In India, marriage is considered a sacred institution. India is one of the few countries in the world that has always had a very low divorce rate. However, if we focus only on Bollywood, this may not be the case. In the past years, many popular Bollywood celebrities have divorced their long-time partners and remarried.
We bring to you 10 such celebrities who have been married more than once-
Bollywood’s Mr. Perfectionist has been married twice. Aamir’s first wife was Reena Dutta, and the actor shared screen space with her in the song ‘Papa Kehte Hain Bada Naam Karega’ in his debut film ‘Qayamat se Qayamat Tak’. After being married to Reena for almost 16 years, Aamir divorced her in 2002. The actor then went on to marry his present wife Kiran Rao in 2005.
Producer Boney Kapoor, the elder brother of actors Anil and Sanjay Kapoor, is another celebrity who married twice. Boney was married to Mona Kapoor from 1983-1996. After divorcing his first wife, Boney went on to marry the late actress Sridevi in 1996. Arjun Kapoor and Anshula Kapoor are his children from his first marriage, whereas Jhanvi and Khushi Kapoor are his children from his second marriage.
Actor, producer and politician Dharmendra has also been married twice. His first wife is Parkash Kaur and his second wife is Bollywood’s ‘dream girl’ Hema Malini. In fact, Dharmendra converted to Islam, just so he could make Hema Malini his second wife. Dharmendra has two sons-Sunny and Bobby Deol, with his first wife and he has two daughters-Esha and Ahana Deol with Hema Malini, his second wife.
Popular TV actor Karan Singh Grover made his Bollywood debut in 2015. This actor cum model has been married thrice. His first and second wives were TV actresses Shraddha Nigam and Jennifer Winget respectively. After divorcing each of his previous wives, Karan Singh Grover married Bollywood actress and model Bipasha Basu in April 2016.
Bollywood’s greatest musical legend, Kishore Kumar married four times. His first wife was Ruma Ghosh and his second wife was yesteryear actress, the late Madhubala. After divorcing each of his wives, he married his third wife Yogeeta Bali. After divorcing his third wife, Kishore Kumar married Leena Chandavarkar. He was married to Leena till his death in October 1987.
Actor Mithun Chakraborty is known for his inimitable dancing style. The actor became a household name with his popular song ‘I am a Disco Dancer’. Mithun Chakraborty was married twice. His first wife was the late actress Sridevi and his second wife is Yogeeta Bali. The actor was married to Sridevi for 3 years i.e., from 1985-1988. Apparently, this was a secret marriage, and many people did not know about it.
Theatre, TV and film actor Pankaj Kapoor also married twice. His first wife was actress Neelima Azeem and his second wife is actress, Supriya Pathak. Actor Shahid Kapoor is his son from his first marriage to Neelima Azeem. Shahid’s daughter, Misha Kapoor, is Pankaj Kapoor’s eldest grandchild.
The Nawab of Pataudi, actor Saif Ali Khan, has also been married twice. Saif Ali Khan’s first wife was actress Amrita Singh, who was 10 years older to him. Amrita Singh was last seen playing Arjun Kapoor’s mother in the film ‘2 States’. After 13 years of marriage, Saif Ali Khan divorced Amrita Singh in 2004. In 2012, Saif Ali Khan married actress, Kareena Kapoor. Saif has a daughter Sara, and a son Ibrahim with his first wife. Saif Ali Khan and second wife Kareena Kapoor Khan have a one and a half-year-old son named Taimur.
The former actor and screenwriter, Salim Khan is best known for two things-first is the script of the classic Bollywood film ‘Sholay’ and the second is that he is the father of superstar Salman Khan. Salim Khan has two wives. His first wife is Sushila Charak, Salman Khan’s mother and his second wife is yesteryear actress Helen.
Actor Sanjay Dutt is another Bollywood celebrity who has been married thrice. His first wife was Richa Sharma. After divorcing Richa Sharma, Sanjay married his second wife Rhea Pillai. He divorced Rhea Pillai in 2008 and married his present wife Manyata Dutt in the same year. Sanjay has a daughter, Trishala, with his first wife and he has fraternal twins with his third wife Manyata (To know more about Sanjay Dutt’s life, don’t forget to watch Sanju on 29th June 2018).
Rekha, the most dynamic actress of Hindi Cinema, is also said to have married twice. Although much evidence is not present, many people say that Rekha and actor Vinod Mehra got married secretly, however, the marriage did not last very long. Later she married entrepreneur, Mukesh Aggarwal but within a year of marriage, Mukesh committed suicide.
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