By Atul Mishra Last Updated:
Divya Om Prakash Bharti, popularly known as Divya Bharti, was an Indian actress who swept the entire nation with her innocent looks and stunningly beautiful face in her extremely short film career of 3 years. With her untimely death on April 5, 1993, at a tender age of 19, by accidentally falling off from the fifth floor of her apartment, everyone stood shocked. Her death garnered as much media attention as did her beauty and the films.
But, we often tend to ignore Divya Bharti’s personal life, her marriage and in fact, not many know that she was married to Bollywood’s ace producer, Sajid Nadiadwala. So let’s unravel for you Divya Bharti and Sajid Nadiadwala’s marriage.
Divya was born in 1974 in a family that barely had anything to do with the films. Quite clearly, acting as a profession was too distant a dream for her. But when she was 14 years old, she was noticed by filmmaker Nandu Tolani. Upon seeing her, he immediately wanted to sign her for his films. However, the role was later cancelled, but she came to the notice of other producers and directors. Eventually, Divya made her film debut in 1990 (aged 16) in a Telugu film, Bobbili Raja.
After doing a few films in the South Indian film industry, she made her debut in the Hindi film, Vishwatma opposite, Sunny Deol in 1992 (aged 18). Even though her debut was not met with too many laurels, she catapulted to success because of her iconic song, Saat Samundar, which still rings fresh and is everyone’s favourite song even after 26 years of its release. She then went on to sign many films, and in her career of just 3 years, she acted in 21 movies, and it is said that she had 30 more films already lined up for her!
Undeniably, your profession can very well give you your life partner, and that stands true for Divya Bharti and Sajid Nadiadwala. Divya’s second Hindi film was Shola Aur Shabnam opposite the superstar Govinda. Sajid, on the other hand, had just started his independent home production with the film, Zulm Ki Hukumat. Fate had it that both, Shola Aur Shabnam and Zulm Ki Hukumat starred Govinda, so naturally, the shooting overlapped.
It was a casual visit for Sajid on the sets of Shola Aur Shabnam to meet Govinda, but he would never have thought that this casual visit would eventually change his life. It was here that Sajid first laid his eyes on Divya and for the 26-year-old filmmaker, it was love at first sight.
After their first meeting, Sajid made it a routine to visit Divya’s sets every day. They started off amicably and just as friends. But as their frequency of meetings increased and Sajid and Divya started spending more time together, the two started to feel for each other deeply. They kept on meeting regularly and made sure to keep their romance a secret.
Even though a lot was at stake- their different religious backgrounds, Divya’s career had just started and Sajid was successful but not fully established, the two got married in 1992. In fact, they had been waiting for Divya to turn 18, and when she did, they tied the nuptial knot on May 10, 1992. As per reports, their marriage was a court marriage and Divya converted to Islam and changed her name to Sana Nadiadwala.
Even though Divya and Sajid got married, they kept their relationship under wraps, let alone the marriage. However, rumours were abuzz that something is going on between the two. In an interview that Divya gave in 1992, for the first time she spoke of anything about her relationship with Sajid. She said:
“If I was even half as notorious as people made me out to be, then would such a caring man like Sajid still be with me? We have been going around for nearly one and a half year now. And things have been just terrific between us. The advantage is that Sajid is very mature and a very experienced man. He has been through a lot in life. Whenever I behave childishly or sulk then Sajid explains things to me. He tells me what is right and what is wrong. I trust his judgement he is never wrong.”
After this interview, many guessed that two have married each other but nobody was so sure. In another interview, in 1993, to the famous Stardust magazine, Divya mentioned that she plans to announce something big in 1994.
Everyone knows that Divya didn’t survive to announce her big news because on April 5, 1993, she accidentally died after falling off from her building. Her death led to many conjectures and conspiracy theories, and it still remains a mystery.
Sajid was completely distraught by Divya’s untimely death. After her demise, Sajid made sure to dedicate all his films to her. He continued to do so until he married Warda Khan, a journalist. In an interview, Sajid’s current wife, Warda revealed that he still keeps Divya’s photo in his wallet.
Wow! Isn’t this a tale right out of fictional books? It’s so disheartening to know that Divya and Sajid only had 10 months of marital bliss and yet, even today, Sajid apparently carries her photograph in his wallet! Surely, Divya Bharti and Sajid Nadiadwala’s marriage was a pure and sacred story.