended up without any clues.

Anushka Sharma was once rumoured to have been dating Zoheb Yusuf, a model from Bangalore.

Deepika Padukone once dated former Nihar Pandya before reaching at the peak of her career.

Freida Pinto Rohan Antao was devastated on how his relationship with Freida Pinto was being wrecked because of Freida’s infatuation with Dev Patel.

Lara Dutta Being in a relationship for more than eight years, Lara Dutta split with her beau Kelly Dorjee. Phew!

Neil Nitin Mukesh who was to marry his longtime girlfriend, Priyanka Bhatia, called off the engagement citing professional reasons as the cause.

Pooja Bedi and Akashdeep Saigal were the talk of the town, Bigg Boss was the real eye-grabbing for both of them. But seems to have been lost after the end of season.

Ranbir Kapoor It was rumoured that Ranbir Kapoor had been dating Imran Khan’s current wife, Avantika Malik! They called off their five-year-long relationship on friendly terms.

Sania Mirza After announcing her engagement to her childhood friend, Sohrab Mirza, Sania Mirza broke up with him citing incompatibility.

Falling-outs and tiffs in Filmistan

Bollywood's biggest fall outs

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Akshay Kumar and Farah Khan were seen together during their film Tees Maar Khan. However, later things turned bad for the two when Akshay Kumar denied to promote Joker directed by her husband Shirish Kunder. A media report says that both Akshay and Farah were at an event when they came face to face with each other. However, rather than avoiding each other like they used to do previously, they just hugged and made-up. They were also engaged in a long conversation. However, things between the two don't seem to get back like the good old days.

Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra shared screen in films like Aitraaz, Waqt and Andaaz. However, the rumours about their relationship grabbed eyeballs and the actors decided to part ways. The grapevine suggested that is because Twinkle is not comfortable with the prospect of Akshay working with Priyanka again. Reportedly, Akshay decided not to work with Priyanka after news of an alleged link-up between the two spread like wildfire and wife Twinkle Khanna issued an ultimatum.

Jaya Bachchan and Rekha. The two actress belonged to the same time, but their relationship with Amitabh Bachchan reportedly created the difference between them. Jaya married Amitabh Bachchan, but the rumours about the affair between Big B and the ever green Rekha were at their peak. They last worked together in Yash Chopra's Silsila and avoided each other since then. However, recently they greeted each other when they came face to face at a function. While Amitabh and Rekha were snapped exchanging a 'namaste', wife Jaya and Rekha who was rumoured to be the 'other woman' in Big B's life are seen holding hands.

Kareena Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan made their Bollywood debut with Refugee. Kareena was very close to the Bachchan family as Karisma Kapoor was engaged to Abhishek Bachchan. However, things didn't work well with between Lolo and Abhi and it created issues between Abhishek and Kareena. It was rumoured they were not in the mood to be civil to each other ever since. There were reports that Abhishek and Kareena might share screen space for Umesh Shukla's film Mere Apne. Only time can tell whether Bachchans and Kapoors will reunite!

Kareena Kapoor Khan and Bipasha Basu's fight is known to one and all. During Ajnabee, when both the actresses shared screen space, reports about their differences grabbed headlines. Bips and Bebo's cat fight is one of the most popular ones . Bebo had reportedly called Bipasha Kaali billi and since then the relation between the two turned into rivalry. Kareena was known for her bindaas approach and bold statements, but over the years the actress worked on her interaction methods. Kareena was spotted kissing and bonding with Bipasha at an awards event where Kareena was accompanied by her husband Saif Ali Khan.

Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone have only one thing in common and that's Ranbir Kapoor. Both the actress grabbed attention with their relationship with the actor. However, Kat and Dips got into the news when Deepika said that she would like to check Katrina Kaif's passport on Koffee With Karan. If rumours are to be believed, the superstar has apparently asked his director friend Ayan Mukerji to sign his ex-girlfriend and not his lady love for his next superhero film. A DNA report says that Ranbir is keen to be paired opposite Deepika and wants to recreate the magic of blockbuster film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. He feels that the audience likes his paring with Dips. This surely seems to create a further rift between Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone.

Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra too seem to be a new entry in the list of celebs who prefer to maintain a distance from each other. Ranveer and Priyanka are shooting for Zoya Akhtar's Dil Dhadakne Do. Reportedly the actors share a cold war and according to a report in DNA, Ranveer and Priyanka ignore each other. Both the actors were promoting Gunday along with Arjun Kapoor and were seen sharing a great camaraderie. The report further stated that a tiff took place between Ranveer and Zoya during an event, when Ranveer blew a kiss to Pee Cee, which she didn't approve of as she is his senior in the industry. Reportedly Priyanka rebuffed her co-star and decided to never work with Ranveer again. And now it seems that the old memories are back to haunt the duo.

Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor were one of the most talked about couples in Bollywood. Their relation and MMS scandal got them into the news. They dated for almost 4 years, but parted ways. Bebo and Shahid were never seen together again. Both the actors also avoided each other at various occasions. The couple was seen in many films, but their movie Jab We Met created a new record at the Box Office. Their fans want to see them together, but it seems to be a distant thought for both of them.

Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan, who have made their fans go crazy, are known for their friendships and fights. SRK and Salman's fight at Katrina Kaif's birthday party pushed them to break their friendship and once a hit duo in Bollywood, the two didn't share screen space ever again. This was one of the most shocking fall outs in Bollywood. Later, the industry was soon divided into camps and the audience eagerly waited for them to come together once again. Recently, they met at an Iftar party and shocked all the people by talking to each other. However, the two coming together for a film still looks like an impossible dream for their fans.

Shatrughan Sinha and Amitabh Bachchan, who shared screen space almost three decades ago, were known for their rivalry. They reportedly shared a good rapport in their early days, but things turned ugly when their friendship couldn't pass the test of time. There were reports that both the actors didn't want to work together, but reunited for Shaan in 1980. Reports further stated that Shatrughan was not happy with his role in the film and it further created tension.

Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra, who entered Bollywood with the super hit film Student Of The Year, recently grabbed eyeballs with the news of their fall out. According to a report in Mid-day, Varun and Sidharth met at KJO's party and got into an argument over a debate. It all started with a joke, but Sidharth didn't appreciate Varun's comment. The report further stated that Varun also left the party. Further to reports in Mid-day, Sidharth was quoted saying that nothing happened between Varun and him and he has no idea about these reports. If the grapevine turns out to be true, this will be the latest fall out entry in Bollywood.

... and patch ups

Bollywood's popular friends turned foes who patched up

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Ajay Devgn and Shah Rukh Khan On Monday, Ajay Devgn, who was shooting at a school in Bandra, got an unexpected visitor on the sets — Shah Rukh Khan. The latter was driving past Mehboob Studio when he spotted Rohit Shetty's Man Friday, Subhash. In his flamboyant style, he rolled down his windows and asked the valet what he was doing in the area.

Subhash informed him that Ajay Devgn, Rohit and Kareena Kapoor Khan were shooting at a school close by and he was doing some miscellaneous shopping for them. Instead of heading to Mannat, SRK took a slight detour and went over to the Singham Returns shoot. He surprised everyone by walking up to Ajay and giving him a warm hug. Those present on the set state that Rohit and Kareena's jaws dropped on seeing the bonhomie between the two superstars, who had had a bitter fallout during the clash of their Diwali releases — Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Son of Sardaar in 2012. While Rohit has always wanted the two most important men in his life — Ajay and SRK to warm up to one another, what happened on Monday in Mumbai left him stunned. This meeting was unexpected, spontaneous and emotional.

- Meena Iyer (Bombay Times)

SRK and Ajay Devgn are just one example of foes turning friends. The Times of India takes a look at a few of Bollywood's popular friends who turned foes and later patched up.

Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar- Ajay and Akshay's equation is no longer the same as it was in the movie Suhag. If talks are to be believed, Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar's enmity goes back to their Khakee days when Ajay felt that Akshay had tampered with the length of his role in the movie. And things just got worse when the two actors always tried to fight it out at the box office. While Akki convinced Vipul Shah to release 'Action Replayy' on the same day as 'Golmaal 3', Ajay Devgan was quick to advance the release of 'Toonpur Ka Superhero' to clash with Akshay's 'Tees Maar Khan'.

Ekta Kapoor and Akshay Kumar - Ekta Kapoor is allegedly miffed with Akshay Kumar for not promoting Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara. The report also states that she feels that had a negative impact on the film's box-office collections. Considering that SRK has gone out of his way to promote his movie Chennai Express, Ekta supposedly feels that Akshay has not done justice to the film's promotions. On the other hand, there were also rumours floating around that Ekta believes the star apparently gave up on the movie even before its release.She felt that Akshay was dejected by the way Chennai Express was steaming ahead towards the Rs 200 crore club and gave up without a fight.

Juhi Chawla and Aamir Khan - Juhi and Aamir Khan, who have romanced each other in many blockbusters films like Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Hum Hai Rahi Pyaar Ke and Ishq, didn't speak to each other for approximately four to five years. Well, shocking isn't it? Yes, Juhi candidly spilled the beans on Aamir and her fight that happened on the sets of Ishq, on Karan Johar's show, Koffee with Karan. The actress explained how a prank that Aamir played irritated her and she got upset and decided to not go on shoot the next day which ultimately led to the shoot being cancelled. But the professional Aamir Khan didn't appreciate Juhi's behaviour. However, one fine day, after not speaking to each other for years, Juhi decided to call up and meet Aamir. Both the superstars met each other and cleared all the misunderstandings and ended their big fight.

Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor -The two hottest babes of Bollywood, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Priyanka Chopra, once shared a great rapport and became friends while they were working together for Aitraaz. However, things turned out for the worse when Bebo got upset with Pee Cee getting all the applause after the release of Aitraaz. Recently in an episode of Koffee with Karan, the duo publicly displayed the mutual dislike between them. Not only that, Kareena and Pee Cee also had a common factor between them: Shahid Kapoor. Priyanka was allegedly dating Bebo's ex.

Rani Mukerjee and Aishwarya Rai- As we said earlier, cat fights are nothing new in Bollywood. Here is another duo who once shared a very thick friendship but suddenly turned foes for reasons unknown. It is said that Rani and Aish were friends until Rani bagged Chalte Chalte which was offered to Aishwarya. The major reason was that Rani apparently stepped into Aishwarya’s role on the behest of Shahrukh Khan as he was allegedly unhappy with Salman creating problems on the film's sets. The fallout took a turn for the worse when Aishwarya Rai's marriage got fixed with Abhishek Bachchan as Rani and Abhishek were also once linked to each other.

Sanjay Dutt and Sanjay Gupta- Sanjay Dutt and Sanjay Gupta's friendship was known to one and all. Everyone is also well-versed about how the two have been friends for more than 20 years before they turned foes over creative differences. The duo gave quite a few good hits but after the fall out, both the Sanjays made comments against each other in many interviews. Sanjay Dutt and Sanjay Gupta together made movies like Kaante, Zinda, Shootout at Wadala, Dus Kahaniyaan, Khauff, Jung, Plan and many more. The two however sorted their differences and are on good terms now.

Shah Rukh Khan and Arjun Rampal- It is known to all that king Khan and Arjun Rampal were buddies. But things turned worse between them post the release of Ra.One. What took a toll on their budding friendship is still a secret. The actors stopped speaking to each other post Ra.One for reasons better known to them. Their discomfort towards each other was spotted at many parties and events.

Shah Rukh Khan and Farah Khan- It is known to all that once thick friends Farah Khan and Shahrukh Khan who has entertained the audiences with making hit movies like Om Shanti Om , Main Hoon Naa had a major tiff. Reason? Farah opted for Akshay Kumar instead of Shahrukh for starring in her movie Tees Maar Khan. It is said that both the Khans used harsh words and comments against each other in the media. Though everything between them is fine now, the Khans once headed for the logger heads.

Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan- The very famous and much talked about spat is and will always remain between Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan. The two actors, who shared a brotherly relationship earlier as they worked together in Karan Arjun, had an ugly spat in 2008. The fight took place at Katrina' birthday party and the two have been at loggers head since then. It seems like both the Khans are in no mood to patch up. The actors though together made an appearance at Baba Siddique's fateful Iftar party and their 'hug' took the nation by storm.

Sonam Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor- The Saawariya couple, Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor who were once linked together during the filming of their debut film Saawariya. But it seems that they don't see eye to eye now. Reason? It is alleged that the 'once good pals' turned foes because of Sonam Kapoor's remarks about Ranbir Kapoor on Koffee With Karan which later took an ugly turn. It is also said that Rishi Kapoor's response to the comments made by Sonam worsened the friendship between the pals.

Fake love affairs in Filmistan

Fake Affairs of Bollywood!

The Times of India

Decoding the dynamics of romance is no easy job, and it is all the more complex, if the couple involved are inhabitants of Bollywood. Ever wondered, how often we witness love brewing between co-stars just before the release of their films? Well, here's a list of all such fake affairs that Bollywood has seen in the recent past:

Ajay Devgn and Kangana Ranaut: Ajay's alleged relationship with Kangana was also spoken about a lot, but soon after the release of the film, their romance ended.

Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra: Another affair surrounding Priyanka was that with Akshay Kumar. But the audience clearly saw through the gimmick.

Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori: The couple rocked the hornet's nest when they were paired in Kites. Hrithik and Barbara sizzled together in reel as well as real, but after the movie tanked at the BO, the love too fizzled.

Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor: Starting their career almost simultaneously, these two lovely looking couple was discussed and written about the most in the gossip column and papers. But the love they displayed for public was not real as they had their separate lovers in their life.

Imran Khan and Genelia D'Souza: When the rumour was surfaced that Genelia D'Souza and Imran Khan are seeing each other, it was not that hard to digest because the couple really do have that chemistry which was visible on-screen.

John Abraham and Katrina Kaif: The hot-shot couple of B-town were the talk of the town when they were paired in Kabir Khan's New York. But, the romance turned nothing but a fluke soon after the release of the film.

Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri: Well, they were talked incessantly in papers but soon after Rockstar hit, Ranbir and the newbie Nargis Fakhri announced that they're no more together.

Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra: Priyanka's name once again was paired with Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor, before the release of their film Barfi! and Anjaana Anjaani. But, it was a fake.

Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor: The two made their debut together with Saawariya. They almost became the talk of the town, when at the end of the Saawariya euphoria the couple decided to part ways.

Randeep Hooda and Aditi Rao: There were strong rumours of their developing romance but, soon after Murder 3 released, the reports died down.

Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma: Everyone thought that Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma were an item when Band Baaja released. But, then they broke up!

Salman Khan and Asin: The man whose name has been linked with several girls in Bollywood, Salman Khan made a film (Ready) with southern sensation Asin and there were rumours of love brewing between the two. But, clearly it never materialised.

Salman Khan and Claudia: According to the grapevine, Salman Khan is rumoured to have the most colourful love life in Bollywood. He was also linked to the German model

Salman Khan and Hazel Keech: Salman's name was also appared with Hazel Keech once when they did a film called Bodyguard.

Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra: Remember that 3AM meeting which sparked strong rumours of a blossoming relationship between SRK and PC, the repercussions of which even threatened the goings of Gauri with Khan! But after the release of Don 2, all mush seemed but fake.

Shahid and Anushka: They were paired in Badmaash Company and the rumour mill worked over-time. But it didn't last long.

Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao: Bollywood's two most cute looking couple Shahid and Amrita made an instant impression, but soon after the release of their film (Ishq-Vishq and Vivaah), their romance was over.

Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra: They appeared in Kaminey and then again in Teri Meri Kahaani. And it was noted that just before the release of these films, their romance news was at its zenith.

Shahid Kapoor and Vidya Balan: As their movie Kismat Konnection released, rumours of a blossoming romance between Sasha and Vidya started to appear in the papers. But, they were not destinied to be together.

Tusshar and Radhika: News of Tusshar having found his soulmate in Radhika Apte spread before the release of Shor in the City. Then the shor died down.


Love 2016

From The Times of India/ Indiatimes.com

Akshara Haasan In an interview to Mumbai Mirror, Akshara Haasan has quashed rumours of dating Rati Agnihotri's son, Tanuj Virwani. The report claims that she was often spotted on the sets of her mother's film, Purani Jeans, where she got friendly with her Rati Agnihotri's son, Tanuj Virwani.They have since been spotted together at events and are reportedly going steady. But Akshara refutes the claims vehemently. “I have so many friends in the industry and he is only one of them," she says.

Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra's 'precious' time

The rumor mills are abuzz with talks of Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt being in a relationship. While the duo has never accepted their relationship in public, Sidharth Malhotra recently opened up about being with Alia Bhatt. In an interview with PTI the actor said, "Certain things, if you voice them or you want to say in a particular way, dilutes their importance… Especially our personal life, which is precious and sacred to me. Whatever comment I make on it should not matter. As far as Alia and I are convincing on-screen lovers, romancing each other, that’s all that should matter. What we do otherwise in our precious time should be sacred to us, to me.”

Rumours of Student Of The Year stars, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra being in relationship with each other, refuse to die down. The Highway girl had initiated a AskMe session on Twitter where she invited fans to ask her anything they wanted to ask her. As expected, one of the fans asked her to describe Sidharth in three words. To this, the Bhatt girl replied, “haha 3 words not enough.” Since Alia found 3 words too little to describe the rising Bollywood hunk, we wish she speaks up in detail about him sometime.

While rumour mills are abuzz about Sidharth Malhotra’s relationship with Alia Bhatt, the young actors have always refrained from talking about it. Umpteen times, the two have been spotted together, but Sidharth and Alia just won’t let the air pass through their lips. According to a report on Mid-day.com, the duo is currently shooting in Coonoor for their upcoming film Kapoor And Sons, and the two are spending a lot of time together. The report quoted a source who revealed that the two even keep a tab on each other’s daily diet and shooting schedule. The source further revealed that Sidharth would pick and drop Alia when they were shooting in Mumbai.

Do you want to see the most talked-about Bollywood couple, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra, get married? Well, your wish has just come true! The Student Of The Year pair has played a newlywed couple in a new cold drink commercial and they look awesome together. Decked up in a red bridal lehenga, Alia Bhatt is gorgeous as the bride. She is seen in the car with her groom, Sidharth Malhotra, after the bidaai ceremony. As the two try to feel comfortable with each other, Alia Bhatt tells him that she likes the cold drink as well as him. If only that confession wasn’t a part of a script!

According to a report on Mid-day.com, Alia Bhatt will star opposite rumoured boyfriend, Sidharth Malhotra in Mohit Suri's next. The report further states that Alia and Sidharth reportedly met the filmmaker. Mohit believes that his cousin, Alia is not only a big star, but also an emotional actress. Besides their debut film, the duo have also recently been paired up for a soft-drink commercial and their pair has been much-appreciated.

According to a report in Bombay Times, Sidharth Malhotra, who is being linked to Alia Bhatt, his co-star from his first film, wondered where the news is originating from. “We don’t know how it all started. Alia and I have been hanging out with each other way before. She is my first co-star and Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and I would spend lot of time together. It’s not something that has happened suddenly,” said Sidharth Malhotra. Further, when asked how he reacts to link-up rumors about him, the actor said, "Whatever you read is not necessarily true. There is 50 per cent chance that the news is incorrect. The ones who have to believe, believe, the rest don’t." - Seema Sinha

Anurag Kashyap According to a report on Mid-day.com, Anurag Kashyap has apparently parted ways with his alleged girlfriend Sabrina Khan. The report further stated that post his separation from Kalki Koechlin, the filmmaker had revealed about his relationship, without mentioning the name. There were reports suggesting Kashyap dating Sabrina, who was the assistant director of his film Bombay Velvet. A source was quoted in the report as saying that the two were seeing each other for some time, but they had issues and finally decided to part ways. Another source was quoted saying that though both were working on the same film and used to spend lot of time together, Anurag had always maintained that he doesn't want to settle down now.


Deepika Padukone Bajirao Mastani' actress Deepika Padukone was in an alleged relationship with liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s son, Sid Mallya, a few years ago. While Deepika is now the queen of blockbusters in Bollywood, Sid is currently pursuing an acting course in the UK. On being asked if he’s still in touch with Deepika, Sid said that he is in touch with her and added that he couldn’t be happier for her. He said that it’s great that she’s so successful and although he doesn’t know anything about her Hollywood ventures, he said he was sure that she will be as great in Hollywood as she is in Bollywood, he told DNA. Sid also revealed that he is not at all looking forward to working in Bollywood and is currently dating someone, whom he refused to name.


Bipasha Basu There was buzz hinting at Bipasha Basu (born 1981) being the reason behind Karan Singh Grover parting ways with wife Jennifer Winget


Pooja Batra Bollywood actress Pooja Batra recently made headlines when she was spotted with ex-flame, Armaan Kohli, at a restaurant. The diva, who claimed to have received movie scripts from Armaan with an offer to work with him, cleared rumours about her relationship status. Reportedly, after separating from her husband, orthopaedic surgeon Dr Sonu Ahluwalia, Pooja Batra is currently dating Christian Middelthon, who is of Norwegian origin. The former actress is in Paris and isn't dropping any hints about her marriage plans.

Ranveer Singh In an interview with the Bombay Times, Ranveer Singh has spoken at length about working with Anushka Sharma again. Talking about the manner in which Anushka has changed over the years, Ranveer was quoted as saying that he thought that Anushka has calmed down a lot. He admitted that while she still has a lot of energy, she now has a grip on it and that she is a sorted person. He also added that her sense of humour is still the same. He drew parallels between themselves and their characters from Band Baaja Baaraat, asserting that they are the same off camera. He further mused that since he has known her for a long time, he can see through her layers and that at the end of the day she is a good-hearted, loving person. Talking about her as a person, Ranveer was quoted as saying that she's crazy, a wild child and that she has a very strong sense of righteousness and is very proper in all her dealings. He further added that she is a very honest person and if she feels something, she will say it and will not bother about the consequences.

Richa Chadha's rumoured French beau at Masaan premiere?

Rumour mills have been abuzz with talks of Richa Chadha being in a relationship with French actor-director, Franck Gastambide, with whom she had also posted a picture on social media. According to a report on Mid-day.com, Richa has made arrangements for Franck's India visit. Apparently, he will also be beside Richa on the day of the screening of her film, Masaan. Reportedly, Richa had met Franck while she was in Paris attending the Cannes Film Festival. Richa's film won two awards at the festival

The Cannes Film Festival 2015 was special for Richa Chadda in more ways than one. The wonderful actress not only won accolades for her film, Masaan but also found her Prince Charming in Paris. The Fukrey actress seems to have fallen head-over-heels in love with French actor-director, Franck Gastambide, and the two are together since, as reported on Missmalini.com. Richa had her special moment in Cannes when her film, Masaan, got a five-minute standing ovation from the guests besides winning the FIPRESCI award. She seems to have met the French actor immediately after and the two hit it off from there. It seems that luck has been favouring Richa.


Shahid Kapoor, the chocolate boy of Bollywood has been linked with most of his co-stars. The actor was rumoured to be dating Huma Qureshi


Sonakshi Sinha Rumours were rife that Tevar actors, Sonakshi Sinha and Arjun Kapoor were in a relationship. However, the two never acknowledged the same. And recently when Arjun Kapoor threw a birthday bash, the young Bollywood brigade was in full attendance but Sonakshi was missing from the scene. According to a source in a report on Mid-day.com, Sonakshi and Arjun have drifted apart and hence the former wasn’t invited to the do. However, Arjun's rumoured current flame was present at the bash and reportedly partied with him till the wee hours of the morning.


Tiger Shroff If reports are to be believed, aspiring actress, Disha Patani, is Tiger Shroff’s girlfriend. According to a report on Bollywoodlife.com, Disha has often been spotted with Tiger driving around Bandra. The report claims that they even go to the same gym and work out together. Interestingly, it was Disha who was cast opposite Tiger in Baaghi, but lost the film to Shraddha Kapoor. She had also signed Karan Johar’s No Sex Please and Ekta Kapoor’s Vanity Fair but none of the projects materialized, the report stated.

Romances in Filmistan

Bollywood affairs that create a stir even today!

The Times of India

Akshay Kumar and Raveena Tandon- Akshay Kumar and Raveena Tandon sizzled on the screen together in the film 'Mohra'. While their off-screen chemistry worked wonders for their onscreen pairing in the film, their romance did not however see the light of the day. Rumour mills were abuzz that Raveena and Akshay had secretly exchanged rings however this couple never walked down the aisle. In an interview to Stardust magazine, Raveena Tandon said that it was Akshay's flamboyant behaviour that resulted in them parting ways. She said that he expected her to take him back and forgive him. News reports also mention that Raveena even went to the extent of saying that while he was engaged to her, he got engaged to two other girls as well. In an interview to a magazine Raveena said that Akshay proposes to every girl and the speed at which he is going, he will have to address the parents of three-fourth girls as "Mom and Dad". Raveena went ahead and got married to Anil Thadani and Akshay Kumar married actress Twinkle Khanna. Despite their well settled life today, their steamy love affair and Raveena's candid confessions find a mention in our list.

Dilip: Madhubala and Dilip Kumar- The timeless beauty Madhubala who is often compared to Marilyn Monroe with respect to her beauty and photogenic face, also makes a mention here. Even though Madhubala married singer-actor Kishore Kumar, it was her love affair with Dilip Kumar that raises eyebrows till date. Madhubala who met Dilip Kumar on the sets of 'Tarana' fell in love with him. It is believed that she sent a note with a rose to him asking him to accept the same only if he loved her. Dilip Kumar apparently kept the note with him and that began their love story. The two dated for almost seven years before a court case separated them. Madhubala's father refused to let her go for an outdoor shoot for 'Naya Daur' which had Dilip Kumar as well. Madhubala was kicked out of the film and the director cast Vyjayanti Mala instead. Angry at this, Madhubala's father threatened to sue the filmmaker. On the other hand BR Chopra (the filmmaker of 'Naya Daur') sued Madhubala's father instead and in the court of law, her lover Dilip Kumar gave a testimony against her father. This saddened her and the two parted ways. However, years later, in an interview to Filmfare, Madhubala's sister Madhur Bhushan revealed how her sister cried over Dilip Kumar and how she became extremely sad when Dilip Kumar got married to actress Saira Bano. This is one affair, that manages to hold everyone's attention till date.

Nanda and Manmohan Desai- Actress Nanda was also popularly known as Baby Nanda. Unlike many of her contemporaries, Nanda remained single till the very end. This however, does not mean that the beautiful actress never fell in love. The 'Joroo Ka Ghulam' actress fell in love with filmmaker Manmohan Desai. While in her youth, Nanda rejected many marriage proposals, she finally got engaged to Manmohan Desai in 1992 apparently on the insistence of her good friend and actress Waheeda Rehman. But even before the two could walk down the aisle, Manmohan Desai committed suicide by jumping off the terrace of his home in Mumbai. It is believed that Desai couldn't take failure and so when towards the end of his career his formulas failed to find an audience, he decided to end his life. 'Ganga Jamuna Saraswati' and his son Ketan Desai's directorial ventures 'Allah Rakha' and 'Toofan' were disastrous failures at the box office. Although very little is known about his death and its reasons, Manmohan Desai's affair with Nanda creates a stir even today because of his untimely death.

Nargis and Raj Kapoor- Now this affair had the nation on its tenterhooks! Nargis and Raj Kapoor were passionately in love. While Raj Kapoor was already married to Krishna, this did not stop them from falling in love with each other. Their films 'Shree 420' and 'Barsaat' and 'Awaara' are epitome of their off-screen love affair. Years later, Raj Kapoor discovered and launched Dimple Kapadia in 'Bobby' opposite his son Rishi Kapoor. While rumours of a romance between Rishi and Dimple surfaced, news of Raj Kapoor not being happy about the same came to the fore as well. Various theories were afloat at that time and rumours of Dimple Kapadia as the alleged love child of Nargis and Raj Kapoor was one of them. Although, Dimple went ahead and married superstar Rajesh Khanna and Rishi tied the knot with his sweetheart Neetu Singh, rumours of Dimple being Rishi's half-sister emerged now and then. Although, both Nargis and Raj Kapoor passed away long time ago, this rumour and their affair keeps them in the news constantly.

