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Asin, Rekha, Shilpa... actress and businessmen

Last updated on: August 12, 2015 18:19 IST
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Asin joins a long line of actresses, who married businessmen!

Never mix business with pleasure, they say.

Actresses beg to differ.

A perfect alliance of wealth and glamour, many heroines have found happiness in marrying industrialists.

Ghajini girl Asin is the latest to do so. She's all set to settle down with Micromax co-founder Rahul Sharma.

Check out other Bollywood stunners marrying affluent businessmen.


IMAGE: Mumtaz with Mayur Madhvani. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar

Mumtaz began as a child actress but found her way to the top after acting in a spate of B-films and supporting roles.

In 1974, the sizzling cutie of hits like Do Raaste, Brahmachari, Sachcha Jhoota and Apna Desh bid adieu to her successful movie career to down with Uganda-born businessman Mayur Madhvani in the United Kingdom.

Their daughter Natasha is married to actor Fardeen Khan. Mumtaz and Mayur have a grandaughter, Diani Isabella, born December 2013.


Tina Munim

IMAGE: Tina and Anil Ambani with son Jai Anshul. Photograph: Manav Manglani/Reuters

Dev Anand's petite discovery made her debut in the 1978 musical, Des Pardes.

Tina went on to work with the likes of Rajesh Khanna (Souten) and Sanjay Dutt (Rocky), with whom she is believed to have a romantic relationship, in her decade-long career.

Following a dedicated courtship by Anil Ambani -- despite his father Dhirubhai's reported objections -- the duo wed amidst much grandeur in 1991. They have two sons, Jai Anmol and Jai Anshul.



IMAGE: Rekha. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar

Rekha's story is the stuff novels are made of. Be it her gawky to glamorous transformation into Bollywood's leading diva, a still talked-about liaison with superstar Amitabh Bachchan or her impulsive marriage to Delhi businessman Mukesh Agarwal.

Soon after the high of a woman-centric success in Khoon Bhari Maang, the ageless beauty, then 36, sought marital bliss in 1990.

Agarwal's alleged suicide, a year later, tested Rekha's resilience, marking the darkest chapter of her life.


Juhi Chawla

IMAGE: Juhi Chawla with Jay Mehta. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar

Unlike her chirpy avatar in films like Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Darr and Hum Hain Raahi Pyaar Ke, Juhi Chawla likes to keep mum about her personal life.

The actress never let the media get wind of her hush-hush registered marriage to businessman Jay Mehta (who was previously married to Sujata Birla, Yash Birla's elder sister, who died with her parents in the Indian Airlines Airbus crash of 1990) during the making of Duplicate in 1998.

Juhi and Jay Mehta, owner of the Mehta group with a stake in the IPL cricket franchise Kolkata Knight Riders along with Shah Rukh Khan, have two children: Jhanvi and Arjun.


Shilpa Shetty

IMAGE: Shilpa Shetty with Raj Kundra. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar

The Baazigar actress made an international splash with a racism row leading up to her famous win in the reality television series, British Celebrity Big Brother 5 in 2007.

She began dating London businessman Raj Kundra soon after and decided to make it official at an opulent Khandala ceremony in 2009.

Three years later, the duo became parents of a baby boy, Viaan Raj.


Amrita Arora

IMAGE: Amrita Arora and Shakeel Ladak. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar

While big sister Malaika found her soul mate in actor-filmmaker Arbaaz Khan, Amrita quit her ho-hum movie career for marriage to businessman Shakeel Ladak in 2009.

Ladak, director of the construction group Red Stone, was earlier married to Nisha Rana, Amrita's former college mate.

Amrita and Shakeel have two sons, Azaan and Rayaan.


Celina Jaitley

IMAGE Celina Jaitley with Peter Hag

The beauty queen did not enjoy a remarkable run as an actress. But Celina Jaitley sure made heads turn with her effortless sex appeal.

The half Punjabi, half Afghani actress found the love of her life in Dubai hotelier Peter Haag.

The Janasheen actress is happy playing doting mommy to three-year old twins, Winston and Viraaj.


Esha Deol

IMAGE: Esha Deol and Bharat Takhtani. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar

Dharmendra and Hema Malini's first born found some success on screen with Dhoom, Dus and No Entry, but nothing close to the legendary fame of her parents.

Esha met her businessman husband Bharat Takhtani when they were teenagers, dated briefly before going their separate ways.

Years later, they hung out again and their relationship bloomed into wedding something more meaningful.


Isha Koppikar 

IMAGE: Isha Koppikar with Timmy Narang. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar

Isha Koppikar, who shot to fame with Ram Gopal Varma's Company's scorching item number, found her Prince Charming in restaurateur Timmy Narang during work out sessions at a gym.

The Khallas girl raised a toast to new beginnings as Mrs Timmy Narang in 2009.

Their daughter Rianna turned one last month.


Sameera Reddy

IMAGE: Sameera Reddy with Akshai Varde

The youngest Reddy girl had a Maharastrian lagaan to businessman Akshai Varde last year.

In May, they became parents to a bonny boy.

The couple's shared love for bikes struck a romantic chord. Akshai's company, Vardenchi, creates custom-made bikes.

Gayatri Joshi

Gayatri Joshi, Vikas Oberoi and son Vihaan

IMAGE: Gayatri Joshi and Vikas Oberoi with their older son Vihaan. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar

A year after she starred in Swades, Gayatri married Vikas Oberoi.

The real estate baron owns Oberoi Realty, which has projects all over Mumbai.

The couple has two sons.

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