By Jasleen Kaur Last Updated:
We have told you about many celebrity love stories, be it Bollywood or television stars. But this time, we bring to you the love stories that are quite hatke from those. We bring to you love stories of famous Indian celebs who met their better halves through the traditional "arranged marriage" route. Yes, there are many Bollywood and TV stars, who were introduced to their better halves courtesy their parents or siblings.
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So, here are those Bollywood and TV couples who had an arranged marriage. And, let us just say, had some of these jodis not been introduced to each other by their parents or family members, we would have lost out on some amazing love stories and inspiring weddings!
Let us start with this cutest jodi on the block, Shahid and Mira. Yes, Bollywood's quintessential chocolate boy, who made us fall in love with his "lover boy" roles time and again, got hitched the traditional arranged marriage way. Shahid and Mira met through the religious group, Radha Soami Satsang Beas. Both Shahid and his father, Pankaj Kapur, are followers of this group. And, it was papa Kapur who was instrumental in making this match happen. So, yes ladies, this is one of those arranged-cum-love marriages that came from Bollywood.
Moving from ‘might-be’ to ‘is’! The Yeh Hai Mohabbatein star Karan Patel, who just got married to TV actress Ankita Bhargava, has quite openly confessed about his match being an 'arranged one'. The two were introduced by Karan's co-star and friend, Aly Goni. What's more? Ankita's father, Abhay Bhargava, incidentally plays Karan's on-screen father-in-law in the show, Yeh Hai Mohabbatein. Talking about this marriage, Abhay Bhargava, in an interview to Daily Bhaskar, revealed:
"On 4th March 2015, I had thrown a party at my place and had invited Karan for it. In the party, Ankita and Karan saw each other and just in two days, they expressed their view on getting married to each other to their parents. It’s not at all a love marriage; in fact arranged by both the families.”
After falling in and out of love with Sallu Bhai's ex- and Abhishek Bachchan's present, Vivek Oberoi found his "happily ever after" with some help from his dad, Suresh Oberoi. Yes, Vivek and Priyanka had an arranged marriage. Even Priyanka's mother, renowned dancer Nandini Alva, in an interview had said:
"It is an arranged marriage and we are very happy."
A while before his wedding was announced, Vivek himself had said that he is absolutely game for an arranged marriage. In an interview in 2009, Vivek confessed:
"I don't mind an arranged marriage. The girl my parents choose could be the girl of my dreams."
And, he found that perfect girl, thanks to his parents!
From all the men out there to the ultimate diva of Bollywood! Madhuri Dixit too had an arranged marriage. She found her life partner, thanks to her brother, Ajit Dixit, who introduced her to her real-life hero, Dr Shriram Nene. After suffering a heartbreak when her relationship with Sanjay Dutt failed to materialise, Madhuri took a small break in 1999, to visit her brother in the USA.
And, that is when she was introduced to Dr Nene, who not only wooed her but also stole her away from Bollywood for quite a while. Well, who could have thought that the Dhak Dhak girl of Bollywood would be losing her heart to a 'dil ka doctor' at the dinner table at her brother's home! This is definitely a made-for-each-other jodi!
The actor who asked girls Kolaveri Di, and stalked Sonam Kapoor throughout Raanjhanaa, had an arranged marriage as well. And, that too with none other than another South Indian superstar, Rajinikanth's daughter, Aishwarya. Dhanush himself is the son of a well-known Tamil director and producer, Kasthuri Raja. In an interview, the actor himself revealed the details of this match and confessed:
"It is an arranged marriage and both our parents have accepted the proposal."
The ultimate showman of Bollywood, Raj Kapoor, too had an arranged marriage, and that too at a very early age. Though Raj Kapoor and Nargis' on- and off-screen chemistry was undeniable, Raj Kapoor never left his wife, Krishna was Prithvi Raj Kapoor's (Raj Kapoor's father) maternal uncle's daughter. In the book, Kapoors: The First Family Of Indian Cinema, by Madhu Jain, there is a quote by Raj Kapoor, where he states:
"Mine was the only arranged marriage among us brothers. Actually Krishna is my bua, my father's second cousin. One fine day my father said, "You are getting married," and I said, "Yes father". That was in 1946 when I was 22 years old."
Yes, Rakesh Roshan too met his better half, Pinky, through the webs of a traditional arranged marriage. Though it has never been officially acknowledged by the Roshan couple, it was an article on Rakesh Roshan in Filmfare that revealed this bit. Pinky is the daughter of known Bollywood director-producer, J. Om Prakash, who has movies like Aap Ki Kasam and Arpan to his credit among others.
