It is a well known fact that in Bollywood everything is big news. If you get to the top without any drama or at least one scandal, you are lucky.
Marriage in Bollywood is probably not considered a serious institution. Today, thankfully, stars are serious about their life partners. This wasn’t really so back in the 70s and early 80s. People got married, people got divorced and nobody really cared!
One such story is that of Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia. The handsome hunk who ruled Bollywood during the 70s married this pretty lady Dimple Kapadia in the year 1973. Dimple was just 16 when she got married. Also, she was just a new comer in the industry while Rajesh Khanna was already an established star.
Rajesh Khanna proposed to Dimple Kapadia after he “apparently” fell in love with her. Dimple Kapadia was a huge fan of the actor. She often bumped into him at parties and slowly the two became friends. Just eight months before the release of her first film Bobby, Dimple and Rajesh Khanna tied the knot.
The industry was taken aback by this sudden development. It was shocking to note that Rajesh Khanna, who had just gotten out of his previous live-in relationship with actress Anju Mahendru, had decided to marry someone who was about 15 years younger to him. Also, Dimple Kapadia was termed as a bombshell after her first film.
Their marriage was soon on the rocks. In the year 1984, Dimple and Rajesh Khanna decided to part ways. Rajesh Khanna had asked Dimple to stay at home and take care of the family. Her success didn’t go down too well with the superstar. Frustrated by his negligence and bad habits, Dimple moved out of ‘Aashirwad’, Rajesh Khanna’s home.
It is said that the superstar’s ego and anger always came in between their relationship. Even though the couple separated, they never divorced. After their separation, Rajesh Khanna was seen getting close to actress Tina Munim. Their relationship also didn’t last. Also there were rumours that Anita Advani was in a live in relationship with Rajesh Khanna towards the end of his life.
During his last few days, Dimple Kapadia returned to her husband. She was by his said during his last moments. Dimple Kapadia says she feel’s “abandoned” after his death. It is still confusing as to why Dimple returned to her husband during his last few days whereas she had a whole life time to reconcile to him.
Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia have two daughters, Twinkle and Rinkle Kapadia. Twinkle is a well known actress and is married to actor Akshay Kumar. Dimple Kapadia continues to work in films and at times Television too.