By Shefali Jha Last Updated:
She was the quintessential Punjabi kudi of Bollywood and he the urban rockstar of Hindi film industry. If she was outspoken and dedicated, he was cool and carefree. She was already a star and he was still struggling to find a foothold in the industry. Nothing about the two was ordinary, so naturally, their love story too was far, far away from being an ordinary one. In a candid chat with Simi Garewal, Saif Ali Khan, who wears his heart on his sleeve spoke at length about how he met and fell in love with superstar Amrita Singh.
Saif and Amrita met for the first time during Rahul Rawail’s film with which Saif was going to make his debut. Since Rahul and Amrita shared a great camaraderie, he invited her to do a photoshoot with the star cast of the film. Saif, who was making his debut was trying to act as a gracious host and trying to take care of all the guests on the set. During the photoshoot, Saif decided to put his arms around Amrita for the picture and that is when Amrita first noticed him well. It wasn’t love at first sight but there was something that attracted both of them to each other, right there, right then! While Amrita thought it was quite gutsy of him to put his arms around her like that, for Saif, it was Amrita’s brash behaviour that caught his attention. He even told her:
“There must be a gentler side of you which you’re trying to protect with this harsh exterior.”
Even though the photoshoot got over quickly, Amrita Singh left a striking impression on Saif’s heart. The young boy was going crazy and curious about someone who did not even acknowledge his presence. After a couple of days post the photoshoot, Saif dialled Amrita’s home number hoping to invite her for dinner. He said:
“Would you like to go out for dinner with me?”
And, to his surprise, Amrita said:
“No, I don’t go out for dinner. But, you can come home for dinner if you like.”
Needless to say, Saif drove over to her place the very same night.
In his own words, Saif had said:
“I did not go over there with any kind of expectations. I just wanted to have a nice time with her and get to know her better.”
He was startled to see Amrita without any makeup, looking even more gorgeous than she looked otherwise. Well, this did break his heart a bit as he thought she did not feel the need to dress up and put on some makeup for him, which indirectly meant she was not interested in him. Sensing Saif’s impulse, Amrita clearly told him that:
“If you have come here under the impression that something might happen between the two of us, it’s not. So just relax!”
The duo talked about everything and anything under the sun and soon it off. They got along like a house on fire and talked about things ranging from professional to personal topics. As the night grew darker, the palpable fire between the two ignited and they kissed.
After the steamy, passionate liplock, Saif confided that he loved her to which Amrita replied that she loved him too. Saif did not leave Amrita’s home post the episode for the next two days. When the calls of producers and directors became unbearable, he decided to resume shooting. By this time, Amrita was so madly in love with him that she did not want him to leave the house, or her at all. And so terrified was she when she heard that Saif had to go for the shoot again that she asked him to take her car and go. Amrita revealed that she secretly thought that if not for her, at least he would come back just for the sake of returning her car.
Even though it looked similar from the outside, there was nothing in their lives which had any sort of similarity. While Amrita was a star, Saif was still breaking stones to carve a niche for himself in the industry. While Amrita wanted marriage, Saif had everything but marriage on his mind. Their massive age difference was another factor which was making them brood over the strange chemistry and kind of cosmic relationship they had developed. However, despite all the odds, both Saif and Amrita decided that they could not live without each other. So it did not come across as a surprise when the actress who is known for being bold and headstrong, decided to tie the knot with a much younger Saif Ali Khan.
Even though no official confirmation came our way over what led to their divorce after 13 strong years of being married, many attribute Saif’s prolonged affairs and falling “out of love” with Amrita as the reason behind their separation. Saif and Amrita have two kids – Sara Ali Khan and Ibrahim Ali Khan. And even though the relationship between Amrita, their two kids is now cordial, it was not the same earlier. In an interview with the Telegraph, Saif had once said:
“I’m supposed to give Amrita Rs 5 crore, of which I’ve already given her approximately Rs 2.5 crore. Also, I’m paying Rs 1 lakh per month until my son becomes 18. I’m not Shah Rukh Khan. I don’t have that kind of money. I’ve promised her I’ll pay up the rest of the money, and I will, even if I’ve to slog till I drop dead. Whatever I’ve earned from doing ads, stage shows and films is being given to my children. I’ve no money. Our bungalow is for Amrita and the kids, and never mind the relatives who’ve joined her after my departure. Rosa and I stay in a pokey two-room apartment. Still, I’ve never been more at peace with myself. After a long long time, I feel my self-worth has returned. It isn’t nice to be constantly reminded of how worthless you are and to have taunts, jeers, insults and abuses thrown at your mother and sister all the time. I’ve gone through all of it. Now I feel healed again. Today, if I’ve found someone who actually makes me feel I’m worth something, what’s wrong with it? Earlier, I had hit such a rock bottom with my self-esteem that I’d be shocked if someone complimented me for my looks! Today if someone says something nice, I say, ‘That’s fine. Stars are supposed to be complimented."
Talking about his kids after their divorce, Saif had said:
"My wife and I have gone our separate ways. I respect my wife’s space. But why am I being constantly reminded of how terrible a husband I was, and how awful a father I am I’ve my son Ibrahim’s photograph in my wallet. Each time I look at it, I feel like crying. I miss my daughter Sara all the time. I’m not allowed to meet my children. They aren’t allowed to come to visit me, let alone stay with me. Why’ Because there’s a new woman in my life who’d influence my children against their mother’ That’s so much hogwash and Amrita knows it. Right now my kids are growing up with Amrita’s relatives and maidservants while she’s out working in a TV serial. Why does she need to do that, when I’m more than willing to support my family.”
Post their separation, Saif publically announced his relationship with Italian dancer and model, Rosa. The duo had even started living together. Even though the relationship did not last too long, Saif did find his soulmate in Rosa once.
"Unlike Amrita, Rosa is not from the film industry. Sure, I liked being put in touch with the industry’s bigwigs by Amrita, having dinner with Karan Johar, etc. But in hindsight, I’d have been better off finding my way through the industry. There’s a theory that I became whatever I am because Amrita took me by my finger and led me through it all. She has played a big hand in my growth as an actor and human being. But it’s a blessing to be with a woman who has nothing to do with movies. Even Shah Rukh’s wife Gauri keeps out of his career. I’d like to keep it that way.”
Though Saif and Amrita have been spotted going for dinner in the last couple of years, and their kids share an impeccable chemistry with Kareena, everything between Amrita and Kareena still remains hunky-dory. When the news of Kareena Kapoor’s pregnancy had broken out, a particular media outlet reached out to Amrita for her quote. An angry Amrita not only slammed the phone but also gave an earful to the reporter before doing so. Amrita said:
"How do you have the guts to call people and ask such random questions? Who are you? Don’t call me again."
Well, the equation between Saif-Amrita-Kareena is certainly not an easy one to decode. But, we certainly are glad to see Sara and Ibrahim loving their half-brother Taimur Ali Khan like there’s no tomorrow. Afterall, all’s well that ends well. Right?