By Srijony Das Last Updated:
One of the most sought-after industries in the country, Bollywood is known for its glitz, glam and stunning couples. Nearly every year, we see countless of our favourite celebs getting hitched to their soulmates in a dreamy wedding, and their moments captured reinstate our faith in the power of love. However, B-Town, too, houses many such unhappy people who have got married thrice or more to find their destined soulmates. Check out these 15 celebs who were third-time lucky or more in marriage.
One of the most legendary singers and music composers in Bollywood, the iconic, Kishore Kumar needs no introduction. He has been recognised as no less than the golden voice of Hindi films, lending his voice to countless chartbusters and other music of every mood. However, his professional success did not quite match up to his personal life. Kishore had been married four times.
His first marriage was with legendary Bengali singer, actress and iconic filmmaker, Satyajit Ray’s niece, Ruma Guha Thakurta, in the year 1950. The couple was blessed with a son, Amit Kumar in the year 1952. However, their relationship soon started to ebb away as Kishore wanted Ruma to forego her musical career and remain a housewife. Therefore, the couple amicably parted ways in 1958.
After his divorce from first wife, Ruma, Kishore Kumar soon after found his solace in Bollywood’s queen and acting diva at the time, Madhubala. Their affair was all over the headlines, as many were startled at Kishore finding love shortly after his divorce. The madly-in-love couple nevertheless decided to take the plunge and get married. It was reported that Kishore Kumar had converted to the Islam faith and changed his name to Karim Abdul in order to get married to Madhubala. While Kishore’s family did not accept their marriage, even after the couple arranged for a Hindu civil court marriage to appease them. Unfortunately, their marriage was short-lived, as Madhubala passed away in 1969 after battling a prolonged heart disease.
Well, Madhubala’s untimely demise left a huge void in the heart of Kishore Kumar, who took many years to recuperate from it. In the year 1976, Kishore Kumar married an upcoming actress of her time, Yogeeta Bali. Interestingly, Kishore and Yogeeta’s marriage culminated at a time when the latter had been in love with her co-actor, Mithun Chakraborty, creating an animosity between Kishore and Mithun. Unfortunately, Kishore and Yogeeta’s marriage did not last long and the couple got separated two years later in 1978.
With such continuous ill fate at love, Kishore took the fourth plunge into marriage with one of most-sought after actresses of her time in Bollywood, Leena Chandravarkar in 1980. The duo had met through Leena’s late husband and the then-Chief Minister of Goa, Sidharth Bandodkar, who had introduced the duo on very friendly terms. After Leena was left a widow by her husband, Kishore and Leena gradually developed feelings for each other and finally got married. The couple was blessed with a son, Sumit Kumar in 1984. Till Kishore’s last breath, his fourth wife, Leena was with him at all times.
One of the eminent filmmakers and subsequent actors of the early 70s Bollywood era, V. Shantaram has been highly accoladed for his contributions to the industry. Some of his incredible works include films like Pinjra, Navrang, Amar Jyoti among others. Despite directing picture-perfect lives for his characters in the film, his personal life had been seemingly the opposite to it.
At the age of merely 20 and even before his first step into filmmaking, V. Shantaram was married to a girl of 12 from his village community, Vimalabai in 1921. The couple was blessed with three daughters and a son. With all his children settled, the couple had parted a few years later.
In the year 1941, V. Shantaram got married to the famous actress, Jayashree, after having formed their relationship over their film together, Shakuntala. The couple was blessed with two daughters and a son. However, the couple parted ways in 1956.
V. Shantaram got married for the third time to the leading actress of his films, Sandhya Deshmukh. The duo had worked together in some of the most successful films of Shantaram, like Amar Bhopali, Parchaiyan among others. Interestingly, the duo did not have any children, and Sandhya instead bonded well with Shantaram’s children from his first wife, Vimalabai. The couple stayed together right up to V. Shantaram’s death in 1990.
The original disco dancer of Bollywood, Mithun Chakraborty became an overnight sensation with his suave dance moves and powerful dialogues. He had proven his versatile skills by mesmerising audiences equally in Hindi, Bengali, Telegu and Odia languages. However, the actor’s personal life has sought more limelight than his befitting glorious film career.
After his break up with leading Bollywood actress, Sarika, Mithun tied the knot with his long-time model-turned-actress ladylove, Helena Luke in 1979. Helena’s wedding with Mithun was immediately highlighted as a much-needed break from her previous relationship with actor, Javed Khan. Unfortunately, Mithun and Helena’s marriage was short-lived and the duo parted ways just five months after their wedding.
