OT - an interesting post
- From: vrk <kumar.vravi@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 16 May 2011 20:22:30 -0700 (PDT)
I dont know if all this is common knowledge. lot of it was news to me.
so thought would share it here
As shown in the film JODHA AKBAR, a marriage between a Hindu and a
Muslim still evokes extreme reactions in India. Notwithstanding, many
such marriages have regularly taken place with mutual consent in India
in Modern times. Here is a random list. Majority of these people
belong to Bollywood, but a good many do not.
I was driven to compile this data for myself, after repeated
controversies began to arise on issue of inter-faith marriages. I am a
Hindu and the spin that Hindutva-based right-wing organisations put on
this subject undoubtedly disturbed me. I was also forced to
contemplate upon the issue of conversions vis-a-vis the shameful
rigidity of caste barriers within Hinduism.
I decided for myself that I must have the maximum facts at hand before
forming an opinion on the subject.
This is just a compilation of facts collected from various sources. So
my creative input in this post is limited. I also keep updating this
post from time to time. So, if there are any mistakes, please bring
them out in the comments. Additions are welcome too.
MUSLIM MAN / HINDU WOMAN
Actor Irrfan Khan is married to Sutapa Sikdar, an Assamese Hindu. They
have two sons, Babil and Ayaan.
Legendary bollywood actress Rekha has four sisters. One of them, Radha
Ganeshan is married to Mr Usman Syed and is settled in USA.
Scriptwriter Anjum Rajabally (‘Ghulam’ and ‘Drohkaal’) is married to
Chetna, daughter of noted cricket writer Late KN Prabhu.
Music Director Anu (Anwar) Malik is married to Anju. They have two
daughters, one of whom is named Anmol.
His elder brother Daboo Malik is married to Jyoti and has two sons.
Famous bollywood cabaret dancer of 80s, Leena Das married singer
Mohammed Rafi’s son, Shahid. They have two sons.
Shahnawaz Bhutto, grandfather of Benazir Bhutto, married a Hindu woman
who converted to Islam.
Actor Zayed Khan recently married school friend Malaika Parekh, a
Hindu. (His sister Suzanne is Hritik Roshan‘s wife. Other sister
Simone is also married to a Hindu).
Classical vocalist Ali Akbar Khan married numerous times in his life.
One of his wives was Rajdulari Devi, a singer herself. Their daughter
Aneesa is married to TV producer Rajeev Chaudhary.
Surprisingly, Ali Akbar and his Muslim wife Zubeida gave Hindu names
to their sons, namely Ashish, Dhyanesh, Amresh and Pranesh. Out of
these, Ashish declared himself to be a Hindu and seperated from his
Muslim wife Firoza Dehalvi. Ashish’s children are Faraz (son) and
Dhaynesh’s daughter Sahana is married to a Hindu (Mr Gupta).
Dhyanesh’s son is Shiraz Khan.
Doctor/Model Aditi Govitrikar, a Maharashtrian Brahmin, married Dr
Muffazal Lakdawala. They had a daughter, Kiara and a son, Zihaan.
Govitrikar participated in and won the Mrs India competition under her
post-marriage name, Sarah Muffazal Lakdawala. They are now seperated.
Dr Muffazal is now married to Priyanka, daughter of Maj Gen TK Kaul.
Amar Sheikh, firebrand Marathi folk singer of the 60s was married to a
Marathi Hindu woman. Their two daughters Mallika and Prerana married
dalit activist Namdev Dhasal and Marathi writer Late Anil Barve
VJ and anchor of Indian Idol 3 Mini Mathur is married to Kabir Khan,
director of the film ‘Kabul Express’. They have a son, Vivaan and a
Actor Farooq Sheikh’s wife Rupa is a Gujarati Hindu. They have two
daughters, Shaista and Sanaa.
Aruna Ganguli, the firebrand Congress leader of Freedom Movement,
married Barrister Asaf Ali Zamani and converted to Islam, assuming the
name Kulsum Zamani. Her husband was 20 years her senior.
Mira Nair, director of the film ‘Monsoon Wedding’ is married to
Professor Mahmood Mamdani of Columbia University, a Ugandan Muslim.
They have one son, Zohran.
