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There is no denying that Bollywood actresses have millions of fans across the nation and beyond. Yet, when it comes to selecting the ideal match for themselves, they prefer looking for grooms outside the country. Although there are no dearth of perfect men for them in the country, some divas choose to give their hearts to men across oceans. We are talking about those Bollywood actresses, who tied the knot with NRIs.
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Let us look at those starry-eyed actresses who gave in to their NRI fixation and even took a break from their soaring Bollywood career.
Mumtaz became the trendsetter when she married the US-based NRI businessman, Mayur Madhwani, in the year 1974. She was at the peak of her career when she married Mr. Madhwani. Mumtaz is well-known for her roles in films, like Bandhan, Sachaa Jhutha, Apna Desh, Aap Ki Kasam and Roti.
After her marriage, Mumtaz never returned back to films. Today, she is the mother of two daughters, and her elder daughter, Natasha, is married to Bollywood actor Fardeen Khan.
Madhuri Dixit, surely broke a million hearts when she confirmed the news of her marriage to the US-based surgeon, Dr. Sriram Nene, in 1999. The official dhak-dhak girl of Bollywood, also left her fans disappointed when she decided to settle down in Los Angeles, and bid adieu to the film industry.
Although Madhuri is back to Bollywood for good now, she is quite picky about the projects she chooses. She is a doting mother of two adorable boys and gives utter importance to her family over films.
Juhi Chawla was making waves in the film industry with her graceful performances in the 90s. And hence, her marriage with her longtime beau, Jai Mehta, was kept a secret for a brief period of time. Juhi married Jai, a UK-based industrialist, in 1995. But, they declared their marriage only when Juhi was pregnant with their first child.
The former Miss India is blessed with a beautiful girl and a handsome boy. Juhi still manages to get meaty roles in films and was recently seen in movies such as Son of Sardaar and Gulaab Gang.
This talented actress had proven her mettle in the film industry with her brilliant acting and dancing skills. Meenakshi was also the youngest Indian to be crowned Miss India at the age of 17. However, she took a break from the film industry and married Harish Mysore, an investment banker from the US in 1995.
The pretty actress shifted her base to the US after marriage, and is now the mother of two beautiful kids. She is still attached to her passion for dance, and successfully runs her own school in Dallas by the name of Cherish Institute of Dance.
This leggy actress debuted in 1993, with the super hit movie Baazigar. After which, a slew of average films followed. But Shilpa hit the bull's eye after she won the famous British celebrity reality show Big Brother in 2007. After the massive win, Shilpa met her prince charming Raj Kundra, a business entrepreneur based in Britain and married him in 2009.
The couple was blessed with a beautiful baby boy, Viaan, in 2012. Shilpa has now taken a break from films, but is still associated with film production and television shows.
A psychology graduate and the winner of Miss India, 1985, Sonu Walia, could not make her name in Bollywood, apart from her striking performance in the movie Khoon Bhari Maang. In 1995, she married Pratap Singh, an NRI from USA, after the death of her first husband, Surya Prakash. Sonu is completely detached from the film industry today, and has no plans to return to the tinsel town.
Winner of the Miss India International 1993, Pooja Batra debuted with the movie Virasat in 1997, opposite Anil Kapoor. The movie did well and Pooja managed to bag a few good roles in films such as Bhai, Haseena Maan Jaayegi, Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye and Jodi No.1. She also worked in some Malayalam films before tying the knot to an orthopaedic surgeon from California, Dr. Sonu S. Ahluwalia. However, the actress filed for a divorce in 2011, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason.
Well, love knows no boundaries, and these pretty actresses proved this saying right by choosing NRI husbands for themselves. We are sure that the list will see some more additions in the coming times as well. So, would you like to make any guesses, as to who will join this list next? Let us know by leaving your comments below.
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