26 Famous Bollywood Celebrity Couples Who Had Inter-Caste Marriages


In most of the Bollywood movies, the hero gets his true love in the end and they live 'happily ever after'. The battle of love is won after crossing many hurdles, like opposition from parents, a typical villain aiming at the girlfriend, and many other problems. As we all love to see happy endings, our tinsel town keeps providing us with a lot of them, on a frequent basis. But, it is not just in the movies where our celebs show us such examples of true love and strong commitment. Bollywood has a lot of dilwale, who took their dulhaniyas away despite facing the big challenge of belonging to different religious backgrounds.

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 So, let us take a look at some of the most powerful and famous inter-religious marriages in Bollywood.

#1. Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao

Aamir and Kiran

Bollywood’s 'Mr. Perfectionist', Aamir Khan, fell in love with Kiran Rao, a Brahmin from Bangalore. They tied the knot in 2005. While they did set an example by marrying despite the religion difference, the two were an inspiration to a lot of couples as they announced the birth of their son, Azad in 2011, whom they welcomed in their lives with the help of surrogacy.

#2. Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Chibber

Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan

Indian cinema’s king of romance, Shah Rukh Khan, was no less romantic in his personal life. He fell in love with Gauri Chibber, who belonged to a Hindu Brahmin family. And, the disagreements and strong resistance from her family could not stop our King Khan from believing in his love. The two got married in 1991 and have been one of the best examples of fidelity in marriage.

#3. Sohail Khan and Seema Sachdev

Sohail and Seema

The couple has an interesting love story, which is no less than any masala Bollywood flick. The two ran away when Sohail’s first movie as a director, Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya, was released. They first married as per the Arya Samaj rituals, since Seema is a Punjabi. Later in the evening, they had a nikah. The two were later accepted by their families and are blessed with two sons.

#4. Shirish Kunder and Farah Khan

farah and sirish

The duo on the sets of Main Hoon Naa, and fell in love with each other in no time. They not only faced the hurdle of religious difference but the unusual age difference as well. Farah is eight years older than Shirish. But, the two fought all the odds and got married in 2004.

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#5. Farhan Akhtar and Adhuna Bhabani

Farhan and Adhuna

They fell in love during the making of Dil Chahta Hai, and got married after a three-year-long relationship. The two belonged to different religious backgrounds, and Adhuna was six years elder to Farhan as well. They have two daughters and the couple is separated now. 

#6. Kunal Khemu and Soha Ali Khan

Kunal Khemu and Soha Ali Khan

The latest to join the club are Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu, who dated each other for a long time before they got married, on January 25, 2014. The couple met on the sets of Dhoondthe Reh Jaoge (2009) and fell in love. They were even in a live-in relationship for some time before tying the knot.

#7. Arbaaz Khan and Malaika Arora

Arbaaz and Malaika

Just like his brother, even Arbaaz fell in love with a non-Muslim girl, Malaika Arora. However, Arbaaz did not follow Sohail's footsteps when it came to marrying his ladylove. Rather, he took permission from Malaika’s mother and the two had a Christian wedding. The couple is now divorced!

#8. Shakeel Ladak and Amrita Arora

Shakeel and Amrita

Amrita followed the footsteps of her sister Malaika, and married a Muslim guy, Shakeel Ladak. Amrita’s mother is a Catholic while her father is a Punjabi. So, to honour all the cultures they belong to, the couple got married in three different styles- Christian, Muslim and Punjabi.

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#9. Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor

Saif and Kareena

This was one of the most talked-about weddings of Bollywood. While many people expected that the actress will change her religion after marriage, but just like her mother-in-law, Sharmila Tagore, she too set an example by remaining a Hindu. The two were blessed with a baby boy named Taimur in 2016.

#10. Atul Agnihotri and Alvira Khan

Atul and Alvira Khan

Born into a Punjabi Brahmin family, Atul Agnihotri, married Alvira Khan, Salman Khan’s sister. Religion did not matter when the couple fell in love, and now they are parents of two children.

#11. Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D'Souza

Riteish and Genelia

This super-cute couple of Bollywood is yet another very beautiful example of the inter-faith marriage. Genelia is a Mangalorean Catholic and Riteish is a Maharashtrian Hindu. The two got married in 2012, in both Maharashtrian and Christian style, so as to show respect to each other’s traditions. They are blessed with two baby boys. 

