Desi Celebrities Who Married Non-Celebs

Atif Aslam with wife Sara

Doesn’t it seem but natural to us that celebrities marry someone as famous as them, as glamorous or in the same industry? Our tabloids are full of rumored liaisons between leading actors and actresses. Speculations are rife about who the next ‘onscreen’ or famous couple to tie the knot might be.

Going by the several famous couples of yesteryears, it seems logical that celebs marry within their industry. But a new trend of late shows that top stars chose to married into normal non-filmi families, and surprisingly, these marriages are quite fairytale-like.


Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao

Aamir Khan is one of the most respected desi actors. He’s part of the famous Khan trio that rules Bollywood (the other biggies are Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan). He’s known for his role in intelligent cinema and refusal to attend ‘meaningless’ award functions. Aamir earned even more respect of viewers when he suddenly announced that he would be marrying Kiran Rao. The two met when they were working on Dil Chahta Hai years ago (while he was still with then wife Reena Dutta) and started dating after that. Kiran says that Aamir has no ‘filmy aura’ about him despite his superstar status. They married in December 2005, three years after his divorce from his previous wife.


Amir Khan (boxer) and Faryal Makhdoom

On January 31st 2012, Amir had a gushing smile as he shared the news that was engaged. When pictures later surfaced on the internet one could see why. British media couldn’t stop gushing over the drop dead gorgeous Faryal. Amir Khan, a famous Brit boxer of Pakistani descent married student Faryal in a lavish ceremony that was attended by both family and friends. The two met through mutual friends and hit it off immediately.

Earlier this year, Faryal gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Faryal’s is the typical Cinderella story except that Faryal’s killer looks are anything but ordinary.


John Abraham and Priya Runchal

After a very public romance with fellow actress Bipasha Basu for over eight years, John Abraham had a shocker – He decided to marry fellow gym mate Priya Runchal just two months after he met her. It was an instant connection between Priya and John, in his own words. The quick decision and the secret wedding less than two months later was definitely a surprise to everyone in the film industry.

Many even wondered what it was about Priya that made John do in two months what he didn’t do in almost a decade with ex flame Bipasha. Maybe soulmates do exist , after all.


Atif Aslam and Sara Bharwana

The love story of Atif Aslam and Sara Bharwana is not anything unlike a Bollywood film – The famous singer falling for the unknown damsel,quintessential romance, dedication and commitment through time; it’s all there. The man needs no introduction. His dreamy voice and hit songs have transcended borders to create a unison of the power of beautiful music and lyrics. So it comes as no surprise that he’s such a diehard romantic himself who married his longtime girlfriend in a grand ceremony in Lahore on March,2013.

Sara was an unknown face till then ,and comes from an educational background. Some reports state that Sara and Atif were in a distance for almost a decade before they exchanged vows.


Ali Zafar and Ayesha Fazli

Heart throb Ali Zafar was voted as the “Sexiest Asian Man on the Planet” based on a worldwide poll conducted by the British weekly newspaper Eastern Eye. This Pakistani singer-actor won hearts and fans not just in his country but also across India with his handsome looks and record-selling music. Ali married longtime fiance Ayesha Fazli in an intimate ceremony in July 2009 and they have a lovely baby boy now.


All these marriages are proof that celebrities or not, true love transcends all barriers of fame, status and descent. We wish these couples make their marriage work despite the constant glare of media attention and scandal that inevitably come with the fame a celeb demands. So if you’re dreaming of landing a celebrity husband, don’t throw away those dreams yet, yours could be the next Cinderella story!

Author – Rachel Vera

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