Mumbai(Bollywoodshaadi): Ex-couples mostly go through one major dilemma- to stay friends or not? The situation is similar in the starry world of Bollywood. But, is it really possible to remain cordial with your ex after a much publicised affair? Well, Bollywood celebs sure seem to believe in ‘let’s be friends’ notion. So, take a look at some celebs who have managed to remain good friends even after their break up!
#1. Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor
After ending their five-year long relationship, Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor maintained a distance from each other for almost seven years. However, they came face-to-face during IIFA 2014, when Kareena came to the stage to give an award, and Shahid was co-hosting the show with Farhan Akhtar. And, Kareena took everyone, including Shahid, by surprise as she said, ‘Hello Shahid’. While the two will even be seen in the movie, Udta Punjab, soon, they do not share even a single frame in it. However, in one his interviews to the Times of India, Shahid told that he was the one to suggest her name for the movie. “I was the first to suggest that Kareena was perfect for this role. I respect her as an actress. I’m happy she is living a good life. So am I.”
And, now that Shahid is all set to get married to Delhi-based girl, Mira Rajput, Kareena revealed another secret that shows all is well between these two. As the actor took quite some time to announce his marriage plans in media, the actress revealed that Shahid told her about it before telling it to the entire world. “Both of us were performing at a Femina event. We chatted. So, he actually told me about him getting married before he told the media. I’m very happy for him. He’s doing very well professionally… I haven’t seen Haider yet, but my sister saw it and loved it. And I can vouch for marriage being cool. I’d just like to wish him well.”
#2. Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh
Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma started dating each other after their first film together, Band Baaja Baaraat. However, their relationship did not last long and the two did not even seem to be in touch with each other. But, they did make a comeback in the reel life as they did Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do, together. Their comfort level in the film certainly proved that there is no awkwardness between the two now. In fact, prior to the release of Dil Dhadakne Do, Ranveer opened up about Anushka in one of his interviews to a leading daily, “I have great affection for her brother and her parents and she will always be a special person for me. It was great to reunite with her. I am really really happy with all the success she has been seeing lately and I am her genuine well-wisher.”
Even Anushka has been quoted by a tabloid saying, “We didn’t have a conversation before shooting. In fact, we met three days before shooting on the ship. We met after a long time and it was like meeting an old friend. He is the same person. The thing is I’m very fond of Ranveer. And I know he’s genuinely fond of me. He has been my friend. We both had that success together. It was a special bond that will remain.”
#3. Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan
Although no one knows why or when the couple actually parted ways after a five-year long relationship, but all we know is that they are still friends. In one of her interviews, Katrina said, “Personally do I think Salman’s advice has been important (for me)? Yes, I think it’s been invaluable. Having Salman and his circle to give me advice was definitely very useful and very important.”
Post break-up, Salman and Katrina have been seen together sharing a sizzling chemistry in Ek Tha Tiger (2012), for which they made several appearances together. Katrina is still quite close to the entire ‘Khan-clan’. She is often seen partying with Salman’s family. Not only this, she even attended almost all the functions of Salman’s sister, Arpita Khan’s wedding, in 2014. So, clearly there is no sign of animosity between these two.
#4. Sangeeta Bijlani and Salman Khan
Sangeeta Bijlani is believed to be Salman’s first love. They were thought to be pretty serious about each other, but their love-life did not last long. Sangeeta moved on to marry the former Indian cricket captain, Mohd. Azharuddin. Even though their romantic liaison could not stand the test of time, yet their friendship remains quite strong. Salman came out openly to support Sangeeta, when her marriage hit a rocky patch. Sangeeta has also been seen bonding with Salman’s family, especially his sisters– Arpita and Alvira.
#5. Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor
Ranbir and Deepika did indulge in some mudslinging after they split, but today the equation has changed for better. In a recent interview, while talking about his relationship status with Deepika, Ranbir says, “Deepika and I will remain friends for a very long time. I will be her children’s godfather; I will play with them and all of that. We have that kind of relationship.” Deepika also agrees that they have moved on (from their rift) and are in an amazing phase, which is even better than when they were in a relationship.
The two certainly share a sizzling on-screen chemistry, which is quite evident in the movies they have worked together. The two had met on the sets of Bachna Ae Haseeno and fell head-over-heels in love, but got split within a year. Recently, they were once again paired opposite each other in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani. While talking about YJHD, Deepika was even quoted saying, “When I agreed to do the film I had not read the script, but I had faith on Ayan (Mukerji) and working with Ranbir was the other reason why I said ‘yes’ to the film.”
#6. Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapoor
The relationship between Shahid and Priyanka has always confused their fans. It is said that they fell in love while shooting for their film, Kaminey. Soon the couple headed in different directions. Even after the break-up, Shahid and Priyanka have always been cordial and friendly with each other. According to the recent reports, Shahid was one of the first actors to reach Priyanka’s residence, when her father passed away.
Post break-up, the two starred in Teri Meri Kahaani, and this is what their director Kunal Kohli had to say, about them, “There were many stories about how Shahid and Priyanka didn’t talk to each other on the sets because of personal issues as they had just broken up, but this kind of chemistry wouldn’t show on screen if they were not talking to each other. There’s even a scene where we have PC and Shahid trading shayari with each other. You have to see it to believe the chemistry!” Well, it clearly shows that it is possible to be friends with your ‘ex’, especially if you are working together.
#7. Shilpa Shetty and Akshay Kumar
The chemistry between Shilpa and Akshay reached new heights after the two of them worked together in Main Khiladi Tu Anari. But, Akshay cheated on Shilpa and this left her devastated. In an interview after the release of her movie Dhadkan (opposite Akshay Kumar), she went on to rebuke Akshay publically. “Akshay Kumar used me and conveniently dropped me after he found someone else. The only person, I was upset with was him. But I’m sure he’ll get it all back.” After so much annimosity, no one thought there could be any reconciliation between these two.
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However, it seems that after finding love in Raj Kundra, Shilpa has left the past behind. Akshay made a guest appearence on a television show that was being judged by Shilpa Shetty, and both seemed at ease in each other’s company. When the lovers-turned-foes turned back towards friendship, this is what Shilpa had to say, “I share a cordial friendship with Akshay Kumar now, and I’d like it to remain that way. There’s no animosity between us.”
#8. Bipasha Basu and Dino Morea
Bipasha Basu and Dino Morea were a couple way back in the 90s, during their modelling days. The two were seen together in a racy lingerie advertisement and acted in the hit film, Raaz, in 2002. Same year, the two called it quits and moved on. However, a few years later they re-ignited their relationship and are known to be quite pally till date. Recently, Bipasha Basu even came in full support for Dino Morea’s fitness brand.
While talking about Bips and their equation, Dino says, “Bipasha is a fantastic human being. She has always been there for me and even I have always been there for her. I share a very great relationship with her.” Even though the two have been in relationship with other people, yet their friendship remains undaunted. They make it seem quite easy and seamless for couples to tread the ‘ex-lover-still-friends’ path.