In India, the world of Bollywood and cricket are intertwined like the beat of a Bhangra drum. These spheres of stardom shimmer with a brilliance that captivates the masses. When two stars from these glittering realms come together, it creates an explosion of adoration and admiration. From the recent wedding of KL Rahul and Athiya Shetty to blast from the past Sharmila Tagore and Tiger Pataudi, the two worlds have always intertwined with a following of fans who would move mountains to catch a glimpse of their idols, these marriages between Bollywood and cricket royalty become the stuff of legends. Let us delve into the tale of some of the most beloved love stories to grace the Indian entertainment industry.
KL Rahul and Athiya Shetty
The start of 2023 was marked by a celebration of love, as a much-anticipated wedding took center stage. The media was ablaze with speculation about the relationship of Athiya Shetty and KL Rahul, but the wait for answers was finally over. In a beautiful ceremony at Suniel Shetty’s picturesque farmhouse in Khandala, the two exchanged vows and became one. After three years of whispers and secret rendezvous, they stepped out into the public eye as a united front. The world was enamored with the beautiful union of these two lovebirds, who had finally made their relationship official.
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma
Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli are the epitome of love and success, a true representation of the union between Bollywood and cricket. Their story is one of romance, a fairytale that started with a shampoo commercial that skyrocketed them to internet fame as a couple. The two were no strangers to public attention and their affection for each other was evident from the beginning. Solidifying their love with a secret wedding in Italy. As husband and wife, they continue to shine, building a life filled with happiness and laughter. In January 2021, their love story was further blessed with the arrival of their darling daughter, Vamika.
Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Kheech
Remember the charming actress who lit up the screen in Salman Khan’s “Bodyguard”? Well, she found her happily ever after with the dashing cricketer, Yuvraj Singh. Their love story was a slow burn, but once the spark ignited, it was a flame that could not be quenched. Introduced by mutual friends, Hazel Keech and Yuvraj took their time to realize their feelings for each other, but when they did, it was a love match made in heaven. The couple celebrated their union in grand style, with a stunning Hindu-Bihari wedding in Goa, surrounded by friends from the Indian cricket world. Hazel, known for her stunning beauty and captivating presence, has already captured the hearts of many with her scintillating item song “Aa Ante Amalapuram”.
Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatge
The charming star of “Chak De India!” met the Indian pace bowler through a shared acquaintance and their love story began to blossom. Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatge made their first public appearance as a couple, arm in arm, at the wedding of Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech, officially confirming their relationship. Despite their celebrity status, they kept their love affair under wraps, quietly dating before taking the next step. In a quiet and intimate affair, Zaheer proposed to Sagarika on May 23, 2017, and the two were married in a court ceremony on November 23, 2017. But the celebrations did not stop there, as more festivities and joyous moments followed. This union of a cricket and Bollywood star created a beautiful couple, who continue to bask in the happiness of their married life.
Harbhajan Singh and Geeta Basra
Once a Bollywood starlet, Geeta Basra this actress had a long-standing love affair with the talented cricketer, Harbhajan Singh. The two became one on October 29, 2015, in a wedding fit for royalty. The grand celebration was followed by an extravagant reception, where the newlyweds basked in the joy of their union. Today, they live a blissful family life, proud parents to a charming daughter.
Hardik Pandya and Natasa Stankovic
India’s all-rounder ace Hardik Pandya has tied the knot with the gorgeous Serbian dancer, model, and actress, Natasa Stankovic. Natasa has graced the big screen in movies such as “Satyagraha” and was also a contestant on the popular show “Bigg Boss 8.” The couple is blessed with a son, Agastya, and together they relish in their love and life’s journey.
Sharmila Tagore and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi
The love affair between Bollywood and cricket dates back to the iconic couple, Sharmila Tagore and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. At a party in 1965, the legendary Bollywood actress met the Indian cricket team’s charismatic captain, and their love story took off. Despite their differences in background and careers, their love flourished, and they got married in 1969, with Sharmila even converting to Islam and adopting the name Ayesha Sultana. The couple was blessed with three children – Saif Ali Khan, Saba Ali Khan, and Soha Ali Khan. Sadly, the Nawab of Pataudi passed away in 2011 after a long battle with a lung infection, leaving behind a legacy of love and inspiration.