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Bollywood lives and loves

Deepa Gumaste | January 16, 2003 16:13 IST

And they lived happily ever after is an all too familiar denouement for Bollywood.

In the end, the hero and heroine overcomeseveral seemingly insurmountable hurdles and, more often than not, blissfully walk into the sunset. Interestingly, many of these joyous endingsspilled onto real life. In fact, the loJaya, Amitabh Bachchanve stories of film stars, their secret weddings, illicit affairs, heartache, separation and reunion canprovide innumerableplots for the screen.

In 1954, Dev Anand proposed marriage toTaxi Driver costar Kalpana Kartik.Oneafternoon, the screen duo tied the knot duringlunchon the film's set.

Equally dramatic was Shammi Kapoor's wedding with the glamorous Geeta Bali. Fearing parental opposition, the couple had a secret ceremony at the Banganga temple in south Mumbai atdead ofnight!

In 1957, when Mehboob Khan was shootingMother India,Nargis was trappedin a fireon the set. Her gallant costar Sunil Dutt jumped to her rescue. Agrateful Nargis-- who was playing Dutt's mother in the film -- graciously consented to be his wife.

Not all love stories of the time ended in matrimony.Madhubalaand Dilip Kumar's relationship was thwarted by her father Ataullah Khan who did not want his daughter to marry the Pathan. Eventually, she married Kishore Kumar. In 1966,Dilip Kumar, then 44, tied the knot withSaira Banu, who was exactly half his age, 22.

The 1970s saw a fresh burst of star relationships. In1971 or thereabouts Jaya Bhaduri -- already a star with Guddi -- fell in love with another newcomer Amitabh Bachchan andsigned four films with him.

Soon after Zanjeermade Amitabh -- a flop until then -- a star the coupleplanned to go on a celebratory trip to London. But Amitabh's mother Teji was keen theymarried before they went on holiday. Jayaput hercareer on the backburner after their children Shwetambari and Abhishek were born in 1974 and 1976 respectively. The marriage survived Amitabh's reported relationshipwith Rekha through much of the late 1970s. And thisfamilydrama tumbledonto the screen when Jayaworkedin Yash Chopra's Silsila alongside her husband and Rekha.

Another superstar who had a suddenweddingwas Rajesh Khanna. India's first realsuperstarhad women writing him letters in blood and swooning at his sightElvis style. Kaka, as he was called, dumped girlfriend Anju Mahendru and married 16-year-old Dimple Kapadia in 1973. Raj Kapoor's Bobby had just released, and Dimple was a huge star herself. After nine tumultuous years, the couple parted ways and Dimple returned to showbiz with Ramesh Sippy's Sagar.

After her Bobby costar Rishi Kapoorstarred in half-a-dozen films with Neetu Singh theywedin 1980.Afew years ago, this fairytale marriage showed the firstcracks when Neetuallegedly filed acomplaint with the police against her husband for harassment.The storm seems to have passed and today, Rishi says they arehappyand together again.

Another duo that had a long screen innings before settling down to marriagewasDharmendra and Hema Malini. They acted in30 films! together before the dream girl -- who had turned down Jeetendra and Sanjeev Kumar --finally consented toDharamji's entreaties and became his second wife. Shecontinued with hercareer, but never acted with him again.

Smita Patil took a leaf from Hema's book and found her soulmate inalready marriedcostar, Raj Babbar. After acting in half-a-dozen films with him, she proclaimed him her husband. A few weeks after thebirth of theirson Prateek in November 1986, Smita died suddenly.Raj Babbar later returnedto his wife, theatre personality Nadira Babbar.

Mithun Chakraborty marriedYogeeta Bali -- who was once married to Kishore Kumar-- surprising many people in the industry. Though themarriage hit rough weather thanks to the star's alleged indiscretions, ithas survived to this day.

In the decade of the star sons, Sanjay Dutt marriedrelatively unknown actress Richa Sharma, Aamir Khan and Reena DuttJackie Shroff wooed and won over one-film wonder Ayesha Shroff, while her Teri Bahon Mein costar and Nutan's son Mohnish Behl married another lesser known actress Ektaa Sharma. Saif Ali Khan defied convention and took the plunge with the gregarious Amrita Singh,several years his senior.

One of Bollywood's most-anticipated weddings took place fouryears ago whenKajol draped a green nine-yard sari and settled down with long-time boyfriend Ajay Devgan.

Andjust when showbizthought Akshay Kumar would never relinquish his Casanova image, he stumped everyone with a rather hurried wedding withTwinkle Khanna, Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia's daughter. This, after he was linked with Pooja Batra, almost married Raveena Tandon and proclaimed his love for Shilpa Shetty.

Last yearAamir Khan and Reena Dutta -- neighbours who fell in love long before he became a star-- decided to file for divorce after over a decade of marriage. Bollywood's new findVivek Oberoi broke off his engagement with Gurpreet Singh after over five years of being together.

Now comesthe shocking news of Abhishek Bachchan and Karisma Kapoor breaking off theirengagement. No one knows why the relationship -- which seemed to give Amitabh Bachchan so much happiness and satisfaction -- came unstuck. The only comment has come from Karisma's aunt Neetu Singh who confirmed the development and said it was truly sad.

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