Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor’s is one of the best love stories fans have seen blossoming in the Hindi film industry. Saif fell in love with Kareena while both were shooting for Yash Raj Films’ ‘Tashan’. Though the film did not fare well at the ticket window, their chemistry became a hit among the fans. The audience liked the fresh pairing of both the stars. They started dating in October 2007 when Kareena had almost ended all ties with her then boyfriend Shahid Kapoor. Five years and a number of wedding speculations later, the two announced their marriage. They became one on October 16, 2012. When the two most popular stars of Bollywood decided to get hitched crossing various age and religious boundaries, their wedding ceremony attracted huge eyeballs. Not just the Indian media, but the world media took a keen interest in every ins and outs of it for its magnificence, regality and luxury.
Saif and Kareena had dated each other for more than four years before taking their relationship to the next level. During their dating period, a certain section of the society was busy raising eyebrows over their unions just because of their different faiths and religious faith. But not giving a damn to the world, the couple nurtured their relationship with all they could do.
Kareena, the granddaughter of showman Raj Kapoor, was born in a Punjabi Hindu family whereas Saif Ali Khan, the son of Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and yesteryear actress Sharmila Tagore, hailed from a Muslim family. Despite being hailing from different religious environments and beliefs, their marriage broke the narrow prism of religion, culture and even age. Kareena is almost 12 years younger than her hubby Saif. The most important part of Saifeena’s union was that in the earlier marriages which took place in the Pataudi family; women have converted into Islam to marry their significant other for a wider social acceptance, but Kareena did not leave her religion to find her love. And Saif supported her in her decision.
2. AJAY DEVGN & KAJOL
Theirs was indeed a marriage of opposites. He was an introvert, unassuming and unpretentious guy. She was an extrovert, chirpy and happy-go-lucky girl who wore her heart on her sleeves. Yes, we are talking about none other than superstar Ajay Devgn and her better half Kajol, who tied the knot on 24 February 1999 in a traditional Maharashtrian ceremony in Mumbai where only a few close friends and relatives were invited. When the news of their marriage first broke out in the media, many said that the relationship would last longer due to the contrasting personalities of the couple. However, defying all speculations, the couple walked down the aisle after a four-year long courtship. It has been close to two decades, and the bond between Ajay and Kajol seems to be getting much stronger with every passing day.
Ajay and Kajol started dating in 1995 while working together on ‘Gundaraj’. They have starred together in 7 films till date, including ‘Gundaraj’ (1995), ‘Hulchul’ (1995), ‘Ishq’ (1997), ‘Pyar Toh Hona Hi Tha’ (1998), ‘Dil Kya Kare’ (1999), ‘Raju Chacha’ (2000) and ‘U Me Aur Hum’. Most of these films turned out to be box office hits and established Ajay and Kajol as one of the most successful movie couples in the history of Hindi films. Kajol, who along with her late aunt Nutan holds the record for most Best Actress wins at Filmfare with five, took a break from films to start a family.
She gave birth to their daughter Nysa in 2003. Following a sabbatical from acting in 2001, Kajol made a powerful comeback to films with the 2006 romantic thriller film ‘Fanaa’ opposite Aamir Khan and continue working infrequently till date. Ajay Devgn and Kajol have faced a lot of issues in their personal lives, but the couple handled them with aplomb and came out even stronger.
