Reality TV and love are like oil and water: they don’t mix. Many couples on reality TV end up divorcing. In the US such couples are even said to be under a ‘curse’. But clearly reality TV couples elsewhere don’t fare much better.
Rahul Mahajan and Dimpy Ganguly met on a show where a number of women were trying to woo Rahul and gain his favour, much like on the American show The Bachelor. Dimpy was the one who was chosen by Rahul in the end. But did that make her a winner?
It at least made her very well known.
Rahul had been divorced once and was a fairly well-known bad boy, who had been working on improving his image by the time the show came around. In 2010 the two were married on TV and became the first Indian couple to do so.
A few months into the marriage things were getting pretty rocky already and Dimpy left their shared home for a while, alleging that Rahul had been physically abusive. That wasn’t too farfetched, because his first wife had made similar allegations.
But apparently Rahul apologized and Dimpy returned to him.
The two ended up sharing more onscreen time on reality TV shows such as Bigg Boss 8 and and Nach Baliye 5 in 2012. It has been speculated that one of the reasons they did this was in order to show a united front and that they were happy after all.
In May 2014 it became public knowledge that the two had filed for mutual divorce. Apparently the two had hoped to expedite the affair, because Dimpy might soon be going overseas, but the judge didn’t consider that sufficient grounds to give them preferential treatment and the two had to go through the mandatory six-month cooling off period with counselling and all.
Clearly no counselling helped and there was no way for those to reconcile their marriage, which is why it was finalized in February this year.
Despite previous allegations of discontent and physical abuse, Rahul and Dimpy ultimately departed their marriage as friends and planned on continuing down the path as friends as well.
Given the circumstances that is probably as good as it gets.