Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh (now Kapoor) were perhaps one of the most enigmatic couples both on and off screen. While theirs was not a story that began with love at first sight, it was one which blossomed over the years, slowly and steadily. One of them was Bollywood’s ultimate Chocolate Boy while the other was one of the most sought after heroines during the initial stages of their romance.
At a time and age when dating was frowned upon, Neetu Singh and Rishi Kapoor made sure they broke tradition and barriers. When they first started dating, Rishi Kapoor was already an established actor, while Neetu Singh was a 14 year old, charming her way into a cut throat and blossoming industry. True to his style, Rishi Kapoor was the ultimate prankster and when he and Neetu came together for their first film (Zahreela Insaan, 1974,) Rishi would torment the living daylights out of her. Despite Neetu’s multiple protests, the young actress could not help but fall in love with this flamboyant casanova. The moment of realisation came to the two when Rishi Kapoor was abroad for a shoot. Within a matter of two to three days, Rishi realised his love for Neetu and sent her a telegram. The telegram read ‘Ye Sikhni badi yaad aati hai.‘ Neetu, who had so far acted as his confidante, could not hide her happiness anymore.
The telegram proved more a foe to young Neetu than the friend she wanted it to be. Neetu’s mother was not entirely happy with the situation, considering the fact Neetu was only 14 and still starting out as an actress. To make matters worse, although Rishi had declared his love for her, he had no intentions of getting married to the young Neetu. Did you know that back in the day, the two were never allowed to go on dates alone? They were allowed to date only if there was a chaperone present!
Things Turn Serious
Things turned serious for the love birds when the family got involved. In a hush hush ceremony (at another friend’s engagement) and with borrowed rings, the young couple was forced to make their love official. What made Neetu so confident with her knight in shining armour was how easily he enveloped Neetu’s mother into their lives, going so far as to invite her to stay even with them!
More than three decades later, this power couple is still going solid and strong, despite all the ups and downs they have gone through. Giving everyone major goals, Neetu Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor are definitely the ultimate power couple, right?
Shocking Bollywood Breakups
When your friends break up, you go through heartache for them because you know they were really adorable together and they helped you believe in true love. However, when a Bollywood couple breaks up, it’s like something in your heart snaps. With the world being all about social media now, Bollywood relationships are brought to the fore like never before. From their first kiss to their first date to their anniversaries, everything is chronicled with very graphic details. The same is done for when these couples break up and when you look at how couples like John Abraham and Bipasha Basu used to be like or at how Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor used to be gaga over each other, you wonder what went wrong. Here’s taking a look at couples who when they broke up, left us with gaping holes in the place where our hearts used to be.
1. Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan
Remember when Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan came on Koffee With Karan and talked about how each of them had played a significant role in the other’s growth? When you saw that particular episode, did it not want you to believe they would someday end up on the altar, with a big ring on Kareena’s finger? Unfortunately, these words and happy thoughts were short lived. Soon after the episode, the two had a very public break up, breaking not just each other’s hearts, but ours as well!
2. Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone
Both of them were perhaps the hottest couple in Bollywood when they were dating. When they were seeing each other in the year 2007, everyone thought they were perfect for each other. Every time they were in public, they looked like they were the only ones in the room and that no one else mattered. However, when they broke up, the ugly truth about their relationship came to light. In fact, what was all the more heartbreaking here was that Ranbir came out and told the press he had cheated on Deepika multiple times and that their relationship was a facade. Now if that isn’t cruel, I do not know what else is!
3. John Abraham and Bipasha Basu
He was the hunk everyone wanted a piece of and she was at the peak of her career. When John Abraham and Bipasha Basu were together, their love seemed invincible. When they got together on the sets of Jism in the year 2003, everybody around them thought their union would turn into marriage. However, things were not as perfect as they seemed and the couple parted ways amidst a lot of public furor a decade later. If they had gotten married, imagine how ridiculously good looking their babies would be!
4. Hrithik Roshan and Sussanne Khan
While Bollywood may have seen more than its fair share of married couples drift apart, perhaps the one failed marriage which stung the most was the split between Hrithik Roshan and Sussanne Khan. Despite being married for so long (and blessed with two adorable sons,) the two undeniably good looking people decided to end their relationship. Although the rumours for their split are widespread and many, the real reason has still been kept under wraps. Thankfully, unlike the other divorces and break ups, Hrithik and Sussanne have managed to keep a civil presence when it comes to their public appearances.
5. Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif
Ranbir Kapoor, the infamous breaker of hearts, has been the center of more than one bad public break up. When he got together with Katrina Kaif, fans all over thought this relationship would definitely end in a happily forever after. However, despite moving in together and attempting to start a life in that direction, Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif parted ways, without really giving people a reason about why they split up. Now, according to the rumour mill, Ranbir Kapoor is dating Alia Bhatt, someone who is Katrina Kaif’s best friend!
6. Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh
She was new to the industry and he had just started making his presence felt in the world of Bollywood. Remember Band Baaja Baaraat and the amazing chemistry Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma shared on screen? While their chemistry was enough to set the screen on fire, it wasn’t enough to keep their off screen romance alive. Now, Ranveer is rumoured to be tying the knot with Deepika Padukone very soon while Anushka Sharma is spending her happily forever after with Virat Kohli! Quite a turn of events, no?
Which couple do you think should have stayed together through the good times and the bad ones? Comment and let us know!
Naseeruddin Shah And Ratna Pathak Shah: A Love Story Worth Filming
She is the ultimate liberal woman and he is the ultimate fighter for equality. Raising their voice for equality, Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah have proved us time and time again that their love is one worth being portrayed in a movie.
Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah first met each other in 1975, when Ratna was a student at college and Naseer was a brand new graduate (from the Films and Television Institute of India.) When they were first thrown together, the two were working on a play called Sambhog Se Sanyas Tak. It was attraction like never before and when the two laid eyes on each other, they knew their union was but a design by fate. Like Ratna herself said, “One day we were not even friends; the next day we were going out together.”
When Naseer and Ratna met, Naseer was recovering from a really bad divorce. Ratna was like a much needed breath of fresh air for him and through all the months of rehearsing, he realised he had fallen head over heels for her! Society, of course, had its concerns. The age gap, the different religions and the fact Naseer already had a failed marriage to his name. However, instead of pulling them apart, these issues brought them closer together.
The not so grand wedding
Sticking to true Naseer and Ratna style, their wedding was a quiet and understated event. The two had a court marriage, with only their close friends witnessing the ceremony. While the wedding didn’t make it to the top ten most glamorous and expensive weddings, it was a really special one, seeing as theirs was perhaps one of the first celebrity weddings where the bride and groom enjoyed as much as the guests!
One of the reasons their marriage is so special, is that their story is one of equals. Despite how things turned out with his first wife, Naseer’s daughter (Heeba Shah) from his first marriage shares a wonderful relationship with Ratna and his two sons from this marriage! Both of these wonderful actors and people have learnt a great deal from their past and have lived their life together with love and never ending happiness!
From never giving in to social pressures of any kind to doing exactly as they thought right, Ratna Pathak Shah and Naseeruddin Shah are the perfect description of a couple always in love! This excerpt from a recent interview of theirs is a true reflection of their relationship, with Ratna saying, “Today, girls are doing Karva Chauth! C’mon, that’s what we fought against,” and Naseer adding, “Today, girls as young as two are wearing hijabs. Muslim boys are growing beards claiming it’s a sense of identity.” Today, we hope their fight for a equal and more liberated style of life is always on, giving everyone around couple goals never before! To end this on a beautiful note, here’s what Naseer stated about Ratna in his autobiography And Then One Day.
Shah Rukh Khan And Gauri Khan: A Love Story That Needs Telling
Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan: two of the most prolific names in the Bollywood industry, have a love story that makes everyone around them still want to believe in fairy tales. A story worth filming, their love was so strong, it broke several hearts. Without further ado, here is jumping into a story which needs to be told, heard and read!
The first time Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Chibber laid eyes on each other was at a common friend’s party in the year 1984. Only 18 years old, Shah Rukh Khan fell head over heels in love with the 14 year old Gauri. He was so shy at the point, he did not have the courage to ask her for a dance. When he finally went up to her, Gauri took one look at the nervous wreck standing in front of her and said no, as she was waiting for her “boyfriend.”
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The news broke the young King Khan’s heart, making him forget about love and happily ever afters. It was only much later when the two were on a sporadic phone call that Gauri told Shah Rukh the truth. She was at the party with her brother and not her boyfriend! Shah Rukh’s heart opened all over again and that was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Love actually? No. Not quite.
Gauri very quickly fell for Shah Rukh’s wit, charm and easy manner. While the two seemed very happy on the surface, Gauri realised Shah Rukh may seem easy going on the outside, but was really controlling on the inside. SRK would want Gauri to not leave her hair open, would not want her to talk to other men without him being around and other overbearing things like that. SRK’s over possessive attitude got so bad that on the day after her birthday, Gauri disappeared to Bombay with her friends.
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When Gauri disappeared, SRK realised he realised he was not only in love with her, he could not live without her. An out and out Bollywood hero, Shah Rukh Khan turned into a real life Devdas. With a mere Rs. 10,000 in his pocket and only the name of the city in mind, Shah Rukh Khan reached Mumbai, desperately in love and hopeful in life. A frantic Shah Rukh searched all over the city, with no real luck. After almost giving up hope, he saw Gauri sitting by herself at a beach. The moment the two saw each other, it was like they had eyes only for each other. That moment, with the sun in their eyes and wind in their hair, the two knew the only thing to do next was to get married.