Rekha and Amitabh Bachchan- If we are talking of old affairs that stir up emotions and reactions even today, we cannot get away without naming Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha. Rekha and Amitabh's steamy love affair has become a part of Bollywood's folklore. Although Amitabh Bachchan was already married to Jaya Bhaduri, this did not deter him from having an alleged extramarital affair with Rekha. Their romance and real life love triangle was captured beautifully in Yash Chopra's 'Silsila'. The rumours around these two refuse to die a natural death. Instead, at regular intervals news reports of Rekha and Amitabh keep cropping up. While a coy 'namaste' at an awards function can make headlines, a picture of an excited crew member on a plane with Big B made waves recently as Rekha was snapped hiding her face while sitting behind Amitabh Bachchan.

Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai- Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai's affair is another one that deserves a position on this list. She was one of the most beautiful woman in the world and he was India's heartthrob. Together they sizzled on the big screen in 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam'. However, Salman's alleged possessive behaviour and apparently physically abusing Aishwarya led to their break-up. Even though, Ash has settled in matrimony with actor Abhishek Bachchan and has a daughter Aaradhaya together, public scrutiny of her relationship with Salman never seems to end. Even today, if the two are seen at the same function or social gathering together, their old love story is highlighted over and over again.

Shatrughan Sinha and Reena Roy- Shatrughan Sinha's affir with Reena Roy was the talk of the town during their time. When Shatrughan Sinha's daughter Sonakshi Sinha made her big Bollywood debut with 'Dabangg', more than anything, her uncanny resemblance to his father's former ladylove Reena Roy became the topic of discussion. Even though Sonakshi cleared the air and called herself "Poonam Sinha's daughter", the gossip mills didn't stop comparing. In an interview to Zee, Reena Roy rubbished these rumours and said, "When I did ‘Zakhmee’, I was called Asha Parekh and Nasir Hussain's daughter. Film industry mein toh yeh silsila chalte rehta hai. Kuch din baad khatam ho jaata hai". Sonakshi's entry into films stirred news of Shatrughan and Reena back in their hey days. While Reena married Pakistani cricketer Mohsin Khan and later separated from him, Shatrughan was already married to Poonam Sinha when their affair started. Even till today, Sonakshi's beautiful face makes a mention in the gossip columns on a regular basis.

Sridevi and Mithun Chakraborthy- Sridevi and Mithun's alleged affair is another one that makes waves till today. Sridevi and Mithun had a steaming affair in their hey days. The two were rumoured to have secretly tied the knot. A news report in Daily Bhaskar mentions that Mithun's wife Yogeeta Bali tried to commit suicide when she got to know about this. It is believed that Sridevi then realised that Mithun is still married and does not plan to leave his wife, she allegedly decided to apparently annul the marriage and call it quits. After her affair with Mithun came to an end, Sridevi apparently found comfort in Boney Kapoor and his wife Mona Kapoor. In an interview to DNA, the late Mona Kapoor said that she was shocked when she realised her husband was in love with somebody else. She reportedly said that "There was nothing left in the relationship to give it a chance because Sridevi was already with a child. Their rishta was kayam" (sic). A Daily Bhaskar report also mentions that Mona reportedly had revealed that to prove her love for Mithun and to prove that it was just a platonic relationship with Boney Kapoor, Sridevi had also tied rakhi on Boney's wrist! Well even years later, Sridevi and her alleged affairs find a reason to make a mention.

Tina Munim and Rajesh Khanna- Tina Munim who is now married to industrialist Anil Ambani and happily married with two kids, was linked to various actors before that. However, out of all the rumours, Tina's alleged affair with Rajesh Khanna was the strongest. Apparently, Rajesh Khanna and Tina Munim who had worked together in films like 'Sautan' and 'Fifty Fifty' together allegedly fell head over heels in love with each other. Their relationship soon became the talk of the town and it is believed that the two started living together as well. Apparently it was her ego clashes with Rajesh Khanna and his over protective nature that made a free-spirited Tina call it quits. Tina Munim later fell in love with Anil Ambani and the two settled for matrimony.

Zeenat Aman and Sanjay Khan- The original seductress of Bollywood, Zeenat Aman makes a mention on this list because of her alleged affair with Sanjay Khan. Zeenat Aman and Sanjay Khan got involved even though he was already married with three children. While extra marital affairs have been plenty in the film industry, this one caught our eye for a different reason. Rumours of Sanjay Khan's wife hitting Zeenat hard on her eye started sprouting up soon after Zarine got to know about their affair. It is believed that Zeenat and Sanjay had even gotten married secretly and that allegedly enraged Zarine. While Zeenat's relationship with Sanjay did not last long, she had to deal with a damaged eye for the rest of her life.

Romances in 2017

Bollywood celebrities and their alleged love lives| June 16, 2017 | IndiaTimes/ The Times of India


Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone While Ranveer Singh has always been very forthcoming about his fondness for Deepika Padukone, she has been guarded about it so far. But it seems that she, too, has started expressing her love for Ranveer more openly now. For instance, while coming out of the airport together, the two were at their candid best. Of late, Deepika's 'xXx 3' co-star Vin Diesel also addressed Ranveer Singh as her "boyfriend" in a media interaction.

Salman Khan and Iulia Vantur A lot has been said and written about Salman Khan’s alleged affair with Romanian model and Television presenter, Iulia Vantur. Although the two tried hard to keep their relationship a secret, a series of events over the years made it obvious that something was surely brewing between the two. Be it Salman's sister Arpita's baby shower or Ahil's first birthday in the Maldives, Iulia took her place by Salman's side and the proof was in the pictures. Let us take you back in time when Salman met Iulia for the first time in Romania when he was on a recce with brother Sohail Khan for their film, 'Jai Ho'. The two reportedly spent some time together and bonded pretty well. The rest as we know is history.

Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt Whether they admit it or not, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra’s alleged relationship has been making headlines ever since their ‘Student Of The Year’ days. They might not have come out in the open about their relationship, but their alleged love life has been one of the hottest in the industries. The duo that was said to be going strong all along seems to have hit a rough patch with rumours of their tiffs and fights coming our ever so often.

Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja While actress Sonam Kapoor and businessman Anand Ahuja have refused to set the record straight on their alleged relationship, the two have also not shied away from public displays of affection. The two are always seen sharing pics and boomerang videos from their various globetrotting adventures. Anand also showed up as Sonam's date to the recent National Award ceremony and reportedly threw her a special birthday bash in Delhi. However, it will reportedly be a while before they make things official.

Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani might have denied rumours about them being in a relationship, but their pictures speak otherwise. Whenever the duo has been spotted together, they would make separate exits in a bid to avoid the paparazzi. Both Tiger and Disha have often maintained that they are 'just friends' and they love each other just as a friend. Well, all we can say is there is no smoke without fire.

Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal Varun Dhawan has been in a steady relationship with designer Natasha Dalal for many years now. They started dating long before Varun's Bollywood debut. While the couple evaded the media glare for quite some time, the cat was out of the bag when they attended a wedding together last year and pictures of the two started doing the rounds on Instagram. Varun has admitted to being in a relationship but refuses to speak much about his personal life.

Secret whispers

Relationships kept secret

The Times of India

Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor: Kapoor khandaan's young and sensational superstar Ranbir Kapoor is famous for his casanova image in Bollywood. His past girlfriends Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor revealed it all few years back on Koffee With Karan. Well, this also goes on to prove that the actor has learnt from his past mistakes and Ranbir is just following the old phrase- once bitten twice shy. The actor has been doing all that it takes to keep his relationship with Chikni Chameli Katrina Kaif a secret. However, even after guarding their relationship for so long, Katrina and Ranbir's holiday pictures at Ibiza made everything pubic. And if this wasn't enough then Kareena's comment on dancing to Chikni Chameli and Sheela Ki Jawani at the couple's wedding added more fuel to the fire. Sincethen, both Kat and Ranbir have been avoiding questions related to their relationship.

Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapoor: Well, if there are celebs like Rani, Vidya, Riteish and Genelia who keep their relationship under wraps for years and eventually get married, there are also few like Ranbir-Kat and Shahid-PC who simply deny dating each other. Although both Priyanka and Shahid had always denied ever being a couple, many reports in the media hinted at how they were an item. In fact, according to some news reports in the media it was reportedly Shahid's decision to keep their relationship a hush-hush affair and Priyanka just followed it. Apparently, Shahid didn't want to repeat the mistake that he did with his much-publicised relationship with Kareena Kapoor. Apart from being neighbours, the alleged couple also did a couple of advertisements together. However, it was during the IT official's raid at PC's house that brought this love affair to the limelight as apparently according to some reports, Shahid opened the door of Priyanka's house when the officials rung the bell. Later, Priyanka tried to cover up the matter but as they say, there is no smoke without fire. Everyone got to know about their affair. Though at the time of dating, Priyanka remained tight lipped about their relationship but during the recent season of Koffee With Karan, when host Karan Johar addressed Shahid as Priyanka's ex boyfriend, the lady instead just giggled and admitted to it.

Rani Mukerji and Aditya Chopra: The actress always maintained a silence on her relationship with director Aditya Chopra However, after keeping their relationship under wraps for long, Rani and Aditya finally took the nuptial vows on April 21 2014 in Italy in a private ceremony.

Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D'souza: Bollywood has many instances about dating couples denying any romantic involvement with each other. However, the couple who has topped the list is Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D'souza .Well, what can we say about this couple. They seem to be the pioneer of keeping relationshipd secret and constantly denying it to the media. Riteish and Genelia kept their love affair a secret for almost 10 long years. They always requested or forced reporters to leave or sometimes even ducked questions pertaining to their relationship. However, after playing hide and seek for almost 10 years they finally announced their wedding date and eventually got married

Vidya Balan and Siddharth Roy Kapur: Like her Bollywood contemporary Rani Mukerji, even actress Vidya Balan ignored and avoided questions related to her relationship with UTV head honcho Siddharth Roy Kapur. Though Vidya and Siddharth never confirmed about their relationship, the duo was spotted together on various occasions and her holiday pictures with Siddharth in Goa said it all. In fact there were many reports in the media that the actress stayed mum about her relationship with Siddharth as he was in the middle of a divorce proceeding with first wife. But amidst all this, the actress tied the in 2012.

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Bollywood's hidden affairs

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Armaan Jain and Anissa Malhotra- The Kapoors have braved the paparazzi for years now and when a member of their family enters Bollywood he or she isn't spared either. Raj Kapoor's grandson Armaan Jain made his big Bollywood debut with 'Lekar Hum Deewana Dil'. Although the film failed to perform well at the box office, Ranbir Kapoor's cousin however, did not lag behind in the rumours race. Newbie Armaan Jain went all out to call himself single and someone who has never been in a relationship but was rather surprised when he was suddenly linked to a certain Anissa Malhotra. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, rumours hinted that Armaan was in a relationship with a South Mumbai girl Anissa Malhotra who is away in New York for a course. Armaan dismissed this report as just a rumour and called Anissa his childhood buddy who he has grown up with. Is this link-up just another rumour or do we smell a hidden romance somewhere here?

Kangana Ranaut and mystery man- Now here's an affair the media does not have a whiff about! Actress Kangana Ranaut has had a string of affairs starting from Aditya Pancholi to Adhyayan Suman. The national award winning actress was even linked to actor Ajay Devgn but that rumour fizzled out soon enough. Post her breakup with UK based doctor Nicholas Lafferty, Kangana was happily single. Although, after a recent interview with Mumbai Mirror, we think otherwise. The actress when asked about her current relationship status in an interview dated July 31, 2014 said she "has someone". Kangana remained discreet about her affair and said that they connect on an emotional level but are not physically involved yet! Well, that's quite a revelation from the horse's mouth itself. Considering Kangana herself has let the cat out of the bag, we bet the paparazzi are in a tizz to find the mystery man.

Kangana Ranaut had set the rumour mill abuzz with her candid statement that there was a man in her life in an interview to a daily, a couple of months ago. She admitted in the interview that her love life was indeed exciting but she was also treading cautiously as she said that she wanted to ensure everything worked out before making the relationship public. She had also expressed that she hoped things would work out. According to a report in DNA, Kangana's mystery man happens to be her Krrish 3 co-star, Hrithik Roshan. The report states that two months ago, when the interview was published, Hrithik and Sussanne's divorce proceedings were on and hence Kangana must have been cautious with her words. The report also cites a source as saying that Hrithik and Kangana are quite serious about each other and have been friends for seven years. However, Hrithik took to Twitter to refute rumours. He tweeted, "DNA after hours. Cover story. Lovely. This is so absurd it doesn't even get me angry. Are these papers and writers just plain delusional? Price of being single I guess.But I'm not paying.Unless it's for the shrink who I think these journos need. :) u guys have a wonderful day." [sic]

Neena Gupta and Vivian Richards- We all fondly remember Indian television's firebrand lady- Neena Gupta. However, Neena Gupta became famous for more than her acting skills back in the day. Neena and West Indies cricketer Sir Vivian Richard's affair became the talking point when they were denied entry in Calcutta Club for not wearing appropriate footwear. Neena Gupta's live-in relationship with the cricketer became an open secret and the two had a child together in 1989 who we all know as fashion designer Masaba today. Although, Neena and Vivian split up and both found marital bliss elsewhere, this affair had the paparazzi on its toes back in the day.

Randeep Hooda and Lisa Haydon- Soon after the heels of her successful film 'Queen', the model turned actor Lisa Haydon and actor Randeep Hooda were snapped in Mumbai late in the night. The over-enthusiastic paparazzi managed to click the actors just before they left and what started was a series of gossip stories about them apparently 'seeing each other'. While it was assumed that the two actors who are doing 'Shaukeen' together may be out on a casual date, a very furious Lisa Haydon denied the reports. The actress took to micro-blogging website Twitter and said it was a business meeting with two other people also there at that time. She also added that she hardly knew Randeep so much so that people can't even call them friends. While the actress denies the rumours completely, the media thought otherwise.

