By Siddharth Srivastava
NEW DELHI: Like many others, I like to follow Bollywood, the movies, stars, gossip, directors, songs, composers. There’s a lot of trash, but there’s plenty of creativity too. Of late, I have been intrigued by the rising numbers of ex’s floating around. Everyone is someone’s ex.
There is Katrina Kaif, Salman Khan’s ex and Ranbir Kapoor’s current girlfriend. Salman, of course, has been famously involved with Aishwarya Rai who like Katrina has also moved on to Abhishek Bachchan via Vivek Oberoi.
Another ex who has embraced matrimonial bliss is Kareena Kapoor, who was earlier seeing Shahid Kapoor. The duo delivered the massive hit Jab We Met, after which Kareena went out with Saif Ali Khan going onto marry him.
Recently, in an interview, Kareena has apparently addressed Katrina as her sister-in-law. Looks as if Katrina, like Aishwarya and Kareena is heading towards wedded bliss and could settle down in Ranbir’s Pali Hill bungalow. Not a bad deal.
Salman continues to be a footloose aging bachelor, though the memories of the exotically beautiful Aishwarya or Katrina must haunt him at times, unless the superstar walks into the life of another beauty.
Ranbir again figures as Deepika Padukone’s ex who in turn is reportedly Ranveer Singh’s current girlfriend, or so the audiences have been made to believe in the run up to the release of Ram Leela. Even if this was a ruse, it seems to have worked as the movie is a hit. Ranveer, meanwhile, is the ex of the heavenly Anushka Sharma who is apparently seeing cricketer Virat Kohli.
Cricket and Bollywood have always mixed well, the most enduring example being the very pretty Sharmila Tagore and the debonair MAK Pataudi or Shahrukh Khan, Shilpa Shetty or Priety Zinta sponsoring IPL cricket teams. Apparently, Virat and Anushka have been spotted arguing inside a SUV, which is a sign that the two are indeed a couple.
Commercial interest sometimes prevails over the personal, when exes sign up to essay roles opposite each other. Thus, exes Ranbir and Deepika starred in the hit Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, in which the two pulled off a steamy kiss towards the end of the movie.
There were surely some emotions exchanged here. Following Ram Leela, Deepika has apparently said she prefers company of Ranveer to Ranbir, which is understandable as Ranbir has made it clear he likes to hang out with Katrina.
The on screen chemistry of exes can sometimes work better than couples officially seeing each other. For example, Saif and Kareena have just not worked out in reel life despite several attempts. Maybe too many private moments off screen diminishes sparks on screen. Salman and Katrina have, however, worked well, in the past, that is. I can recall Ek Tha Tiger.
But, then Salman works well with anybody. Plus, nobody has ever been sure whether Salman and Katrina have been seeing each other, have moved on, have been seeing each other again, have moved on again. This time though, it does seem that Katrina has finally moved on or else Kareena would not be calling her a relative.
Of course, the great Amitabh Bachchan and ethereal Rekha crackling chemistry in Silsila, remains unmatched, the supposedly real life other woman story dramatized in reel life by none other than the doyen of romantic cinema, director Yash Chopra.
Unlike Bachchan and Rekha who avoid and ignore each other in public, I have been reading reports that the exes Akshay Kumar and Shilpa Shetty have patched up with age and are on speaking terms now. Like it happens in politics, exes it seems can never be permanent friends or enemies.
(Siddharth Srivastava is the author of An Offbeat Story which can be bought here)