Veteran theatreperson Ebrahim Alkazy is married to Uma. She was
originally married to Dev Anand’s brother Chetan Anand but divorced
Actor Saeed Jaffrey married Madhur Bahadur, a Hindu Kayasth from
Delhi. They later divorced. They have three daughters, Meera, Zia and
Sakina. Of them, Sakina is an actor and is married to an American by
the name of Tom Wilkinson. Sakina’s children, Cassius and Jamila
Wilkinson are actors as well. Madhur Jaffrey has made a name for
herself as a celebrity cooking expert with many cook books and shows
to her credit.
Saeed’s brother Hamid Jaffrey is married to Late ‘Dada Muni’ Ashok
Kumar’s daughter Bharti (mother of actress Anuradha Patel). This is
the second marriage of both and each has three children from their
Times of India journalist Ashwin Ahmed has a Hindu mother and a Muslim
father. He is also married to a Hindu.
Director Muzaffar Ali married Subhashini Sehgal (who played the
emperor’s mother in Shah Rukh’s film ‘Asoka’), daughter of freedom
fighter Capt Laxmi Sehgal. They later divorced. Their son Shaad Ali is
director of the film ‘Bunty Aur Babli’. They are now divorced.
Muzaffar is now married to fashion designer Meera Ali. Their daughter
Naina Balsawar, an ex- Miss India is married to Ahmad Dumpy, a
Congress politician. She has been an MP herself. This is her second
marriage. She has two daughters (Rivan and Rivka) from her first
marriage, and a son, Azaan and a daughter, Aleah from Dumpy.
Suhaib Ilyasi, the anchor of TV crime show ‘India’s Most Wanted’ had a
love marriage with Anju Singh, a Hindu girl. They had a daughter,
Aliya. Anjudied under mysterious circumstances. The criminal case is
still on. Following the controversy, Suhaib was dumped from the show
and was replaced by Manoj Raghuvanshi. He could never recover his
career. The show itself was yanked off air soon after. It was the
forerunner of today’s loud crime shows.
Imtiaz Ali, director of the film ‘Jab We Met’ is married to Priti.
Their daughter is Ida.
Tamil film actress Karuthama Rajshree is married to Ansari Raja, a
Muslim fitness trainer working in the Tamil film industry.
Renowned Kathak dancer Sitara Devi married director K Asif (‘Mughal E
Azam’). But they were divorced soon. Then she married Pratap Barot and
divorced him too.
Singer Sunidhi Chauhan, at the age of 18, eloped and married Bobby
Khan, brother of choreographer Ahmed Khan. Her family never
acknowledged the marriage and threatened to disown her. The couple
fell apart in a year and she returned to her parents.
Late Sitar player Vilayat Khan was married to Bengali Brahmin,
Monisha. They got divorced. Son Shujaat is a Sitar player married to a
Muslim named Parveen and his son is Azaan.
His daughter Zila (sufi singer) is married to a Muslim while the other
daughter Yaman married a Hindu Rajput (now divorced). Vilayat Khan’s
second wife, was a Christian. From her. he had one son, Hidayat.
TV and film actor Simone Singh is married to TV producer Farhad Samar.
Dr. Sharik Currimbhoy, vice-president & chief operating officer of the
Shahnaz Husain Group of Companies is married to Samara Chopra, a TV
anchor and daughter of Ashwini Chopra, a Delhi-based physician.
Theatre Veteran Habib Tanvir was married to Monika Mishra, also an
actor. Both are no more. Their daughter Nageen is an actor too.
Shah Rukh Khan’s uncle Aziz Mirza who directed ‘Yes Boss’ and ‘Phir
Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani’ was married to a Hindu called Nirmala. She
died in 2005.
Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru’s niece, Janak Kumari, married Jalil Asghar,
a civil servant of pre-independence India. She was ostracized by the
Nehrus. Asghar family migrated to Pakistan after partition where Jalil
rose to become the Defence Secretary of Pakistan. Janak Kumari took up
social service in Lahore and was awarded Sitara E Khidmat by President
Ayub Khan. However, after Jalil’s death, she faced financial
difficulties and litigation over property from Jalil’s family. She
died in 1997. No one from Nehru family attended her funeral. She did
not convert and remained a Hindu to her last day. They had no
Actor-director Farhan Akhtar‘s first wife was Riya Jain. They are now
divorced. He is now married to Adhuna Bhabani, a Bengali Hindu. They
have two daughters, Shakya and Akira and a son, Kalyan.
Javed Akhtar’s brother Salman is married to Monisha Nair. They both
are psychologists based in UK.
TV actor and anchor Husain Kuwajerwala (Anchor of Indian Idol) is
married to Tina Darera.
