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5  Super Bollywood Families Symbolizing The Spirit Of Secularism



Bollywood Families

From Raj Kapor-Nargis  to Ali Fazal-Richa  Chadha, there  are more Hindu-Muslim couples in Bollywoood than in another  other walk of  Indian life. As  the  great Gulzar  Saab once said to me, ‘When  you fall in love you don’t check each  other’s religious identity  first.Mohabbat mazhab nahin dekhta.’ Gulzar ,a Sikh,  writes and speaks fluent Urd. Sso  did another Sikh  litterateur Rajinder Singh Bedi and super-journalist Khushwant Singh.  Here’s looking at 5 families that represent  the secular spirit at its supremest.

  1. Salman Khan:  Salman’s first girlfriend Sangeeta Bijlani was  a Hindu (who later married  a Muslim cricketer) . Salman’s latest  girlfriend is  a  Caucasian  Christian. He has never sought  love on the grounds of  religious identity.His home is  teeming with liberal marriages. Salman’s  father writer  Salim Khan’s first wife (Salman’s mother) is a Hindu. Salim Saab’s   second wife Helen is a Catholic. Salman’s  brothers Arbaaz and Sohail married  Hindu women, and now Arbaaz, divorced  is seeing a  Caucasian woman. In Salman’s home Eid, Diwali and Christmas are all celebrated  with equal gusto.
  2. Saif Ali Khan:  Saif’s first wife Amrita Singh was a Sikh.  His second wife Kareena is a Hindu. Saif’s  mother  the legendary Sharmila Tagore was happily married  for 42 years  to  Muslim  cricketer  Mansoor Ali Khan  Pataudi.  Saif’s children  are equally at home with Muslim and Hindu tenets.
  3. Shah  Rukh Khan:   Married  blissfully to  a Hindu Gauri Chibber . Shah Rukh’s three children  have been taught  the one-ness of God by their parents. They celebrate  Eid and Diwali with  equal  fervor. No matter how much he is trolled  for his  secularism  SRK remains  above  religious bigotry. Kuch  bhi keh lo,phir bhi dil hai  Hindustani.
  4. Alia Bhatt: Her dad filmmaker  Mahesh Bhatt is  half-Hindu, half-Muslim. Her mom  Soni Razdan who is  Mahesh’s second wife   is  a  Christian-Hindu.Her father is  a Kashmiri Pandit and  her mother a German. Mahesh Bhatt’s first wife Kiran is a Hindu. And Mahesh’s children from his  first marriage Sunny and  Pooja are neither Hindu  nor Muslim, or maybe both. Muslim-Christian-Hindu  Alia’s  all set to marry into a  Hindu family. Her boyfriend  is Ranbir Kapoor.
  5. Sanjay Dutt: Dutt’s mother the  mythical actress Nargis,a  devout Muslim was  married  to the Hindu  star Sunil  Dutt. Sanjay grew up knowing no different  between Allah and Ram.Sanjay is married  to Maanyata  whose  original name  was  Dilnawaz. Sanjay Dutt was  earlier married  to the Hindu actress Richa Sharma .He has  a daughter  from his  first marriage. In the Dutt  household Eid and Diwali are equally important. His  kids don’t know the  difference.

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