#12. Arshad Warsi and Maria Goretti

Arshad and Maria

Maria, who is a Christian met the love of her life, Arshad Warsi, who is a Muslim, in 1991. The two got married on February 14, 1999. They are blessed with a son and a daughter.

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#13. Sunil Dutt and Nargis

Sunil Dutt and Nargis

Nargis was impressed with Sunil Dutt due to his brave act, during the shooting of Mother India, when the fire broke out on the sets and he saved her. After marrying Sunil Dutt, she converted to Hinduism and changed her name to Nirmala Dutt.

#14. Sanjay Dutt and Dilnawaz Sheikh (Maanyata)

Sanjay Dutt and Manyata

Maanyata, whose real name is Dilnawaz Sheikh, entered Sanjay’s life in 2006, through a common friend. She won his heart and they soon got married despite different religious backgrounds and a whopping 19-year-old age gap.

#15. Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah

Naseerudding Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah

The duo met during the rehearsal of a play, back in 1975. They not only belonged to different religions, but Naseeruddin Shah had a daughter from his first marriage as well. However, this ‘truly in love’ couple got married and certainly lived happily thereafter.

#16. Manoj Bajpai and Shabana Raza

Manoj Bajpai with wife Neha

Her screen name was Neha, and they met a short while after her first movie Kareeb, was released in 1998. The duo got married in 2006 and are blessed with a daughter.

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#17. Mayur Madhvani and Mumtaz

Mumtaz with husbnad

Mumtaz, the glorious actress of yesteryear, left her career during the peak and got married to her love interest Mayur Madhvani on May 29, 1974. They have two daughters, Natasha and Tanya. And, Natasha is married to the Bollywood actor, Fardeen Khan.

#18. Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab

Aditya Pancholi and Zareena

The couple met on the sets of Kalank Ka Tika, and got married in 1986. Zarina is a Muslim and is six years older than Aditya, who is a Hindu by religion. However, these issues were never a problem for them. In fact, even their families were quite supportive of this relationship and they are still together.

#19. Suniel Shetty and Mana Qadri

Suniel Shetty and Mana Shetty

Suniel Shetty met Mana Qadri when she was just 17. Mana is a Muslim, while Suniel is a Hindu belonging to the southern part of India. After a 9-year-long relationship, the couple got married in 1991.

#20. Raj Babbar and Nadira Zaheer

Raj Babbar and Nadira

Nadira Zaheer met Raj Babbar in 1975, in the National School of Drama. At that time, she was already an established actor-director, while he was just a student. Their romance, which blossomed during the play, Jasma Odan, turned into marriage just five months after it started.

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#21. Mohammad Azharuddin and Sangeeta Bijlani

Mohammad Azharuddin with Sangeeta Bijlani

Their love story seemed quite unbelievable to many in the beginning, as Sangeeta was dating Salman Khan at that time and Azharuddin was already married. After a long period of denial, the two finally tied the knot in 1996, as he divorced his first wife. Azhar and Sangeeta got divorced in 2010.

#22. Farooq Sheikh and Rupa Jain

Farooq Sheikh and Rupa

The couple met in St.Xavier’s College, Mumbai, when they were actively involved in theatre. Rupa was his junior in college. Later the couple got married and had two daughters, Shaista and Sanaa.

#23. Zayed Khan and Malaika Parekh

Zayed Khan and Malaika

Zayed Khan married his childhood girlfriend, Malaika Parekh. The couple got married in 2005, and have two children now.

#24. Mohsin Khan and Reena Roy

Reena Roy and Mohsin Khan

When this Bollywood actress was linked up with a Pakistani cricketer, there obviously were a lot of issues. But, the couple got married in 1983, and later shifted to Bombay. However, the marriage did not last for long and they later got divorced.

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#25. Hrithik Roshan and Sussanne Khan

Hrithik and Sussanne

Even though the couple recently parted ways, they were once an example of true love and commitment. They got married in 2000 and got divorced in 2014. They have two sons.

#26. Urmila Matondkar and Mir Mohsin Akhtar

Urmila and Mir Mohsin

They are the latest entrants on our list of Bollywood couples who had an interfaith marriage. The 90s heroine, Urmila Matondkar got married quite recently to her boyfriend, Mir Mohsin Akhtar in a private ceremony. While Urmila is a Hindu, her husband is a Kashmiri Muslim. Even the fact that Urmila is 10 years his senior did not deter him, and they tied the knot.


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