It recently dawned on me how many actresses are dating or are married to previously married men. The term "second wife" has a lot of stigma attached to it in India. Second wives are often seen as greedy home wreckers, evil step-mothers, and they often inherit the blame for the end of the 1st marriage.
It also got me thinking about why such talented and beautiful actresses, many of whom could have their pick of men would choose divorced men (especially those who already have children). It seems to me like it would be easier to be with a man with a simpler history- who doesn't have any baby mama drama in his life.
Is is possible that men who've already been through a marriage tend to be more mature and perhaps better at relationships? What do you think?
The Dating List:
Kareena Kapoor's dating Saif Ali Khan who was previously married to Amrita Singh for 13 years. They have two children (Sara and Ibrahim) together. When Kareena and Saif get married, she'll be a real life step mom.
Vidya Balan's dating Siddharth Roy Kapus who has apparently been married twice before. He is also the CEO of UTV Motion Pictures. Rumor has it that they're planning to get married soon.
Rani Mukherji has been dating Aditya Chopra for awhile now (rumored to be engaged already). He's been married once before.
Shruti Hassan was rumored to be dating Siddharth (of Rang De Basanti fame) who was also been married before.
The Married List:
Kalki Koechlin is married to Anurag Kashyap who divorced his first wife with whom he has a daughter.
Amrita Arora married Shakeel Ladakh who is a divorcee as well.
Shilpa Shetty's husband Raj Kundra was married before. His ex-wife claimed that Shilpa Shetty broke up their marriage.
Kiran Rao married Aamir Khan who was previously married to Reena Dutta and with whom he had 2 children.
Lara Dutta married tennis champ Mahesh Bhupathi who was married to model Shvetha Jaishankar. Lara has made it very clear in interviews that she was not even the picture until after the divorce.
Karishma Kapoor married Delhi-based businessman Sanjay Kapur who was married to Nandita Mahtani earlier.
Shabana Azmi married Javed Akhtar who was married to Honey Irani. Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar are Javed's kids from his first marriage.
Sangeeta Bijlani (former Miss India) married former Indian cricketer Mohammed Azharuddin who divorced his first wife Naureen to marry her. Sangeeta and Mohammed's marriage ended in divorce as well. Sangeeta dated Salman Khan briefly in the 90's and rumor has it that they're maybe dating again.
Mahima Chaudhary married an architect Bobby Mukherjee who has two kids from his previous marriage.
Manyata Dutt is Sanjay Dutt's third wife. He was previously married to Risha Sharma and Rhea Pillai.
Raveena Tandon is married to distributor Anil Thadani who was previously married to Natasha Sippy.
Sania Mirza married Shoaib Malik amidst a lot controversy that he hadn't yet divorced his first wife Ayesha Siddiqui.
Sarika Thakur married actor Kamal Hassan after his divorce from Vani Ganapathy. Sarika and Kamal had two children (Shruti and Akshara Hassan) out of wedlock and only married after both children were born. Sadly, they ended up divorcing as well.
Madhubala married playback singer Kishore Kumar who divorced his first wife actress Ruma Guha Thakurta for her. Prior to her marriage to Kishore Kumar, Madhubala had a 5 year long relationship with actor Dilip Kumar.
The Infamous List:
Jayaprada married producer Srikanth Nahata who was already married to Chandra and with whom he had 3 children. Srikanth did not divorce his first wife and continued to have children with her after marrying Jayaprada. Apparently, Jayaprada and Chandra cordially agreed to share a husband.
Hema Malini married actor Dharmendra who was already married to Prakash Kaur and with whom he had four children. Since his first wife refused to divorce him, Hema Malini and Dharmendra converted to Islam in order to be able to get legally married.
Helen married Salman Khan's father Salim Khan in 1980 and became his 2nd wife. Salim stayed married to his first wife Salma with whom he has 4 children (Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Sohail Khan and Alvira Khan). Helen and Salim adopted daughter is Arpita Khan.
Sridevi married film producer Boney Kapoor who was previously married to Mona and with whom he had 2 kids. Boney left Mona Kapoor for Sri Devi. Mona continued to live her in-laws for 10 years after he married Sridevi. Sridevi was pregnant with her first daughter even before her marriage to Boney Kapoor.
Smita Patil married Raj Babbar who left his first wife Nadira Zaheer for her. Raj Babbar had 2 children from his 1st marriage. Smita and Raj had one son together, Prateik Babbar.
Although Parveen Babi never got married, I believe she deserves a special mention. She was rumored to have been in relationships with many married men including director Mahesh Bhatt, actors Kabir Bedi, Danny Denzongpa and even Amitabh Bachchan.
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