Recently, Hollywood star Matt Damon gave a statement that he is sympathetic towards his friend and actor Brad Pitt. He says that Brad is always followed by paparazzi, thus, cannot enjoy his personal life. On the other hand, Matt himself is able to maintain a low-key life outside work as he is married to a non-celebrity.
Well, his statement holds true to an extent. So, no wonder, many of our desi stars have also walked on the same path. There are many Bollywood celebrities, who have chosen their life partners from outside the tinsel-town. And, yes, they have successfully kept their personal life away from the media glare. Check out a few famous celebs who married the 'not-so-famous'.
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Madhuri Dixit and Shriram Nene
The whole nation was taken aback when Madhuri Dixit announced her marriage with Dr. Shriram Nene in 1999. The ‘dhak dhak girl’ broke millions of hearts when she took a hiatus from films after her marriage.
Post-marriage, she got settled in Denver, USA with her husband who is a cardiovascular surgeon. Now a mother of two sons, Madhuri was at the peak of her career when she married a person who was completely out of her super stardom world.
Juhi Chawla and Jay Mehta
The ever smiling and chirpy actress, Juhi Chawla, managed to keep her romance with industrialist Jay Mehta, under wraps for quite some time until they got married in 1997. The couple is blessed with a son and a daughter. Juhi is keeping her 'filmi-career' alive by working in selective roles.
Jeetendra and Shobha
The ever-young star of the yesteryears, Jeetendra started his Bollywood career in the late 50s, and enthralled all with his energetic dance movements. Although there were rumours of him being infatuated with Hema Malini, but he went on to marry Shobha. She was then working as an air hostess with British Airways. Their children, Ekta Kapoor and Tushar Kapoor, are doing well in their own rights today.
Raveena Tandon and Anil Thadani
After her relationship with actor Akshay Kumar came to an end, Raveena Tandon had to face a rough time both professionally and personally. However, the news of her marriage to film distributor Anil Thadani was a big surprise to not only her fans, but for the film fraternity as well. Now, a mother of two, Raveena is back to her gorgeous shape. She is now seen judging many reality shows on television.
Vivek Oberoi and Priyanka Alva
Vivek Oberoi’s career graph has gone through huge ups and downs. An immature media statement dragged his career-graph to an all-time low. After his marriage to Priyanka Alva, who is a daughter of a former Karnataka minister, Vivek seems to have finally settled down. Blessed with a baby boy recently, Vivek’s career is gradually catching pace.
Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra
Eyebrows were raised when the Big Brother winner and the Bollywood starlet married the British Indian businessman, Raj Kundra. Although, now popular for the spot-fixing scandal in Rajasthan Royals cricket team, the duo made quite a headline when they bought their first business venture together in IPL.
Esha Deol and Bharat Takhtani
Well, the not-so-famous actress Esha Deol (we are still thinking why we kept her in this list) tied the knot with Bharat Takhtani, a Mumbai-based businessman in 2012. Way back Esha Deol had declared that she desired a husband as devastatingly handsome as her father Dharmendra. The two fell in love years back when they were in their school uniform. But the two reconnected 10 years later and began dating again. Bharat truly believes that marriages are made in heaven. He says, “It seems impossible that someone from a film family and I who am from a conservative business family would ever come together.”
Imran Khan and Avantika Malik
This young heartthrob of India made a mark for himself with his very first release, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. He almost gave a heart attack to millions of his female fans when he first introduced his ladylove to the media. His better half, Avantika Malik, hails from a non-filmy background. The couple had been dating for 10 years before they decided to get married .
Fardeen Khan and Natasha Madhvani
Fardeen Khan, once a heartthrob of Bollywood too married his childhood friend Natasha. The speculations regarding his affair with Celina Jaitley, were all put to rest when he openly accepted his relationship with Natasha. Despite being the daughter of veteran actress Mumtaz, Natasha was never a known name in the industry.
Mumtaz and Mayur Madhvani
The yesteryear beauty and style-diva, Mumtaz who enchanted her fans with her superb acting and dancing skills married a business tycoon, Mayur Madhvani. Many people thought that Mayur married her only for her looks and glamorous appeal. But, there came a time in her life, when she had no eyebrows, no eyelashes and no hair left because of cancer. This is what she said to a magazine interview, “I will never forget that he would hold me like a child and call me the most beautiful woman. I know what I must have looked like, but he made me feel beautiful."
Indeed, a true example of how strong the bond of love and marriage is!