Reena Roy and Mohsin Khan- Post her affair with actor Shatrughan Sinha, Bollywood actress Reena Roy threw a bouncer at the media when news of her affair with cricketer Mohsin Khan came out. The Pakistani cricketer and Reena Roy had known each other for many years before they decided to take a step further. Reena left her Bollywood dreams at the top of her game and went ahead and got married to Mohsin. After having retired from International cricket, Mohsin tried to enter Bollywood and because of his superstar spouse, it made it easier for him to enter films. However, the two separated after they had a daughter, Jannat together. Mohsin got his daughter's custody until he re-married. A bitter divorce and custody battle let out their once hidden romance. Their romance that was largely guarded as opposed to Reena's affair with Shatrughan.

Rekha and Vinod Mehra- We all know about actress Rekha and her over-hyped affair with Amitabh Bachchan. While Big B and Rekha's affair got a lot of media traction, Rekha's alleged affair with actor Vinod Mehra was kept under wraps. Gossip mills hint that the two even went ahead and got married but there were only speculations about their rumoured affair. On Simi Garewal's show 'Rendevous With Simi Garewal' Rekha blatantly denied marrying Vinod Mehra and just brushed aside this topic by refusing to talk about it. Rekha and Vinod Mehra's alleged affair continues to be a mystery like their rumoured marriage.

Shatrughan Sinha and Reena Roy- While we choose to ignore news reports about Sonakshi Sinha and her striking resemblance to Reena Roy, we cannot however, look past her father Shatrughan Sinha and his torrid affair with actress Reena Roy. Shatrughan and Reena were both at the top of their game when news reports of their love affair made headlines. However, things got messier for them as Shatrughan was already married to Poonam Sinha. While nothing was in the open and this affair like other filmi ones was hidden from the speculative eyes everywhere. Reena went ahead and got married to Pakistani cricketer Mohsin Khan while Shatrughan went back to his wife. However, the graves of their decades old relationship were dug again when Shatrughan's daughter Sonakshi made her big Bollywood debut and her striking resemblance to Reena made people sit up and wag their tongues again.

Wasim Akram and Humaima Malick- Did you know that the sultry Pakistani actress Humaima Malick who will be seen opposite Emraan Hashmi in 'Raja Natwarlal' was once in a relationship with the very handsome cricketer Wasim Akram? Well, neither did we! Humaima is a model turned actress who is very popular as a TV personality in Pakistan as well. Humaima had opened about her relationship with the dapper cricketer when she was just 23. In a The Times of India report, Humaima, then a model said that her famous boyfriend was 45 years old and that their age difference has never been any issue. However, the two allegedly called it quits. A The Times of India report mentions that Humaima was married at the age of 18 but got divorced two years later.

Sexual relations outside marriage

Pregnant outside marriage

Stars who got pregnant before marriage

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Here's a look at the celebrities who got married either secretly, or in a hurried fashion to simply cover their pregnancy news, and also at those who simply got pregnant outside marriage:


Aamir Khan Jessica Hines got pregnant with actor Aamir Khan, and has a love child. She met Aamir during the shoot of Vikram Bhatt’s Ghulam. While Aamir has denied any possibility of a love child, Hines once said in an interview that when their son grows up, she would tell her son that his father didn’t like him.

Amrita Arora's hasty marriage announcement to beau Shakeel Ladak shocked many from the industries, many kept guessing what really prompted her to take the wedding vows in such a hurry. Amrita’s immediate pregnancy pretty much confirmed the reason of her sudden wedding.

Anoushka Shankar conceived while she was dating British filmmaker Joe Wright, in a TOI report she said that “it wasn't necessary to be married to have children”. The sitarist got pregnant in August 2010 and tied the knot a month later.

Celina Jaitley secretly married her Austrian beau Peter Haag denying pregnancy reports. The actress who married the Dubai hotelier in July, 2011 delivered twin babies in March the following year.

Jessica Hines got pregnant with actor Aamir Khan and has a love child, she met Aamir during the shoot of Vikram Bhatt’s Ghulam. While Aamir has denied any possibility of a love child, Hines once said in an interview that when their son grows up, she would tell him that his father didn’t like them.

Konkona Sen tied the knot with her long time boyfriend Ranveer Shorey in a private ceremony at the former’s residence in 2010. The couple soon announced that they were expecting their first baby and welcomed a baby boy in early 2011.

Lisa Haydon Lisa Haydon tied the knot with businessman Dino Lalvani on October 29 2016. The couple welcomed their first child together, Zack, on May 17 2017. (India Today.in)

Mahima Chaudhary's wedding was very low and private affair. Soon after wedding news she announced her pregnancy. Everything happened a little too soon for people to assume she had fallen pregnant after marriage.

Mona Abegaonkar, Actress, delivered a baby girl, out of wedlock. Grapevine suggests that Mona was seeing Dayanand Shetty on the sets of a TV show CID. An actor from the unit (requesting annoymity) offered, "Everyone believes that Dayanand is the father of Mona's child. She has confided to her close friends. But he surely can't confess, because he is married and even has a kid from his first wife."

Nargis and Raj Kapoor acted together in a number of movies and their affair was the talk of the town. It was even said that the famous actress Dimple Kapadia was actually the love-child of the famous pair. (Indpaedia distances itself from this one. No father will cast his daughter in a sexual role the way Kapoor did with Dimple.)

Neena Gupta‘s short lived affair with Windies cricketer Vivian Richards in the 80s made her pregnant. She delivered daughter Masaba and raised her as [Filmistan’s first] single mother.

Norah Jones is the daughter of American concert producer Sue Jones and Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar. The two had an affair in the late 70s.

Purab Kohli The stork came visiting Purab Kohli and his fiancée Lucy Payton in London. The couple is blessed with a daughter, and the mother and baby are doing fine, says the actor.

Riya Sen Riya Sen has tied the knot with her longtime boyfriend Shivam Tewari, if reports are to be believed. Buzz has it that the reason behind the actor's hush-hush and rushed wedding is that Riya is pregnant. While we wait for an official announcement on the same, here's taking a look at other actors who were pregnant before they tied the knot. (India Today.in)

Sarika got pregnant with Kamal Haasan’s child. Hassan who was then married to Vani Ganapathy who took strong exception to their illicit affair. Irrespective of the state of their relationship, Sarika went ahead and gave birth to the lovechild, Shruthi Hassan. The two got married later on only to separate equally soon

Sridevi is the only actress in the Bollywood who publicly accepted the fact that she was pregnant before her marriage.When Sridevi announced her marriage to Boney Kapoor, she was, reportedly, seven months pregnant. The couple married in 1996 and their elder daughter Jhanvi was born a few months later.


Veena Malik Rumours are rife that Veena Malik got pregnant with her ex-boyfriend which prompted her to take the wedding vows in such a hurry.

Live-in relationships in Filmistan

Celebrity couples in live-in relationships'

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Aamir Khan chose to desert his wife Reena and kids to be with his current wife Kiran Rao. It was only when the rumour mill churned stories on Aamir and Kiran holidaying abroad, that the actor declared that he will marry Kiran Rao.

Abhay Deol and his lady love Preeti Desai are in a live-in relationship. Abhay revealed in a TV show that the couple is in no hurry of getting married.

Ameesha Patel After an ugly fight with her parents over money, Ameesha Patel decided to live-in with then boyfriend, filmmaker Vikram Bhatt. Their live-in arrangement didn't work for long. Ameesha later reconciled with her parents

Archana Puran Singh Actress Archana Puran Singh lived in with hubby Parmeet Sethi for a long time before they decided to get married.

Dev Patel and Freida Pinto fell in love on the sets of Danny Boyle's Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire. The couple decided to move in together later on and their relationship is still going strong.

Dimple Kapadia The rumours were strong that Sunny Deol was living-in with Dimple Kapadia, while his wife lived in London. Though the two actors don't fiercely guard their personal lives, many have seen them making appearances together.

John Abraham and Bipasha Basu started dating each other way back in 2003 on the sets of 'Jism'. The couple had a live-in relationship till they broke up.

Kalki Koechlin 'Dev D' director Anurag Kashyap was so smitten by actress Kalki Koechlin that he went on to have a live-in relationship with her without worrying about what people had to say!

Kamal Haasan and Sarika were living together in the 80s, which shocked many at that time. They even had kids before they got married. The couple married in 1988 and are now separated. They've two daughters, actress Shruti and Akshara.

Kangana Ranaut lived-in with her mentor Aditya Pancholi when she was just new to this Bollywood industry. But, then the two parted ways after Aditya mishandled Kangana on different public occasions.

Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan were in a live-in relationship before they got married last year.

Kashmira Shah and Krushna Abhishek fell in love with each other on the sets of their film Pappu Paas Ho Gaya. The couple moved in together soon after.

Lara Dutta They definitely made a hot couple, till the duo called it quits after eight long years of being in love! Lara Dutta and ex-boyfriend Kelly Dorjee were living together even before they started their film careers. Sadly, the relationship could not stand the test of time.

Manoj Bajpai A strong buzz did the rounds that actor Manoj Bajpai had a live-in relationship with actress Neha, who made her Bollywood debut with 'Kareeb'. The two went ahead and tied the knot in 2006.

Neena Gupta and Vivian Richards decided to move-in together in the late 1980s. The couple became proud parents of daughter Masaba, but the relationship could not last long.

Pooja Bedi The vivacious Pooja Bedi followed the footsteps of dad Kabir Bedi when she had a live-in relationship with then boyfriend Hanif Hilal. But the couple parted ways later on.

Rajesh Khanna Anita Advani, who recently appeared on Bigg Boss 7, claims that she had been a live-in partner of late Rajesh Khanna. After the death of the legendary actor, Anita sent a legal notice to his family members asking for compensation. [Rajesh Khanna had earlier had relationships with Tina Munim and Anju Mahendroo]

Ranvir Shorey and Konkona Sen Sharma When there was a strong buzz about Ranvir Shorey and Konkona Sen Sharma parting ways, the actor came out in defence, saying, “My girlfriend stays with me at my apartment. We have been living in for quite some time now and my love life is just as fine.” The couple married in 2010, but things are not right between them.

Saif Ali Khan When Saif Ali Khan parted ways with wife Amrita Singh, he moved in with his then girlfriend Roza Catalano and was happy in a live-in relationship with his Italian love. And that’s when Kareena decided to steal the 'Chotte Nawab' away from Roza's arms!

Salman Khan Some time back, Katrina had disclosed that she lived-in with Salman Khan when she was new to the industry. It took a while for the fiery actress to go public with the fact. Although it is nothing new for industry insiders, it was at Karan Johar's chat show that Katrina, who rarely speaks about her boyfriend, opened her heart about living with Khan.

Sanjeeda Sheikh TV actors Sanjeeda Sheikh and Aamir Ali were in a live-in relationship before they got married.

Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu With the public opinion changing, celebs are now getting more open about their live-in relationships. Let's take a look at some celebrity couples who are or had been in a live-in relationship Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu have been in a live-in relationship for some time now. The couple is very much open about their relationship.

Sushant Singh Rajput The latest Bollywood hearthrob Sushant Singh Rajput is in a live-in relationship with his girlfriend Ankita Lokhande, for quite some time now.

Triangles

Actresses who wed already-married men...

...or divorced men, often to become second wives

Hottest second wives in Bollywood

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Hema Malini Dharmendra fell for his dream girl Hema Malini despite being a married man. He even converted to Islam (to become Dilawar) to marry Hema (who became Hamida), since his first wife Prakash Kaur allegedly refused to grant him a divorce.

Kalki Koechlin, who started his career with Dev D, is the second wife of Anurag Kashyap. The ace director parted his ways with his first wife when he was turning to be an alcoholic due to his unreleased movie Paanch.

Kareena Kapoor Here's a look at the hottest second wives in Bollywood After 13 years of marriage and 2 kids, Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh decided to divorce each other. Saif dated Italian model Rosa Catalano and then fell in love with Kareena Kapoor on the sets of Tashan. After 5 years of relationship, the couple got married in 2012.

Karisma Kapoor While many of us were expecting Abhishek Bachchan and Karisma Kapoor to tie the nuptial knot, the latter found her prince charming in already divorced industrialist Sanjay Kapoor.

Kiran Rao Aamir ended his 15-year long marriage with Reena Dutta, after he fell in love with Kiran Rao, the actor's assistant during the making of 'Lagaan'.

Lara Dutta met Indian tennis star Mahesh Bhupati during an event and immediately fell for him. According to Lara, though Mahesh was married to model Shvetha Jaishankar, he was 'technically single' since the couple had already filed for divorce. Mahesh went on to marry Lara in a private ceremony in 2011.

Madhubala Once of the most beautiful actresses in Indian cinema, Madhubala fell in love with the muti-talented Kishore Kumar. Kishore divorced first wife Ruma Guha Thakurta to marry Madhubala.

Raveena Tandon After a heartbreak with Akshay Kumar, Raveena Tandon married one-time divorcee Anil Thadani in an extravagant ceremony in 2004.

Sarika fell in love with Kamal Haasan who was already married to Vani Ganapathy for 10 years. The actor divorced his first wife to marry Sarika. However, the couple seperated few years later.

Shabana Azmi Renowned writer and poet Javed Akhtar divorced his first wife Honey Irani to marry the enormously talented Shabana Azmi. Javed Akhtar has two children, Farhan and Zoya, from his first marriage.

Shilpa Shetty found her prince charming in businessman Raj Kundra who was previosuly married to Kavita. Raj divorced Kavita to marry the leggy lass.

Sridevi Boney Kapoor left his first wife Mona Shourie Kapoor for Sridevi. Mona continued to stay in Boney Kapoor's parents home for 10 years after the divorce to give her children a sense of family. She died few months ago due to multiple organ failure.

Vidya Balan doesn't quite fit in the list of second wives because her husband Siddarth Roy Kapoor is twice divorced before marrying her. The couple met on the sets of a movie and fell in love in no time. In December 2012, Vidya married Siddharth in a private ceremony in Mumbai.

Vyjantimala married the already married Dr Bali, who split with his existing wife as a result.

Zeenat Aman met Sanjay Khan on the sets of Abdullah and the couple fell in love immediately. Sanjay married Zeenat but soon problems surfaced in their marriage. The couple divorced in 1981.

