The Bitter and Sweet Love Affairs between Cricketers and Bollywood Stars

How often have we been shocked by the sight of a celebrity cricketer and a Bollywood beauty arriving hand in hand at the airport from a foreign tour, or gossiped that some actress is probably dating a cricketer in secret?

Featured-270415Some of these stories have turned out to be sweet fairy-tale love stories, while many of the others met bitter ends. Some even left us wondering if they were at all true or just rumours. Let’s take a look at the Bitter and Sweet Love Affairs between Cricketers and Bollywood Stars.

The Bitter and Sweet Love Affairs between Cricketers and Bollywood Stars

♦ Royal Love Story: Sharmila Tagore and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi

The Bitter and Sweet Love Affairs between Cricketers and Bollywood Stars
Affairs between the stars of cricket and Bollywood

The most successful among the bitter and sweet love affairs between cricketers and Bollywood stars dates back to 1965, when one of the greatest Indian players, Nawab Pataudi got introduced to Sharmila, the Bengali beauty from the noted Tagore family, through common friends. Legend says, Pataudi tried to woo Tagore by gifting her with a refrigerator. Years of pursuing her and sending her roses later, she agreed, and after overcoming family oppositions, they tied the knot in 1967. They went strong for 42 years, during which they had three kids. Death did them apart, when Pataudi passed away in 2011.

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♦ When Love Met Racism: Anju Mahendru and Gary Sobers

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Rajesh Khanna’s eternal “other woman” Anju Mahendru, while struggling in Bollywood to make it as a leading lady, caught the attention of legendary West Indian all-rounder Gary Sobers, when the team was touring India during the 60’s. Mahendru herself was quite smitten by the charming young man, as well. The two fell deeply in love, and were set to get hitched. But, Anju’s parents did not want their daughter to wed a “black” man, and like a good daughter of racist parents, Anju respected the decision. Thus, another one of the bitter and sweet love affairs between cricketers and Bollywood stars ended bitterly.

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