Film industry is show business. The rumor mongers provide the right kind of fuel for the industry to run. The industry demands a lot of proximity between the romantic leads. This can naturally cause the sparks to fly. After all, the stars are human. In fact, they are extremely attractive humans with some of the best physique and figures. Therefore, affairs are very normal in this industry. Rarely can the lead actor or actress go through an entire career without being embroiled in some romantic liaison or the other.
There are thousands of known and unknown affairs in the Bollywood film industry. We shall look at the high profile actor and actresses because they are the ones who run this industry. A majority of these affairs did not culminate in a permanent union. However, they do make their presence felt causing rifts and tensions in their individual families. Some of them are extra-marital affairs. Let us look at top 10 Bollywood affairs of all time.
10. Salman Khan – Aishwarya Rai
At No. 10 we have the relationship between L’Enfant terrible, Salman Khan and the most beautiful Hindi film actress of all time, Aishwarya Rai. Salman Khan has this habit of being embroiled in one controversy after another. He had his brush with the law in the Chinkara killing case as well as the Land cruiser accident case. In addition, he is the true Casanova in the industry. The number of affairs involving Salman Khan can run into double digits. Somy Ali, Sangeeta Bijlani, and Katrina Kaif, are some of the top profile actresses he has dated in his life. However, his relationship with the Miss World, Aishwarya Rai made the headlines for the wrong reasons. Coming close during the shooting of ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, this pair was touted as the next best thing to happen after the Dharmendra – Hema Malini pairing. However, it was not to be because Aishwarya’s parents did not approve of the union. Moreover, Salman’s possessiveness is also one of the reasons for the break up. Aishwarya silently moved on and married Abhishek Bachchan later on. Salman Khan is back to his old bad ways.
9. Abhishek Bachchan – Karisma Kapoor
Abhishek Bachchan must count himself to be the luckiest boy in the world. He has the greatest Indian film actor, Amitabh Bachchan as his father. However, the same fact has proved to be his undoing as well because people make the most unfair comparisons between him and his father. However, that did not deter him from having his share of affairs with the most beautiful ladies in the film industry. At No. 9 in the list we have his liaison with Karisma Kapoor, Raj Kapoor’s granddaughter. They had the wonderful chemistry as well. They would have tied the knot as well but for the rumor of the relationship between Karisma Kapoor and the son of Sahara Boss, Subrata Roy. This led to an ugly confrontation between Jaya Bachchan and Babita, Karisma’s mother leading to the eventual break up. Abhishek Bachchan went on to marry the most beautiful woman in the world, Aishwarya Rai thus proving the fact that he is in fact, the luckiest boy in the world. Karisma Kapoor went on to marry business personality Sanjay Kapur.
8. Sanjay Dutt – Madhuri Dixit
The No. 8 spot goes to the short-lived but equally explosive relationship between Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit. Parental upbringing is very important in anyone’s life. This particular factor was conspicuous by its absence in the case of Sanjay Dutt. This explains his infamous brushes with the law in the most dangerous of cases. He had to endure a jail term as well for his involvement in the Mumbai Bomb blasts. That said, Sanjay Dutt had a tempestuous relationship with many film actresses. His wife, Richa Sharma had just expired because of cancer. Naturally, he was under emotional strain. He found solace in the beautiful arms of the actress with the most infectious smile in Bollywood, Madhuri Dixit. Their relationship did not last long because of the objections from the orthodox Maharashtrian Brahmin parents of Madhuri. Their relationship did not set the sets on fire but it certainly was a high profile one. Sanjay Dutt moved on to date other actresses and married Rhea Pillai. Madhuri Dixit tied the knot with US business person of Indian origin, Sriram Nene.
7. Shahid Kapoor – Kareena Kapoor
Affairs are not new to the first family of India cinema, the Kapoor film. You have the liaison between Raj Kapoor and Nargis. His sons, Randhir and Rishi married fellow actresses Babita and Neetu Singh respectively. We are not even referring to the other Kapoors, Shammi and Shashi. Hence, it is no surprise that Kareena Kapoor, Raj Kapoor’s granddaughter ventured in the same direction. Her sister, Karisma had walked this path before. At No. 7 we have the beautiful pair of Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor. This was one of the most beautiful and innocent looking pairs in the history of Indian cinema. The film, Jab We Met brought this pair close to each other. Theirs would have been a beautiful relationship but for the immaturity of both these young upstarts. Shahid Kapoor has been romantically linked with every actress he acts with. This angered Kareena Kapoor leading to their split. Kareena later on went and married the Chote Nawab, Saif Ali Khan. Shahid Kapoor, too went his way and married Mira Rajpoot.
6. John Abraham – Bipasha Basu
At No. 6, we have one of best ‘made for each other’ pairs, John Abraham and Bipasha Basu. Possessing one of the most beautiful physiques in the industry, John Abraham has charm written all over his face as well. His smile can disarm any woman with ease. No wonder, his charms worked perfectly on one of the sexiest women in the Bollywood industry, Bipasha Basu. She had the perfect figure to match his physique, prompting people to draw the ultimate conclusion. However, this was not to be because of the flirtation habits of both the stars. Bipasha has been linked to various models such as Randeep Shourey, Dino Morea, and others. John Abraham had his share of affairs after this relationship. This could have culminated in a beautiful ending but it was not to be.
