5 Bollywood’s biggest love affairs of all times
Love is a grey territory in bollywood as there is no white or black side. Some love stories had short runs like a flop movie in the box office, others were doomed from the start while the rest sealed ended by walking down the aisles. The below five hottest bollywood love affairs also fall under the same.
1 Guru Dutt-Geeta Dutt-Waheeda Rehman
While Guru Dutt was the wonder actor-director of black-and-white movie era, his beautiful wife Geeta Dutt was considered to be the nightingale of playback singing in early 50s. They met on the set of ‘Baazi’ (1951) - where Guru Dutt was the debutant director and Geeta (then Roy) was the lead female vocalist. Sparks flew between them and the duo got married in the year of 1953. But like a true-blue tragic bollywood movie; Guru Dutt and Geeta Dutt’s love withered away under the pressure of ego, abundance talent and career demands. In 1956, Guru Dutt launched a new girl Waheeda Rehman in his directorial venture ‘C.I.D’. Soon rumors started flying around the filmy circle that- a romantic liaison between the doe-eyed beauty Waheeda and Guru Dutt had been ignited. The end result of this love triangle was destructive. While Guru Dutt committed suicide in1964, Geeta Dutt took her way out in drinking and died of liver cirrhosis in early 1970s.
2 Amitabh Bachchan-Rekha
Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha met on the set of movie ‘Do Anjane’ in 1976 and fell head-over-heals for each other.Amitabh was a much married man by then, while Rekha was beginning her second-innings in bollywood with her revamped sexy image. It was said that- Amitabh was keen on eloping with ‘Madam R’ but his mother; the feisty Teji Bachchan held her son’s marital fort by supporting daughter-in-law Jaya Bachchan out-and-out. Subsequently Amitabh got back on the track of family man and started to lead the life of a proud-father and-contented-husband. Rekha gone through two torrid marriages in quick succession and now remains the solitary queen bee of bollywood. But Even after 40 years, still when Amitji and Rekha grace Filmfair award function or any such film party-their unspoken chemistry seems palpable.
3 Dharmendra-Hema Malini
Love makes a person do outrageous things, even conversion to different religion. When ‘the Hi-man’ of bollywood Dharmendra first saw Hema Malini, he was married to Prakash Kaur and already fathered 4 children with her. On the other hand, bollywood dream girl Hema Malini was the ‘then’ reigning queen of the Hindi film industry, sweeping heroes like Jitendra and Sanjeev Kumar off their feet with her beauty and appeal. When the delicate Tamil Brahmin Hema fell in love with Dharmendra, it became the notorious love story of the decade. As Hindu marriage act prohibits a man to take more than one wife, both Hema and Dharmendra converted to Islam. Prakash Kaur refused to grant a divorce to her husband. So both the love-birds got hitched in a hush-hush affair. Dharamji started a family here in Mumbai with Hema and expanded his family tree with the births of Esha and Ahana. Few years back, when Dharmenda contested an election in Punjab, he wrote Prakash’s name in spouse’s space while filing his nomination. That started people’s tongue-wagging and many raised an eyebrow about his loyalty towards Hema. But Madam Malini kept her usual coolness and tackled all the brickbats from media with her beatific smile. Though many waters have been passed under the bridge since their tying the knot, still Dharam-Hema’s love story remained the strongest one in bollywood.
4 Mahesh Bhatt-Parveen Babi
If there had been any wild child of bollywood, then Parveen Babi was the one. Free-spirited, gutsy, bohemian- Parveen was all these things and many more. Apart from the lustrous hair, killing body and glam-doll image- she was also famous for breaking millions hearts with her torrid love affairs with bollywood leasing men. Among them Kabir Bedi, Danny Dengzongpa were two memorable names. But Mahesh Bhatt stood out among the lover’s pool of Parvin with his wit, his intelligence and his marital status. The much-married Mahesh Bhatt was blown away by Parveen’s charm and swept her off her feet in 1977. They lived-together for quite some time until Parveen’s deadly Paranoid Schizophrenia crept in between them. The once-confident actress started behaving radically with the thought of persecution mania. Both Kabir Bedi and Danny did their best to help out Mahesh who stood rock-solid beside Parveen, while he left his wife and kid behind. Mahesh did everything within his capacity to protect her. He even took Parven to spiritual leader UG Krishnamurthy for her healing process. Though Parveen gained some momentary peace amidst spirituality, it was her raging madness that finally hammered the last nail on the coffin of her love with Mahesh Bhatt.
5 Sridevi-Boney Kapoor
The love story of Sridevi and Boney Kapoor reeks of passion, emotion and a saga of betrayal. When Mona Kaporr, Boney’s first wife convinced her husband to give shelter to the struggling actress Sridebvi in their Mumbai home, it changed the course of her life. Sridevi and Mona were close friends and Sri used to date super star Mithn Chakraborty during those days. Sri wanted long term commitment, marriage and public announcement from much-married Mithun which he refused to give. A furious Sridevi took revenge by hobnobbing with Boney that later grew into a passion play. Mona was conveniently left into the darkness till the news of Sridevi’s pregnancy with Boney Kapoor’s child broke out. A humiliated Mona left her marriage with two kids (Arjun and Anshula Kapoor) while Sridevi and Boney tied the knot in 1996.
Jheelam Dutta Roy lives in Kolkata.Being born in a Bengali household it’s in her genes to like anything in printed words.Reading fictions, watching Hollywood thrillers are her hobbies.She loves writing and is glad to do what she likes best for earning.