By Atul Mishra Last Updated:
Bollywood is always all about glitz and glamour, fashion and trend, innovation and inspiration. As we all are fascinated by the Bollywood stars, their lifestyle, their private lives; star weddings is also a topic that always makes the headlines. Be it the couple, details about their marriage, rituals that they follow, the guest list or honeymoon destination, they always tend to attract their fans’ attention.
Bollywood weddings inspire many to follow suit. While many Bollywood stars have picked up some of the most exotic locations in India, some chose to keep their celebrations a bit private and went for international wedding destinations. Let us have a look at 18 such Bollywood celebrities who chose to marry outside.
Despite the rumour mills constantly churning gossips about Rani Mukerji and Bollywood honcho, Aditya Chopra, none of the two came out in open about their relationship. While Aditya Chopra maintained his ‘staying at bay from camera’, Rani too never talked about her affair or connection with the Chopra family. Extending the secrecy about their relation, the couple went ahead and chose Italy as their wedding destination. The wedding took place on April 21, 2015, in the presence of very few close relatives and friends.
Many people were disappointed after the news of John Abraham breaking up with his long-term girlfriend, Bipasha Basu, made to the headlines. John got hitched with Priya Runchal in an intimate ceremony in Los Angeles, U.S., in 2014. And, the world got to know about this super-secretive wedding after when John wrote a New Year tweet for his fans together with his newly-wedded wife.
When Bollywood's Dhak Dhak girl decided to marry Dr Sriram Nene from the U.S, it was the peak of her career. Undoubtedly, the news brought mayhem in the Bollywood fraternity with many hearts being broken around the country. Keeping her wedding a very private affair, Madhuri tied the knot to become Madhuri Dixit Nene in the US, on October 17, 1999, and returned to India to celebrate her wedding at a grand scale.
After dating the niece of Big B, Naina Bachchan, Kunal Kapoor tied the knot with her in the Seychelles Island on February 9, 2015. The wedding was a very private affair, with only the immediate families attending the ceremony. They both took their wedding vows in a romantic manner on a lavish beach of the Island.
Marrying his long-time girlfriend, Shivani Mathur, the funny man of Bollywood, Vir Das kept his wedding a very secret affair and tied the knot in Sri Lanka, on October 19, 2014. Despite a hush-hush ceremony, Vir did not leave any stone unturned to give the occasion the attention and importance that it deserved. With only 100 guests who were invited to the joyous occasion, the wedding had a pool party, a rock concert, sangeet ceremony and most importantly, the pheras.
The heart-throb broke a million hearts when he got hitched with his girlfriend, Priyanka Vohra, in a much-celebrated wedding. Keeping his wedding no secret, the VJ-turned-actor, chose the most exotic destinations to tie the knot. With a crazy bachelor party in Goa, roka in Dubai and sagai in London, this ex-roadie chose Mombasa, Kenya, for his D-day.
After giving Bollywood movies a chance, the former beauty queen, Celina Jaitley married an Austrian businessman and hotelier, Peter Haag on July 23, 2011, at a monastery in Austria. Keeping the alliance a secret, Celina broke the news to her fans only a month a later after the wedding.
Post-dating Indian cricketer, Yuvraj Singh, actress Kim Sharma came into news for being engaged to Spanish musician, Carlo. However, she surprised her fans by secretly marrying a prosperous Kenyan business tycoon, Ali Punjani, in a low-key ceremony in Mombasa, Kenya. The wedding took place in 2010 and was attended by only a few near and dear ones.
The much-renowned actress of her times, Manisha Koirala, stated her wedding to be as beautiful as a dream. Tying the knot with Nepalese businessman, Samrat Dahal, who was also her long-term beau, Manisha Koirala got hitched in her homeland, Kathmandu, Nepal, on June 19, 2010. However, the couple got divorced in 2012.