Adultery: Wives who forgave filmstar husbands

Top 10 B'wood wives who've accepted cheating husbands

By TNN, The Times of India , 18 Mar 2013

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A single, successful actress marrying a married man is common in Bollywood. So it comes as no surprise as to why the wives of such superstars still choose to be with them. The reasons are in multitude but whatever they maybe, it seems unacceptable! What are these women thinking?

Aditya Pancholi Zarina Wahab is unbelievable. When her husband Aditya Pancholi was having an open affair with Kangana Ranaut, she chose to stay quiet! Zarina readily accepted the situation and forgave her philandering husband. Whatever her reasons were for doing so, Aditya certainly took advantage of it! Although he and Kangana broke up long back, Zarina seems to have forgotten it all and still plays the submissive wife to Pancholi.

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Ajay Devgn apparently cheated on former flame Karisma Kapoor with Kajol. But it seems karma caught up with the bindass babe of Bollywood. From the many rumours, it was Ajay’s affair with Kangana Ranaut during the shooting of Once Upon A Time that created a buzz. Not only that, it was going strong until Kangana got serious. Kajol surely must have got a whiff of it and in spite of being so independent, head strong and not one to take any rubbish; she’s still happily married to Devgn and is busy playing mommy to Yug and Nysa.

Akshay Kumar Is Twinkle Khanna lucky or unlucky? That’s the real question! Married to the Khiladi and playboy of Bollywood, her future is far from secure. Akshay is as known for his affairs with co stars as he is for performing his own stunts. Akshay has been linked to a host of beauties in recent times including his rock solid affair with Priyanka Chopra. Twinkle even banned her husband from working with her Pee Cee again, but once a cheater, always a cheater!

Amitabh Yash Chopra’s Silsila captured the real life love triangle between Jaya, Amitabh and Rekha on the reel screen. This film was the true story of Big B and Jaya. People still talk about Amitabh and Rekha’s love affair but it seems Jaya had no choice but to accept her cheating husband. Today, they are the powerful couple of Bollywood and appear as the quintessential family. Is it for real or just appearances to keep tongues from wagging?

Dharmendra Being the wife of Dharmendra is a matter of pride for any woman. Even Prakash Deol must have thought the same until the entry of Hema Malini. Dharmendra and Hema Mailini met on sets and soon began a historic love story. Dharmendra was a married man with children. But that did not deter him from converting his faith to Islam in order to marry Hema. The two even have two daughters together and though Dharam paji fully supports Hema and her family, he continues to stay with wife Prakash. What choice does someone like her have? Maybe that’s why sons Bobby and Sunny Deol chose to give Esha Deol’s wedding a miss.

Govinda Everyone knows about Govinda’s affair with Rani Mukherjee. It was the talking point of the film industry at one point. But do star wives have a choice? Same goes for Sunita Ahuja. Being Govinda’s wife comes with its perks, but so do the downfalls. Sunita has had no choice and family always comes first for her.

Hrithik’s affair with a host of actress including Kareena, Priyanka Chopra and Barbara Mori must have not gone well with Suzzane Roshan. Yet they seem to be the ‘it’ couple of Bollywood. Husband and wife are always seen at parties and events together. Wonder what’s cooking Hrithik?

Raj Babbar and Smita Patil’s love blossomed before Nadira Zaheer Babbar and it was believed that Nadira had left her husband Raj Babbar because of this. However, when Smita Patil gave birth to her and Raj’s son and later passed away due to complications, Nadira seemed to walk right back into Raj’s life. What are these women thinking?

Sanjay Kapur: Karisma Kapoor’s love for Sanjay Kapur was believed to be a re bound after a public break up with former flame Abhishek Bachchan. Before anyone could digest it, Karisma was married to Sanjay. But this perfect marriage soon shattered. Sanjay was earlier married to Nandita Mahtani and it seems he had issues committing to one woman. Soon enough his affairs with women including Delhi socialite Priya Chatwal were more than just rumours. Although Karisma and Sanjay may live apart in different cities, she is not yet divorced from him. What reality check does the gorgeous diva still need?

Shah Rukh Khan Her husband’s the badshah of Bollywood so it’s only natural for women to throng him. But Shah Rukh Khan’s love for wife Gauri has remained unchallenged minus a few rumours here and there. Although his alleged affair with Kajol during Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was brushed off, his growing chemistry with Priyanka Chopra had everyone panicking! The power couple of Bollywood was rumoured to split but in time intervention by friends is said to have the two’s marriage. It seems, all’s well that ends well and Gauri and SRK seem to be rock solid. Never mind the seemingly real stories about SRK’s and Pee Cee’s obvious affair.

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Actors who remarried without getting divorced

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Dharmendra - Dharmendra and Hema Malini's love story is epic! Hema Malini is said to have been allegedly engaged to actor Jeetendra but a besotted Dharmendra chose to chase her. Dharmendra and Hema Malini met on the sets of Tum Haseen Main Jawan. Dharmendra was already a married man but he had fallen hook, line and sinker for the Dream Girl of Bollywood and could not stop himself. In order to marry Hema, Dharmendra converted to Islam in order to have two wives. While he did not divorce his first wife Prakash with whom he has sons Bobby and Sunny Deol, he went ahead to marry Hema Malini. They have two daughters together: Esha and Ahaana. Dharmendra continues to live with his first wife Prakash.

Raj Babbar - This was one of the eternal love stories of Bollywood. Actor turned politician Raj Babbar was married to Nadira when he met Smita Patel. Raj apparently left his wife to marry the dusky beauty as he was besotted by her. But he had not divorced Nadira. They even had a son together, Prateik Babbar. But sadly, Smita died at the tender age of 31 due to child birth complications. Prateik was raised by his maternal grandparents and did not take Babbar as his surname. Both Smita and Raj faced flak as she was seen as the home breaker and he as the infidel husband. In an interview to Rediff, the actor admitted saying that Smita Patil was a part of him and he was a part of Smita Patil. Shortly after her demise, Raj went back to first wife Nadira with whom he has two kids: Juhi and Arya Babbar. All was forgotten and this family lived happily ever after.

Salim Khan - The famous scriptwriter of Bollywood, Salim Khan is known for his exceptional talent, films and his larger than life family, comprising of sons Salman, Arbaaz, Sohail Khan and daughters Arpita and Alvira. Salim Khan first met his first wife Salma Khan in 1959. According to an interview to The Telegraph, Salim Khan said that he dated Salma for five years before marrying her. However, he further stated that he knew Helen before that when she was trying to make her mark as an actress and dancer. The two even went on to do films like Sarhadi Lootera and Teesri Manzil. He then went on to honour their relationship and married Helen, while he was already married to Salman Khan's mother Salma. Even on season 4 of Koffee with Karan, Salim Khan went on record to say that he told his children about his love for Helen by telling them that such emotional accidents happen. Apparently he and Helen adopted daughter Arpita. Today, all the Khans live together as one big happy Khan-daan.

Sanjay Khan - Sanjay Khan and Zeenat Aman's love affair is one of the most talked about in Bollywood. Sanjay Khan was a much married man with kids when he first met Zeenat Aman on the sets of Abdulla in 1980. Soon a love story blossomed between the two and it is alleged that Sanjay Khan even married Zeenat (as per media reports and according to IMDB), but they apparently divorced within a year. Their relationship was a tumultuous one and Sanjay's wife Zarine Khan allegedly gave her husband an ultimatum. But this love story turned ugly when Sanjay Khan accused Zeenat of cheating on him. Zeenat chose to clarify things and it is said that she had gone to Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai where Sanjay had booked a suite and he was there with his wife and friends. When Zeenat walked in, the atmosphere turned hostile and Zeenat was allegedly badly beaten up by Sanjay and Zarine. She was in a bad condition and was rushed to hospital. Much later, when Sanjay Khan was shooting for the TV serial The Sword of Tipu Sultan, a fire broke out and Sanjay Khan got burnt, suffering 65% burns. It is said that this was Zeenat's curse! Zeenat moved on and married Mazhar Khan.

Udit Narayan - Singer Udit Narayan was in the news when a certain woman, named Ranjana Narayan alleged that she was the famous singer's first wife. While she went public in the media stating that she was married to him in 1984, she went on to claim as stated in Rediff.com that his second wife Deepa was not his legally wedded wife. She was further quoted saying to Rediff, that how could the singer marry a second time without first divorcing her? Though matters seemed to be resolved now, this created a furore. According to a report in Indicine, the singer was quoted saying that he had agreed to pay a monthly stipend to Ranjana.

Triangles in Filmistan

Stars behind celebrity break-ups

The Times of India

Hrithik Roshan and childhood sweetheart Sussanne's split came as a shock to not just their loved ones but Hrithik's fans as well. While Hrithik gave a clear, uncontroversial statement to the media, rumour mills have not spared actor Arjun Rampal's name from the proceedings. While everyone is aware of Sussanne being close to both Arjun and his wife Mehr Jessia, this hasn't stopped gossip mongers from talking about Arjun being the alleged reason behind the separation. Sadly, this isn't the first time an actor's name has come up as the reason for another couple's break-up. Here are other stars who were allegedly involved and touted as the reason for causing a wedge between otherwise compatible relationships.

Kiran Rao: Aamir Khan left his wife Reena Dutta after their 15 years of marriage after he fell in love with Kiran Rao on the sets of 'Lagaan'. Incidentally, Reena was also the co-producer of the film. Kiran and Aamir are now married and have a son together, Azad Rao Khan.

Nargis Dutt: Everyone knew there was more to Nargis and Raj Kapoor's sizzling chemistry onscreen then what met the eyes. The two worked together in sixteen films and if rumours are to be believed they had a sparkling love story even behind the lenses. However, Raj Kapoor was already married to Krishna and so Nargis was always the other woman in the relationship. After refusing to leave his wife, Nargis finally settled down with Sunil Dutt.

Priyanka Chopra: Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri are Bollywood's golden couple. With a perfect marriage, Shah Rukh's name wasn't linked to any actress albeit until recently. Priyanka Chopra's name was linked to the superstar and what followed was a royal snub to PeeCee from Gauri and her loyal friends. However, SRK made strong attempts to quiten his detractors but gossip mongers quietened down when Shah Rukh and Gauri welcomed their son AbRam.

Rani Mukerji: Aditya Chopra may be making larger than life romantic films for the big screen but his personal life had gone through enough turmoil. According to news reports he divorced his wife Payal Khanna after only five years of their marriage because of his alleged involvement with Rani Mukerji. Even though, Rani and Aditya have never come out openly with their relationship, at an event sometime back, Shatrughan Sinha addressed Rani as Mrs Chopra.

Rekha: Touted as the other woman in Amitabh Bachchan's life, Rekha's name came up at a time when Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan were happily married. Strong rumours of a romance between Big B and Rekha were doing the rounds but Jaya Bachchan put her foot down and Amitabh and Rekha's romance eventually died down.

Saif Ali Khan: Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor were a couple undeniably in love. Things were going strong and everyone was hoping for things to materialise into a marriage soon when suddenly Saif Ali Khan's name cropped up. While shooting for 'Tashan', Kareena's closeness with Saif meant she bid good-bye to loverboy Shahid and walked away with the Nawab. While Shahid decided to keep mum about their break-up, everyone saw Saif's 'Kareena' tattoo and came to their own conclusion.

Sridevi: Producer Boney Kapoor was happily married to wife Mona until Sridevi walked in. Mesmerised by Sridevi, Boney left his family and got married to Sridevi. Boney has children with both his ex-wife and Sridevi.

Relationship- (and home-) breakers

19 B'wood 'Jodi Breakers'

The Times of India

Let's take a look at secret affairs of celebs, which almost wrecked a few rock solid relationships in Bollywood!

Hema and Dharmendra: Hema Malini and Dharmendra fell in love on the sets of Sholay. Apprently, Dharmendra converted to Islam in order to marry Hema, while remaining married to his first wife Prakash Kaur.

Hrithik and Barbara: It all started during the making of Kites when a happily married Hrithik Roshan was allegedly swept off his feet by Mexican hottie Barbara Mori. Distraught by Hrithik and Barbara's growing intimacy, both on-screen and off-screen, Susanne Khan reportedly left home with their two kids to stay with her parents. However, Hrithik later clarified that Susanne shifted out with their kids Hrehaan and Hridhaan due to renovation of his house. Recently, Hrithik Roshan publicly announed his divorce with Suzanne Khan on a social networking site.

Kangana and Ajay: Rumour had it that Ajay Devgn cheated on his wife Kajol with Kangana Ranaut when the two developed more than a friendship during the shoot of Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai. With the rumours of affair between her husband and Kangana going ballistic, Kajol stepped in to save her family.

Katrina and Ranbir: Katrina Kaif grew close to Ranbir Kapoor while the latter was very much in a relation with Deepika Padukone. Deepika minced no words about Ranbir's inconstantancy after Katrina's alleged break-up with Salman Khan. Apprently, Katrina and Ranbir's romance is going pretty strong.

Kiran and Aamir: Bollywood's Mr Perfectionist Aamir Khan reportedly started seeing his assiatant director Kiran Rao on the sets of Lagaan even as he was married to Reena Dutta. Apparently, Aamir divorced Reena a year later and after three years, he exchanged vows with Kiran.

Lara and Mahesh: Tennis ace Mahesh Bhupati's ex-wife Shvetha Jaishankar blamed Bollywood actress Lara Dutta for wrecking her home. Apprently, Lara denied all such allegetions. Lara and Mahesh married in Goa.

Parveen Babi and Mahesh Bhatt: Beautiful and enigmatic Parveen Babi was romantically involved with director Mahesh Bhatt, who was married to Kiran Bhatt. Apparently, Mahesh’s Arth was a fictionalized account of his life and times with Parveen Babi. Parveen allegedly dated Danny Denzongpa, Kabir Bedi and Amitabh Bachchan.

Preity and Shekhar: Filmmaker Shaker Kapur's ex-wife Suchita Krishnamoorthy shocked one and all when she claimed that Preity Zinta was the reason of her divorce from Shekhar Kapur. Apprently, Preity fiercely denied any such affair and called Suchitra mentally unstable for making bizzare statements.

