Amrita Singh was Shahrukh’s childhood friend: became a star from the very first film, had to leave the industry after marrying 12 years younger Saif
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Amrita Singh, who has appeared in many great films like Chameli Ki Shaadi, Mard, Suryavanshi, has turned 65 today. Amrita belonged to a well-known family, so she did not have to struggle to appear in films. Easily got the first film Betaab in 1983, but his life was in the name of many big decisions. At the beginning of his career, his name was associated with married Sunny Deol. Maintained the relationship despite what the mother said. She then married Saif Ali, 12 years her junior, a man who was still struggling to make it into films. The second major decision of his life was to leave films for the sake of married life despite being at the height of his career. She raised two children alone and then returned to films. The top actress of the 90s made a comeback as a mother.
Today, on the special occasion of Amrita’s birthday, know about her life and many big decisions related to it-
Amrita Singh belongs to a famous family
Amrita Singh was born on 9 February 1958 in a Sikh family of Punjab. His mother Rukhsana Sultana was a Muslim, who was a famous politician of her time, who led Sanjay Gandhi’s sterilization campaign.
Amrita’s mother Rukhsana was associated with the Congress government even during the Emergency. Along with this, he also had a designer boutique.
Amrita’s father Shivinder Singh Virk was an army officer. Amrita’s great grandfather Sobha Singh was a renowned builder of New Delhi. His great-grandfather’s cousin was Begum Para, who married Dilip Kumar’s brother Nasir. In this case, Amrita is a relative of Begum Para and Dilip Kumar.
Amrita is Shahrukh Khan’s childhood friend
Amrita Singh’s mother Rukhsana and Shahrukh Khan’s mother Latif Fatima Khan were both from the Congress, who had a good friendship in connection with politics. Amrita studied at Modern School where Shahrukh’s sister Shahnaz also studied. Having family ties, Amrita and Shah Rukh were close friends in childhood.
Got a place in films easily
If she was from a famous family, then Amrita easily got a place in films. She got her first film in 1983’s Betaab, in which Sunny Deol made her Bollywood debut opposite her. The film proved to be a big hit and Amrita got stardom overnight.
Amrita’s first film Betaab became a Telugu remake in 1987.
Next, Amrita appeared in big hits like Betaab, Sunny, Chameli Ki Shaadi, Saheb, Khudgarj, Naam. Amrita was such an actress, who was paired with every star like top actors of 80s Amitabh Bachchan, Sunny Deol, Sanjay Dutt, Raj Babbar, Jeetendra, Vinod Khanna, Anil Kapoor.
Received the first award for supporting role
Apart from leading role, Amrita played supporting role in many films like Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, Suryavanshi, Aaina. Amrita received the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Role for the film Aaina.
Mother objected to falling in love with married Sunny
Sunny Deol was already married before debuting with Betaab, but Dharmendra did not want the married tag to tarnish his romantic image. In such a situation, he kept the marriage a secret under the agreement. Even after Sunny entered films, his wife lived in London. When Amrita met Sunny on the sets of Betaab, Sunny did not tell her that he was married. While working together, the closeness between the two increased. After some time, when the news of Sunny’s marriage appeared in the newspapers, he called it a mere rumour.
As soon as Sunny’s mother Prakash Kaur came to know that he was dating Amrita, she objected. Later, when it was confirmed that Sunny was indeed married, Amrita broke down badly, but she wanted to maintain a relationship with Sunny. Amrita agreed, but her mother Rukhsana was strongly against it. Eventually Amrita and Sunny separate for the sake of the family.
Name has also been associated with cricketer Ravi Shastri
After separating from Sunny Deol, there were reports that Amrita is in a relationship with cricketer Ravi Shastri. Amrita often used to visit the cricket stadium to watch Ravi Shastri’s matches, while Ravi was also seen many times on the sets of Amrita’s films. Amrita once went to Sharjah in Dubai to watch the match.
The statement came out after the breakup
Once the picture with Amrita and Ravi appeared on the cover page of the magazine, the news of the relationship increased further, but the two separated in no time. During an interview, Ravi was asked why their relationship broke up. In response, Ravi said that he would never marry an actress, as he wanted a wife who would focus solely on the home.
