21 minutes agoAuthor: Ifat Qureshi
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The famous actress of the 80s, Amrita Singh has turned 66 today. Amrita's mother, who was close to Sanjay Gandhi, was a big politician. Amrita, who lived a luxurious life since childhood, never wanted to enter films, but the insistence and pleading of a superstar like Dharmendra connected her with Hindi cinema. Amrita, who was a part of superhit films like Betaab, Chameli Ki Shaadi, Mard, gained more attention from her personal life than her professional life. Sometimes the married Sunny Deol kept the relationship alive by lying, while sometimes the cricketer who had hopes of marriage broke his heart by saying that he would never settle down with any actress.
Amidst all this, Nawab Saif Ali Khan, 12 years younger to her, entered Amrita's life. Saif's entry turned Amrita's life upside down. Her religion changed and Amrita left everything aside from many big films. When Amrita broke her relationship with the Nawab family and raised her two children alone, she also had to face many allegations. But when Saif Ali Khan remarried, Amrita herself got her daughter decorated and attended his wedding.
Amrita faced every phase of life boldly and made a strong comeback every time. Today, on the special occasion of his birthday, know the best story of his comings and goings, setbacks and comebacks in films-
Mother was the leader of sterilization campaign with Sanjay Gandhi
Amrita Singh was born on 9 February 1958 in a Sikh family. His Punjabi father Shivinder Singh Virk was an army officer, while his great-grandfather Sobha Singh was a prominent builder in New Delhi. Amrita's father Shivinder married Muslim Rukhsana Sultana. Rukhsana was a famous politician of her time, who used to work with Congress. When Sanjay Gandhi started the sterilization campaign, Amrita Singh's mother Rukhsana was its leader. She was associated with the Congress government even during the Emergency. Along with this he also had a designer boutique.
Amrita with mother Rukhsana Sultana.
Amrita's great grandfather Sobha Singh was the cousin of famous actress Begum Para. Begum Para was married to Dilip Kumar's brother Nasir. They also have a son Ayub Khan, who has appeared in the film Mela and Uttaran TV show.
I met Shahrukh Khan through my mother, have been friends since childhood.
Amrita Singh's mother Rukhsana and Shahrukh Khan's mother Latif Fatima Khan were both associated with Congress and had good friendship in politics. Amrita studied from Modern School where Shahrukh's sister Shehnaaz also studied. Having family ties, Amrita and Shahrukh were close friends in their childhood.
Amrita came into films despite not wanting to, on Dharmendra's insistence
Actually, Amrita Singh never wanted to come into films, she wanted to pursue studies, but on Dharmendra's insistence she had to come into films. In an interview given during the Vancouver International Concert, Amrita Singh had told that she had no interest in coming into films, but because of Sunny Deol she had to come into films. In those days, Dharmendra wanted to launch his son Dharmendra with the film Betaab, for whom he was looking for a heroine. One day he suddenly came to Amrita Singh's house in Delhi and offered her a film. Amrita's mother had no interest in films, hence she did not want Amrita to do films, but on Dharmendra's insistence she signed the film.
Picture of Dharmendra, Amrita and Sunny, taken during the auspicious time of Betaab.
Sunny Deol hugged Amrita on Dharmendra's request
Amrita Singh had never taken any acting training before the film Betaab, but everyone liked her acting. This was also Sunny Deol's first film. In the song Badal of this film, it is said that during the shooting, Sunny Deol had to hug Amrita in a scene, but he was hesitant in doing so in front of his father. When the shooting had to be stopped again and again, Dharmendra shouted to Sunny and told him to hug Amrita. Hearing this, everyone present on the set laughed. Sunny Deol had narrated this story in your court.
Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh with director Rahul Rawail on the sets of the film Betaab.
Let us tell you that the film Betaab, released in 1983, proved to be a big hit and Amrita got stardom overnight. It was the second highest grossing film of that year.
Fell in love with Sunny Deol on the sets of Betaab, the actor was already married
Sunny Deol was married even before entering films, however, to avoid being labeled a married actor, Dharmendra had kept his marriage a secret as per the agreement. Even when Sunny came to India for the shooting of the film Betaab, his wife still lived in London. In such a situation, no one had received any news related to Sunny Deol's marriage.
Amrita has worked with Sunny Deol in the first two films of her career, Betaab and Sunny.
When Sunny Deol met Amrita Singh on the sets of Betaab, both of them first became friends and then both started liking each other. Both of them got into a relationship during the shooting itself. While living together, one day Amrita read the news in the newspaper, in which it was written that Sunny was married. When he asked Sunny about this, he replied that it was just a rumour. Amrita trusted him and did not break the relationship.
Amrita was ready to marry married Sunny Deol
When the news of Sunny Deol and Amrita's relationship reached Sunny's mother Prakash Kaur, she became very angry. He told Sunny to end his relationship with Amrita. After some time, when the confirmed news of Sunny Deol's marriage came, Amrita Singh was devastated. But she had started liking Sunny so much that she had no objection even if Sunny was married. However, after knowing all the truth, Amrita's mother Rukhsana opposed this relationship and due to family pressure, Amrita separated from Sunny.
Amrita Singh has been the heroine in Betaab and Sunny with Sunny Deol. Apart from this, she has also been seen with Dharmendra in films like Bantwara, Kal Ki Awaaz, Sachcha Ki Shakti.
