The curious case of Bollywood men and their invisible wives

John Abraham

He made a subtle announcement about his marriage with investment banker Priya Runchal on social media early this year. Born and brought up in Los Angeles, Priya is of Indian origin. She has studied law in University of California, Los Angeles (USA) and did her MBA in London. She was working with a leading firm in the Mumbai and is currently in the U.S. pursuing higher studies. Her appearances with John can easily be counted.

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His relationship with Sutapa Sikdar blossomed when they were studying at the National School of Drama and they tied the nuptial knot in 1995. They have two children, Babil and Aryan. Sikdar has worked with Irrfan as a dialogue writer for Shabd, Supari, Stars Bestsellers-Alvida, and Khamoshi the Musical. Sikdar recalls how he would demand as many as 11 rewrites from her when he directed episodes of Banegi Apni Baat. “Once he dragged me to a police station in Mumbai to understand procedure,” says the missus, who is rarely seen in public.


Rohit Shetty

The filmmaker tied the knot with Maya More, a banker, in 2005 and have a son, Ishaan. Though Rohit had been in the filmmaking business for several years, he became a household name after delivering his first hit with Golmaal in 2006, just a year after his marriage. Maya sure proved lucky for him.

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Anurag Basu

The director is said to have found love in his boss, Tani while working on a documentary in Guwahati when he saw her savouring a Bengali dish in desi style at a five-star restaurant. Disapproving parents, cancer and countless other obstructions later, they got together and Anurag makes it a point to dedicate all his awards to her. The couple has two daughters, Ishana and Ahana. About Tani, he had once said, “She is the only woman, who has been able to understand and handle me.”

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Himesh Reshammiya

The composer-singer-actor was just about 21 years old when he got married to Komal. A homemaker, Komal’s world revolves around her celebrity husband and their son. She has always maintained a low profile and was spotted by the media only recently while attending a function at her son’s school.