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Tilak Rishi, born in India, has been working as a career corporate executive, after doing his MBA. Passionately pursuing his hobby for writing, he also remained a regular contributor to newspapers in India and the U.S. Many true happenings and characters he came across in life, including interaction with former president Bill Clinton, inspired Paradise Lost and Found, his first novel. A family saga, it starts from Kashmir, when this paradise on earth is lost for the tourists who thronged in thousands every year to enjoy its scenic splendor. Terrorists have turned it into one of the most dangerous places in the world. The family is not only a witness to the loss of this paradise, but also to another tragedy of much bigger magnitude. In the aftermath of the partition of India, along with millions uprooted from their homes in Pakistan, the family leaves behind all that it has in Lahore. Starting from a scratch on the difficult path to progress, it still has many joyful moments when along the way it makes a difference in many a life. The survival-to-success story climaxes in California where the family finds the paradise that was lost in Kashmir.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wedding Bells For Bollywood Valentines!

Onscreen chemistry of co-stars creates a professional bond and produces an under current of romantic comaraderie. This is achieved when the players pour their hearts into the roles while doing a romantic scene. When the artistic aspect overtakes clinical professionalism of the actors, the magic of the moment is applauded by the audiences. Bollywood celebrates another blockbuster and also birth of another popular pair. Gossip colums compete connecting the couple from reel to real life. After repeated denials and dilly dallying, the couple atlast accepts the reality and soon there is the breaking news in the media of happy marriage of another celebrity couple. And they a live happily thereafter. This Valentine’s Day, let's pluck a rose and present it to Bollywood’s reel life lovers who did not hesitate to take the vow in real life.
It would be most appropriate to begin writing on real life Bollywood pairs by remembering and paying respects to the most revered and highly accomplished husband-wife team: Nargis and Sunil Dutt. Very few Bollywood couples can match the grace and elegance of these two. The famed love story of Sunil Dutt and Nargis evolved out of a heroic deed which gave a fresh lease of life to Nargis. Nargis and Sunil Dutt first met on the sets of Balraj Sahni's Do Bigha Zameen. During that time Sunil was a student and an aspiring actor while Nargis was already an established star. They got to know each other and developed a friendly relationship. With each passing day they got to know each other better. Sunil found in her a good human being and a woman of rare qualities. Though the seeds of love were sown it never quite blossomed into romance till a daring rescue act.
While shooting for Mother India, Nargis was trapped in the midst of lit haystacks while filming a scene. As the flames engulfed her completely, Sunil Dutt who played her rebellious son Birju in the film ran through the fire scooped her and single-handedly rescued her. He was not deterred by the fire which was powerful enough to char him to death.
To Nargis, commitment to her savior was far above anything else. The only way she could pay him back, if ever she could, was by acceding to his request. So when Sunil proposed to her she readily accepted to marry him. The much talked about romance of Bollywood finally culminated in marriage on March 11, 1958.
The marriage produced three children Sanjay, Namrata, and Priya. They were a happy family until Nargis got afflicted with cancer. After a prolonged period of illness she passed away in 1980. Sunil Dutt joined politics a few years later. He became actively involved with social causes and was even made a minister with the government of India. On May 25, 2005 he suffered a massive heart attack and left for his heavenly abode.

Amongst all the well known Bollywood couples, Dilip Kumar and Sairabanu are the most prominent. Very few Bollywood couples can match the grace of this star couple. Dilip Kumar is considered to be one of the greatest actors of Bollywood. He started his career in 1944. The sterling performance of the actor of yester year has been regarded as the epitome in Indian Cinema. He was the first actor to receive a Film fare Best Actor Award. Today he holds the proud record of receiving the most number of Film fare Awards to his name. Saira Banu made her acting debut opposite Shammi Kapoor in the 1961 hit film Junglee for which she earned her first Film fare nomination as Best Actress. She later went on to act with Dilip Kumar in movies like Gopi, Sagina and Bairaag. All the 3 movies were big hits. It was while acting with him that their courtship began. Finally in 1966, the 22 years old Sairabanu married the 44 year Dilip Kumar. Putting to rest all wild speculation, their marriage has been one of the longest lasting marriages in Bollywood.

Hema Malini:
He is known as 'Garam Dharam' and she as 'Dream Girl'. The “Jat Yamla Pagla Deewaana” fell head over heels for the dazzling “Dream Girl” from the South. Together they were the most sought after pair of Hindi films in the 70s, teamed in 40 films, at least half of them hits. Working as the hit pair of Shole (1975), the biggest Bollywood blockbuster ever, they became close friends, then lovers and eventually married couple in 1980. During their days of romance, onscreen and off-sets, the gossip columns of film magazines were full of juicy stories how Dharmendra did not let any other hero come near Hema outside the studio walls and he even agressively prevented Hema's other two admirers, Jeetendra and Sanjeev Kumar, from proposing to her. All these rumours were laid to rest recently by Hema herself when she admitted on Karan Johar's popular TV show, 'Coffee with Karan', that it was she who was determined to marry Dharmendra and not the vis-a-versa:
"When did you first feel that Dharamji is the man you would want to spend your life with?" shots Karan as he probes Hema Malini to spill the beans about her love story with Dharmendra.
Hema admits that she fell for Dharmendra's looks when she first set her eyes on him, "He was the most handsome man I had ever seen. Thats when I said to myself that I would want to be with a man like him", said an embarraced Hema.

