Joined: 25 January 2008
Joined: 25 January 2008
For all the news that surfaces in Bollywood on a regular basis, there are still some rumors that have never been confirmed – and things we may never know the truth about. I call these the Unsolved Bollywood Mysteries because no matter how much has been written on the subjects, we still don't know the truth. Can someone please step up and give us the answers to these Bollywood mysteries?
A popular yesteryear actress, Parveen Babi suddenly left the industry at the peak of her career. She returned to Mumbai six years later, completely unrecognizable, and making claims that Amitabh Bachchan (among several others) had tried to kill her. Years later, she claimed to have evidence on Sanjay Dutt in regards to the 1993 bomb blasts case, but never showed up in court to present her evidence (she said she feared she would be killed). In 2005, she was found dead in her apartment, and the police believed she could have been dead for around 72 hours before her body was discovered.
In 2006, director Mahesh Bhatt - who had an affair with Parveen Babi – made the film Woh Lamhe, which was based on her life. During the promotions of the film, Mahesh gave interviews where he opened up more about his life with Parveen Babi. He spoke about her debilitating illness and the evening he returned to their house to find her cowering in a corner, knife in hand and whispering, "They are coming to kill us. Close the door quickly!" What exactly happened to Parveen Babi in those years, and especially her later years after she and Mahesh Bhatt split, no one knows.
The chemistry between Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha remains unparalleled. But did this chemistry translate itself into an off-screen romance as well? Allegedly, their romance began on sets of Do Anjaane, and continued through a number of hit films together. They apparently began spending a lot of time together, which raised eyebrows. But the affair ended in Silsila, when (in an unbelievable casting coup), Rekha starred in a film with both Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan that paralleled their real life.
So if they did have an affair, why did it end? Is it because Amitabh was never serious? Was it the sanctity of marriage? Was it because Rekha realized she would always be 'the other woman'? No one knows.
Enigmatic as she is, Rekha just has to appear on this list twice – and this time for her alleged relationship with manager, Farzana. Apparently, Farzana is the only one allowed in Rekha's house, and the person who Rekha spends the most time with. Many believe that they're actually in a relationship, but Rekha never answers that question directly – she usually just brushes it away with a "how do you define a relationship?" or "how do you give a relationship a label?"
All we know is that, throughout everything in Rekha's life – all the highs and lows – Farzana was the one person who was always by her. So regardless of whether they're in a relationship or not, if there's one person who knows the answers to the mystery that is Rekha, it's Farzana.
Abhishek Bachchan and Karisma Kapoor announced their engagement on Amitabh Bachchan's 60th birthday, but soon after that, news surfaced that the engagement had been called off. What's the reason for that, nobody knows. Reports have said it could be because of a clash between the two moms, a tiff between the families during wedding planning, or Babita's lack of confidence in Abhishek's financial future.
In any case, the two are married now – to different people, of course – but every once in a while someone makes a comment on their engagement and we end up wondering what really went down there.
After being together for a decade, the news that John Abraham and Bipasha Basu have split came out of left field. Of course, it generated a lot of media curiousity as well – but no one knows the real answer as the two have not spoken about it in public. Reports suggest that it could be because of John's hesitancy to commit, but there are other rumors as well saying that Bipasha cheated on him.
What was big enough to break a ten-year long relationship, we may never know.
Joined: 25 January 2008
Joined: 25 January 2008
When I did my first round of Unsolved Bollywood Mysteries, many of you chimed in with the unanswered questions you want figured out. I promised to do a part two with your questions, and here I am – 5 more Bollywood scandals that no one ever figured out the answer to. Anyone out there reading this and knows the truth? We're dying to know!
Divya Bharti started working in the films by the time she was 14, suffered numerous setbacks by getting dropped from films, then rose to immense stardom both in Telugu and Hindi cinema. In 1992, she married producer Sajid Nadiadwala and was riding a professional high as she had 14 films in the pipeline. But things turned tragic when she fell to her death from her apartment building in 1993. Speculation about her death has been rife – it could have been an accident, conspiracy, or murder. The investigation into her death was closed in 1998, and still no one knows what happened that night and what caused her fall.
There has been so much speculation about the reason behind their break-up, but still no one knows the truth. We've heard various versions – one says that Shahid's bonding with Vidya Balan upset Kareena, and the other says that Kareena's increasing closeness with Saif Ali Khan prompted Shahid to call things off. However, whenever I hear these Vidya and Saif stories, I always remember that episode of Koffee With Karan where they both said they had reached that point in their relationship where, if anything were to go wrong, it would be because of something between them and not any outside party. So, we have to wonder – when it looked like they were just about to step on the mandap, what went wrong between them to turn the relationship sour?
The two never came out and admitted it publicly, but rumors were rife about Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif dating. We even told you that they had been spotted kissing on a flight. Allegedly, they kept mum because of Salman Khan's history of violence, and neither wanted to rub Katrina's ex the wrong way, as he had believed news of their relationship was for publicity purposes only. However, whatever that relationship was, it seems that there's no longer anything there – and no one knows why. Ranbir's increasing closeness to Nargis Fakhri, maybe?
In a big scandal, Shiney Ahuja's 20-year-old maid filed a complaint against him for rape. After many tests and even more drama, Shiney was sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment (he was later granted bail). Initially, it was reported that Shiney broke down and confessed to the crime, though it has never been confirmed that he actually did so. Till today, he maintains that he has been framed. As for the maid, one year later she claimed that the rape hadn't taken place, but she was forced by someone to make these claims. Who knows whether the maid was speaking the truth at that point or whether she was being forced to retract her earlier statements. In either case, looks like Shiney's Bollywood career isn't so glittery anymore.
Tongues have been wagging for a while now. Priyanka openly blushed on Koffee With Karan whenever Shah Rukh's name was mentioned. Then, there was news of the two spending more and more time together, which caused a lot of raised eyebrows. There were 3am office meetings, chemistry during award ceremonies and alleged bonding during parties – all of which kept the rumor mills churning. Furthermore, news about Gauri Khan keeping PC off the party guest lists added fuel to the fire. So what really happened here – was there an affair, or was it simply friendship (and SRK's naturally affectionate nature) that was misunderstood by the media?
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