People often look up to Bollywood stars and movies time and again, whether they are seeking fashion inspiration or songs to woo their would-be. Well, so when it comes to holding your partner’s hand through the thick and thin of life, you can look up to Bollywood stars and their marriages as well. Yes, there are many Bollywood couples who have been together for ages despite many ups and downs. Let us have a look at few such couples with most controversial yet strongest marriages in Bollywood.
Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu
When it comes to Bollywood couples who have survived through all odds, Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu is the first couple which comes to the mind. Both the stars got hitched at the prime of their career. After failed affairs with Kamini Kaushal, Madhubala and Vyjyantimala, the 44 year old star, got married to Saira Banu, who was 22 years old. Their marriage shocked everyone. But destiny had some other plans as Dilip Kumar fell in love again with a Pakistani beauty Asma. The actor had a torrent love affair with Asma in 1980s.
But this extra-martial affair ended soon after when the actor discovered that Asma is cheating on him by disclosing all his secrets to the media along with her ex-husband. Dilip Kumar finally returned to Saira Banu. Even then many people thought that the marriage will not survive for long due to the wide age gap. But, their 47 years of marriage have proved all the theories wrong.
Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan
Love blossomed between Amitabh and Jaya while shooting for the film ‘Zanjeer’. The much in love couple then got married in 1973 in a low key affair. But it was not a smooth sail for the couple as that time the angry young man of Bollywood was being linked with Rekha. The love story of Amitabh and Rekha
bloomed before his marriage, on the sets of ‘Do Anjaane’. It was even rumoured that the duo has secretly tied knot as Rekha was seen wearing sindoor and mangalsutra at Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh’s wedding.
But the couple parted ways during the shooting of ‘Silsila’ as Rekha did not want to be the ‘other women’ in her man’s life. But despite all the rumours and controversies, Jaya stood by him and supported Amitabh through thick and thin. Result, 40 years of marriage and one big happy family.
Dharamendra and Hema Malini
Dharmendra found his dream girl in Hema. Their love blossomed on the sets of ‘Tum Haseen Main Jawan’. Initially, Hema resisted Dharmendra’s love due to the fact that he was a married man with two sons, but later she fell for his charm. However, Hema’s dad was against their relationship and opposed their marriage. Even Dharamendra’s first wife refused to give him divorce.
But despite this, the much in love couple did not leave each other’s side and got hitched in 1980. The marriage took place after the death of Hema’s father. The couple even changed their religion to be with each other. They held two marriage ceremonies; first a nikaah and then an Iyengar style wedding. And even after 33 years of marriage their love is still growing with every passing year.
Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh
Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh’s reel life romance slowly turned into real life romance and they got married in 1980. But their marriage hit the rough patch when in late 90s, it was being claimed that short tempered Rishi Kapoor had turned into an alcoholic. It was also reported that the actress has filed a complaint against Rishi for domestic violence and has left him due to his violent behaviour. But she soon returned. Owing to their successful careers many media 'pundits' predicted that their marriage will not last for more than two years, but it did.
For Neetu Singh, those are now things of past, “There always comes a phase in a couple's life when there would be friction, disagreements. Rishi and I also went through that stage. It was just one of those problems which only the husband and wife would understand. Fortunately, we were able to sort out our differences. Today, everything is forgotten.” Even having a tumultuous married life they always stood beside each other and have been together for 33 years.
Boney Kapoor and Sridevi
It was love at first sight for Boney Kapoor. Sridevi initially resisted his advances, but after continuous persuasion for 15 years she finally agreed to marry him. No one in their wildest dream thought the heartthrob of millions will marry an already married man with two kids. But, despite tongues wagging and the talk that the wedding will soon hit rock bottom, the couple got married in 1996. Their marriage is now almost 17 years-old and even today their love for each other is immortal.
Shahrukh Khan and Gauri
Shahrukh Khan fell in love with Gauri long before he entered B-town. Their real life love had all threads of a Bollywood romance like religious difference, opposing parents, long-distance, running away and reunion. Even before he got his superstar status, Shahrukh was married to Gauri. But recently it was reported that their marriage was going through a tough time, owing to King Khan’s closeness with co-star Priyanka Chopra.
Shahrukh and Gauri's love and bond stands strong and unmoved despite the actor's linkup rumours. On October 26, 2013, the couple celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary.
Other B-town couples like Ajay-Kajol, and Akshay-Twinkle also share a beautiful and strong relationship. But, when it comes to quoting examples of strong marriages in Bollywood, these are the veterans. They have set the example that no matter how hard the situation is you will always find a way to make things work if you love your partner.