Coming from the heroes to the latest villain in Bollywood! "Tangaballi" of Chennai Express, too found his soulmate, TV actress, Kratika Sengar, thanks to his dad, Pankaj Dheer. When Nikitin’s father met Kratika for the first time during an audition for a short film, he had an instant liking for her. He even went on to say that he would love her to be his daughter-in-law. And, as luck would have it, Nikitin and Kratika did end up falling in love with each other and got married on September 3, 2014.
Jay Soni, who left many a hearts fluttering for him after his show, Sasural Genda Phool, also chose to settle down with a girl chosen for him by his parents. Gujarati boy, Jay himself revealed this detail and confessed:
"Our parents set-up this meeting but once we spent some time together it felt like I have known her for years. Even though it’s an arranged marriage, I am completely in love with her."
Well, looking at their cute jodi and sweet chemistry on Nach Baliye 7, we definitely believe the last bit of that statement. The couple is now expecting their first baby in 2018.
Dr Tarika, from CID, is another TV celeb, who found her life partner, thanks to her mom. Shraddha Musale, tied the knot to Lucknow-based, Deepak Tomar, in 2012. And, in an interview she revealed:
"We were introduced to each other by my mom a year back. We took our own time to know each other. Waise dekha jaye toh yeh arranged marriage hai, but over this one year, love ho gaya tha humein."
Shraddha has also acted in the hit TV serial, Miley Jab Hum Tum.
One of the famous Bollywood actors, Neil Nitin Mukesh, also chose the arranged marriage path. He surprised everyone with his wedding news and walked down the aisle on February 9, 2017, in a destination wedding in Udaipur. The wedding ceremony was then followed by a lavish reception party on February 17, 2017, at J W Marriott in Juhu. Before the grand wedding, the two had a hush-hush roka ceremony at a five-star hotel in 2016. The couple looked every bit of royal in their wedding looks. Neil thought that there is nothing shocking about his arranged marriage and said:
“There’s nothing shocking about it. Sometimes we overlook things, which our parents don’t and it’s coming together of two families. And when you look into detailing, it makes more sense. It’s a strong foundation."
You might be wondering why Divyanka Tripathi and Vivek Dahiya are on this list. Well, this match was initially started off with an idea of arranged marriage. Divyanka and Vivek tied the knot on July 8, 2016, and their wedding was, in a true sense, the talk of the town. The reason why we are considering this match to be an arranged one is that it was co-actor Pankaj Bhatia who played the cupid between the two. In fact, Kawach actor, Vivek was quoted as saying:
“It wasn't love at first sight. It was an arranged match. We were introduced by a common friend who is also a fellow actor. Then we started looking at each other from a life partner’s perspective. We often met after work and eventually started understanding that we are very compatible and similar to each other and we can take it further.”
Love was full on in the air when famous actor and ‘Jungle Boy’ Shammi Kapoor ran away and tied the knot with his first wife, Geeta Bali. This is a story that happened long back in the year 1955. But after her demise, Shammi got married to Neila Devi in 1969 in an arranged marriage setup. Yes, this was the match made by Shammi’s sister-in-law, Krishna Raj Kapoor.
Long before when she got married to writer-lyricist-director Gulzar, famous and yesteryear diva Rakhee tied the knot in an arranged marriage setup. Yes, she came out of a broken marriage prior to Gulzar, which was even before she entered the film industry. She was just a teenager when she was tied in the nuptial knot with a Bengali journalist/film director, Ajoy Bisawa. But soon, their marriage ended and the two parted ways. Sharing about her first marriage, Rakhee said this in an interview:
“When I married Ajoy, I did not know the meaning of marriage or love. I just knew that all girls got married and I had to do the same. It was an arranged marriage and it was doomed from the beginning.”
One of the famous and the most talented television actresses, Neha Marda also took the arranged marriage route. Yes, the actress who rose to fame through her stint as Gehna in Balika Vadhu, decided to walk down the aisle at the peak of her career. Neha is an ardent believer in arranged marriages, and she loves the concept of romance and the new form of dating created in such kind of setup. She decided on forever with Patna-based businessman, Ayushman Agarwal.
Well, we love the fact that not only are these celebs fine with letting their family find them their life partners, most of them have been quite open about accepting this as well, quite positively! Cheers, to love, be it found by "you" or by "your's truly's"!