Renowned danseuse and ex – Miss India Indrani Banerjee married an
Architect called Habib Rahman. Their children are Ram and Sukanya.
Indrani herself was child of an inter-religious marriage. She was the
first ever Indian representative to Miss Universe in 1952.Ram Rahman
is a famous photographer. Sukanya is a renowned danseuse and author of
the book ‘Dancing In The Family’. She is married to Frank Wicks.
Habib died in 1995 while Indrani passed away in 1999.
Senior actor Yusuf Hussain (small roles in Khakee, Dhoom etc) married
three times. His third wife (now divorced) is Kanchan Duggal.
Late Asif Currimbhoy was a well-known actor of Mumbai’s English stage.
His son Tarik is married to Nayana. They are both interior designers
settled in USA. They have a daughter, Sana. Asif’s daughter Nahid is
married to Amit Moitra. Amit-Nahid have 2 daughters, Tehzeeb and
Popular TV actor Iqbal Khan (of ‘Kavyanjali’ fame) is married to Sneha
Latika, Daughter of Sheila Dixit, present Chief Minister of Delhi, is
married to Mr Syed, a Muslim.
The household of Screen writer Salim Khan (of the Salim-Javed duo) is
a virtual congregation of religions. He married Susheela, a
Maharashtrian Hindu woman. Their children are actors Salman, Arbaaz
and Sohail and a daughter named Alvira.
Arbaaz Khan married Malaika Arora (a Roman Catholic). They have a son
Actor Sohail Khan married Seema Sachdev, a Hindu. Their son is named
Alvira is married to actor Atul Agnihotri, a Hindu. They have a
daughter, Alizeb and a son, Ayaan.
Salim’s second wife is Helen, an Anglo-Indian Jew. They have an
adopted Hindu daughter, Arpita.
Businesswoman Naina Lal Kidwai, Vice Chairman, HSBC is married to
Rasheed Kidwai who runs an NGO. They have two children.
Late actor Divya Bharti was secretly married to film producer Sajid
Nadiadwala. This marriage was never acknowledged during the actor’
lifetime for the fear that it will impact her career. Sajid
Nadiadwala’s films carry a dedication to ‘my beloved wife Divya
Bharti’. He is now married to Warda Khan, a Muslim.
CNN IBN anchorperson Suhasini Haidar daughter of politician
Subramaniam Swamy, is married to Nadeem, son of former India
bureaucrat Salman Haidar.
Aamir Khan maried Reena Dutta but they are now divorced. They had a
son, Junaid and a daughter, Ira. Aamir is now married to Kiran Rao.
Custody of the kids is with Reena.
Bharatiya Janata Party’s Muslim faces, Late Sikander Bakht (married to
Raj Sharma), Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi (married to Seema) and Shahnawaz
Husain (married to Renu) all married Hindu women.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s son Arshad is married to Sumana, a Hindu.
Late Sikandar Bakht‘s sons are Anil and Sunil Bakht.
Actor Reena Roy had married Pakistan Cricketer Mohsin Khan who also
acted in a few Bollywood films. They are now divorced. They have one
daughter, Sanam, whose custody is with Reena. Reena Roy’s father was
Hindu and mother Muslim.
Sarod Player Amjad Ali Khan married Subhalaxmi, an Assamese Hindu.
Their twin sons Ayaan Ali and Amaan Ali are also Sarod players and
frequently appear on TV. Ayaan recently got married to Neema, daughter
of Romesh Sharma, producer of Big B film ‘Hum’. In the film, Romesh
also did a small role of Kimi Katkar’s brother who gets killed.
TV actor Jasvir Kaur is married to Aziz.
Sulbha Arya (Kantaben of ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’), a Maharashtrian Hindu,
married cinematographer Ishan Arya (‘Garam Hawa’, ‘Anjuman’), a
relation of Kaifi Azmi. The surname Arya was adopted by them after
their marriage in an Arya Samaj Mandir. Ishan is no more. Their sons
are cinematographer Sameer Arya (‘Koi Mil Gaya’, ‘Drona’) and actor
Sagar Arya (who played Mahesh in ‘Love Aaj Kal’). Sameer is married
to Srishti Arya,TV actress, producer of Abhishek Bachchan film
‘Drona’ and daughter of Late director Ramesh Behl (‘Kasme Vaade’).
Actor Arif Zakaria, known for his roles on TV and in art films, is
married to Namrata Sharma.
