Update: 8 July 2014
The divorce travails of Karisma Kapoor appear to be finally over. Various news agencies have reported that Karisma and Sunjay’s divorce has been finally finalised.
According to a news item Karisma has already moved on in her romantic life and has decided to brave the marital waters again with 39 year old Sandeep Toshniwal, a CEO with a pharmaceutical company and father of two children from a previous marriage. Their union has been looked on with approval by both their families
The news about Karishma Kapoor finally bringing down the curtains on her troubled marital life with Sunjay Kapur, is surprising no one! There is a sort of inevitability about the whole affair and many feel that it should have happened sooner than later.
There are many things to admire about Bollywood actress Karishma Kapoor; though coming from the famous Kapoor clan, who are often considered to be the ‘First Family’ of Bollywood or the Mumbai film industry, this blue eyed girl had to overcome considerable odds to put herself in a position of strength, be it professionally or personally.
Daughter of estranged parents, actor Randhir Kapoor and actress Babita, Karishma struggled to find true love in her romantic life. She was rumored to be in love with actor Ajay Devgn during her early days, in the 90s; there was even a romantic tale told by media about young Ajay who supposedly saved her from harm whilst shooting a scene and stories were afloat about the very cold vibes between Karishma and another young actress, Raveena Tandon, who allegedly was also in love with Ajay. Though there is no confirmation of the reasons behind their break up, many believe that Ajay cheated on Karishma with actress Kajol whom he went on to marry.
Karishma later became romantically involved with actor Abhishek Bachchan at a time when she had established herself in the film industry, while Abhishek was still struggling. In October, 2002, the two became engaged on the occasion of Amitabh Bachchan’s 60th birthday, amidst great media attention. The public was shocked when they broke their engagement a bare four months later, in February, 2003. There were wild speculations afloat as to the reasons behind this split; the couple’s respective mothers, Jaya Bachchan as well as Babita and their differences of opinion, was spouted to be the cause.
Almost as what looked to many as rebound, stories emerged in the media about Karishma’s growing closeness with Delhi based Sunjay Kapur, industrialist and CEO of Sixt India. The couple soon went on to tie the knot in a widely photographed and reported event, in September, 2003. It was Karishma’s first marriage and Sunjay’s second. Sunjay had previously been married to designer Nandita Mahtani. Karishma and Sunjay have two children together, daughter Samaira and son, Kiaan Raj Kapoor.
The couple’s marriage was always in the news, be it because of Karishma’s adjusting problems in a new city or trouble between the two. The two had, according to rumors, split up during the birth of their first child. But, the two made an effort at reconciliation and went on to have a second child. The present actual ground reality was highlighted during the marriage of Karishma’s younger sister, actress Kareena Kapoor to actor Saif Ali Khan, in 2013. All noticed the obvious non-appearance of Sunjay Kapur at any of the marriage festivities. The speculations are turning to almost certainty with news of Sunjay spending his time in the company of socialite Priya Chatwal.
Sources now claim that divorce and child custody negotiations are underway between the two, before the final step. Karishma is now based in Mumbai and living at home with her mother and kids; finding new career opportunities in a recently released book and online business enterprise based on child needs. She has moved on and is allegedly in a relationship with a businessman.