Jaya Bachchan (Bhaduri):
He is the super star of the millennium (BBC onlines poll) and icon of the Indian cinema, and she is the 'woman' behind the successful 'man'. He was still a struggling insecure newcomer in Bollywood carrying the burden of many flops, and she an instant hit as the filmstar-crazy teen tornado of Guddi (1971). On the sets of Ek Nazar (1972) the couple realized that they were in love with each other. Their real life situation was very much similar to their roles in Hrishikesh Mukherji's Abhiman (1973). Jaya had drawn rave reviews for her performance as the talented singer-wife of an insecure crooner and won the Filmfare award. The same year saw the release of Zanjeer, whose immense success changed their lives forever. Playing the angry young man of Zanjeer transformed Amitabh into a mega star. There was no 'Abhiman' (false pride) between them now, both scaling the heights of stardom together. They thought they could now afford to get married and on June 2, 1973, Amitabh, son of the famous Hindi poet Harivansh Bachchan brought home as bride, Jaya, daughter of the noted author-journalist Taroon Kumar. They became the most revered and admired Bollywood couple.

Neetu Singh:
The original chocolate boy of Indian cinema finds his girl, and they go on a “Khullam Khulla” ride that ends in marriage! Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh are one of the most famous celebrity couples in the Bollywood film industry. Audience simply loved Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh's pair on the silver screen and they soon became a teenage romantic sensation of the seventies. They were equally successful in their careers. The Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh love story was truly a fairy tale love story. They first acted in the film Khel Khel Mein (1975) as onscreen couples. It was then that Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh started seeing each other. The film was an instant hit. Later they also acted as onscreen lovers in Yash Chopra's blockbuster film Kabhi Kabhie. By then, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh had become an adorable pair. They were both deeply in love with each other and marriage between the two was obvious. They got engaged and marriage took place in 1979. The marriage of Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh was a lavish affair and almost the entire film industry was invited to the wedding.
Twinkle Khanna:
Akshay Kumar, widely known for his Casanova image and regarded as Don Juan of Bollywood, tied the knot with his lady love Twinkle Khanna in a sedate and secret ceremony on 17th January, 2001 in Mumbai. Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna are one of the most popular celebrity couples in Bollywood and have a son named Aarav who was born on September 15, in the year 2002. Though the two had been seeing each other for quite some time, their decision to go ahead and get married was a sudden one and everything was finalized in a matter of few hours. The wedding was attended by only the immediate family members and a few close friends of the two families. Home of popular fashion designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla in Hormuzd building in Juhu was the venue of the wedding and the two are very good friends of both Twinkle Khanna and his mother Dimple Kapadia. The Hindu wedding ritual of 'Kanya Daan' was performed by Twinkle's father Rajesh Khanna. Akshay and Twinkle have starred together in two films, namely "International Khiladi" and "Zulmi", both of which were released in the year 1999. In fact, Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna met for the first time on the sets of International Khiladi and quickly grew fond of each other. The pair of Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna is as sizzling in real life as in reel life.
Wow! Baazigar girl and the most serious bollywood hunk is on the most romantic list, their chemistry is amazing, for most of the Indian orkut users Ajay and Kajol are “made in heaven” . Glamour, gossips and controversies are so much used to words for anyone related professionally to movies or ramp. But some people are exceptional, one of the perfect examples of sparkling and sweet love story is Kajol and Ajay Devgan, both are some of the finest artists in Hindi cinema or Bollywood circle. We never heard any rumors or gossips about them individually or together. Ajay and Kajol married on 24th Feb 1999 in the perfect Indian style. The respect and dedication for each other is always seen off the picture or on the picture. One website quoted Kajol saying for her husband “A woman should trust her husband , only then will she be able to win him over , I’ve been born and brought up in this industry and know that here smoke can be conjured up without a fire . I trust my husband more than the rumors. I married him because I love him.” Couple has a beautiful daughter named Nysa and lives in Mumbai.
Aishwarya Rai:
Miss World 1994 Aishwarya Rai and Bollywood King Amitabh Bachhan’s son Abhishek’s love story came across many phases like any romantic bollywood movie. Nobody in their wildest dream would have thought that one day Aishwaya Rai will become Aishwarya Rai Bachhan. The marriage hit several national and even international news headlines. Both had experienced the bitter past of failed relationship but every one is created for someone in this world and that too with perfection. While many Hollywood celebrities have made names for themselves internationally, it's Bollywood that boasts of the most famous couple in the world—Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan. Ash and Abhi, as they're known around the globe, were Bollywood superstars long before they fell in love and got married in April 2007. Before they were man and wife, Ash and Abhi were co-stars. After working with Ash in a few films, Abhi says he developed feelings for the actress who's been called the most beautiful woman in the world.
"I was filming in New York for a movie," he says. "And I used to stand on the balcony of my hotel room and wish that, 'One day, wouldn't it be nice if I was together with her, married.'"
Years later, the co-stars returned to New York City as a couple. They were there for the premiere of Guru, a film they worked on together, but Abhi had something special in store.
"After the premiere, we were back in the hotel," he says. "So I took her to the very same balcony, and I asked her to marry me."
After the engagement, Ash and Abhi's wedding became one of the most anticipated events in India. For months, the media reported on every detail and speculated about the couple's plans. On the day of the wedding ceremony, thousands of fans filled the streets outside Abhi's home, hoping to get a glimpse of the Bollywood stars. Once inside, the couple held a private ceremony for family and friends.

And the love story of Bollywood beauties goes on. Every now and then new pairs emerge and soon perish with their break-ups. Let us wish on this Valentine's Day a very happy and ever lasting union to the couples currently making news either by openly declaring their love to each other like John Abrahm – Bipasha Basu and Saif Ali – Kareena Kapoor, or by neither declaring nor denying their ongoing romance like Katrina Kaif – Salman Khan. May they marry sooner than later as it has been long since we last heard the Wedding Bells For Bollywood Valentines!


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