India’s most famous radio anchor Ameen Sayani married Rama, a Kashmiri
Pandit. She died a few years ago. Ameen has one son, Rajil who is
married to Krishna.
Actor Naseeruddin Shah is married to actor Ratna Pathak. They have a
son, Imaad and a daughter, Heba. Imaad made his acting debut in
Prakash Jha-produced ‘Dil Dosti Etc’ last year, which also featured
Shreyas Talpade. Heba is quite famous in Mumbai’s English theatre
circuit for her plays.
‘Wipro’ tycoon Azim Premji’s son Rishad got married to a Hindu girl,
Aditi in 2005. They have two children, Rhea (daughter) and Rohan
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi married Sharmila Tagore. She converted to
Islam before marriage. Their children are actrors Saif and Soha and
another daughter Sabah who lives in Bhopal. Saif Ali Khan married
Amrita Singh, who herself was daughter of a Sikh father and a Muslim
mother. Saif – Amrita who are now divorced, have two children, Sara
Journalist and former Indian National basketball team player Javed
Akhtar was married to Nayantara. He died a few days back.
Music director Ismail Darbar (‘Devdas’, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’) is
married to Priti Sinha (Ayesha after marriage).
Indian journalist Talveen Singh was married to Pakistani diplomat
Salman Taseer. They got divorced. Salman Taseer was recently murdered
by his own bodyguard in Pakistan. Their son, Atish Taseer Singh lives
with his mother. He is the author of the book A Journey through
Legendary actress Meena Kumari (Mahjabeen Bano) was daughter of Allah
Bux and Prabhavati Devi (Iqbal Begum after conversion to Islam). Her
mother, Prabhavati herself was daughter of a Christian father and a
Hindu mother. Meena Kumari’s sisters were Mehelka (She married a Hindu
and was renamed Madhuri Kishore Sharma) and Khursheed.
Farhad Nathani, smalltime producer and a supporting actor who acted in
‘Kaho Na Pyar Hai’ is married to Radha Patkar, a Maharashtrian Hindu.
Booker-winner writer Salman Rushdie’s third marriage was to model-
actress Padma Lakshmi. It too, ended in a divorce.
Ghazal Singer Talat Aziz is married to Bina Adwani, a Sindhi Hindu.
They have two kids.
Gyanpeeth awardee writer Amrita Pritam had a 40-year long romantic
relationship with Pakistani Muslim artist Imroz. They never married.
Actor Shahrukh Khan married Gauri Chibber. They have a son, Aryan and
a daughter, Suhana.
Advertising Guru Alayque Padamsee was married three times. First to
Pearl Padamsee ( a Jew), then to Dolly Thakore (a Hindu) and later to
Pop Singer Sharon Prabhakar (a Hindu). He is now divorced and single.
Though a Khoja Muslim by birth, he claims to be an agnostic. Pearl,
was best known for her Agony Aunt column in ‘Femina’ and her role in
Amol Palekar film ‘Choti Si Baat’.. She is no more. Sharon Prabhakar
is daughter of a Hindu Punjabi father and a Christian mother. Alayque
and Sharon’s daughter, Shazahn made her acting debut with the film
‘Indian Cowboy’ Feroze Khan married Sundari. She is the sister of
actor Sonia Sahani who played Rishi Kapur’s mother in ‘Bobby’. They
got divorced in 1985. Their children, Fardeen and Laila both married
Late Safdar Hashmi, the street theatre activist who was killed by
goons, was married to Moloyshree.
Safdar Hashmi was cremated in an electric crematorium as per his last
wish, instead of being buried in Islamic fashion.
Sangeeta Bijalni is married to Cricketor Mohammed Azaruddin. Her post-
marriage name is Ayesha. The couple have two sons.
Pop singer Parvati Khan is married to Nadeem, son of writer Rahi
Masoom Raza. Their son is Jatin.
Theatre personality Aamir Raza Hussain (best known for his play ‘The
Legend of Ram’) is married to Viraat Talwar. They have a daughter,
Kaniz and a son, Ghulam Ali.
Music director Khayyam is married to a Sikh woman by the name of
Jagjit Kaur. His son’s name is Pradeep. Pradeep acted in a film called
‘Jaan E Wafa’ in 1990 with Farooq Sheikh and Rati Agnihotri but his
career failed to take off.
Actor Ayub Khan (Preity Zinta’s boyfriend in ‘Dil Chahta Hai’, son of
actress Begum Para and actor Nasir Khan-Dilip Kumar’s brother) married
Niharika, a Gujarati Hindu. Their two daughters are Zohra and Zaira.