After some time Amrita gave a statement that she wanted to focus on her career, so she could not take this relationship further. But in future she will definitely become a wife and mother.
How was the first meeting with Saif Ali Khan
It was in 1990 when filmmaker Rahul Rawail called Amrita for a photoshoot before launching a newcomer boy. Whenever Rahul used to launch a new face, he used to get her photoshoot done with famous stars. When Amrita was late for that photoshoot, she reached in a huff. When I saw there, that boy was Saif Ali Khan. At that time everyone knew Saif as the son of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore. Amrita ignored that boy because at that time big stars like Sunny Deol had also arrived. When Saif put his hand on Amrita’s shoulder for a picture, she got a strange reaction. Both of them had their eyes fixed on each other.
how the love story started
Saif was shooting for his first film at that time, while Amrita was considered a star. Amrita was 12 years older than Saif. One day after the first meeting, Saif called Amrita’s house. Saif asks if Amrita will go to dinner with him. Amrita refused saying that she does not go out for dinner. Even when Saif asked for lunch, he got a refusal. However, Amrita definitely said that if she wants, she can come home and have dinner together.
Saif-Amrita married in 1991. The couple has two children, Sara Ali Khan and Ibrahim Ali Khan.
Amrita came in front of Saif without makeup
Saif reached Amrita’s house the same day. Amrita did not do makeup. When Saif noticed, Amrita replied that I didn’t feel any need to get ready for you. Saif was definitely saddened by this but he was also liking Amrita without makeup. Amrita further said to Saif, if you have come here thinking that something will happen between us then you are wrong.
Both started talking and a good twinning took place between the two. Both kissed each other and with this Saif also expressed his love to Amrita. Amrita also accepted his proposal. After this, Saif stayed at Amrita’s house for two days. This story was narrated by Saif and Amrita themselves in Simi Garewal’s chat show.
While leaving, Saif asks Amrita for a loan of 100 rupees.
After two days, when the calls from the producers started coming incessantly, Saif had to leave for the shoot after beating his heart. Saif had no money, so he asked Amrita to borrow Rs 100 to reach the set. Amrita told him that he could use her car, but Saif refused and left with Rs 100.
Changed religion and married in Nawab family, had to leave the industry
In 1991, Saif Ali Khan and Amrita decided to get married one day and got married only after 2 days. Amrita changed her religion to get married in the Nawab family. Soon after marriage, Amrita Singh distanced herself from the industry even though she had many big film offers and was at the peak of her career. After 4 years of marriage, Amrita gave birth to daughter Sara Ali Khan, then she had a son Ibrahim Ali Khan.
A few years after having children, Saif and Amrita started fighting and both got divorced in 2004. According to reports, the reason for the divorce was Italian model Rosa Catalano, with whom Saif had an affair. Saif had to pay Rs 5 crore as alimony to Amrita for divorce, but due to paucity of money, he could pay only Rs 2.5 crore. Apart from this, Saif had given Rs 1 lakh a month to Amrita till the son Ibrahim was 18 years old.
Amrita has continuously appeared in many films like 2 States, Heropanti 2, Shootout at Lokhandwala, Aurangzeb.
She made a comeback after years by becoming the mother of ex’s brother.
Amrita Singh made a comeback after years with the 2002 film 23 March 1931: Shaheed. Bobby Deol played the lead role in this film, who is Amrita’s ex-boyfriend Sunny’s brother. After this, Amrita got a chance to play a negative role in Ekta Kapoor’s show Kavyanjali, in which she was well-liked.
Daughter decorated for Saif’s wedding
When Saif Ali Khan was marrying Kareena Kapoor in 2012, he also invited Amrita to her house. After receiving the invitation, Amrita called designers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla and ordered the most beautiful lehenga for Sara. Also Amrita took Sara along with her to her bank locker, from where she could take out some jewelry for Sara. This thing was told by Sara Ali Khan herself during an interview given to Hello Magazine.
Saif wrote a letter for Amrita on the day of marriage
On the day of marrying Kareena, Saif wrote a letter to his first wife Amrita Singh. In that letter, Saif thanked Amrita and wished her all the best for her life ahead. Saif had also mentioned some memorable moments of him and Amrita in that letter.