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Religion plays a huge part in every major aspect of life and it did in Gauri’s and Shah Rukh’s marriage as well. While they took the momentous and life changing choice to tie the knot, their parents needed a lot more convincing. One was a Hindu Brahmin and the other was a Muslim, a union between the two religions was just not possible. What would society say? While now it is much more accepted, mixed marriages were considered to be a definite no no at the point. After much to and fro, the parents finally gave in, coming to the understanding that nothing could stop these two from doing what they wanted.
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25th October 1991 was the day Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan became one, proving to everyone love lasts beyond apprehensions and prejudices. Even after 27 years of achieving the impossible, Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan remain in love, giving everyone around them solid couple goals!
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Badhaai Ho Trailer Is Hilarious. Watch It Here!
Badhaai Ho, the next Ayushmann Khurrana and Sanya Malhotra starrer, just got exciting. The makers of this film just dropped the trailer and it gives one everything you could want and more from an Ayushmann Khurrana starrer.
— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) September 11, 2018
The trailer throws light on family problems with a brand new twist. What would you do if you found out your mother (a mother of two grown up children) is pregnant, thanks to the active sex life? Yeah! That is exactly what is unveiled in the trailer of Badhaai Ho! The two odd minute trailer shows how Ayushmann Khurrana‘s (Nakul) character finds out the news and about how he shares the news with his love interest (Sanya Malhotra’s character.)
#BadhaaiHo the trailer’s out now! Check it out to find out about the ‘khush khabri.’ 😉@sanyamalhotra07 @ayushmannk @raogajraj @neenagupta001 @CinemaPuraDesi @ChromePictures @BadhaaiHoFilm https://t.co/YJJDEywCxI
— Junglee Pictures (@JungleePictures) September 11, 2018
It is not just Nakul who has a problem with the news. Everyone from Sanya’s character to the old people in the house, has a problem with the news shared by Nakul’s mother. In addition to this, Sanya breaks the news of her love life and tries to convince her parents about her love interest. However, unfortunately for the young couple, the news about Nakul’s pregnant mother comes as a deal breaker. Watch the trailer here!
— ChromePictures (@ChromePictures) September 11, 2018
The comeback of Neena Gupta in this film is an added bonus for cinema lovers everywhere, with Ayushmann Khurrana’s acting on point, like always! Directed by Amit Ravindranath Sharma and co written by Shantanu Srivastava, Akshat Ghildial and Jyoti Kapoor, Badhaai Ho is scheduled to hit the screens on 19th October, 2018!
Here’s Taking A Look At The Wonderful Kishore Kumar
A cold winter afternoon. A warm, summer night. A night of reminiscing. A day of sorrow. All these things have one thing in common: Kishore Kumar. Born on 4 August, 1929 as Abhas Kumar Ganguly, Kishore Da was one of the few actors of his time who could make people laugh, gasp in surprise and cry all at the same time. While he may have been a talented actor, Kishore Da soon realised his real passion lay in singing.
It was SD Burman who first realised the beauty behind the voice of this great man. Before the weekend truly takes over, here is looking at some interesting facts about this prolific singer!
Despite being such a confident singer, Kishore Da was quite paranoid when it came to money. In fact, rumour is that he never sang until his secretary confirmed the arrival of payment.
2. Always a loner
Kishore Da was perhaps one of the loneliest people in the industry. In an interview, he went so far as to admit that he preferred talking to trees more than to human beings.
3. Married to marriage
Did you know that Kishore Kumar was married not once, but 4 times? First time to Bengali singer and actress Ruma Ghosh, second to Bollywood actress Madhubala and the third was to Yogeeta Bali for two years. Leena Chandavarkar was his fourth wife and the marriage lasted till Kishore Da’s death. Not bad at all, right?
4. Pranks were his middle name
Kishore Kumar loved pranks. When he was in the 5th grade, he realised he did not know the answers in the exam. What does he do then? Fill the gaps with jokes and riddles! There was a board saying “Beware of Kishore” outside his Mumbai’s Warden Road house!
5. Songs inspired from life
Every song sung by Kishore Kumar was inspired by events from his real life. Did you know that he still owes Rs. 5 and 12 paise (he immortalised this fact in that famous song Paanch Rupaiya Barah Anna from the 1958 film, Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi) to his college canteen?
The long, black overcoat, the signature shawl and the deep melodious voice are all synonymous with the universally loved man, Kishore Kumar. If you are as nostalgic as I am, then have a great Friday with some mesmerising memories!
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