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Aishwarya-Abhishek – latest in long series of Bollywood matches
20th Apr 2007 09.00 IST
As Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan enter wedlock, they will become the latest in a long series of Bollywood actors who have translated on-screen romance into a real-life one and tied the nuptial knot.
The phenomenon that started way back in the 40's when the legendary filmmaker and actor V Shantaram married the then famous actress Jaishree has been going strong with the marriage of filmstars Ajay Devgan and Kajol in 1999 being the last Bollywood marriage.
The Abhi-Ash marriage could be called a case of history repeating itself, with Abhishek's father and mega superstar Amitabh Bachchan having chosen Jaya Bachchan as his life partner in 1973 soon after their movie Zanjeer became a superhit.
At that time, Amitabh was an emerging actor, while Jaya was an established star, much as is the case currently with Ash and Abhishek.
There have been weddings galore in Bollywood with the legendary filmmaker and actor Guru Dutt marrying famous playback singer Geeta Dutt in 1953.
In 1955, actor Shammi Kapoor got married to filmstar Geeta Bali after they fell in love during the shooting of their film together.
The evergreen actor Dev Anand was besotted with actress Suraiya, but could not marry her. However, in 1954, he secretly married Kalpana Kartik, the heroine of his film `Taxi Driver'.
Tragedy queen Meena Kumari married director Kamal Amrohi, who was 15 years older than her, in 1952. However, their marriage did not last and they got separated in 1964.
Among the Bollywood matches that are cited as successful `filmy' marriages is that of actors Sunil Dutt and Nargis, whose romance began during the shooting of their film `Mother India' and who got married in 1957.
Dutt had gallantly saved Nargis from a fire that had broken out on the sets of `Mother India', the incident turning into the beginning of their love story.
When Kishore Kumar had proposed marriage to Madhubala in 1960, actors Bharat Bhushan and Pradeep Kumar were among her other suitors.
Madhubala chose Kishore Kumar, but the actress, known as the most beautiful face the silverscreen has seen, died a little later due to a hole in her heart.
When the legendary actor Dilip Kumar married actress Saira Bano in 1966, he was 44 years old, while the bride was just 22. However, they overcame the age difference to become the most successful off screen Bollywood couple.
The beautiful Hema Malini fell to the charms of Dharmendra even though he was married and had two sons.
The list of Bollywood couples is long and the other matches include Randhir Kapoor and Babita, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh , Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia .
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