Marriage is a significant event in India, particularly for women. The traditional expectation is for women to leave behind their previous lives and fully embrace the customs and expectations of their husband’s family. Even Bollywood actresses are not immune to this expectation. However, there are some exceptions, and a number of Bollywood actresses have proven that they can thrive after a failed marriage. Despite media speculation and rumors, these actresses have demonstrated resilience and continue to be successful in their careers. They have shown that they can bring the same level of courage and emotive performances to the screen even after a relationship failure.
Here is a list of 9 Bollywood actresses who have achieved success after their marriages did not work out:
1. Mahie Gill
Mahie Gill made a powerful impact in Bollywood after her divorce. She attributed her separation from her husband to her own immaturity, but the two have remained good friends. Following her divorce, her career experienced a significant boost. Some of her most notable roles include those in films such as Dev D, Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster series. Mahie Gill is expected to continue to have a strong presence in the film industry in the future.
2. Chitrangada Singh
She is incredibly talented and stunningly beautiful. Her portrayal in the film Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi was particularly noteworthy and caused many men to lose their hearts. Chitrangada Singh married Jyoti Randhawa in 2001. Despite continuing to work in the film industry after marriage, her performance and success in the industry began to decline. However, after her separation from her husband in 2014, Chitrangada made a comeback by performing in the item song “Aao Raja,” which is one of the most viewed videos on YouTube. Her roles in films such as Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster and Desi Boyz have also contributed to her fame and success.
3. Mallika Sherawat
Mallika Sherawat had some experience as a model in advertisements and commercials, but her true breakthrough in the industry came after her separation from her husband. Her performances in the films Khwahish and Murder brought her significant fame. Despite not publicly acknowledging her past marriage to Karan Singh Gill, and joining Bollywood after the separation, Mallika’s performances continue to be widely praised and appreciated.
4. Kalki Koechlin
Kalki Koechlin is an actress known for her versatility and presence in various projects, including podcasts, YouTube videos, offbeat films, campaigns, and events. She made her Bollywood debut with a critically acclaimed performance in the film Dev D, directed by Anurag Kashyap. The movie not only earned her critical acclaim but also introduced her to her future life partner, Anurag. After her separation from Anurag, Kalki took on small roles before proving her talent with a role in the film Shaitan. Her performances in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Margarita with a Straw were also noteworthy and well-received.
5. Raakhee Gulzar
Rakhee Gulzar, also known as Rakhee, is a Bollywood actress known for her spectacular performances. Some sections of the media claim that Rakhee made the decision to pursue a career in the film industry after realizing that she couldn’t be the woman she wanted to be with her husband, Gulzar. After the couple decided to separate, Rakhee has given some of the most notable performances of her career, such as Sharmeelee.
6. Aditi Rao Hydari
Aditi Rao Hydari’s talent in acting was on full display in the movie Delhi 6, but many were unaware that the actress had been married. Though she has remained tight-lipped about her past marriage, it is known that she, a member of a royal family, tied the knot with her childhood sweetheart at a young age of 17. Unfortunately, their relationship faced challenges such as age gap and diverging ideologies, resulting in their separation when Aditi was only 21. After the split, Aditi took on roles in South Indian movies but truly rose to fame with her powerful performances in movies like Delhi 6, Yeh Saali Zindagi, and Rockstar.
7. Vidya Malvade
Vidya, a talented actress, had a tragic start to her journey in the film industry. She had married her husband, Captain Arvind Singh Bagga, while working as an air hostess. Unfortunately, he passed away in an airplane crash. Despite the immense loss, Vidya decided to pursue a career in the movie industry. Her initial roles were not well-received, but her portrayal of Vidya Sharma in a film garnered attention and appreciation. With more roles, she solidified her position as a promising actress in the industry.
8. Zeba Bakhtiar
After her divorce from her husband, Adnan Sami, Saba Qamar has continued to excel in her acting career. Despite the difficult custody battle for their child, Azaan, in 1997, she has managed to bounce back and make a name for herself in the film industry. Her notable roles in movies such as Babu, 021 and Bin Roye have solidified her position as a talented actress. Saba is now focused on producing quality content for the Pakistani screen, alongside her son, who is also a producer.
9. Leela Chitnis
Leela became a respected and well-known actress in the industry after her separation from her husband. While she had taken on roles during her marriage, her performances were not as well-received as they were after she left the relationship. She became particularly known for her portrayal of mother figures in lead roles.