This is second marriage for both Ayub and Niharika.
Corporate personality Amita Baig is married to Khalid, an engineering
Actress Tanvi Kiran, is married to Shabana Azmi’s brother,
Cinematographer Baba Azmi. They have a daughter.
Kenan Malik, UK-based Indian author of From Fatwa to Jehad is son of a
Muslim father and a Tamil Hindu mother.
Actress Dia Mirza’s mother, Deepa was Bengali Hindu and father, a
German (Christian). They divorced and her mother remarried a Muslim,
Ahmed Mirza when Dia was a child. He died in 2002. Dia chose to retain
the surname Mirza, though she is not a Muslim.
Liquor Tycoon Vijay Mallaya is married to Rekha. This is the second
marriage for both of them. Rekha was previously married to Mr Mahmood
and had a daughter, Laila. Vijay and Rekha have adopted Laila and she
is now called Laila Mallaya.
Veteran actor Lalita Chatterjee (now Ahmed) is a Hindu married to a
Muslim. She was seen in films such as Bhaji On The Beach and Brick
Lane and also played a small part in Love Aaj Kal. Her daughter Samira
Ahmed is a well-known TV journalist of UK who is married to Brian, a
Actor Shafi Inamdar who rose to fame with DD serial ‘Yeh Jo Hai
Zindagi’ and later acted in numerous Hindi films (most notably as the
turncoat lawyer in ‘Ghayal’), married Marathi stage actress Bhakti
Barve. She is best known for her role as the editor in ‘Jaane bhi Do
Yaaro’. Shafi died of a heart attack in 1996. Bhakti died in a road
accident on Mumbai-Pune expressway in 2001. They had no children.
National Badminton players Syed Modi and Amita Kulkarni married each
other. Syed was murdered in 1988 for unexplained motives. Amita later
married politician Sanjay Singh.
Late actor Amjad Khan’s brother Imtiaz , himself an actor and
director, was married to actress Anju Mahendroo (Rajesh Khanna’s ex-
girlfriend). They got divorced and had no children. Now Imtiaz is
married to TV Actress Kruttika Desai (famous for her role in DD serial
‘Buniyaad’) who is 20 years his junior. They have a daughter. Imtiaz
directed a B-grade film called ‘Husn – Love And Betrayal’ in 2008.
Legendary singer Talat Mahmood’s son Khalid is married to Reena Pande.
Talat Mahmood’s wife, Latika was a Christian.
Kabir Bedi’s daughter, actress Pooja Bedi was married to Farhan
Furniturewalla. They are now divorced. They have two children, Aliya
TV actress Chhavi Mittal is married to TV director Mohit Hussain.
IPS officer Anju Gupta, who is a witness in Babri demolition case, is
married to IAS officer Shafi A Rizvi.
Music director Salim Merchant (of Salim-Sulaiman duo) is married to a
Indian Cricketer Saba Karim is married to Rashmi Roy. They have one
Producers of bollywood films ‘Soch’ (starring Sanjay Kapoor and
Raveena Tandon) and ‘Do Dilon Ke Khel Mein’, Dr Wajahat Kareem and Dr
Surheeta Chatterjee are married to each other.
Classical percussionist Taufique Qureshi is married to vocalist
Geetika Varde. Their son is Shikhar Naad.
Politician LK Advani’s niece is married to a Muslim.
Writer- director Abbas Tyrewala (who directed ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’)
is married to Punarnava Mehta (also known as Pakhi). She played the
lead opposite John Abraham in the film ‘Jhootha Hi Sahi’. She is the
daughter of Neena Mehta.
Abbas’ brother, writer Altaf Tyrewalla is married to Kavita.
Mohammed Aamir Mohammed Khan (Raja of Mehmoodabad) is married to
Vijaya Mehta, daughter of former foreign secretary Jagat Mehta. They
have two sons, Ali and Amir.
Social activist Teesta Setalvad is married to Javed Anand. Their
daughter is Tamara and son Jibraan.
Comedian Ehsan Qureishi is married to Rachna.
Actor Rahul Bose’ sister Anuradha married to Mid-Day MD Tariq Ansari.
They have a daughter, Alya.
Theatre actor Salim Ghouse (who played Amrish Puri’s brother in Shah
Rukh Khan – Madhuri Dixit film ‘Koyla’ is married to fellow actor
Anita. They have two children.