Shared screen with every star like Shahrukh, Salman, Amitabh
After achieving stardom with the film Betaab, Amrita appeared in big hit films like Sunny, Chameli Ki Shaadi, Saheb, Khudgarj, Naam. Amrita was such an actress who was paired with every top actor of the 80s. He has shared the screen with every star like Amitabh Bachchan, Sunny Deol, Sanjay Dutt, Raj Babbar, Jeetendra, Vinod Khanna, Anil Kapoor. In the new era, she has been seen in Suryavanshi with Salman Khan and Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman with Shahrukh Khan.
First award received for supporting role
Apart from leading roles, Amrita played supporting roles in many films like Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, Suryavanshi, Aaina. Amrita received the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Role for the film Aaina.
Name has also been associated with cricketer Ravi Shastri
After separation from Sunny Deol, there were reports that Amrita is in a relationship with cricketer Ravi Shastri. Amrita often used to go to 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, Dubai to watch a match.
Amrita Singh with Ravi Shastri in magazine cover.
The statement came out after the breakup
Once the picture of Amrita and Ravi together was published on the cover page of the magazine, the news of their relationship increased further, but within some time both of them separated. During an interview, Ravi was asked why his relationship broke. In response, Ravi said that he will never marry an actress, because he wants a wife who will completely concentrate on the house. After some time, Amrita gave a statement that she wanted to focus on her career, hence she could not take this relationship further. But in future she will definitely become a wife and mother.
How did you first meet Saif Ali Khan?
In the year 1990, famous filmmaker Rahul Rawail wanted to launch Saif Ali Khan. Before launching every new actor, Rahul used to get his photoshoot done with famous actors. In such a situation, before the launch of Saif Ali Khan, Rahul Rawail called Amrita to do a photoshoot with him, because she was a star of that time.
Amrita was late for that photoshoot and had arrived in a panic. 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. Amrita was posing with everyone when suddenly Saif placed his hand on her shoulder. Amrita was shocked to see this.
Picture of Amrita and Saif taken before marriage.
Saif asked for dinner after the first meeting, Amrita clearly refused
One day after the first meeting, Saif called Amrita's house. Saif asked if Amrita would go to dinner with him. Amrita refused saying that she does not go out for dinner. Even when Saif asked for lunch, he was refused. However, Amrita definitely said that if she wants, she can come home and have dinner together.
Heart broke when she came in front of Saif without makeup
Saif reached Amrita's house the same day. Amrita did not wear makeup. When Saif noticed, Amrita replied that I did not feel any need to get ready for you. Saif was definitely saddened by this but he found Amrita looking good even without makeup. Amrita further told Saif, if you have come here thinking that something will happen between us then you are wrong.
Saif proposed as soon as we met for the first time
Both of them started talking and during the conversation a good twinning took place between them. Both of them kissed each other and with this Saif also expressed his love for 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.
Saif Ali Khan was 12 years younger than Amrita Singh.
Was not ready to leave Amrita's house, then borrowed Rs 100 while leaving
Saif reached Amrita's house and stayed at her house after proposing her. In those days, Saif was shooting for his first film Bekhudi, which was stopped due to his not reaching the set. Producers kept calling him for two days, but Saif was not ready to leave Amrita's house. After two days, when the producer started pressurizing him to shoot, Saif decided to leave.
While leaving Amrita's house, Saif did not have money, so he asked her to borrow Rs 100 to reach the set. Amrita told him that he could use her car, but Saif refused and took Rs 100 and left in the taxi.
Changed religion and married into Nawab family, had to leave the industry
One day in 1991, Saif Ali Khan and Amrita suddenly decided to get married and got married just 2 days later. Amrita changed her religion to marry into the Nawab family. Soon after marriage, Amrita Singh distanced herself from the industry, even though she had offers from many big films and was at the top of her career. After 4 years of marriage, Amrita gave birth to daughter Sara Ali Khan and then had a son Ibrahim Ali Khan.
Wedding photo of Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh.
Just a few years after having children, fights started between Saif and Amrita and both of them got divorced in 2004. According to reports, the reason for divorce was Italian model Rosa Catalano, with whom Saif had an affair. For divorce, Saif had to pay an alimony of Rs 5 crore to Amrita, but due to lack of money, he could pay only Rs 2.5 crore. Apart from this, Saif had given Amrita Rs 1 lakh per month for the expenses of his son Ibrahim until he turned 18.
Saif and Amrita with daughter Sara and son Ibrahim.
Made a comeback after years by becoming the mother of her ex's brother.
Amrita Singh made a comeback after years with the 2002 film 23 March 1931: Shaheed. In this film, Bobby Deol played the lead role, who is the brother of Amrita's ex-boyfriend Sunny. After this, Amrita got a chance to play a negative role in Ekta Kapoor's show Kavyanjali, in which she was well liked. Since then, Amrita has been seen in many films like 2 States, Heropanti 2, Shootout at Lokhandwala, Aurangzeb.
Daughter decorated for Saif's wedding
When Saif Ali Khan was marrying Kareena Kapoor in 2012, he had also invited her to Amrita's house. After receiving the invitation, Amrita called designers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla and ordered the most beautiful lehenga for Sara. Amrita also took Sara with her to her bank locker, from where she could take out some jewelery for Sara. Sara Ali Khan herself told this during an interview given to Hello magazine.
Saif had written a letter for Amrita on the wedding day
On the day of marrying Kareena, Saif wrote a letter for 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.
In 2012, Saif Ali Khan married Kareena Kapoor and settled down, but Amrita Singh never married again. Amrita Singh was last seen in Heropanti 2.