Secret Shaadis

Bollywood couples that got married in secret

Bollywood actors and their spouses / Image- Instagram/ FaceBook

As Bollywood couples have begun to have private and secret weddings recently here are a few couples who have already gone down that path and chosen to formalize their relationship quietly.

Rani Mukerji-Aditya Chopra


Rani Mukerji and her husband Aditya Chopra / Image- Instagram

Aditya Chopra’s first marriage was to Payal Khanna in 2001. Only after that culminated in divorce nine years later, did Rani start dating her real-life Raja.
For three years, they kept the rumour mills buzzing, before secretly tying the knot on April 21, 2014, in Italy. Only 20 people were present and no photographs were ever leaked. Aditya reportedly wore a dhoti and it was a Bengali style wedding.


They met when Govinda was staying with his maternal uncle, Anand Ahuja, who was married to Sunita’s elder sister. She was only 15 then and would participate in dance competitions with him. Soon they started exchanging love letters, one of which fell into his mother’s hands. In it, Sunita had written that she wanted to marry Govinda. She got her wish, on March 11, 1987, when she was just 18 and he 24.

It was a Gandharva wedding in a temple. Govinda kept it a secret because he did not want his marital status to impact his rising film career. He even romanced Neelam and only revealed that he was already married when his daughter was born.

On their 25” wedding anniversary, as per his late mother’s wish, Govinda married Sunita again, formally, and publicly.

Aamir Khan-Reena Dutta

Aamir and Reena with their daughter at her wedding / Image- Instagram

It was a scene straight from Padosan, Aamir Khan mooning over his neighbour from his window. But Reena Dutta didn’t share his feelings when he opened his heart to her. Aamir, just 20, wouldn’t give up. He sent his 18-year-old crush a letter written in his blood. She wasn’t impressed. Eventually, Cupid won.

But Aamir was a Muslim, while Reena was a Bengali Hindu, the daughter of an Air Force officer. She knew her family would never accept him, so when Aamir turned 21, they had a quiet registered marriage on April 18, 1996, before returning to their respective homes.

Reena’s father was so upset he had to be hospitalised. But the couple stayed together for 16 years and parented two children, Ira and Junaid. Even after they divorced and Aamir married (and divorced) Kiran Rao, they have remained friends.

Nargis-Sunil Dutt

Nargis and Sunil Dutt / Image- FaceBook

When Nargis signed Mehboob Khan’s Mother India, she was depressed and suicidal. A fire on the set almost proved fatal, but Sunil Dutt, her on-screen son, saved her life, risking his own, and the actress fell in love again after Raj Kapoor broke her heart.

Though she was a year older; more successful and earning five times more besides being a Muslim, Dutt proposed and she accepted,   She embraced Hinduism before marriage to become Nirmala, they opted for a secret Arya Samaj ceremony on March 11, 1958. 

Dharmendra-Hema Malini

Hema Malini’s parents, Jaya and VS Ramnujan Chakravarthy, were strongly opposed since Dharmendra was already married and a father. They would have preferred her to marry someone else, but Hema kept rejecting all the proposals that came her way. Finally, they met Jeetendra’s parents and the two families quietly fixed a marriage date despite the reluctance of their children. 

A magazine reported the news and an agitated Dharmendra, along with Jeetendra’s longtime girlfriend Shobha, flew to Madras (now Chennai) where he barged into Hema’s house despite her enraged father ordering him out, and begged her not to make this mistake. Eventually, she came out asking for more time and Jeetendra’s family left in a huff.

With Dharmendra’s wife refusing to divorce him, the lovebirds eventually converted to Islam and on May 2, 1980, as Dilawar Khan Kewal Krishn and Aisha Bi R Chakravarty, finally formalized their relationship.









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