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Bollywood Relations: A Myth?

By: Arya Aiyappan
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
In Bollywood relationships fizzle out with the twinkle of an eye, within seconds a longstanding relation visits its grave. Nevertheless it is never accorded a silent burial, but one of controversies and mysteries surrounding it acknowledging it as a public secret. Ironically in Bollywood industry associations are very flimsy, even as they propagate the noble ideas of loving and loyal relationships as the backbone of our social set up.

Relationships have become very threadbare and rather fragile, whereby they no longer vouchsafe of loyalty and trust as the cardinal virtues. In the glamour world every relation bears a facade, a two-sided one. There are umpteen instances whether it is Aishwarya's affair with Salman Khan, which raised much hoopla and their subsequent break-up with much hue and cry, followed by Aishwarya's link up with Vivek Oberoi which quickly faded out only to be linked with Abhishek Bachchan or Salman's relation with Katrina Kaif, Saif Ali Khan's and Aamir Khan's extramarital affairs with Rosa and Kiran, their divorce and Aamir's second marriage to Kiran all merely point that loyalty is a very trivial issue. Paradoxically in the films they personify the ideal man and woman who embody noble Indian virtues and values.

It is quite customary to link the hero and heroine of a movie together, once the film reaps success at the box office or a particular pair successively works together in some movies. In the star studded world the grape vine spreads like fire. Extramarital affairs, love-hate relations, and associations have been a part and parcel of Bollywood. Sushmita's link up with Mananv Menon, Manisha's link ups with an Australian ambassador, and a host of others have made quite a stir. It is futile to analyze the depth of the relations, where it is sometimes a mere one night's stand.

In the past too there have been gossip stories between actors and actresses, Amitabh and Rekha, Dharmendra and Hema Malini, Boney Kapoor and Sridevi, etc of which only a few could attain marital bliss.

However there have been affairs which have been going steady Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, John Abraham and Bipasha Basu to name a few and some withstanding the trying times culminated in marriage Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna, Ajay Devgan and Kajol, Hrithik Roshan and Suzanne.

It is oft noted that Bollywood as a film industry stands apart from the rest of the film industries in the country not only by virtue of the coverage and popularity it enjoys but also because of the juicy episodes evolving off screen. While these trivial relationships are a common phenomena in the Hindi film world, they are mostly a taboo as far as the rest of the industries are concerned. They are more conventional, closely guarded and to an extent even conformist.

Glamour world of bollywood is a make-believe world where emotions are rarely transparent and relationships rarely see the light of the day.

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