Celebrity couples – estranged but not divorced

The glitzy and glamorous lives of Bollywood celebrities are often the object of fascination for common people, but even their lives are not all hunky dory, as the numerous failed celebrity marriages reveal. After being head-over-heels in love, several couples tied the celestial knot, only to part ways later. While many terminated their marriage legally by obtaining divorce, some remain estranged for different reasons.

Here are five of the many celebrity couples who have been living separately, but are not yet divorced.

Arbaaz Khan and Malaika Arora:

Bollywood’s ‘power couple’ Arbaaz Khan and Malaika Arora’s marriage of 17 years is reportedly on the rocks. According to a report in spotboye.com, Malaika moved out of their Bandra home sometime ago and has shifted to an apartment in Khar, along with their 14-year-old son Arhaan. Buzz is that Malaika is in a relationship with a UK-based businessman. The duo met during the shoot of a commercial 1993 and tied the knot in 1998. 

Farhan Akhtar and Adhuna:

Multifaceted actor Farhan Akhtar and his hairstylist wife Adhuna announced their separation in January 2016 after 15 years of marriage. The couple maintained that the split is a result of “growing apart over the years”. Farhan met Adhuna, six years his senior in 1997 and got married in 2000 after three years of courtship. The couple is blessed with two daughters – Shakya and Akira.  

Karisma Kapoor and Sunjay Kapur:

The celebrity couple is currently in news with regard to their impending divorce, the petition for which they have reportedly withdrawn. Actress Karisma Kapoor tied the knot with Delhi-based industrialist Sujay Kapur in September 2003. Trouble started brewing and there were rumours of their split up after the birth of their daughter Samaira in 2005, but the couple reconciled and went on to have a second child - son Kiaan in 2010. But soon, Karishma parted ways and came to live with her mother in Mumbai, along with her children. The couple have been married for 12 years and although they have filed for divorce, their marriage is yet to be annulled.

Pulkit Samrat and Shweta Rohira

Bollywood actor Pulkit Samrat and ‘rakhi’ sister of superstar Salman Khan had been dating for years before formalising their wedding. The young couple tied the knot with the blessings of both the families in November last year, in presence of Salman Khan, Sohail Khan and Arbaaz Khan among others. They were even reported to have secretly got married in 2010. Rumours about a rough whether in their paradise was doing the rounds for some time, but it was only earlier this month that Shweta confirmed that she and Pulkit are living separately in different cities – Mumbai and Delhi respectively.

Ranvir Shorey and Konkona Sen Sharma

Offbeat Bollywood actors Ranvir Shorey and Konkona Sen Sharma came closer and fell in love during the filming of their 2006 movie ‘Mixed Doubles’. They started to live-in together and had been very secretive about their relationship. They finally got married in 2010 in a close-knit ceremony. Within one month the news of Konkona being pregnant started doing the rounds and the couple welcomed their son in March, 2011. Rumours about their marital discord were rife in 2013 and it was reported that the couple was staying apart. Finally is September this year, both Konkona and Ranvir took to their respective Twitter accounts and announced their split stating that they will remain friends and co-parent their son four-year-old son Haroon.

Mahima Chaudhary and Bobby Mukherjee

Bollywood actress Mahima Chaudhary married architect Bobby Mukherjee, a divorcee, in 2006 in a secret ceremony. She announced her marriage only when she was expecting her child – a daughter who the couple named Aryana. Rumours of stress in their relationship emerged in 2008 when Bobby was embroiled in a bitter custody battle with his ex-wife. He had to travel extensively during which Mahima would stay with her parents. Apparently, the long-distance relationship took a toll on their marriage and Mahima left Bobby’s Bandra house to move with her parents in Lokhandwala, and living separately since. However, they have not divorced probably for the sake of their daughter who is now eight years old.

Sangeeta Bijlani and Mohammed Azharuddin

The ex-Indian skipper Mohammed Azharuddin met former Bollywood actress Sangeeta Bijlani at a commercial shoot in the early 1990s and immediately fell for her. After dating for a while, he divorced Naureen, his wife of nine years to marry the actress, who was also said to have broken up with Salman Khan. After a long-drawn legal battle and obstacles, Azhar and Sangeeta tied the knot in 1996. Theirs too wasn’t a ‘happily-ever-after’ life as the couple parted ways in 2010 following Azhar’s alleged link up with badminton player Jwala Gutta. However, they have not divorced and Sangeeta was also seen campaigning with Azhar during the 2014 general elections.