The Tribune - Spectrum

Sunday, August 31, 2003
Lead Article

Wedding bells in Bollywood

Karisma will tie the knot with old friend Sanjay Kapur in September
Karisma will tie the knot with old friend 
Sanjay Kapur in September

SENIOR Hindi film heroines are opting for matrimony over films. While Pooja Bhatt has already tied the knot, Karisma Kapoor and Bipasha Basu are getting ready to walk down the aisle. If 2002 saw a lot of splits (Aamir-Reena, Sanjay Dutt-Rhea Pillai, Karisma Kapoor-Abhishek Bachchan, Salman Khan-Aishwarya Rai, Vivek Oberoi-Gurpreet, Pooja Bedi- Ebrahim Furniturewallah), the present year seems to be one of unions.

While Pooja Bhatt has already set the ball rolling by tying the knot with a Goa-based restaurateur, Munish Makhija, Karisma Kapoor and Bipasha Basu seem keen to follow suit.

Karisma’s marriage is set for September, while Bipasha Basu has gone on record to say that she wants to get married to her beau, John Abraham, ‘anytime soon’. With many more heroines hovering around the mature age of 30, it wouldn’t be surprising if we would hear about many more weddings soon.

Pooja Bhatt

Actress-producer Pooja Bhatt, who got married to VJ-turned-hotelier Munish Makhija in Goa last weekend, says, ‘It all happened very fast. It is yet to sink in.’

The 36-year-old Makhija is better known as former Channel V video jockey ‘Udham Singh’.


The couple wed at a Shiva temple in Goa in the presence of Pooja’s mother Kiran Bhatt and close friends. A couple of days before the marriage, Pooja had sent an SMS to her father Mahesh Bhatt saying that Munish had proposed to her and that she was contemplating saying yes. However, Bhatt didn’t attend the wedding since he said he was ‘a little uncomfortable attending religious ceremonies.’

Pooja and Makhija met on the sets of the former’s directorial debut, Paap, starring John Abraham and newcomer Udita Goswami. Makhija helped Pooja with the audio track for the film.

A graduate from Delhi University, Munish has worked as a coordinator for companies, making corporate videos and choreographed dance shows, before setting up a restaurant in Goa.

Karisma Kapoor

Karisma Kapoor, who almost got married to Abhishek Bachchan, will be finally tying the knot with Delhi-based businessman Sanjay Kapur.

The wedding will take place in September. According to Karisma’s father Randhir Kapoor, ‘She is definitely getting married next month. Everything would be finalised within a week.’

Sanjay Kapur is the brother of Karisma’s childhood friend Mandira Kapur. Karisma and Sanjay have known each other for a long time. They were even supposed to have nursed close feelings for each other once upon a time.

But things changed as Karisma pursued a career in Bollywood and got close to Abhishek Bachchan. Their engagement was announced with much fanfare on Amitabh Bachchan’s 60th birthday on October 11, 2002.

But once Karisma’s engagement with Abhishek was called off, she got closer to Sanjay, who himself was nursing a broken heart as his marriage was on the rocks. He was married to the daughter of a business tycoon in Delhi. Sanjay’s divorce has just come through. His ex-wife is a fashion designer.

Bipasha too plans to marry soon
Bipasha too plans to marry soon

Kapur, who deals in automobile spare parts, is known to be a social recluse. According to sources in Delhi, ‘Sanjay is an intense and intelligent man. He is reserved by nature and hardly socialises like other rich businessmen.’

Meanwhile, sources close to the Kapoor family in Mumbai insist that Karisma has already started shopping for her trousseau.

Bipasha Basu

Bollywood’s sultry siren, Bipasha Basu, will soon be leaving her fans heartbroken. The Bong bombshell says that she plans to get married to ‘good friend’ John Abraham ‘anytime soon.’

During an interview, Basu said, ‘John has been a part of my life for a long time. We now want to go ahead and get married. Although we have not decided on the dates yet, it could be anytime soon.’

The model couple has acted together in Pooja Bhatt’s erotic thriller, Jism. They are also shooting for Vikram Bhatt’s Aitbaar, which also stars Amitabh Bachchan. The duo came closer after Bipasha’s split with Dino Morea, and John’s with Riya Sen. — LMN