Priyanka and Akshay: Priyanka Chopra reportedly earned the wrath of Twinkle Khanna, owing to her alleged affair with Bollywood's original Khiladi Akshay Kumar. Apprently, Twinke banned her husband from working with Priyanka and ever since then, the duo have not signed any film together.

Rani and Aditya: Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji and director Aditya Chopra sealed their clandestine relationship by secretly tying the knot in a quiet ceremony in Italy, ending years of speculation about their relationship status. Apprently, the couple dated for several years while Aditya was going through a divorce with Payal Khanna.

Rekha and Amitabh: Enigmatic Rekha was the rumoured 'other woman' in the life of Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who was already married to co-star Jaya Bachchan. Apparently, Amitabh and Rekha’s alledged affair is still fodder to the paparazzi.

Shabana and Javed: Bollywood scriptwriter, lyricst and poet Javed Akhtar was married to Honey Irani when he fell in love with Shabana Azmi. Apprently, Javed, who fathered Farhan and Zoya, divorced Honey Irani to be with Shabana Azmi.

Shilpa and Raj: Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty was accused of breaking the home of Raj Kundra. Apprently, Shilpa denied breaking Raj's first marriage and stated that Raj was already divorced when they started dating.

Smita and Raj Babbar: The world came crashing down for Nadira Babbar when her husband Raj Babbar divorced her to marry Smita Patil and also fathered a child with her. However, after Smita Patil passed away, Nadira accepted her husband back, and the couple is still going strong.

Sridevi and Boney Kapoor: Bollywood actress Srivedi dated, and possibly secretly married Mithun Chakraborty, who was still married to Yogita Bali. It is believed that Sridevi annuled her marriage when she got to know that Mithun didn’t divorce his first wife. Later, Sridevi married producer Boney Kapoor, who was very much married to his first wife, Mona Kapoor.

Sushmita and Vikram: Bollywood actress Sushmita Sen fell in love with director Vikram Bhatt while shooting for her debut movie Dastak. Vikram divoced his childhood sweetheart Aditi to be with Sushmita, however, nothing worked for them.

Waheeda and Guru Dutt: Waheeda Rehman and Guru Dutt's alleged affair could be best describled in their movie Kaagaz Ke Phool. Apprently, Guru Dutt commited suicide and his wife, Geeta Dutt, drank herself to death.

Zeenat and Sanjay: Zeenat Aman was invoved with actor turned director Sanjay Khan while he was married to Zarine Khan. Apprently, their affair was cutshort when Zeenat was reportedly assauled by Sanjay Khan and Zarine Khan in public.

Unlikely couples

They once dated!

The Times of India

It's hard to believe it now, but these unlikely couples were once deeply in love. Take a look:

Deepika Padukone and Nihar Pandya: Nihar was apparently Deepika Padukone's first boyfriend in Mumbai. The two are said to have met at an acting school in Mumbai in 2005 and what appeared as a budding friendship, soon turned into a blooming romance. However, soon they broke up.

Jacqueline Fernandez ; Sajid Khan: Even though it’s hard to believe but former Miss Sri Lanka Jacqueline Fernandez and filmmaker Sajid Khan used to be a couple. Three years after they met and fell in love on the sets of 'Housefull 2', Sajid Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez decided to part ways.

Kangna Ranaut; Adhyayan Suman: The two met on the sets of their movie Raaz 2 and soon love blossomed. Kangana had broken up with Aditya Pancholi and found love in the arms of Shekhar Suman's son Adhyayan Suman. The two were going steady for a while but things seemed to turn sour as the duo called it quits.

Lara Dutta and Kelly Dorjee: They were madly in love and the couple was in a live in relationship for eight years. But it seems that Lara chose to dump Kelly for the more successful tennis ace Mahesh Bhupathi

Priyanka Chopra and Harman Baweja: Love affair between Priyanka and Harman was most talked about in the papers during 2008 and 2009. But the romance fizzled soon enough.

Randeep Hooda And Sushmita Sen: After being in a relationship for over three years with Miss Universe Sushmita Sen, Randeep Hooda decided to end the affair claiming the liaison as a hindrance to his career.

Sex in Filmistan

The casting couch

Sex, lies and the directors of Bollywood

The Times of India

It's not an easy job to make it big in Bollywood. If there are Godfathers like Dev Anand, Salman Khan and Anurag Kashyap, who have been a stepping stone for many in Bollywood, then there is also an ugly truth of the casting couch or giving sexual favours to get a dream role which still exists in Bollywood. Though the casting couch or giving sexual favours to get dream roles has been a debatable topic in the Hindi film industry, incidents about many filmmakers making indecent proposals to starlets have time and again brought Bollywood's worst kept secret to light.

Dibakar Banerjee: Controversial actress Payal Rohatgi shocked everyone when she accused the director of hit films like Khosla Ka Ghosla, Love Sex aur Dhoka and Shanghai, Dibakar Banerjee, of asking for sexual favours in exchange for a role. Payal claimed that she shared a good camaraderie with Dibakar but when she refused to comply to his unpleasant demand, Dibakar removed her from his film Shanghai. Payal also claimed that Dibakar asked her to lift her blouse and show him her stomach but she did not give in to his demands and asked him to leave. Dibakar, however, denied all the allegations against him saying that he doesn't need to have a physical relationship with someone to cast them in his films. And when the accusation became too much to handle, Dibakar's good friends and directors like Anurag Kashyap and Sudhir Mishra came ahead to support him.

Madhur Bhandarkar: Well, Subhash is not the first director who has been accused of allegedly sexually molesting someone. There are other examples as well. Madhurkar Bhandarkar, who is known for making realistic films like Chandni Bar, Page 3 and Fashion was also the target of casting couch accusations. In 2004, Madhur was accused of rape by an aspiring actress Preeti Jain. The aspiring actress had alleged Madhur Bhandarkar of repeatedly having physical relationships with her from 1999 to 2004 under the pretext of giving her false promises that he would launch her in one of his films. Madhur heaved a sigh a relief when in 2006 the rape case was dismissed but it soon reopened again in 2009.Madhur has always strongly denied Preeti’s allegations. However, in 2012 the national award winning filmmaker received respite in the Preeti Jain rape case when the Supreme Court of India dismissed charges of rape against director Madhur Bhandarkar.

Onir Dhar: Director of sensitive films like My Brother Nikhil and Bus Ek Pal who has always been open about his sexual preference was accused by struggling actor Yuvraaj Parashaar of ‘Dunno Y…Naa Jaane Kyun’ of sexually assaulting him. Apparently, Parashar claimed that Onir invited him to his apartment in Mumbai to see his work and while watching his film, Onir got him drunk and forced him to move to the bedroom. Yuvraaj also claimed that the director forcibly abused him and showed a bite mark on his chest as evidence. However, Onir refuted all the charges and had planned to file a defamation case against Yuvraj. Onir's close friends like Purab Kohli and Sanjay Suri came all out in support of Onir. While, casting couch rumors have always haunted the Indian film industry, Parashar's case was one its kind where a male actor had accused a film director of sexual molestation.

Rajkumar Santoshi: Sexual harassment and the casting couch are not new to the Indian film industry. It is a known fact while some openly speak about it, others like to be tight-lipped about the same. Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni, who was one of the young sensations in the 90s had also allegedly accused Rajkumar Santoshi of asking for sexual favours from her during the shooting of the film. The actress had worked with all the top actors of her time like Salman, Aamir and Akshay. But her accusation against Raj Kumar Santoshi took everyone by surprise. She accused Rajkumar Santoshi of trying to get fresh with her during the making of China Gate in 1998. Though, Santoshi denied all the allegations but after the release of China Gate several tongues went wagging about her chopped role in the film. Mamta was drop dead gorgeous and was seen in super-hit films like Karan Arjun, Sabse Bada Khiladi and Ghatak but after this infamous incident she suddenly vanished from the industry.

Subhash Kapoor The entire film industry is currently debating about the video that was uploaded by One By Two actress Geeta Tyagi where she has been shown confronting and slapping Subhash Kapoor of Jolly LLB fame, for allegedly sexually molesting her at a party. While the actress issued a statement saying that it wasn't a case of casting couch but sexual molestation, there are others in the industry who are questioning the intent and genuineness of the video tape.

MMS scandals in Filmistan

Top 5 MMS scandals in Bollywood

The Times of India

Mona Singh A name who charmed many on the small screen, Mona Singh shocked one and all with her alleged MMS which got leaked online. The actress has reportedly filed a complaint. Mona is known for her bahu image and has been a successful actress on the small screen.

Sherlyn Chopra, who thrilled one and all with her Playboy act and later with her film Kamasutra, got trapped in an MMS scandal as the video of her changing in the changing room was leaked. Sherlyn is known for her bold image and hot avatar on Twitter too.

Anish Raul | 6 Celebs Who’ve Admitted To Having Sex For Money | 2nd December, 2015


This is as scandalous as it gets!


1) Sherlyn Chopra

Sherlyn has in the past “confessed” on Twitter that she has slept with many people for money. But knowing her thirst for fame, it could very well be possible that the ‘Kamasutra 3D’ star’s confessions could have just been to cause a stir. In that case, mission successful!

2) Gehana Vasisth

Gehana, who was also a nominee on ‘Miss Bikini Asia Online India,’ tweeted that she was ready to have paid sex! And suspiciously enough, this was right after Sherlyn’s confessional! Apart from this, she has also expressed her intent to open a ‘clean brothel.’ Are you sure you’re in the right profession, Miss Vasisth?

3) Sibel Kekilli …

4) Suyyash Rai

Straight out of a Madhur Bhandarkar film, Suyyash’s confession will leave you shocked. A struggling model in Mumbai, Suyyash once got paid Rs. 40,000 to have sex with a “hot aunty.” We wonder what beau and fellow inmate Kishwer has to say to that!

5) Sunny Leone

Sunny’s extremely successful past, as an adult entertainer is no secret. Amongst one of the highest paid adult film stars, it turns out that she was paid very well for her old job! Nope, not THAT job.

6) Kim Kardashian…

Sex Scandals

Celebrity Sex Scandals!

The Times of India

Aman Verma: TV star Aman Verma was caught in a casting cough sting operation. Apparently, Aman Verma alleged that the sting operation was aimed to blackmail him.

Bhuvaneshwari: Film and TV actress Bhuvaneswari was arrested for her involvement in a prostitution racket.

Madhur Bhandarkar and Preeti Jain: Bollywood filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar was accused of rape by small time actress Preeti Jain. Preeti stated that Madhur duped her with false promises of marriage and a role in his movie. Apparently, investigations revealed other way around, Preeti paid a gangster to kill Madhur [who was acquitted by the courts].

Om Puri and the maid.

Riya Sen and Ashmit Patel: Riya Sen and Ashmit Patel grabbed attention with their controversial MMS. They shot intimate moments, but later Ashmit admitted that the MMS belonged to him, but did not do it for any publicity stunt. Apparently, Ashmit was not the one who circulated the MMS.

Shakti Kapoor: Bollywood baddie Shakti Kapoor was caught in a sting operation where he tried to woo an aspiring actress a plum role in a Hindi movie.

Sherlyn Chopra: Sherlyn Chopra admitted two years ago that she had sex for money, she said, “In the past, on various occasions, I've had sex for money. Out of all my past experiences of paid sex, there's not a single one that I remember having indulged in out of free will. But ever since, I got back from LA in July this year, there has been a shift in my level of consciousness. I now understand that I cannot claim to be 'free' and continue to make choices and decisions under obligation.

Shiney Ahuja: Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja was accused of rape by a young maid. Apparently, Shiney initially claimed that it was consensual sex, later; he broke down and confessed the rape.

Sexual harassment allegations in Filmistan

Celebs accused of sexual crimes

The Times of India

Aditya Pancholi, Actor, had consensual sex with his 15-year old maid after convincing her that he would help her become an actress. Though it was consensual sex, but it was termed rape as the maid was a minor. Back then he was dating actress Pooja Bedi who eventually dumped him once the allegations were proved right

Aman Verma, Actor, was caught in a sting operation propositioning a girl, asking for sexual favours in exchange of career-related help.

Inder Kumar Bollywood actor Inder Kumar, who is said to be a close buddy of Salman Khan, was arrested following allegations of rape. We take a look at other celebs who have been accused of sexual crimes.

Jackie Shroff in the 1980s, was accused of molesting Farah's younger sister Tabu during a location shoot in Mauritius.Tabu's first role was that of a rape victim in Dev Anand's 'Hum Naujawan'.

Mamta Kulkarni accused director Raj Kumar Santoshi of sexual harassment on the sets of the movie 'China Gate'.

Mamta Patel who played a small role in Paan Singh Tomar, had alleged Irrfan Khan of sexual exploitation during the outdoor shooting of the movie. According to Mamta, Irrfan promised her work in Bollywood and harassed her. (

Om Puri, Actor, got extremely upset with his wife Nandita for accusing him on sexual encounters in the media to market her biography 'Unlikely Hero: The Story Of Om Puri'. Nandita revealed that her husband had sex with his maid Shanti at the age of 14 and had a liaison with a woman named Laxmi.

Payal Rohtagi, Actress, alleged director Dibakar Banerjee of sexual harrassment during the audition of 'Shanghai' Though, the allegations were never proved.

Preeti Jain Model turned actress Preeti Jain alleged that she was raped by filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar repeatedly for three years and that he had promised her a role in his film but backed out later. Madhur denied the charges of rape and criminal intimidation and submitted that the victim was trying to use arm twisting tactics to get a role in his film.

Raja Mukherjee, brother of Rani Mukherjee, is also alleged of sexual harassment. A script writer reportedly alleged him of harassment in 2012.

Rajesh Khanna was accused of improper conduct by a 15-year-old actress named 'Sabiha'.

Shakti Kapoor He is one of the topmost villains of Bollywood. But one sting operation revealed that he is a 'bad guy' in real life too. Shakti Kapoor was filmed making verbal and physical advances against a young woman in a sting operation conducted by a private TV channel.

Shiney Ahuja The 'Ganster' hero Shiney Ahuja was detained by Mumbai police in connection with a rape case in 2009. Ahuja's teenaged domestic maid lodged an FIR against the actor alleging that he had raped her while they were alone at the actor's flat.

