Love knows no boundaries and it definitely did not understand in case of these beautiful divas of Bollywood. From timeless beauty Hema Malini to evergreen Sridevi to the gorgeous Kapoor sisters – Kareena Kapoor Khan and Karishma, these actresses found their true love in married men. But the tag of being called the second wife did not deter these ladies a bit and they followed their hearts. We take a look at the 11 actresses who are part of the second wives club of the Hindi cinema industry. ALSO READ: Shahid Kapoor-Mira Rajput to Rohit Sharma-Ritika Sajdeh: 18 biggest celebrity weddings of 2015.
1. Kareena Kapoor Khan – Saif Ali Khan
Touted as one of the most beautiful and stylish actresses of Bollywood, Kareena found herself drawn to 10 years her senior Saif Ali Khan. After dating Saif for a while, she married the Nawab of Pataudi in 2012 to become his begum. Saif had been previously married to actress Amrita Singh with whom he had two children, Sara and Ibrahim. ALSO READ: SRK-Mahira to Sidharth-Katrina: 12 new Bollywood jodis of 2016.
2. Shilpa Shetty – Raj Kundra
It started off as business relationship between the two but London-based businessmen Ra Kundra lost his heart to sexy diva Shilpa Shetty. Raj’s married status did not come in between their blooming romance. Shilpa and Raj got married in 2009 with Raj’s ex-wife blaming Shilpa to be the home breaker. But all these controversies are thing of past as Raj and Shilpa are happily married with the couple having a son, named Viaan Raj Kundra.
3. Rani Mukerji – Aditya Chopra
Their love-story was an open secret. But still the marriage news of Rani and Aditya did surprise people. Rani who has always been close to the YRF was deemed as the house-wrecker by the people from Aditya’s first wife Payal Khanna’s side. Nevertheless, Rani claimed she only started dating Aditya once the divorce was finalised and eventually got married in 2014. The two are proud parents of baby girl, Adira born in 2015.
4. Lara Dutta – Mahesh Bhupati
One more story of alleged cheating by a much-married man on his wife for Bollywood actress. This time, it was Indian tennis player Mahesh Bhupati’s ex-wife Shvetha Jaishankar who claimed that Mahesh began going out with Lara Dutta while they were still married. At present, Mahesh and Lara are proud parents of a baby girl after getting married on February 19, 2011.
5. Karishma Kapoor – Sanjay Kapur
After breaking off her engagement with actor Abhishek Bachchan, Karishma Kapoor went on to marry divorced industrialist Sanjay Kapur in 2003. Sanjay was earlier married to designer Nandita Mahtani. For Karishma, her relationship with Sanjay proved to be a failed one as the two have separated and in process of murky divorce process. The estranged couple has two kids, Samiera Kapoor and Kiaan Raj Kapoor.
6. Raveena Tandon – Anil Thadani
90s bombshell Raveena Tandon married film distributor Anil Thadani after dating for a year. The marriage took place in 2004 after Anil divorced his first wife Natasha, daughter of film producer Romu Sippy. There are few never-dying infamous heated moments shared between Raveena and Natasha like the one when Raveen poured glass of water on Natasha! At present, Raveena and Anil are a happily married couple.
7. Hema Malini – Dharmendra
This love story remains one of the famous second marriages in Bollywood. The very-much married Dharmendra to Parkash Kaur fell had over heels in love with ‘Dream Girl’ of Hindi cinema. But with his first wife not agreeing for divorce, Dharmendra is believed to have converted to Islam to wed Hema Malini. Dharmendra and Hema have two daughters – Esha and Ahana while he has four children from his first wife including actors Sunny and Bobby Deol.
8. Shabana Azmi – Javed Akhtar
Versatile actor Shabana Azmi and famed scriptwriter, lyricist Javed Akhtar are seen as one strong couple. But Shabana came into Javed’s life after his first wife Honey Irani, mother of extremely talented Farhan and Zoya. Javed and Honey were married for seven years when Javed left her for Shabana Azmi. Javed and Shabana are going strong even after 30 years of their marriage.
9. Sridevi – Boney Kapoor
Their alliance remains one of the controversial and talked about second marriages of the B-town. When attractive Sridevi married eight years older Boney Kapoor in 1996, it sent shockwaves across the industry. After all, Boney was married to late Mona Shourie Kapoor (she died in 2012) and was father of two children including actor Arjun Kapoor. Currently, Boney and Sridevi have two teenage daughters – Jahnavi and Khushi.
10. Smita Patil – Raj Babbar
Smita Patil is regarded as one of the greatest actress of the generation but bid goodbye to the world early. Probably, one of the saddest love story as actor Raj Babbar fell in love with Smita. He divorced his first wife Nadira and married Smita. But the actress did not live long as she died due to complications while giving birth to their Prateik Babbar. After her death, Raj rekindled his relationship with Nadira and remarried her.
11. Kalki Koechelin – Anurag Kashyap
Actress Kalki and director Anurag Kashyap took an extreme liking to each other during the shooting of their film Dev D in 2008. The twist in the tale was Anurag’s marriage with film editor Aarti Bajaj. Just like every other case, Anurag separated and got divorced with Aarti in 2009. He married Kalki in 2011 but their relationship did not last long as well with the two getting divorce in 2013 with mutual consent. Anurag is reportedly in a new relationship with a 22-year mass media student with the sources further suggesting the two being in a live-in relationship.