3. ABHISHEK BACHCHAN & AISHWARYA RAI BACHCHAN
Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan, who is the son of the legendary actors Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan, tied the nuptial knot with one of the leading ladies of Hindi cinema and former beauty queen, Aishwarya Rai, on April 20, 2007. The one of its kind marriage ceremony took place in Mumbai and caught the eyeballs of the whole world. Their marriage procession started from one of the residences of the Bachchans, Jalsa, to their other house, Prateeksha. As was expected, the wedding was the talk of the town and saw the presence of a host of celebrities from different walks of life. Right after their wedding Abhi and Aish both were invite to appear on the ‘Oprah Winfrey Show’ and were said to be more famous as a couple than Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
So, how did Abhishek and Aishwarya fell in love? Who popped the marriage proposal first? Abhishek and Aishwarya first met on the sets of their film titled ‘Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke’ (2000). Though their film did not do any wonders in terms of business, their chemistry was indeed appreciated by the audience. They joined hands again for their second outing ‘Kuch Naa Kaho’ (2003). At this time, both were just good friends. Reportedly, both started having some feelings for each other while filming the iconic song ‘Kajra Re’, for the film ‘Bunty Aur Babli’ (2005).
However, it was during the shoot of their three films ‘Umrao Jaan’ (2006), ‘Dhoom’ (2006) and ‘Guru’ (2007), which were shot in between 2006-07, that they got some quality time to spend with each other. Finally, it was after the premiere of the Mani Rathnam directorial, ‘Guru’, in Toronto, when Abhishek proposed to her, and, much to the delight of Junior Bachchan, she immediately accepted his proposal. After the formal proposal, the two flew back to Mumbai and got engaged on January 14, 2007, and married each other on April 20, 2007.
4. AKSHAY KUMAR & TWINKLE KHANNA
Akshay Kumar, one of the most successful movie stars from the current generation, was popular as Mr. Casanova in Bollywood before getting hitched with actress Twinkle Khanna, the daughter of actors Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia. Surprisingly, soon after his marriage, the actor drastically changed his image to become the best husband and a complete family man. Though after tying the knot with Mr. Khiladi Kumar, Twinkle decided to bid adieu to her acting career, she channelized her energy towards her other areas of interest and, within no time, established herself as a leading designer, blogger and author. She has authored two books and has also turned producer with Akshay’s forthcoming film ‘Padman’, which is being directed by R. Balki.
Ever since their marriage, the power couple has time and again professed their love for each other on various public platforms, giving solid relationship goals to their fans. The more we come to know about their relationship, the more we start loving this couple who has been together for close to two decades. Akshay and Twinkle first met during a shoot for the popular film magazine called Filmfare, in Mumbai. The moment Khiladi Kumar saw Twinkle in person he could not take his eyes off her and developed an instant crush on Twinkle.
However, it was actually during the shooting of their action thriller film, ‘International Khiladi’ (1999), when the two found out that they liked each other. Once Akshay was asked on a chat show what was it that made Twinkle say yes to marry him. The actor revealed that Twinkle was very confident of the success of her 2000 film ‘Mela’. She said if the film did not work, she would marry him. Luckily for the couple, the film bombed at the box office like anything and they married on 17 January 2001.
5. KUNAL KHEMU & SOHA ALI KHAN
He was a simple, fun-loving guy trying his best to make a mark in the Hindi film industry. She was also an actor hailing from a royal family of Pataudis, with deep roots in Hindi cinema as her mother, Sharmila Tagore, brother, Saif Ali Khan, and sister-in-law, Kareena Kapoor Khan are some prominent figures of the showbiz. When actors Kunal Khemu and Soha Ali Khan met for the first time on the set of the film ‘Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge’ in 2008, they did not even first think of becoming friends, let alone getting in a relationship and marriage. But, their destiny had something else in store for them. Within no time Kunal and Soha were in head over heels in love with each other and the whole industry circuit was abuzz with their new romance. Before media could make a mountain of a molehill, the couple moved in together, and stayed in a live-in relationship before they decided to walk down the aisle.
It was Kunal who first popped the question to Soha in 2014 in Paris, the city of romance. Soha did not waste a single moment in accepting the proposal and said a prompt yes! Exhilarated Soha could not contain her excitement and shared the great news with her fans and the whole world through her Twitter handle. She mentioned in her tweet, “It gives me great happiness to share with you all that Kunal proposed to me in Paris with the most perfect ring in the world and I said yes.”