Virgins in Filmistan

Virgin no.1: Rakhi Sawant

Filmistan seems divided into two camps: the virgins and those who believe that it is unrealistic to expect a bride to be a virgin.

Items like this one need research. Hence we sourced this section from multiple sources

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A Vaidyanathan | NDTV April 29, 2010

The virgins

Salman Khan is the most eligible bachelor of Bollywood, he has had a record of girlfriends. (See Salman Khan, film actor for what must surely be an abbreviated list.) He has dated popular Indian actresses like Sangeeta Bijlani, Somy Ali, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Katrina Kaif, as well as the Romanian Iulia Vantur. He has mentored actresses like Daisy Shah. However, actor Salman Khan shocked many when he let us in on a huge secret - that he's a virgin. Surprised? Well so was Karan Johar. "I am a virgin," admitted [or should that be 'claimed'?] Salman. "I'm going to save myself for the one that I get married to," he insisted to a shocked Karan.

Item girl Rakhi Sawant, too, claims she is a virgin.

When The Times of India told her that this fact was hard to believe considering she had been in a live-in relationship with her ex-boyfriend Abhishek Awasthi, she said, "Yes I had a boyfriend, but the rules were different. Mujhe sex karne ka waqt hi nahi mila. [Translation: Kathalikka Neramillai] And now also I have so much to do, main soun ya kaam karun [Trans: Should I sleep or should I work?]?" the motormouth asked, adding that even if she has time now, there is no one deserving enough for her. "I am waiting for the right person in my life."

No one who has seen her will disbelieve her.

None of the gentlemen rumoured to be in Rakhi's life has denied her statement.

The not-virgins

Kashmera Shah, who is known for her bold avatar confessed that her relationship with Krushna began with a little twist. In an interview, Kashmera said, "It was a one-night stand for both of us.” While in the same interview, Krushna revealed, "Actually, Kash was giving me hints from the beginning itself. There was this instance when we were once seated in the van and the lights went off and I said, 'Ab kya kare?' Now that is something anyone would have said in that circumstance, and very suggestively our lady here says, 'Kyun, kuch kare?'

Ranbir Kapoor entered Bollywood and was linked up with many actresses. However, her most talked about affair was with Deepika Padukone. Reportedly, Ranbir Kapoor spoke about his virginity in a magazine interview. The Kapoor boy confessed that his first time was with his girlfriend when he was only 15!

Deepika Padukone too once grabbed eyeballs for her bold statement on Karan Johar’s chat show. She said that she wants to gift Ranbir Kapoor a packet of condoms during her rapid-fire round.

The Times of India

Pornstar-turned-actress Sunny Leone confessed that her first kiss was at the age of 11 and she lost her virginity when she was only 16.

The patron goddess of the non-virgins

Filmstar Kushboo [North Indians spell her name 'Khushboo'] is no ordinary mortal. She is the only living deity in the world. In Tiruchirapalli there is--or used to be till her statements on sex became unacceptable to the devout--a temple dedicated to worshipping her. Hers is the main idol that is worshipped in that temple.

In an interview to the Tamil India Today in 2005, Kushboo had said: "No educated man would expect his fiancée to be a virgin. But when involved in pre-marital sex, a woman should protect herself from becoming pregnant and contracting sexually transmitted diseases.

Her remarks about pre-marital sex and living together were made as part of a discussion on AIDS and HIV.

Her remarks enraged protestors who said Kushboo's reference to live-in relationships as a norm was seen as unacceptable, derogatory to women and against Tamil culture.

22 cases were filed against filmstar Kushboo in various parts of Tamil Nadu for remarks

The actor was subjected to a living hell literally holed up in her home, harassed at odd hours.

Chappals and eggs greeted her when she appeared in court forcing her to tender a public explanation.

And, of course, the temple was demolished.

Even the Madras High Court refused to dismiss the cases then.

The Madras High Court had ordered that the different cases against her be consolidated and dealt with in a joint trial.

The Supreme Court dismissed [all] 22 cases filed against filmstar Kushboo in various parts of Tamil Nadu for remarks that she made about pre-marital sex in an interview to the magazine in 2005.

While delivering its judgement, the Supreme Court asked: "When two adults want to live together, what is the offence?

Onscreen virginity

In Dil Se (1998) the Preity Zinta character asks the Shah Rukh Khan character, in English, 'Are you a virgin?' In 2 States (2014) Alia asks Arjun after making love, 'Is this your first time".

Almost a year after 2 States got its certificate the Central Board of Film Certification's (CBFC), in late 2014, asked director Homi Adajania that `if he wanted a UA certificate for his film Finding Fanny he would have to delete a line in which the Deepika Padukone charcater tells Arjun, "I am a virgin." Obviously some semi-literate member of the CBFC made this order because i) there are precedents and ii) this line actually holds up traditional family values, rather than devaluing them

Single mothers

Pratibha Devasenapathy | June 29, 2017 | Single celebrity moms who are totally rocking motherhood | IndiaTimes/ The Times of India


Bollywood marriages often seem to have a short life, which result in unexpected splits. While sometimes celebrity couples go the cordial way, when it comes to a divorce, at times, allegations and rumours result in quite unfortunate break-ups. Whether we accept or not, these divorces and splits definitely take a toll on kids from the marriage. However, Bollywood has seen some really brave single moms who are slaying awesome motherhood and giving all the single mommies all new goals.


Amrita Singh Amrita took a decision of marrying a man who was 12 years younger to her at the peak of her career in Bollywood. This decision in itself proved what a rebel she was and still is. Despite a divorce with Saif Ali Khan, Amrita single-handedly managed to bring up her two kids Sara Ali Khan and Ibrahim Ali Khan. Amrita gave up her acting career to be a full-time mom and has since been busy with her kiddos. It was only after they reached a certain age did she start reappearing in movies.

Karisma KapoorAfter her ugly divorce with her ex-husband Sunjay Kapoor, Karisma has transformed into this gorgeous woman. Not to take away from the fact that she always slayed the fashion game in Bollywood, she has now come under the category of rocking single parent as well. Karisma has two beautiful children Samiera and Kiaan, whom she has been bringing up with sheer passion and love.

Konkona Sen Sharma The Bong beauty is a single mom to her son, Haroon. After her son Haroon was born in 2011, Konkona and Ranvir started having marital troubles. The two were granted a divorce officially as per mutual consent in the year 2015. Though the two still remain to be great friends and in fact have worked on several Bollywood projects together.

Neena Gupta Known for her powerful performances on TV, Neena Gupta broke stereotypes by rocking single motherhood. After her torrid affair with the West Indies cricketer Vivian Richards, she gave birth to her baby girl Masaba Gupta, who is now a successful fashion designer. In a candid confession, Neena revealed how she never kept any secrets from Masaba about her relationship with Vivian, which definitely makes her our personal favourite.

Pooja Bedi The actress who won our hearts with her sultry looks in ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander’ married Farhan Furniturewallah. They became parents to two children, Aaliyah and Omar Ebrahim. However, their marital bliss did not last that long and so they called it quits in 2003. Since them Pooja has been slaying the game of single motherhood like a true rockstar.

Revathy One of the most successful actresses in the South film industry, Revathy is a single mother to a beautiful daughter whom she adopted named Mahee. After watching her play an amazing mother in ‘2 States’ and ‘Margarita With A Straw’, we know for sure, how unbelievably good she must be in reality. Revathy married cinematographer and director Suresh Chandra Menon in 1986. The couple didn't have any children. However, following differences between them, they started living separately from 2002 and were granted divorce on 23 April 2013. Revathy revealed in an interview that the two still remain to be good friends.

Sarika Sarika and Kamal were considered as one of the hottest couples in the South Film Industry. They were in a live-in relationship despite Kamal being in a married relationship with Vani Ganapathy. Sarika gave birth to their first daughter Shruti Haasan, and got married to Kamal post that. However, the two parted ways in 2002, and Sarika has been a single mother ever since.

Sushmita Sen After setting an example by adopting a daughter at the age of 25, Sushmita Sen became an icon for every woman. After Renee entered her life in the year 2000, she gave speeches at several forums, speaking about embracing motherhood, which made her every woman’s favourite female celebrity. In Jan 2013, the three-month-old Alisha who is now her second daughter also came into her life. Sushmita’s motherhood is definitely an inspiration for all single mothers.

Sussanne Khan Her divorce with Hrithik Roshan left everyone shocked and it still seems hard to digest. She was even linked to their common best friend Arjun Rampal at the time of their divorce, however she refuted all these baseless rumours and said that she indeed is a "proud single mother".

Urvashi Dholakia The vicious vamp, who made us hate her in ‘Kasautii Zindagi Ki’, is a doting single mother in real life. Urvashi Dholakia married her boyfriend at 16 and gave birth to two twin boys at 17. A year and a half later she divorced her husband and moved out to live all by herself while taking care for two toddlers. Urvashi has since been a single mom and has been amazing at it.

Superstitions

The Times of India

Aamir Khan: Aamir Khan is not materialistically superstitious, but is a bit different from other celebrities. Aamir feels that December and Christmas releases are the lucky ones for him, as they become a hit at the box office. The perfectionist Khan insists on giving a Christmas gift to his fans. Aamir has continued this tradition with Taare Zameen Par in 2007, followed by Ghajini, 3 Idiots and Dhoom 3. He was strong on his stand to release PK close to Christmas.

Deepika Padukone: Deepika Padukone is a regular at the Siddivinayak Temple in Prabhadevi. The actress has reportedly made it a superstition to visit the temple before any of her films' release, to seek divine blessings. Deepika had followed this ritual for all her releases like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Chennai Express, Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela. Deepika dresses up in her traditional best, and visits the temple.

Katrina Kaif: Katrina Kaif apparently credits Ajmer Sharif for the success she has seen till date. The actress is superstitious about the holy place, she has made it a necessary ritual to visit the dargah before the release of any of her movies. With all the star power that she carries, Kats has to make her visits discreet. She wears traditional outfits and makes ample efforts to cover her face. She walks in a circle of guards to avoid crowd. The actress was also caught in a controversy, for shooting in the premises wearing a mini skirt. But that didn't deter Katrina who went there before her releases like Dhoom 3, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Ek Tha Tiger, New York and many others.

Salman Khan: It is a known fact that the actor is strongly attached to a sapphire bracelet which he always wears. It was reportedly gifted to him by his father Salim Khan. Once while partying, Salman lost his bracelet, a frantic search was called for and the lucky charm was found by Ashmit Patel. Salman also gifted a similar talisman to Govinda, to give a push to his career. He already wears the blue bracelet as a lucky charm, but there is a new addition to look out for.

According to a report on Bollywoodlife.com, Salman Khan has started wearing a special locket, specially for the holy month of Ramadan, and that this locket was also a part of his look in Kick.

Shah Rukh Khan: The Baadshah of Bollywood too has a belief attached to his fleet of cars. Shah Rukh Khan seems to follow strongly in the power of numbers. Hence every car that he owns includes the special serial of digits, 555. This number is sort of mandatory to be on the number plate of all his cars. Reportedly, SRK refuses to own a car, when the triplets are missing.

Surrogate parenthood

From Karan Johar to Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood celebs who had kids through surrogacy, March 06, 2017, The Times of India


Karan Johar

2017: Karan Johar became a father to two beautiful kids Roohi and Yash. The news has come as sheer delight to friends and fans of the filmmaker. The director-producer released an official statement to confirm the news. He stated that he’s eternally grateful to the surrogate who fulfilled his “lifelong dream and provided a warm, loving and nurturing environment to his children before bringing them into this world.”

Shah Rukh Khan-Gauri Khan

2013: The news of Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan's third child was a delightful and welcome one. The duo's youngest child AbRam was born through surrogacy in May, 2013. The kid who boasts of a huge fan following of his own, has gone on to become the apple of everyone's eyes since. His cute pictures and videos are all over social media and he is much adored by the media and his followers.

Aamir Khan-Kiran Rao

2011: Aamir and Kiran became proud parents of Azad Rao Khan in December, 2011. The superstar was quoted saying that though surrogacy was the couple's last resort at having a baby, but they never felt defensive towards it. He and his wife Kiran Rao, even spoke about their choice at length during interviews where they mentioned that they wanted to be open about embracing surrogacy to have a baby.

Sohail Khan-Seema Khan

2011: Sohail Khan and his gorgeous wife Seema Khan opted for surrogacy to have his younger son Yohan Khan. Sohail and Seema decided to have their second baby ten years after the birth of their first son, Nirvaan. The couple considered IVF surrogacy as an option and Yohan was born in June 2011.

Tusshar Kapoor

2016: Tusshar Kapoor announced the birth of his son through in-vitro fertilization and surrogacy quite recently. The actor was quoted saying that he's thrilled to be a father. "The paternal instincts in me have been overpowering my heart and mind for some time now. Therefore, I am thrilled beyond words to have Laksshya, now the greatest source of joy in my life," he shared in an interview. The actor has also congratulated new daddy Karan Johar on his new innings.

Tantrums

Celebrity tantrum throwers

The Times of India

Celebrity tantrums in tinseltown are not a new thing, here’s a look at few other actors and their reported tantrums: -

Aishwarya Rai During the shooting of Vipul Shah's Action Replay Aishwarya Rai refused to get her make up done with the international make up artistes who were hired for the film. The reason being she couldn’t be comfortable with any other make up man except Ojas Rajani, her personal favorite.

Anushka Sharma has gone a step ahead to bag the title 'tantrum queen'. When a cinematographer is setting up the light, he makes the actors to stand there so that the light falls properly on their face and make them look optimally beautiful. But Miss Sharma feels she is a diva. The birdy from the crew says, "On the sets of Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl, she sends one of her assistants of the same height to stand in for her to get the lighting right, as it’s a waste of time for her. She doesn't realise that it falls differently on every face.

Arjun Kapoor If insiders are to be believed, then Arjun Kapoor has put on airs ever since his debut film Ishaqzaade became a hit. The 27-year-old actor reportedly refused to share a car during the promotions of Aurangzeb. Even if he did so, he would make them wait for hours before he turned up for the journey ahead. Well, too much pride too soon!