Indian Army Officer Capt Hanif Uddin, who laid down his life in Kargil
war and was awarded Vir Chakra posthumously, was son of Hema and Aziz.
Actress Shruti Seth (who played a supporting role in Prakash Jha’s
film ‘Raajneeti’) is married to ‘Break Ke Baad’ director Danish Aslam.
Actor Imran Khan is married to Avantika Malik. He is son of Anil Pal
and Nuzhat Khan (Aamir Khan’s sister) who are now divorced. Imran
prefers to use the surname Khan, perhaps for commercial reasons.
Tamil actor – producer – director Raj Kiran whose real name is Khadir
(not to be confused with bollywood actor Raj Kiran of ‘Karz’), was
married to Chellamma. They are now seperated. Raj Kiran is now married
to Padma Jyothi and has one son, Nayanar Mohammed from his second
marriage. Both Chellamma and Padma Jyothi had to convert to Islam.
Nepali media baron Jamim Shah , a Kashmiri Muslim (Nepali citizen) was
married to Nepali Hindu Anjali. Their son is Jackie. Jamim was gunned
down by assailants allegedly belonging to Chhota Rajan gang on 7th Feb
Actress Shoma Anand (a lead actress in early 80s and better known for
her mother’s role in the comic soap opera Hum Paanch) is married to
Tariq Shah, who acted and directed the film ‘Bahaar Aane Tak’. Their
daughter is Sarah.
Indian Cricketer Mohammed Kaif married Pooja Yadav.
TV actress Eva Grover, a Punjabi Hindu, married small time actor Hyder
Khan (film actor Aamir Khan’s step brother). They have a daughter,
Ayana. They are now seperated.
West Bengal politician and MP, Late Akbar Ali Khandekar married Swati
who is presently in Trinamul Congress.
Actress Kim Sharma (who acted opposite Jugal Hansraj in the film
‘Mohabbatein’ married Ali Janjani.
Yesteryear’s bollywood music composer Nashad (Original name Shaukat
Dehalvi. Not to be confused with the more famous Naushad) married
playback singer Premlata (Lata Mangeshkar’s co-singer in Chup Chup
Khade Ho Zaroor Koi Baat Hai from the film ‘Badi Bahen’). She
converted to Islam. They migrated to Pakistan in 1947. Their children
were raised as Muslim.
HINDU MAN / MUSLIM WOMAN
Actor Sunil Dutt married Nargis, a Muslim. Some believe that Nargis’
father was a Hindu. Their son Sanjay is now married to Dilnawaz Sheikh
(screen name Manyata). They have twins – a boy named Shahraan and a
girl named Iqra.
Daughter Priya who is a politician, is married to a Christian.
Urdu author Krishan Chander married Salma Siddiqui
Actor Hritik Roshan married Suzanne Khan, daughter of actor Sanjay
Khan (Actual name Abbas Khan). They have two sons named Hrehan and
One of the three daughters of politician Najma Heptullah (niece of
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad) is married to a Hindu.
Actor Atul Agnihotri married Alvira Khan, actor Salman Khan’s Sister
and Salim Khan’s daughter. The couple have a daughter, Alizeb and a
Actor Feroz Khan’s daughter Laila Khan Rajpal married Rohit Rajpal.
They are now divorced.
Former Sheriff of Mumbai, Nana Chudasama is a Hindu Gujarati Rajput.
He married a Hindu lady. They had a daughter, Brinda. Thereafter they
divorced and Nana married Munaira Jasdanvala, a Bohra Muslim who was
also a divorcee. They have two children- Akshay and Shaina, both of
whom are married to Hindus. Shaina is an MP belonging to BJP.
Brinda, Nana’s daughter from his first marriage, is married to
architect Alfaz Miller, a Muslim. They have two daughters, Ahana and
Actor Sanjay Khan’s daughter Simone Khan Arora is married to Ajay
Arora (and other daughter Suzanne to Hritik Roshan)
Actor Aditya Pancholi is married to actor Zarina Wahab. Their children
are Suraj and Sarah.
Cricketer Ajit Agarkar, a Maharashtrian Brahmin, is married to Fatima
Ghadially. They have a son, Raj.
Actor Sunil Shetty is married to Mana Qadri, daughter of a reputed
Muslim architect of Mumbai. Their children are Atiya and Ahan. Mana is
daughter of I. M. Qadri (Muslim) and late Vipula Qadri (Hindu). Qadri
and Vipula have two more children, Isha and Rahul, both of whom are
married to Hindus.
