Photo Feature: The umpteen indulgences of Salman Khan
Amid rumours of Salman Khan getting set to tie the knot even as he stays mum, we look at his alleged affairs over the years. From Sangeet Bijlani to Iulia Vantur, we take a look at all of his love-interests - alleged or otherwise.
After her Miss India win in 1980, Sangeeta Bijlani (then 20) did a few films and started seeing Salman in the late 80s. Salman's sister Alvira played Cupid. The two parted ways in the early 90s. Earlier this year, Salman, 47, came out in support of Sangeeta, 52, when her marriage with Mohd Azharuddin hit a rocky patch.
Next came Somy Ali. The Pakistani journalist-turned-model-cum-actress caught Salman's eye and he was completely bowled over. Of all his relationships, sources say he was madly in love with Somy. It was even said when Somy's father restricted Salman's entry in Somy's life, Salman used to often climb the pipes to meet Somy in her room without caring what people thought. But again, fate had other plans for the couple as they split soon after Sallu realized that the girl was too childish with her ways.
This couple was considered to be the most beautiful couple of all times in the Indian cine history. Post 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam', Salman was all gaga over his new found love – Miss World Aishwarya Rai and love blossomed between the two. But, Aishwarya`s mother didn`t approve of this relationship through the Khan Parivaar was all happy with their unison. Eventually, they split and when their relationship became shaky, the two lovers forgot their dignity and respect for each other. There were reports of Salman creating a huge ruckus on the sets where Aishwarya shot scenes and Ash telling media that he often abused her.
After a tumultuous split with Ash, Salman was completely heartbroken. Salman was having a hard time coping with the pain of betrayal when his sister introduced him to Sneha Ullal. The petite actress had an uncanny resemblance with Ash, and though there was no news of any romance with Sneha, Salman did give her a break in Bollywood with a film called 'Lucky-No Time for Love'.
By this time, Salman achieved the title of helping young talent by nurturing them in the big bad world of Bollywood. This was when Salman introduced a rare beauty, Katrina Kaif, in the industry. Salman and Katrina Kaif`s relationship was always a hazy one, though they are considered the best looking couple in B-town. Even now, both of them avert questions the moment anyone asks about their romantic liaison.
There were reports of Claudia dating Salman and it was reported that she was the reason behind the Salman-Kat split. The rumours began after he invited her to his place. Salman had said, 'Claudia is a very nice girl. I've introduced her to my family.' She, however, said they are 'good friends'. Claudia continues to do small roles in films.
Ravishing Zareen Khan made her debut opposite Salman Khan in 'Veer'. Again a Salman Khan discovery, Zareen has a striking similarity with Salman's estranged lover Katrina Kaif. She calls Salman her mentor and though some reports did surface about her romance with Sallu, no official confirmation ever came.
There were also rumours of Salman Khan dating Mahek Chahal. She made an appearance with Salman in Wanted (2007) and participated in a reality show hosted by him in 2011. Salman was said to be biased towards her on the show, and grapevine suggested the two were more than just friends.
The two were linked up after the British actor, 26, starred in Bodyguard (2011) alongside Salman. It was reported that Salman even tried to get her an entry into the reality show that he hosts. Last she was seen was in an item song, Aa Ante Amalapuram. Hazel is now happily married to cricketer Yuvraj Singh.
After making her appearance in reality tv show Bigg Boss which Salman hosts; there were rumours that she is the latest muse of Salman Khan. She also did a role in Salman's 'Jai Ho'.
Daisy Shah who was seen opposite Salman Khan in Jai Ho was not a well-known name before she came to limelight because of an alleged affair with Salman Khan. Neither the affair nor her career lasted long and she has so far proven to be one movie wonder.
Reality TV Bigg Boss has played a vital role in Salman's love life as most of her muses have either participated in the show or have cozied up with him before or after the filming of the reality show. Elli Avram also participated in the show when Salman noticed her and they both clicked instantly. After finishing her stint with the show; Elli was often seen hanging out with Salman and his sister. Even now Salman is helping her get some projects.
Iulia is Salman's latest rumoured girl, the Romanian actor-anchor met him two years ago on one of his trips abroad, and she has made two long trips to India ever since with Sallu as the host. Interestingly, he was introduced to Lulia by her then-boyfriend, Marius Moga, and later, helped her get over him. Buzz is that it's been a year of their affair and he may tie the knot with her. The two are often seen together in Mumbai's Bandra by onlookers.