Soon after, B-Town began gossiping with the rumours of Mithun’s rekindled love with ex-girlfriend and leading actress, Yogeeta Bali. It was precisely the time when Yogeeta had just suffered the pangs of a broken marriage with her ex-husband, Kishore Kumar. The duo found their way to each other’s hearts soon after and got married in 1979 itself. The couple is blessed with three sons: Mahaakshay Chakraborty, Ushmey Chakraborty and Namashi Chakraborty. The couple later also adopted a girl, Dishani Chakraborty.
Despite leading a happy life, cracks seemed to appear between the relationship of Yogeeta and Mithun by 1985 as the latter’s close proximity with the leading diva, Sridevi was questionable to many. It was also later reported that Mithun’s extra-marital affair with Sridevi turned serious when he actually married her in secret in 1985. However, their marriage was forcefully called off in 1988, when Mithun’s lawfully wedded-wife, Yogeeta threatened him with suicide. Sridevi and Mithun parted ways and the latter was made to return to his second wife.
Vinod Mehra had been recognised as one of the most charming actors of the 80s decade of Bollywood. Despite coming from a non-filmy background, Vinod made a name for himself in the industry. Some of his much-loved films included the likes of Bees Saal Baad, Amar Prem, The Burning Train among countless others. However, the actor despite his glorious film career seems to have found his soulmate after being third time lucky.Vinod Mehra got married for the first time in 1974 to Meena Broca, an arranged match made by his mother. The couple reportedly did not consummate their wedding since Vinod had suffered a heart attack shortly after their wedding. Being a childless couple, the duo parted ways in 1978.
It was right through the years of his wedding with Meena that Vinod had developed a deep affection for his frequent leading lady in films, Bindiya Goswami. While many speculated that Vinod’s divorce from his ex-wife was because of Bindiya, the duo nevertheless eloped together and got married in 1980. Their marriage was short loved and the couple filed for divorce in 1984.
In 1988, Vinod married Kiran who had been the daughter of a Kenya-based businessman and Vinod’s previous acquaintance. The couple was blessed with two children, and it was the only marriage of the actor which lasted until his death in 1990.
Legendary actor and a heartthrob of millions, Kamal Haasan has been known as one of the most successful actors across the Hindi and Telugu film industries. The actor had commanded a large fan base, courtesy of his handsome looks and power-packed acting skills. Interestingly, the actor, too had been married thrice in his life.
Kamal got married for the first time at the age of 24 to classical dancer, Vani Ganapathy in 1978. The duo had met while working together on many films. Post-marriage, Vani took to handling the costumes department of many of Kamal’s movies among those of others. After ten years of marriage, the couple divorced in 1988.
Months after his divorce, Kamal reportedly moved into a live-in relationship with his co-actress and girlfriend, Sarika. Their affair reached a pinnacle when the couple welcomed their daughter, Shruti out of wedlock. It was after the birth of their first child that they got married. The couple later welcomed their second daughter, Akshara in 1991. Sarika quit acting post-marriage and took up the hat of costume designer for many of Kamal’s films. The couple, however separated amicably in 2004.
Kamal Haasan’s life took a new turn when he began dating fellow actress, Gautami Tadimalla in 2005. While many believed it was nothing more than a casual fling, it was also reported the couple had not just moved in together, but also had secretly married one another. The couple, unfortunately got divorced in 2016.
Also Read: 8 Indian Billionaire Heiresses Leading The Business World: From Roshni Nadar To Isha Ambani Piramal
A hub of multi-talents, Annu Kapoor has donned several hats, from being an actor, scriptwriter, singer, producer and director. Currently, he has extended his interests and has earned a lot of love for his work as a radio presenter. The actor has been remembered for some of the most iconic roles in films like Mr. India, Chaalbaaz, 7 Khoon Maaf, Vicky Donor, Dream Girl amidst others. Coming to his personal life, Annu has been married thrice.
Annu got married for the first time in the year 1992 to an American-born girl, Anupama Patel. However, their marriage was very short lived, and the couple parted a year later in 1993. Interestingly, much later in life by 2005, Annu again remarried his first wife. The couple has been blessed with four sons and a daughter.
After divorcing his first wife in 1993, Annu got married for the second time to Arunita Mukherjee in the year 1995. The couple remained childless. Few years later, by 2005, Annu divorced Arunita and returned to his first wife and remarried her.
One of the most talked about actresses, courtesy of her controversial personal life, Neelima Azeem needs no introduction. The actress has indeed marked an unfortunate fate in her personal life, as she has loved through three failed marriages.
