Till marriage do us part

Shahid and Kareena in ‘Jab We Met’

By Neeru Saluja

They were together for 25 years and had four children. Their marriage was considered as one of the most successful Hollywood weddings. Their divorce shook up the whole industry and the sanctity of marriage was being questioned. It was all over the headlines – former California Governor, action movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver have separated after 25 years of marriage.

While that was the news in Hollywood, Bollywood was no less behind. Making affairs public and then breaking off relationships has become the latest fad in our film industry. While we let Hollywood talk about Arnie – Maria, Brad ”“ Jen, Sandra ”“ Jesse break-ups, let’s talk about the recent splits in Bollywood which created headlines.

Bipasha Basu and John Abraham

They seemed inseparable ”“ the hottest couple of Bollywood going strong since a decade. Who could imagine them breaking up? Who could forget their onscreen chemistry in Jism? The dusky sexy Bong beauty and the handsome hunk were the typical Bolly Holly couple having a live in relationship but no commitment to marriage.

But the grapevine says that the time had come to test the water. Bips wanted to get married while John didn’t want to tie the knot and settle down at this point of his career. They had no choice left but to part ways and find another perfect match for themselves.


Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif

Another sad end to a long affair in Bollywood. First there were rumours and then came the truth of their break up. Salman started dating Katrina when she arrived in Bollywood in 2004 and he helped her a lot to attain stardom. They also starred in a few films together and despite their age difference, their affair lasted for a good time.

But the bad boy lived up to his reputation. He was jealous of her on screen chemistry with Akshay Kumar, disapproved of her wearing short skirts and started interfering in her career. The protective boyfriend attitude didn’t last long. Despite their break up, they are still good friends.

Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone

Blame it all on Sydney! Yes these two love birds locked eyes in Sydney on the sets of Bachna Ae Haseeno. Didn’t they look amazing together? Both were young newcomers, latest heartthrob sensations and sizzled chemistry on screen. As the young modern couple, they had no qualms in openly admitting their relationship and sharing their secrets of love in magazines and award functions. Ouch sooo cute!

But Ranbir’s parents Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh didn’t find that so cute. They feared that their son’s popularity with the female fans is being affected. They never really accepted Deepika who changed boyfriends very quickly. Whatever the reason, they made a great couple and they parted ways in a friendly manner after a two year courtship.

Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia

A pretty vivacious actress and a rich tycoon boyfriend ”“ perfect story to hit the tabloids. But it was never perfect for the pretty Preity Zinta and her boyfriend Ness Wadia. Their affair started in 2005 but their engagement, ownership of Kings XI Punjab cricket team, Preity’s acceptance in the Wadia family always made headlines. Their split finally came in 2009 as they had maturely declared their affections, with the same maturity they accepted their split. They still go to IPL meeting together but that’s all to it.


Kareena and Shahid Kapur

The lovey dovey ‘Kapoor’ couple soon became the hottest duo after they starred together in ‘Fida’ in 2004. They went on to star in more movies – ‘China Town’, Chup Chup Ke, Jab We Met but, except for the last one, they never sizzled on screen. Their four years of love was not strong enough to hold them as their career went through different phases, one tasting success and the other not.

Who dumped whom is still a question as both of them found solace in their co-star arms pretty soon. If Shahid tried to connect his kismat with his Kismat connection co-star Vidya Balan, Kareena fell for the smooth and savvy Saif Ali Khan during their shooting of Omkara. Though Shahid moved on to Priyanka from Vidya, Saif and Kareena are going steady and are known to be the most glamorous couple of tinsel town.

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