The couple finally tied the knot on January 25, 2015. The wedding ceremony, which took place at their Khar residence in Mumbai, was a low-key affair with only a registrar, family members and close friends in attendance. The couple wanted to keep their marriage a hush-hush affair but it attracted a lot of media attention simply because the bridegroom belonged to the family of Nawabs.
6. RISHI KAPOOR & NEETU SINGH
No one exactly knows the number of hearts Rishi Kapoor broke when he fell head over heels in love with the young and gorgeous Neetu Singh. Rishi was the most popular romantic heroes of his time with a huge fan following. Girls were mad for him. Heroines were dying to share screen space with him. So, when Chintu, as he is lovingly called as in Bollywood, declared his infinite love for Neetu, breaking of almost million hearts was obvious. Neetu had just started her career as an actress after starring in a few films as a child artiste when Rishi proposed her. She was just 14 but accepted his proposal. However, her mother was not very pleased with the relationship, so whenever Rishi and Neetu would go out on dinner dates, her mother would send her cousin along to act as a chaperone.
The first time Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh starred in a film was ‘Zehreela Insaan’ which released in 1974. Their crackling chemistry was received very well by the audience. But if you thought it was love at first sight for them, then read further. Apart from his great acting skills and looks, Rishi was also quite popular for his pranks on sets. He loved teasing Neetu on the sets of ‘Zehreela Insaan’ to his heart’s content. He would smudge her face with kajal right after she was done with her makeup for the shoot.
But instead of breaking all ties with the actor and taking his class, the actress fell for the guy who did everything to irritate her. They married on 22 January 1980. Since Neetu was the sole breadwinner of her family, she did not want to leave her mother all alone without anyone supporting her, so she invited Rishi to stay with them after marriage.
7.RANDHIR KAPOOR & BABITA
Actor-director Randhir Kapoor hailed from the Kapoor clan, one of the most respected and revered film families in Bollywood. Babita also belonged to a film family. She was the daughter of character actor Hari Shivdasani and niece of one of the most beautiful and popular heroines of the 1960s, Sadhana. So, when these two young hearts – Randhir and Babita – met for the first time, something sparked which culminated into a relationship followed by marriage.
After working as a child artist in a number of films, Randhir turned hero with the romantic drama ‘Kal Aaj Aur Kal’ (1971). Produced by his father Raj Kapoor, the film also marked his directorial debut. Her heroine in the movie was none other than Babita who had previously worked in a number of successful films including ‘Farz’ (1967), ‘Aulad’ (1968) and ‘Haseena Maan Jaayegi’ (1969). Babita was his crush since school days, so when Randhir decided to make his first film, he could not think of any other actress to cast except Babita. Upon its release in 1971, ‘Kal Aaj Aur Kal’ turned out to be a moderate success at the box office. However, the crackling chemistry between Randhir and Babita was appreciated everywhere. Right after the release of the film, Randhir and Babita decided to marry. Some members of the family were against this union, but they had to bow down to their children’s decision.
Director and producer Adurthi Subba Rao had recast the pair in his film ‘Jeet’ which released in 1972, after the marriage of Randhir and Babita. The film, which was a Hindi remake of Rao’s hit Telugu film ‘Poola Rangadu’, film did not do well. When Randhir married his school crush Babita people thought they would make the perfect couple for the whole of their life, but after a few years of marital bliss and two daughters, Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, the couple separated.
8. AMITABH BACHCHAN & JAYA BACHCHAN
Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan together form a formidable couple which everyone looks up to with great admiration. The couple has seen innumerable ups and downs in their married life, but the bond they share is still as strong as it had been at the time of its coming into existence. It happened almost 44 years back, when Big B and Jaya, the two towering figures of Indian cinema, decided to come together for the rest of their lives. It has been over four decades, and their mutual respect and admiration seems to have grown with each passing day. Amitabh was the darling of the whole nation at the time of his marriage, a national heartthrob with a following giving several other public figures a run for their money. Jaya was counted among one of the finest actresses of her time. So, when they decided to walk down the aisle on June 3, 1973, millions of hearts were left broken without any fault of theirs.