Neelima got married to popular actor, Pankaj Kapur in 1979. The couple parted ways amicably in 1984, leaving behind Neelima to single-handedly raise their son, Shahid Kapoor. Her ex-husband, Pankaj went ahead and got married to the actress, Supriya Pathak.
She later got married to her co-actor, Rajesh Khatter six years later in 1990. The duo had fallen in love through common work on sets. The couple was blessed with a son, Ishaan Khatter in 1995. However, their marriage did not stand the test of time, and the couple got divorced in 2001.
For the third time in her life, Neelima tied the knot with Indian classical vocalist, Raza Ali Khan in 2004. The couple spent quite some memorable years of togetherness, until cracks crept up. The duo divorced amicably in 2011.
Popularly known as Bhajan Samrat, Anup Jalota has been grooving his audience with melodious devotional songs for a long time now. Often regarded as a maestro, the talented singer has over thousands of popular songs in his discography, which include the likes of Aisi Laagi Lagan, Tere Man Main Ram, Suraj Ke Garmi Se among others. This legendary singer has also been married thrice in his life.
Anup got married for the first time to his student, a Gujarati girl named Sonali Sheth. The duo got married without the approval of their respective families. Through their years of marriage, Anup even helped Sonali be established as an independent singer herself. The couple were also renowned as the Bhajan couple as they held many live performances together. Unfortunately, Shonali and Anup parted ways.
Anup was set up in an arranged marriage for the second time to Bina Bhatia. However, this marriage was short-lived too, and the couple separated within a few months of their marriage. Finally, he found his soulmate in Medha Gujral, who was the niece of former Indian PM, I.K. Gujral. The couple was blessed with a son, Aryaman. However, their happy life was short lived as Medha died in 2014 due to renal failure.
One of the iconic singers of the 90s decade, Lucky Ali has been renowned for have created some of the most magical songs of the decade. Son of legendary actor, Mehmood Ali, he has been credited for compose some of the most melodious music albums, along with lending his voice to some iconic songs of Hindi films. Coming to his personal life, Lucky has been married thrice.
Lucky Ali got married for the first time to model, Meaghan Jane McCleary in 1996. She appeared on-screen for the first time post marriage in the music video of her husband’s iconic song, O Sanam. The couple has been blessed with two children, Ta'awwuz and Tasmiyah. However, from the very beginning of their marriage, Lucky had made it clear to his wife that he was not a one-woman kind of person. However, the couple got divorced in 2000.
Post his divorce, Lucky met Anahita, a girl of Persian origin. Being a case of love at first sight, the duo got married quickly in the very same year of his divorce from first wife. The duo were blessed with two children, Sara and Raiyan.
Lucky got married for the third time in 2010, to the former British model, Kate Elizabeth Hallam. The couple was blessed with a son, Dani Maqsood Ali. However, like the other two ones, Lucky also got divorced from his third-wife in 2017.
One of the most inspirational singers of Bollywood, Adnan Sami had been the fan favourite artist for most of his audience. Adnan made his Bollywood playback debut with the film, Ajnabee in 2001. He has also created some memorable singles such as Kabhi To Nazar Milaao and Lift Karade, whose tunes are still hummed by many. In his personal life, Adnan has been married thrice.
Adnan’s first marriage was with Pakistani actress, Zeba Bakhtiar in the year 1993. The couple got divorced on reasons of personal issues three years later in 1996. They have been blessed with a son, Azaan Sami Khan.
In the year 2001, Adnan got married for the second time to a Dubai-based girl named Sabah Galadari. For both Sabah and Adnan, this proved to be a new chance at finding love as it was a second marriage for both of them. However, the couple called for splitsville in 2003. This was also the time when Adnan went through a massive physical transformation, thereby losing 167 kilograms in 16 months.
Adnan’s third marriage took place in 2010 when he wedded his long-time girlfriend, Roya Sami Khan who was the daughter of a retired army general and diplomat. In 2017, the couple welcomed their daughter, Medina Sami Khan. Adnan currently resides in India with his third wife and daughter.
The baba of Bollywood, Sanjay Dutt needs no introduction. With a chiselled bulky body and some iconic characters in his kitty, the fan favourite Sanju baba is loved by all. Son of veteran actors late Nargis Dutt and Sunil Dutt, Sanjay suffered many hardships in his life before he became an established actor. From drug addiction to long-term jail sentences, there have been quite a few tragic episodes in his life. Coming to his personal life, the actor had been third time lucky to find his soulmate.
