Relationships are sensitive; it’s hard getting into them, and harder leaving them. The best example of this is our own Bollywood couples, who have as much melodrama in their personal lives. It’s nothing short of a full-on emotional ride that our movies take you on. Love triangles, disregard for commitment, villains, vamps and infidelity: you’ll find it all here. There have been some serious breakups in the last few decades of the film industry and here’s a list of the top 10 famous Indian celebrity breakups of all times.
10. Sarika and Kamal Haasan:
Kamal Haasan, the Tollywood megastar, started dating Sarika when he was still married to his first wife, Vani Ganapathy. Soon, the two got married and had two daughters – Shruti and Akshara. But, later, Sarika found history repeating all over again when she found Kamal dating Simran Bagga, a new actress 20 years younger to him. Eventually, the couple divorced after 14 years of marriage.
9. Mahima Chaudhary and Leander Paes:
There was a time when the couple was high on the list of the media coverage. After all, Mahima had just started to dazzle Bollywood with her beauty and acting, and Leander Paes was the best tennis player of India. But then came Rhea Pillai, and the couple’s troubles began. Soon Mahima broke off and Leander got married to Pillai.
8. Dimple Kapadia and Rajesh Khanna:
One of the most famous couples of Bollywood, Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia got married in 1973 soon after Dimple Kapadia’s debut release Bobby. At the time of her marriage Dimple was only 16 and Rajesh, 15 years her senior. She gave up her career in the movies and looked after her two daughters, Twinkle and Rinkie, but when rumours of Rajesh Khanna dating Tina Munim started to spread fast, she chose to split up in 1984.
7. Bipasha Basu and John Abraham:
Media’s super-couple for a really long time, the Bengali beauty Bipasha Basu and the dandy John Abraham came closer during the shoot of Jism. Breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, Dino Morea, Bips was crazy for John. The couple’s love story lasted till 2011. It is believed that the reason for their breakup was John’s disregard for commitment. It was also rumoured that Bips became increasingly insecure with John’s proximity with other female co-stars.
6. Karishma Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan:
Abhishek Bachchan probably had the worse break-ups ever. He was left devastated when his engagement with the beautiful and bubbly Karishma Kapoor broke. Although the reason still remains a mystery, it is believed that the families of the two were largely responsible for it. Doubts over Karishma’s seriousness on the relationship led to a number of arguments between the two families, and they eventually called off the wedding.
5. Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia:
The ‘IPL couple’, Ness Wadia and Preity Zinta, were always seen happy at the matches, but soon enough this happiness turned sour when Ness reportedly asked Preity to quit movies after marriage. She was not willing to remain in a relationship based on conditions, and was not willing to quit her profession. In the end, the two parted their ways off.
4. Amrita Singh and Saif Ali Khan:
In 1991, Saif Ali Khan got married to the beautiful Amrita Singh, who was 12 years elder to him. Many people retaliated against the marriage and prophesized a doomed future of the marriage, but young and in love, Amrita and Saif decided to go ahead. Later, in 2004, they got divorced, with Amrita gaining the custody of their two children. Today, Saif is happily married to the gorgeous Kareena Kapoor.
3. Rekha and Amitabh Bachchan:
This is the break-up of an old man who never grows old and the old woman who can still charm a 16-year-old. Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha is the mystery couple whom many wanted to see together. Although there’s no particular evidence to show that they were ever together, it is believed that their movie Silsila was based on the real-life love-triangle between the Amitabh Bachchan, his wife Jaya Bachchan and Rekha.
2. Aamir Khan and Reena Dutta:
The teenage love of Aamir Khan and Reena Dutta was soon explicit after the release of Aamir’s first movie Quayamat Se Quayamat Tak. The couple revealed that they were married long before the film hit the screens. They divorced after 16 years of marriage and two children. The ultimate reason for their break-up was attributed to the growing proximity between Aamir and his Lagaan assistant director, Kiran Rao. Today, Kiran and Aamir are happily married and also have a son.
1. Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan:
The two had lit the big screen with an amazing made-for-each-other chemistry in the blockbuster film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. It was a romance of one of the most beautiful woman in the world with one of the most handsome chaps in India. Simply put, Salman and Aishwarya were magical as a couple. But, their affair got smashed in a rather messy manner, with Salman often disturbing Aishwarya even on her shoots. The media had a good time filling columns with their break up stories for close to three years.