For someone divorced, marrying a second time can be a very difficult decision, especially in Indian society, where divorce is frowned upon. Bollywood has always been a trendsetter in society, even in the matter of relationships. Many Bollywood celebrities who married divorced women and face criticism from society, but this hasn’t stopped them from marrying the partner they love.
Let’s take a look at Bollywood celebrities who married divorced women.
- Sanjay Dutt
Sanjay Dutt’s name has been associated with a string of women and has been twice divorced, Manyata finally won his love. Sanjay and Manyatta got married on 7th February 2008 in Goa. Like many Bollywood celebrities’ marriage, these Indian celebrities married life was filled with controversy. Manyatta was married to Miraj-ul-Rehman-Sheikh earlier. He even filed a court case against the couple, claiming he and Manyatta were not legally divorced. The court later dismissed his claims and gave a valid status to Manyatta and Sanjay’s wedding. Sanjay Dutt’s sisters didn’t approve of Manyata either, but later on, they accepted her. Manyatta has been together with Sanjay in the highs and lows of his life. When Sanjay Dutt was in Jail, Manyatta took care of all the family matters and stood with him like a rock.
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- Anupam Kher
Anupam Kher and Kirron Kher knew each other from their early theatre days and were close friends, but their relationship was platonic. Both were married to different people. Kirron Kher was married to Gautam Berry, a businessman with whom she has a son Sikander Kher. Her marriage ended in 1985. Later in the same year, Anupam and Kirron got married and have been married for more than three decades now. Anupam Kher also adopted Sikander Kher as his son.
- Mithun Chakraborty
Yogeeta Bali was the third wife of Kishore Kumar, who got married to him in 1976, but the marriage ended in 1978. Mithun and Yogeeta got married in 1979 and have been together since then. Their life has not been happy sailing, though. Mithun’s romance with Sridevi brought doldrums into their married life. Mithun and Sridevi even got married in 1985. Yogeeta tried to commit suicide on knowing about all of this but refused to separate from Mithun. Upon realizing that Mithun will never hurt or leave his first wife, Sridevi annulled her marriage in 1988. Mithun and Yogeeta have been married for four decades now and have four children.
Rakhee, before getting married to Gulzar, was married in her teen years to a Bengali journalist turned film director Ajay Biswas. They separated after two years of marriage in 1965. Rakhee and Gulzar got married in a star-studded wedding in 1973. They were blessed with a daughter Meghna in the very same year. But a patriarchal prenup clause started to create a rift in these celebrities’ marriage. Gulzar did not want Rakhee to continue working as an actress, but she was hopeful that Gulzar would give her a role in one of her films. Rakhee accepted to work in the movie “Kabhi Kabhi” despite Gulzar’s protest, marking the beginning of their separation. They live two separate lives but are not divorced legally.
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- Samir Soni
Neelam Kothari was everyone’s crush in the ’80s and ’90s and was earlier married to Rishi Sethia in 2000. The couple parted ways after a few years of marriage, sighting irreconcilable differences. Neelam even dated Bollywood actor Boby Deol for five years. Samir Soni was earlier married to Rajlakshmi Khanvilkar in the late 1990s, but they separated after 6 months. Samir Soni and Neelam Kothari met through their common friend, Ekta Kapoor. Marriage after the divorce was a tough decision for both of them. They got married in a very informal style wedding in 2011. After two years of marriage, the couple adopted a baby girl and named her Ahana.
- Rahul Roy
After separating from Samir Soni, Rajlakshmi Khanvilkar found love with Rahul Roy. The couple dated for almost 2 years and got married in 2000. They were married for 14 years, and the marriage was considered a successful one, but they got divorced in 2014.
- Leander Paes
Leander Paes was in a live-in relationship with Sanjay Dutt’s ex wife-Rhea Pillai and had a daughter named Ajanya Paes. Their relationship, however, did not last for long, and they broke up with each other.
Divorce is the end of a marriage but not the end of life. These Indian celebrities who married divorced women are proof that love deserves a second chance.