Be it Bollywood actresses or women in any other industry, they have always sought to have independent lifestyles and careers even after their marriage. It is tough for women to manage both homes and career equally well. Their struggles and sacrifices are appreciable enough. Few marriages stood by tall and few others broke and swept away. Few weakened roots ended just to begin the new sprouts of joyous and strong relations. Here are few such determined women, who started their relishing careers after their marriage.
#1 Kirron Kher
Soon after her graduation in theatre arts, Kirron married Mumbai based Industrialist Gautam Berry. The couple has a son Sikander. After which, she started her career in the film industry in the 1980s. For a very long time, Kirron did not taste success and continued struggling to seek roles in Bollywood. It was, at this time of struggling journey, that Kirron met Anupam Kher who was also sailing on the same tides. Soon Anupam and Kirron developed a great relationship professionally and personally. When Anupam rose with Saaransh, Kirron broke the marital knot with Gautam Berry and entered into a new nuptial bonding with Anupam Kher.This was one of the scintillating Bollywood stars weddings.
Later in life, being well within the institution of marriage, she enacted roles for television shows, highlighting the women issues. Kirron made a comeback in Bollywood with Shyam Benegal’s Sardari Begum. In the 1990s, she became the recipient of many national awards for her extraordinary performances in the films like Sardari Begum and Bariwali before she entered the mainstream cinema with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas. She is best known for playing interesting roles in Main Hoon Na, Veer Zaara, Hum Tum, Mangal Pandey, Rang De Basanti, Fanaa, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, and Dostaana, Khoobsurat, Om Shanti Om and many such. Kirron and Anupam Kher are currently running a production house together. She is currently holding the position of Member of Parliament from Chandigarh and belongs to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
#2 Chitrangada Singh
Chitrangada was married to golfer Jyoti Randhawa in 2001.She made a professional entry into Bollywood foray in 2003 with a debut in the film Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi and a 2005 film Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow. Chitrangada took a long break from 2005 till 2008. In 2008, she made a comeback with the film – Sorry Bhai. 2011 onwards, her official entry into commercial cinema and her breakthrough performances in the films like Yeh Saali Zindagi, Desi Boyz, I, Me Aur Main, Inkaar, had carved a niche out of her professionally as one of the upcoming Bollywood actresses. While, on the other hand, family life with her husband got continually troubled, especially when she moved to Mumbai from Delhi for pursuing her career. Her bold approach towards the ambitious career separated the couple in 2013 and then they formally got divorced in 2014. The couple has a son named Zorawar. Currently, Chitrangada is his custodian.
Soon after finishing the college and prior to the film debut, she was an active model working with renowned brands like ICICI bank and Joyallukkas Jewellery. Ever since then she has continued modeling. Currently, she is the brand ambassador for the food and lifestyle products like Garnier, Parachute, Borges Olive Oil, Taj Mahal Tea. She also endorses Airtel, Tata’s Tanishq and Titan Eye Plus.
#3 Lillette Dubey
Born in Sindhi Hindu family in Pune, Lillette Kiswani entered into Bollywood late. She was married to Ravi Dubey in 1978 until his death in 2015. Ravi Dubey worked closely with the Taj Mansingh hotel and he was distinguished for his hospitality services. He created a historical business record by becoming the youngest General Manager during his tenure at the hotel. Before quitting the position from Taj Mansingh hotel in 2004, he held the position of Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at the Tata Group. Unfortunately, he died of pancreatic cancer in 2015. The couple has two daughters, Neha and Ira. Both of them are Bollywood actresses and have played associate roles in the film, theatre, and television. Additionally, Neha is a psychotherapist, practicing independently in Mumbai.
Lillette was active on the silver screen since 1997. Despite being married, she appeared in several TV shows and enacted roles successfully in movies, such as Zubeidaa, Monsoon Wedding, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Baghban, Bow Barracks Forever, Lunchbox and Housefull. Her astounding roles in several Bollywood movies, bagged her a captivating role in the British film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Lillette became apparently successful enough that she carefully separated and balanced her married life and her work life. She is also an acclaimed theatre director, television, and film artist. She was a part of the Theatre Action Group (TAG) in Delhi, where she met her future husband Ravi Dubey. She has directed a number of plays, notably Mahesh Dattani’s Dance Like a Man in 2017.This play was the longest running Indian play in English, having completed 497 shows across the world.
#4 Mahi Gill
Born in Chandigarh, Gill holds a master’s degree in Theatre.She had a failed marriage. She couldn’t stand the marriage owing to the young age and immaturity. But today she shares a good rapport with her ex-husband and exchanges messages often.
After a bitter divorce and the episodes of depression, the actress moved to Mumbai from Chandigarh to try her luck in Bollywood. Gill also went through tough and struggling times before she becoming one of the sizzling Bollywood actresses. Soon Gill got her first break with the film Hawayein.She then started working on a couple of Punjabi films along with the theatre. She also worked in Ram Gopal Verma’s Not a Love Story, based on the real-life Murder case of Niraj Grover in 2008.
She was specifically chosen by Anurag Kashyap for the role of Paro in her debut film, Dev.D. She is best remembered as Paro as she made it through the big screen in 2009, alongside earning enthusiastic reviews. Her performance in the movie Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster and its sequel in 2011 earned a nomination at the Filmfare Awards for Best Actress. In 2012, she also appeared in Paan Singh Tomar, a true story of an athlete turned dacoit. Few films for which she is recognized in the Bollywood, spanning between 2013 to 2017 are such as Zanjeer, Dabangg2, Buddha in a Traffic jam, Shareek, Wedding Anniversary.
#5 Aditi Rao Hyadri
Aditi’s first serious relationship, in 2004, started at 17 which ended up in one of the secretive Bollywood marriages at 21 to bureaucrat-turned-actor, Satyadeep Misra. It didn’t last long though. Nonetheless, the marriage collapsed, the relationship as friends exist and keep the duo still close.
In 2004, Aditi started her professional career as a Bharatnatyam dancer, with the low profile project on a Tamil movie named Srirangam.After the screening of this movie, in 2007, at several international film festivals,s Aditi’s performance was recognized as an award-winning and she was critically acclaimed. Her first theatrical release was a Malayalam movie –Prajapathi, in 2006.This got her supporting role in Bollywood film –Delhi-6 in 2009.In 2011, she again played a supporting role in the movie Yeh Saali Zindagi.Aditi later went on to take up the lead roles,2012 onwards, to be at par with other Bollywood actresses. She played the lead role in London, New York, Paris movie in 2012.She bagged genuine mystery and suspense roles in the movies like Murder 3 and the boss in 2013.
All the while, the marriage of hers with Satyadeep Misra was kept secret. Until she revealed her marital status as separated in 2013 in one of her interviews.
She speared in guest roles in few films of 2014. In 2015, she starred the comedy roles in Guddu Rangeela.In 2016, The actress went on to gain recognition for her stunning performance in the Bollywood movies like Wazir, Fitoor. She took up Bollywood project Bhoomi alongside Katru Veliydai, a Tamil movie in 2017. She also played the role of the queen in the most controversial movie of 2018 – Padmaavat.
These aforementioned Bollywood actresses are the exemplary souls to the world. They are an inspiration to others. Marriage was never a barrier for the women who were determined for their ambitions and chased their dreams. Not just these, but there are many such innumerable individuals, men, and women in Bollywood, who either stayed persistent with uncertainty or fought their tough times to negate both the marital status and the age factor as a stumbling block of their flourishing career.
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