5. Dev Anand – Suraiya
We now move to the evergreen affairs of the Bollywood. At No. 5, we have the one of the most beautiful and one-sided affair of Dev Anand and Suraiya. Dev Anand was one of the most handsome actors in his prime. Suraiya was the top singer and heroine in those days. They had acted in a number of movies together. It was natural of Dev Anand to be smitten by her beauty. In fact, Dev Anand refused many movies because they did not have Suraiya as his co-star. Suraiya, on her part was completely under the control of her grandmother. Belonging to a conservative Muslim family, her grandmother disapproved of this relationship between a Muslim girl and the Punjabi boy. She was the main reason for Suraiya leaving the film industry in her prime and relocating to Pakistan. Dev Anand went on and married Kalpana Kartik.
4. Dilip Kumar – Madhubala
The No. 4 spot belongs to the beautiful relationship between the extremely talented Dilip Kumar and the vivacious beauty, Madhubala. The sets of Mughal-E-Azam brought this pair close to each other. In this case, there was no chance of any religious objections as well because both were Muslims. However, Madhubala’s father, Ataullah Khan had some differences with Dilip Kumar. Dilip Kumar was an egoistic actor and had a stubborn nature. The altercations between Dilip Kumar and Ataullah Khan separated the pair beyond redemption. Dilip Kumar went on and married Saira Banu. Madhubala loved Dilip Kumar all her life. Her loveless marriage to Kishore Kumar notwithstanding, she had a special place in her heart for Dilip Kumar. She died in 1969 with Dilip’s name on her lips.
3. Amitabh Bachchan – Rekha
No topic about Bollywood affairs would be complete without the mention of the high-profile and high-voltage chemistry between Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha. Amitabh Bachchan is undoubtedly the greatest actor Hindi cinema has ever seen. Rekha is the quintessential South Indian beauty with her traditional South Indian values. The dusky heroine was madly in love with the superstar. Amitabh was happily married to Jaya Bhaduri and had a lovely family. Keen to protect the interests of his family, he never disclosed anything about the affair with Rekha in any public forum. She on her part loved him intensely but respected his decision gracefully. This is what true love can do to a person. They have acted in numerous films with Silsila being the high point of their career. This film was literally a shadow of what was happening in his real life with Jaya Bhaduri being his wife in the film as well. Rekha entered into many inconsequential relationships with people like Vinod Mehra, Mukesh Agarwal, etc. Today, both of them have left their past behind them. This is what you call ‘aging gracefully’. It will always remain a tragedy that this relationship did not end in their marriage.
2. Raj Kapoor – Nargis
The No. 2 spot goes to the most volatile chemistry between the greatest showman of Bollywood, Raj Kapoor and Nargis. This pair shared an excellent chemistry as is evident from films like Shree 420, Awara, Chori Chori, etc. This was the ultimate ‘made for each other’ pair. Raj Kapoor was madly in love with Nargis even though he was happily married to Krishna Kapoor and had three children at that time. Nargis was an extremely sensual woman who exuded a great degree of charm. Raj Kapoor’s father, Prithviraj Kapoor did not approve of this affair. In addition, Nargis did not approve of Raj Kapoor’s flirtation with the leading ladies of his time such as Vyajayanthi Mala, Padmini, etc. There was a very strong rumor that Nargis had given birth to a daughter through Raj Kapoor. There is no evidence of this fact but there cannot be any smoke without fire. This will remain a mystery throughout history. After parting ways, Raj moved ahead with his life and flirtatious ways. Nargis went on to marry a much younger Sunil Dutt.
1. Dharmendra – Hema Malini
The No. 1 spot should undoubtedly go to the pair that should rank as the most beautiful affair in Bollywood history. We are referring to the undying chemistry between the handsome Hulk, Dharmendra and the Dream Girl, Hema Malini. This couple was madly in love with each other. Hema Malini belonged to a respectable Brahmin family from the southern part of India. Her parents were dead against her relationship with the ‘Punjabi munda’, Dharmendra. Dharmendra was already married to Prakash Kaur and had two children, Sunny and Bobby. Hema Malini had also received marriage proposals from eminent actors like Jeetendra and Sanjeev Kumar. She rejected them both in favor of Dharmendra. The only hurdle in this case was Prakash Kaur. Dharmendra converted to Islam and hence was able to marry Hema Malini. They had two lovely daughters, Esha and Ahana. This was the only affair in this list that ended in a happy ending for both together.
We have seen the top 10 evergreen affairs in Bollywood until date. We might have missed out on many other affairs because Bollywood is full of beautiful and attractive actors and actresses. You can sum up these affairs aptly with this song from the film, Ek Duuje Ke Liye, “Hum bane, Tum bane, Ek Duuje ke liye, We are made for each other, Samjhe.”