Their love story has all the essential ingredients which make it as interesting as those reel tales they have perfectly shown on the celluloid. It was in early 1970, when Amitabh saw Jaya for the first time at the prestigious Pune Film & Television Institute of India. Big B was struggling to make his career in films, while Jaya had already established herself as a leading lady of Hindi films. Much later, veteran filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee signed them together for his film ‘Guddi’ (1971). It was at the sets of this film that both the actors formally met each other. Amitabh was on cloud nine to share screen space with Jaya as she was reckoned as one of the most versatile actresses of her time.
It was Jaya who first realized she had fallen for the tall man who had all the strapping of a superstar. It was only the sets of their 1972 movie ‘Ek Nazar’, which worked as Cupid for Amitabh too and both became a couple. After the release of ‘Zanjeer’ in 1773, Amit Ji proposed Jaya for the marriage received an instant nod. Within a few days, they tied the knot and in a private ceremony. It was just after three years of their wedding, when news about Big B’s linkup with actress Rekha started making headline all over. It was an extremely tough period for Jaya, but she did not lose hope. She had full faith in her relationship. And finally, her faith won as rumors about Big B and Rekha’s relationship died down gradually.
9. DILIP KUMAR & SAIRA BANU
Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu’s is the most iconic Jodi of Bollywood, and also, the most interesting one. We have a plenty of examples in Bollywood and also in several other film producing industries in the world for that matter where stars married someone much younger or older than them, but a gap of 22 years is something which many of us may find extremely difficult to digest. But this happened when braving all societal barriers Saira Banu decided to marry the thespian of Indian cinema, Mr. Dilip Kumar, in 1966.
The couple, which worked together in films like ‘Sagina Mahato’ (1970), ‘Gopi’ (1970), ‘Bairaag’ (1972) and ‘Sagina’ (1974), has always stayed by each other’s side in every phase of their life. It was like a fairytale romance for the Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu. As the veteran actress herself confesses, she was in love with Dilip Kumar right from the age of 12 when she was not an actress. But when Saira entered industry, she fell for Rajendra Kumar, something which her mother and former actress Naseem Banu did not approve. Naseem then decided to play cupid for Dilip and Saira and bring them together. So, finally when Dilip Saab proposed to Saira with the blessing of their respective families, Saira was on top of the world and accepted the proposal then and there. They got married in the year 1966, when the Saira was only 22 and Dilip Kumar was 44. Because of this huge age difference, many though the marriage would not stand the test of time, but the couple proved everyone wrong.
In the 1980s, Dilip Kumar found himself in a controversial affair when his affair with a Pakistani woman Asma surfaced and attracted many eyeballs. Two years later, Dilip cut all ties with her and returned to Saira. Now, it has been more than four decades, the couple has been together through troubled and happy times.
10. DHARMENDRA & HEMA MALINI
She ruled over the hearts of millions of cinema lovers as “Dream Girl” and he was popular as the “He-man” of Bollywood who found incredible pleasure in beating goons left, right and center. So, what happened when these two super hot and super gorgeous souls met? Obviously, they fell head over heels in love with each other. Dharmendra and Hema Malini have been together since many decades now and inspiring couples ever since. But if you think it was a rosy ride for the couple, think again.
Initially, Hema did not show any interest in Dharam Ji, because she had her own reservations about a relationship with a married man. She was not at all keen on getting involved with a man who was just not married but had two kids, too. But love was meant to happen between the two and it finally happened and the couple married each other in 1980. Before tying the knot they both decided to convert to Islam, since Dharmendra’s first wife, Prakash Kaur did not want a divorce from Dharmendra.