Sanjay got married for the first time to actress, Richa Sharma in 1987. It was a clear case of love at first sight for the both of them, and the duo had dated for quite a few years before taking the plunge. Together, they welcomed their daughter, Trishala Dutt. Unfortunately, their marital bliss was short lived as Richa passed away in 1996 due to a prolonged brain tumour.
Sanjay got married for the second time two years later in 1998 to model, Rhea Pillai. They remained a happy couple, but however, were childless. Unfortunately, this marriage also came to closure as the duo applied for divorce in 2008, due to reasons best known to them.
The very same year of his divorce, Sanjay got married to a 19 year younger girl, Manyata with whom he continues to live a happy and contented life. Despite their massive age-gap, the duo has stood strong beside one another. The couple is blessed with two children, a daughter, Iqra and a son, Saharan.
Popular actor and producer, Prosenjit Chatterjee has made a significant name for himself, not only in Bengali regional cinema, but also equally in Hindi films. He is credited for some of the most notable films like The Last Lear, Chokher Bali, Shanghai, Aandhiyan, among others. However, despite his exceptional works in films, his fans tend to remember him more for his strained personal life, which covers three marriages.
In the year 1992, Prosenjit got married for the first time to his leading co-actress, Debashree Roy. The marriage was a failed one, and it ended within three years in 1995. The couple was childless and parted amicably.
A few years later in 1997, Prosenjit gave love a second chance and married a girl named Aparna Guhathakurta. The couple was blessed with a daughter, Prerona soon after. However, their relationship soon strained to an irreparable extent and the couple parted ways in 2002.
In the same year, Prosenjit got married to his current wife and fellow actress, Arpita Chatterjee. The couple has been living together to date and are blessed with a son named, Trishanjit.
Eminent director and producer, Vidhu Vinod Chopra can be credited for making some of the most classic cult films in Bollywood, which include the likes of 3 Idiots, Munnabhai MBBS, PK, Sanju among others. In his personal life, the filmmaker has been married thrice.
He was first married in the year 1976 to Renu Saluja, an eminent film editor and critic. Their marriage did not last long and the two separated by 1983.
Vidhu got married for the second time to Shabnam Sukhdev two years later in 1885. The couple was also blessed with a child. However, this marriage, too, did not meet a happy ending and the couple split in 1989.
Finally, in 1990, Vidhu found his true soulmate in journalist and author, Anupama Chopra. The duo, who is known as one of the best director-critic jodi till date, live a happy life. They are blessed with two children, Agni Chopra and Zuni Chopra.
CEO of the famous UTV Motion Pictures and an eminent producer, Sidharth Roy Kapur leads a low-key life. His works speak for themselves, and it is rarely that he makes a public appearance. He also has two other brothers, Kunal Roy Kapur and Aditya Roy Kapur, who also have a strong name for themselves in the Hindi film industry. Incidentally, Siddharth too has married thrice to find his true love match.
Siddharth’s first wife was Aarti Bajaj, who had been his dearest childhood friend. However, due to some personal reasons, the duo filed for divorce. However, they have maintained an amicable relationship with one another post-divorce as well.
Sidharth got married for the second time to television producer, Kavita whom he had met at a common workplace. However, the two also parted away. Finally, he found his true love in Bollywood actress, Vidya Balan and the duo got married in the year 2012.
Television heartthrob, Karan Singh Grover is best remembered for his portrayal of Dr. Armaan in the television series, Dil Mil Gayye. He had become an immediate female fan crush for his acting in the show, making him a household name in no time. Fast forward to today, the actor is a renowned Bollywood actor and an artist by passion. Karan, in his personal life, has been married thrice.
Karan’s first marriage was with fellow television actress, Shraddha Nigam in the year 2008. However, their marriage did not last for long and nearly ten months post their wedding, the couple separated. The reason for their divorce is unknown.
Up next, Karan married his Dil Mil Gayye co-star, Jennifer Winget in 2012. The couple indeed looked like a match-made-in heaven, and became the most-talked-about celeb jodis. However, due to some unknown personal reasons, their marriage dissolved and the couple got divorced in 2014.
Fast forward to now, the dashing hunk is happily married to Bong beauty and glamour queen, Bipasha Basu. The two, who met for the first time on the sets of their film together, Alone got married in the year 2016. In 2022, the couple was blessed with their first child, a daughter named Devi Basu Singh Grover.
What do you think about these celebs who were not so lucky in finding their true love in just one marriage?
Next Read: 15 Celebrities And Their First Cars: From Dharmendra's Fiat 1100 To Rajinikanth's Premier Padmini