Congress MP Sachin Pilot, son of Late Rajesh Pilot is married to Sarah
Abdullah, Daughter of Former J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah. Thet
faced opposition from both families.
Actor Govinda’s father, small time actor Arun Ahuja married Nazeem,
later known as Nirmala Devi (Govinda’s mother). She is no more.
Zubeida, a Muslim girl from a prominent Mumbai family was pushed into
marrying a Muslim youth in 1947. The husband divorced her when she
refused to migrate to Pakistan with him. She later married Hanuwant
Singh, the then Maharaja of Jodhpur. Both later died in an unexplained
air crash. She was the mother of film critic-turned director Khalid
Mohammed (‘Fizaa’, ‘Tehzeeb’, ‘Silsilay’). Khalid wrote the script of
film ‘Zubeida’ which was directed by Shyam Benegal with Karishma Kapur
in the title role.
Actor Ayesha Takia’s father, Nishit, is a Gujarati Hindu while her
mother Farida is a Muslim. Ayesha Takia married Farhan, son of
politician Abu Azmi.
Bollywood Movie Director Mahesh Bhatt had a Hindu father (director
Nanabhai Bhatt) and a Muslim Shia mother (Shireen Mohammed Ali). But
they were never married and never lived together. Their relationship
has been portrayed in Mahesh Bhatt’s film ‘Zakhm’ starring Ajay
Devgan. Mahesh Bhatt’s two nephews, actor Emraan Hashmi and director
Mohit Suri are Muslim and Hindu respectively. (Emraan’s mother is
Mahesh Bhatt had a very public affair with Parveen Babi. He later
married Kiran. They had a daughter, the film acress and director Pooja
and a son, Rahul. Thereafter, they divorced and Mahesh married Soni
Razdan who is a Muslim. They have two daughters, Shaheen and Aliya.
Emraan Hashmi is married to Parveen Shahani, a Sindhi Hindu.
Director/Choreographer Farah Khan married Shirish Kunder. (Director of
Salman-Akshay starrer ‘Jaaneman’ and Editor of Farah’s ‘Om Shanti
Om’). They have triplets – Anya, Diva (both daughters) and Czar (son).
Actress Nagma’s (Nandita Morarji) father Sri Arvind Pratapsinh Morarji
married a Muslim woman, Seema Sadhana. Seema later divorced Arvind and
married producer Chander Sadanah from whom she had two daughters,
Radhika and actress Jyothika and one son, Suraj. Thus, Jyothika and
Naghma are half-sisters, born to a Muslim mother. Jyothika is now
married to Tamil star Surya Sivakumar. Naghma is single.
Top Tamil actor Khushbu, a Muslim, married director Sunder C after
converting to Hinduism. They have two daughters, Avantika and
Gangster turned Politician Arun Gawli from Mumbai married a Muslim
lady named Ayesha who later took up the name Asha. They have five
children. One of them, Geeta is a politician. Name of one son is
Manoj Bajpai married actor Shabana Raza whose screen name was Neha.
She had a high profile launch in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ‘Kareeb’
opposite Bobby Deol but thereafter, success eluded her.
Actor Pankaj Kapoor married TV actor Kanwal (screen name Neelima)
Azim. Her best remembered big screen appearance was in Mahesh Bhatt’s
film ‘Sadak’ as Deepak Tijori’s girlfriend. Parents to actor Shahid
Kapur, they are divorced now.
Neelima Azim got married a second time to Rajesh Khattar. Their son is
Ishaan. They got divorced too.
Neelima is now married to Ustad Ali Raza Khan, a singer.
Karnataka Congress MLA Gundu Dinesh Rao is married to Tabassum.
Nayyara Mirza, Miss India finalist of 1967, was the first Muslim to
participate in the pageant. She converted to Hinduism after marriage
and became Nalini Patel. She is settled in the USA.
Noted English writer Anil Dharkar is married to Imtiaz, a Pakistani
Muslim. Their daughter Ayesha is an actor who came to limelight with
Santosh Sivan’s film ‘The Terrorist’ where she played a suicide
bomber. She is married to actor Robert Taylor, a Christian.
Legendary actor Waheeda Rahman married Shashi Rekhi, the Punjabi Hindu
actor who acted opposite her in the film ‘Shagun’. (His screen name
was Kamaljeet). She has a son, Sohail and a daughter, Kashvi.
Kamaljeet died a few years ago.