Ayushmann Khurrana: seems to have taken his awards too seriously. He opted out of Kunal Kohli’s production saying he would only work with an A-list heroine. “This is a clear example of a newcomer overreaching himself. The little boy evidently thinks he is an A-lister, whatever that means,” Kohli says.

Bipasha Basu, who owes her success in Bollywood to Bhatts, is apparently throwing starry tantrums in their face. Buzz is after refusing the female lead in Murder 2, Bips has also lost the item number from the film. Reportedly, the actress was supposed to do an item number for Murder 2, but she wanted only a particular choreographer to do it. This unreasonable demand enraged Mukesh Bhatt as the choreographer was asking a high price.

Kangana Ranaut travels with her assistant everywhere. But while she travels first class, her assistant travels economy class. That’s not the problem. The problem arises when the airhostess would ask Kangana about what she would like to eat or drink and Kangana would simply ask her to direct all queries to her assistant sitting in the economy class. The stewardess would then have to go back and forth searching for Kangana's assistant just to satisfy Kangana’s food demands!

Kareena Kapoor Khan takes the cake when it comes to throwing tantrums. Bebo put several conditions in front of Madhur Bhandarkar before she agreed to do his film Heroine that she only wanted to work with A- listers. She flatly refused to do any love-making scenes. The funny part is even after the conditions were accepted, Kareena refused the movie anyway. Why? Because she didn’t like the script and asked Madhur to re-write it, again!

Katrina Kaif During a promotional event Katrina Kaif was apparently so exhausted that she fell into deep slumber without putting on her seat belt. And when the airhostess tapped her to wake her up she completely lost it. "How dare you touch me? Don't you know who I am?", is what she allegedly said to the airhostess. Poor flight attendant, she probably didn’t know that you’re not allowed to touch … what’s her name? Yes, Sheila ki jawani.

Mallika Sherawat One actor who’s constantly reported to throw tantrums is the Mallika Sherawat. She has even earned the reputation of a tantrum queen. The actress also reportedly insists that each shot be canned until she thinks it’s perfect. Her nakhras have also got her the headlines.

Parineeti Chopra, 25, is already in ‘industry bad books’ for turning up late for brand endorsement shoots (a campaign where she has replaced actor Juhi Chawla), and also for turning up late for media interactions.

Priyanka Chopra is apparently throwing tantrums on the sets of her upcoming movie - biopic on Mary Kom. She is interfering in the film-making process and director Omung Kumar is upset with her interference.

Ranveer Singh passed a snide remark at actor Ranbir Kapoor at a promotional event when he said, “Rockstars die out!” And that’s not all, on a recent flight to Kolkata, he was rude to an air-hostess when she said she didn’t have the non-veg fare that Singh wanted. He also lost out on an endorsement because he didn’t want to go clean shaven.

Riteish Deshmukh Once Riteish Deshmukh was furious on the sets of a reality show after he was made to shoot non-stop, without a single break. Around 11 pm at night, the actor walked out of the sets and told the producers that he thought that his shift was over, and that it was pack up time. Needless to say, the rigorous timings didn’t suit him.

Salman Khan On sets of Ek Tha Tiger Salman Khan’s newest order is that no spot boy is supposed to come and fetch him for the shoot - he’ll be out of his van once he’s ready. Of course, that means that the crew just has to sit around and wait until he’s decided it’s time to come out. But while he keeps everyone waiting, you can’t make him wait - so scheduling shots with other actors becomes problematic.

Shraddha Kapoor The success of 'Aashiqui 2' has catapulted Shraddha Kapoor to fame and now the actress expects to be treated like a star. During shooting of 'Haider' in Kashmir, she discovered that she was the only member of the cast who had not been put up in a suite. She too demanded a suite in the hotel. The team had to then shift her to another five-star hotel, where she was given a suite. But when she turned up for the preparatory workshop next day, the actress was still sulking over the 'unfair' treatment.

Sunny Leone The former adult star Sunny Leone displayed some of it recently during a shoot when she laid down the condition that she did not want TV channels covering the shoot. The photoshoot organisers were in a spot as normally there are tie-ups between them and channels.

Telephone manners and caller tunes

Bollywood superstars and their phone manners \

Meena Iyer & PARAG MANIAR,TNN | Feb 4, 2014

The Times of India

Superstars and their phone manners, or should we say, the lack of them, do make for an interesting read.

Aamir Khan will always respond to a message as does his wife Kiran Rao.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan You may never get a message from her, even if you call to wish her on her birthday. The Bachchan bahu is in august company.

Ajay Devgn never looks at his phone when he's at home and his wife Kajol couldn't be bothered with the world either.

Akshay Kumar is always prompt and polite with his replies; wish some others would learn from him. It would foster communication.

Amitabh Bachchan still has impeccable phone etiquette. You will always get a reply from the cinema legend, even if it is sometimes delayed by a day.

Bipasha Basu Bipasha Basu used to have a funny caller tune. It went, "Hello, hello... I can't hear you... could you speak a little louder...", making the caller feel as if she was actually on the other side.

Deepika Padukone is a charmer. If she cannot respond to your message, she will send a non-committal smiley for sure.

Karan Johar is prompt on most occasions, except if the question is too sticky.

Kareena Kapoor Khan has pleasant phone manners. The Begum cannot be separated from her smartphone for even a few hours. Her husband, the Nawab of Pataudi, is charm personified when you meet him but his phone manners suck. Saif prefers not to have any Bollywood people on his phone chat list. That prerogative is reserved for his friends from Oxford.

Katrina Kaif is quite like the Big B. She may not respond to an SMS immediately but be sure you will get a reply even if she is in the UK or Las Vegas.

Numbers There are at least four to five filmwallahs who insist on having 786 (that denotes Bismillah) in their phone numbers. These are AR Rahman, Firoz Nadiadwala, Saira Banu and Tabu. Rishi Kapoor and his wife Neetu are separated by just one digit in their cell numbers. And the entire Oberoi family—Suresh, Yashodhara and Vivek—has the digits 777 present in their cell numbers. Incidentally Shah Rukh Khan's fixation for the digits 555 extends itself to his phone numbers just like it does to his car registration numbers.

Priyanka Chopra's phone messenger status usually tells you everything about her. Her destination and her state of mind come across nicely on the messages she posts.

Ranveer Singh, should learn from current date, Deepika P. The actor, who would wait next to the phone to respond to messages before Ram-Leela, has now developed a very different attitude. These days, he responds to Deepika's messages, leaving the rest of the world hanging.

Shah Rukh Khan also has terrible phone manners. Of course, the nice thing about SRK is that just when you are in deep despair that he hasn't replied, you may get a surprise message from him in the middle of the night. Since he usually personalises his message — it brings a smile to your face, even if it comes a fortnight after it was meant to.

Urvashi Rautela Newbie Urvashi Rautela, who made her debut in Singh Saab The Great (2013), has a caller tune that warns the caller to be careful about what they speak. It goes, "The number you have called is a VIP number. This call may be monitored for surveillance. Please choose your words carefully before speaking". Probably, it's her way of warding off unwanted calls.


Unsolved mysteries

Bollywood mysteries that remain unsolved even today

The Times of India

Divya Bharti murder case - Divya Bharti was the rising star of Indian cinema when she was launched way back in the 90s. While she won a million hearts with her acting in the commercially successful 'Deewana', Divya's acting career did not last long. Just as she turned 18, Divya decided to get married to Sajid Nadiadwala whom she met while working on the sets of 'Shola Aur Shabnam'. Nadiadwala had come to meet actor Govinda but feel in love with Divya Bharti soon after. According to reports the doll like Divya Bharti and her marriage to Sajid Nadiadwala was kept a secret so as to not affect her prosperous film career. However, Divya's happiness was short lived as on April 5, 1993 Divya was found dead after she fell from the balcony of her Tulsi apartment building on the fifth floor in Versova, Mumbai. While some call it accidental death, there have been other reports in the media hinting at the alleged involvement of the underworld mafia. According to reports in the media released during that time, Divya Bharti's body was sent for examination and a fair amount of alcohol was found in her blood. It was also reported that designer Neeta Lulla and her husband Dr Shyam Lulla had met Divya Bharti that evening. While the investigation of the Divya Bharti case was stopped in 1998 and her falling from the balcony was termed as 'accidental death', speculations and the mystery around Bollywood's then youngest heroine cannot be overlooked.

Jiah Khan case - The bombshell who hit the cinema screens like a hurricane when she romanced Amitabh Bachchan in 'Nishabd' gave the world another shocker with the news of her suicide. Jiah reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at around 11:45 pm in her bedroom of her Juhu apartment in Mumbai on Monday, 3 June 2013. Her mother Rabiya and sister Kavita were not at home at that time. While depression was touted as the main reason at that time for the actress to end her life, a six page suicide note found by her sister in the house four days later mentioned that Jiah reportedly got an abortion and this sparked various controversies. Jiah's relationship with upcoming actor Suraj Pancholi, son of actors Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, came out in the open post Jiah's suicide and he was taken into police custody regarding the same. Although Suraj was released on bail, the case has moved into the hands of the CBI. On the one hand, the late actress' mother Rabiya Khan demands a re-investigation of the case and on the other the Pancholis have slapped a defamation case against Rabiya of Rs 100 crore. Whatever the outcome of the case be eventually, Jiah Khan's suicide remains a mystery as of today.

Kunal Singh's suicide - Actor Kunal Singh who has worked in South Indian films and was seen opposite Sonali Bendre in 'Dil Hi Dil Mein' allegedly committed suicide in his apartment in Mumbai. The actor was seen hanging by the ceiling fan of his apartment by actress Lavina Bhatia who then called the cops. According to a report in The Times Of India, Kunal who was working on the film 'Yogi' at that time met with the scriptwriters, costume designers and actress Lavina Bhatia a few hours earlier at his home. According to the report, Lavina claims to have gone to the washroom for ten minutes and when she came out, she saw him hanging from the ceiling. While a not so successful career is believed to have been a possible reason for Kunal’s death, the report also hints at marital discord. Apparently, Kunal's wife Anuradha got to know about his proximity to a co-star and that there were frequent arguments between them about the same. It is believed that his wife and two kids had gone to her maternal home in Ahmednagar at the time the incident took place. Kunal Singh's suicide remains a mystery like so many more cases.

Mamta Kulkarni, actress' shocking disappearance- Now this is one story that has the ingredients of a Bollywood masala potboiler! Yes, the curious case of Mamta Kulkarni, actress, and her shocking disappearance got a lot of media attention. If speculations around the same are anything to go by then Mamata's alleged affair with international drug kingpin Vicky Goswami and her friendship with underworld don Chota Rajan may have led her to this anonymous existence. According to a report in India Today, Mamata who is now in her early 40s, has apparently converted to Islam and shifted to Nairobi after leading an anonymous life in Dubai for a while. She has also been managing a leading real-estate and hotel business in Dubai. Mamata who has a few hits to her credit like 'Karan Arjun', 'Aashiq Awara' and 'Sabse Bada Khiladi' got involved with underworld kingpin Vicky and this started her downfall in films. It was believed that the couple left for Dubai and were living there for a few years. According to a report in India TV a picture of Mamata visiting Vicky in a jail in Dubai was released in the newspapers. According to rumours, the couple is now in Nairobi and speculations about Mamata apparently converting to Islam also made their way. A picture of a visibly old Mamata came out atleast 10 years from the release of her last film. News reports about Mamata going spiritual and turning her attention heavily to hinduism also made the rounds. Mamata was also believed to be living in an ashram in India for sometime. Mamata’s vanishing act and her existence have generated a lot of interest in the media.

Nafisa Joseph's suicide- Death came too soon for beauty queen turned VJ/actress Nafisa Joseph when she committed suicide by hanging herself in her apartment in Mumbai on 29 July 2004. Nafisa was to marry businessman Gautam Khanduja in a few weeks' time and apparently suffered from depression that made her end her life. According to her parents, Joseph allegedly took the step because her marriage was called off. While Nafisa was doing well career wise, her personal life was sadly always in the doldrums. According to an Indian Express report dated July 31, 2004 Nafia was in a relationship with model Sameer Malhotra and was engaged to him post her Miss India win. Since he was a lesser known model, this may have led to their break-up. Nafisa then moved on to model and actor Samir Soni and was engaged to him as well (who is currently married to actress Neelam). After their engagement was called off , Nafisa is believed to have dated actor Rahul Bose for a brief period of time. Post her split with Rahul Bose, Nafisa found love with automobile business Gautam Khanduja and her engagement being called off a few days prior to her wedding may have been too much for her. Apparently, according to rumours, Joseph discovered that Khanduja was still married, although having told her he had been divorced for two years. According to the report in Indian Express, a few nights before her death, Nafisa and Gautam had a fight over the legalities of his divorce that led them to call off their wedding just two weeks before the date. In November 2005, the trial against Khanduja was stayed by the Bombay High Court until January 2006. Khanduja claimed that there was no evidence to prove that breaking off the engagement had led to Joseph's suicide. He pointed out that Joseph's earlier engagements to Sameer Malhotra and Samir Soni had also ended. The beautiful actress Nafisa Joseph's death is another mystery that remains unsolved.

Silk Smitha's death- The country's most popular erotic actress, Silk Smitha ruled the roost career-wise and went on from an unimportant extra in South Indian films to her meteoric rise as a symbol of sensuality in films. While her professional life was going great guns, apparently Silk's tragic personal life forced her to commit suicide on September 23, 1996. While we are unsure of Silk Smitha and the reasons that caused her to take this step, speculations about her imbalanced personal life, financial problems, disillusionment in love and dependency on alcohol come to the forefront. Silk apparently was found hanging from her home in Chennai while some reports also hint that Silk poisoned herself to death. Silk Smitha's intriguing personal and professional life and her shocking demise had Ekta Kapoor make a film on her. Directed by Milan Luthria, Ekta Kapoor's 'The Dirty Picture' was released in 2011. Vidya Balan won both critical and commercial acclaim for her performance as Silk Smitha and walked away with the National Award for the same. Despite a film and various articles on Silk, the actress and her death remain an unsolved mystery till today.

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