Actors who tied the knot away from prying eyes of media


Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar took everyone by surprise when her secret marriage with Kashimiri businessman-cum-model Mir Mohsin Akhtar was revealed. Known for her films like ‘Rangeela', ‘Satya’, 'Bhoot', 'Ek Hasina Thi' and many more, Urmila and Mohsin tied the knot on March 3, 2016 in a hush-hush ceremony at her residence. The low-key wedding was held as per Hindu rituals. Urmila’s close friend and well known fashion designer Manish Malhotra was the only known personality from tinsel town in the private ceremony.

Actress Preity Zinta tied the knot with her American boyfriend Gene Goodenough in Los Angeles on February 29. It was a private ceremony attended by the couple’s family including Preity’s close friends Sussanne Khan and Surily Goel.

Shahid Kapoor got married to Mira Rajput in a close-knit ceremony in presence of family and close friends on July 7, 2015. Despite the media frenzy surrounding his wedding, the actor could keep the private affair under wraps till the ritual was over. Soon after, Shahid introduced his bride and appeared before media for photo ops.

A day before on July 6, actress Minissha Lamba’s quiet and simple marriage with her long-time boyfriend Ryan Tham in a Mumbai city court came as a surprise, until Ryan’s cousin Pooja Bedi made the announcement on the social media. But Minissha is someone who loves privacy and so it was expected. The ‘Kidnap’ actress has simply toed the line followed by some other celebrities who tied the knot away from the media glare.

In February, 2015, Bollywood actor Kunal Kapoor and Megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s neice Naina Bachchan had a beach wedding in Seychelles in presence of their families. Big B’s daughter Shweta Bachchan Nanda apparently introduced the duo.

National Award winning playback singer Shreya Ghosal in late January, 2015, posted a strange tweet saying she was unsure whether she was excited or nervous. The reason behind the strange message was unravelled within a week when the girl with the melodious voice married her long-time beau Shiladitya Mukhopadhyaya on February 5 in a quiet ceremony. Even Shreya’s close friends were in for a surprise.

‘Dil Chahta Hai actress’ Sonali Kulkarni had been dating Nachiket Pantvaidya, MD of Fox Television Studios for some time. The couple had been so secretive that no one had the slightest knowledge about their relationship. On May 24, 2010, both of them exchanged wedding vows in private ceremony in Pune, taking everyone, including their close friends, by surprise.

Actress Antara Mali who appeared in Ram Gopal Verma’s films like ‘Road’, ‘Naach’, and others, tied the knot with journalist Che Kurien in a hush-hush ceremony in June, 2009. The couple has a three-year-old daughter. Antara doesn’t like to share her personal life in public, so few know how she met her future husband.

Former model and actor-producer John Abraham who had a long relationship with his ‘Jism’ co-star Bipasha Basu before breaking up in 2011, secretly got married to Priya Runchal on New Year’s day of 2014 in New York. The ‘Dostana’ star met Priya in Mumbai in 2010. An NRI financial analyst in the US, Priya is a native of McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh.

Not a word was known when actress Juhi Chawla got married to entrepreneur Jay Mehta in 1995. It was only after their first child was born that the news came out. The couple has two children – daughter Jhanvi born in 2001 and son Arjun born in 2003.