Choreographer Saroj Khan‘s real name was Nirmala Kishanchand Sadhu
(Sindhi Hindu). She got married at young age to bollywood dance master
B Sohanlal. They had 2 kids, Kuku and Choreographer Raju Khan (also
director of the film ‘Showbiz’). But Saroj did not know that Sohanlal
was already married. He abandoned her. Then she married businessman
Sardar Roshan Khan who also was a married man. Her children, though
not Muslim, use the name Khan.
M J Akbar, noted journalist and editor of ‘The Asian Age’ is a
Kashmiri Muslim (His great grandfather had converted from Hinduism to
Islam) married to Mallika, a Hindu. His children are Prayag and
Raj Babbar married stage actress Nadira Zaheer, daughter of Communist
parents. Their kids are Arya and Juhi. Arya acted in Mani Ratnam’s
‘Guru’ as Aishwarya Rai’s brother. Juhi also did a couple of films.
She was married to Vijay Nambiar but got divorced. Recently she tied
the knot with TV actor Anup Soni.
Actor – activist Nafisa Ali, a former Miss India, is married to
Colonel (retired) Sodhi, a Sikh (not a Hindu, please note!). She is
herself a child of a Muslim father and a Roman Catholic mother. Her
daughters are Armana and Pia.
Hindi writer Nasira Sharma is a Muslim married to a Hindu. They have
Yesteryear’s actor Mumtaz married Mayur Madhvani, a businessman. Their
daughter Natasha, is married to actor Fardeen Khan. Other daughter is
Mumtaz’s sister, Mallika married Dara Singh’s brother, Randhawa who
featured in many stunt films of 60′s. Their son Shaad acted in the
film ‘Woh Lamhe’ as the abusive boyfriend of Kangna Ranaut.
The ex Naval Chief Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat who was dismissed by Defence
Minister George Fernandes under controversial circumstances is married
to Niloufer Deshmukh – Bhagwat, a Muslim. They have a son, Jawahar (a
naval officer) and a daughter, Roshni (a pediatrician).
Niloufer herself is a child of a Muslim father (Mahmood Deshmukh) and
a Parsi mother.
Actor -singer Kishore Kumar married Madhubala (real name Mumtaz Begum)
in 1960. They had a civil marriage without ceremony due to staunch
opposition from both families. (It is said that Kishore had converted
to Islam for the marriage). Madhubala died in 1969 without becoming a
mother. After her death, Kishore married Leena Chandavarkar. Their son
is singer Amit Kumar.
Madhubala’s sister Zahida married music director Brij Bhushan Sahni
(films like ‘Milap’). Her post-marriage name is Madhur Bhushan.
Sir VS Naipaul, Trinidad based writer of International reputation, is
a Hindu (of Indian origin) married to a Pakistani Muslim called Nadia.
Actor Asha Parekh’s father was a Gujarati Hindu and mother, a Muslim.
Her affair with director Nasir Husain was the talk of the town but she
is unmarried to this day.
Suman Chattopadhyay, a Bengali leftist activist of Kolkata (Brahmin by
birth) divorced his German wife Maria, converted to Islam and married
Sabina Yasmin, a Bangladeshi Muslim singer in July 2008. He has taken
the name Kabir Suman. He is now a Trinamool Congress MP.
The niece of actor Raza Murad, Sonam (actual name Bakhtawar), best
known as the ‘Tridev’ girl, married Rajeev Rai, producer and director
of that film. They have one son, Gaurav.
Maharashtra politician Late Hamid Dalwai’s daughter married Sharad
Yesteryear’s actor Rehana Sultan, known for her bold, controversial
films like ‘Chetna’ and ‘Dastak’ in late 70s, married producer –
director B R Ishara, a Hindu. Ishara was the director of most of
Rehana’s films. They have no children.
Social activist Shamim Modi is married to fellow activist Anurag Modi.
Veteran actress Zohra Sehgal (originally Khan) married Late
Kamaleshwar Nath Sehgal. Their daughter is famous Odessy exponent
Kiran Sehgal and and son, Pavan.
TV Actress Tasneem Sheikh is married to builder Sameer Nerurkar. Her
post-mariage name is Tanisha Nerurkar. Tasneem is a daughter of a
Gujarati Hindu mother and a Muslim father.
Late politician Rafique Zakaria’s daughter Tasneem is married to
Pakistani actress Anita Ayub who appeared in some films in 90s, got
married to Saumil Patel and is now settled in USA. They have
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