"Itti jawaan ho gai hai, shaadi kab karegi?"
"Ab agr tu aur late hua, to kaun ladki tujhse shaadi karegi?"
These are some typical dialogues that singles frequently listen to.
And the list I'm going to share with you is about those celebrities who decided to break this tradition. Yes, some of these stars are in their late 40s while some are in their early 70s and they showed that getting married wasn't their only priority in life. In fact, they decided to work over their careers and aspirations. Some became single parents, while some are enjoying the life to the fullest, without any regrets.
It was 1999 when Bollywood actor Ameesha Patel met filmmaker Vikram Bhatt for the first time, on the sets of Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage. The duo started dating since the film released. But in 2008, they got separated.
In the same year, Ameesha Patel got her eyes stuck on London-based businessman Kanav Puri at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. In 2010, The Times Of India declared that Ameesha Patel broke off her relationship with Kanav Puri. Since then, Ameesha Patel is single.
Indian film actor, director and producer Asha Parekh is still unmarried. In 2017, she revealed that late filmmaker Nasir Hussain was the only man she ever loved. According to Hindustan Times, during the launch of her autobiography, she admitted that she shared a personal relationship with Nasir Hussain but never married him because she didn't want to take him away from his family.
Indian daily soap queen, Ekta Kapor is 42 and single. She is often asked about her relationship status. Sometimes she takes the question as a joke while sometimes she clammed shut. In 2014, in an interview with Hindustan Times, she said, "The biggest side effect of marriage is that it makes people highly impatient. And I think it is due to my lack of patience that I'm not married."
Famous Indian director Karan Johar is a single father. In 2017, KJo became a single parent of twins born through surrogacy. Karan Johar named his son Yash, after his father; and his daughter Roohi, rearranged from his mother's name Hiroo.
Indian politician and former actor Nandita Arvind Morarji aka Nagma is still unmarried. According to India Times, she is associated with cricketer Sourav Ganguly and actor Manoj Tiwari.
60s film actress Parveen Babi chose not to marry. In an interview with Filmfare, director Mahesh Bhatt revealed that his relationship with Time magazine's first Indian cover girl, Parveen Babi began around 1977.
There were even speculations of her being in a relationship with actors Kabir Bedi and Danny Denzongpa.
Parveen Babi died in 2005 due to complications of her diabetic conditions.
Filmmaker Sajid Khan is single till the date. According to Free Press Journal, Sajid Khan has been with various ladies of the entertainment industry including Gauhar Khan, Rakshanda Khan, Tamannaah Bhatia, Urvashi Dholakia, Jacqueline Fernandez and Esha Gupta. Though he has always been a prominent filmmaker of the industry, his love life often seems to fail.
One of the most desired bachelors of the country, Salman Khan also chose not to marry. We all know how his relationships have always been the talk of the town. And the ladies to whom he dated are not unknown to any.
The first Indian woman to win the crown of Miss Universe pageant, Sushmita Sen, is a single mother. She adopted a baby girl in 2000 and a second girl in 2010.
Tabassum Fatima Hashmi aka Tabu is 46 and unmarried. Tabu blames Ajay Devgn for her single status. In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, she said, "Ajay and I have known each other for 25 years. He was my cousin Sameer Arya's neighbour and close buddy. When I was young, Sameer and Ajay would spy on me, follow me around and threaten to beat up any boys who are caught talking to me. They were the big bullies, and if I am single today, it is because of Ajay. I hope he repents and regrets what he did."
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