After dating 5 men, from cricketers like Yuvraj Singh and Bret Lee to Bollywood actor, Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta finally settled for Gene Goodenough. Gene works as the Senior Vice President of the US-based hydroelectric power company. Preity got married to Gene in a private ceremony in Los Angeles on February 28, 2015. The ceremony was attended only by family and close friends like – Sussanne Khan and Surily Goel.
She rose to fame with the famous Sultan song, Jag Ghoomeya. On October 23, 2016, Neha got married to music composer, Sameer Uddin in Tuscany in Italy. It was a white wedding and Neha looked absolutely gorgeous in her beautiful gown. She shared the happy news with the world on social media by writing:
“Dear Nbees I am so thrilled to tell you i married my best friend and the love of my life on 23rd oct in Tuscany”.
On December 11, 2017, the world learnt of the most-awaited wedding of the decade when Anushka Sharma got married to her long-time beau and cricketer, Virat Kohli. Anushka and Virat tied the nuptial knot in Tuscany, Italy. They shared this sweet surprise with everyone by writing on social media:
“Today we have promised each other to be bound in love forever. We are truly blessed to share the news with you. This beautiful day will be made more special with the love and support of our family of fans & well-wishers. Thank you for being such an important part of our journey”.
Lisa Haydon is best remembered for her roles in Queen and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. After dating for a year, this stunning actress got married to Dino Lalwani, son of Pakistan-born British entrepreneur, in a stunning beach ceremony on October 29, 2016. The location of the wedding was not mentioned. Lisa looked wonderful in an off-white flowing gown and the groom looked sharp in an off-white suit.
The 59-year-old actress, Neena Gupta found love at the age of 42. We all know that Neena Gupta was earlier linked with West Indian cricketer, Vivian Richards. They didn’t get married but had a love child, Masaba Gupta. However, Neena got married to Delhi-based chartered accountant, Vivek Mishra in 2002 in the USA.
Little did anyone knew that Bollywood actress, Surveen Chawla was married since 2015. In 2017, she took to her Instagram and revealed that she tied the nuptial knot with Akshay Thakker. To a leading portal, Surveen had revealed:
“Yes, I am married. I have known Akshay for long. It was a personal choice to not talk about the marriage. We wanted to break the news just before our Indian wedding, which was scheduled to take place this month. However, we had to postpone it to 2018, following a loss in the family”.
Fugley and Raag Desh fame actor, Mohit Marwah and Antara Motiwala got married on February 20, 2018. After a three-day-long celebration at Waldorf Astoria Ras al-Khaimah in UAE, Mohit and Antara took the wedding vows in presence of star family members and friends. Bollywood biggies like Arjun Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Karan Johar, Sridevi, among many others attended the wedding.
Aftab Shivdasani had gotten married to Britain-born Indian model Nin Dusanj on June 11, 2014. However, the couple walked down the aisle again with all band baja and dhamaal on August 29, 2017, in Sri Lanka's famous resort named Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort.
Suchitra Pillai who played the role of Saif Ali Khan’s possessive girlfriend in Dil Chahta Hai found love in Lars Kjeldsen who happens to be an engineer from Denmark. This dusky beauty met Lars at a friend’s house in Mumbai when they were busy playing Jenga. After this first meeting, the couple again bumped into each other on New Year’s Eve in Sri Lanka and hit off instantly. Soon, they started dating and eventually got married in 2006 in a Dutch castle in Denmark.
This international destination wedding trend became an inspiration for several die-hard fans of Bollywood stars. These types of weddings outside India, not only took ‘the pomp and show’ factor of the big fat Indian wedding to a next level but also suggested a romantic and exotic way to start the new phase of your life. Tell us which is your favourite destination in the comments section below.
The journey down the aisle is one of the most important and beautiful adventures that one undertakes. While there is no age limit for love, Indian society has conditioned us into thinking that there is an age-bar by which you should get married. Everyone is expected to tie the knotRead More