Back in 2002, the sudden news of an engagement between Karisma Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan broke in the media and took the entire country by surprise. The two biggest Bollywood families, Bachchans and Kapoors, were joining hands and were going to become a family. On Amitabh Bachchan’s 60th birthday celebrations in 2002, they had announced Karisma and Abhishek’s engagement.
The 5 Year Relationship
Suddenly, their engagement became the talk of the town. Everyone was shocked as no one knew that the two were romantically involved. Sources reveal that it was in 1997, during Shweta Bachchan’s wedding with Nikhil Nanda that the two came close. For those who are unaware, Abhishek’s sister Shweta Bachchan is married to Raj Kapoor’s grandson Nikhil Nanda, who is based in Delhi. It is said that Abhishek and Karisma started dating shortly after. The two dated for almost two years before their engagement was announced in 2002. They were said to be really fond of each other and were ready to take the plunge.
It had been only four months since the engagement was announced when the shocking news of their broken engagement spread like wildfire. There came no explanatory statement, whatsoever, by either family. Both, the Bachchans and the Kapoors chose to keep quiet about the sudden breakup. A few months later, Jaya Bachchan gave a statement that it was purely Abhishek’s decision.
Although there wasn’t any solid confirmation, rumours were rife that it was Karisma’s mother Babita who played the catalyst in the alleged breakup of Abhishek and Karisma. She had second thoughts about marrying off her superstar actress to a newbie actor Abhishek. Also, during that time the Bachchan family was going through a financial crunch as Amitabh’s production company had suffered major losses. Rumours are that Babita demanded a prenup to be signed which said that Amitabh would transfer all his property and wealth in Abhishek’s name. Babita wanted to secure Karisma’s future as she herself had been a single mother all her life and she understood the financial struggles of a single parent. All this didn’t go well with the Bachchan’s and they broke off the engagement.
Marrying A Rich Businessman
Soon after the broken engagement, Babita found a wealthy Delhi-based businessman for her daughter and married her off soon. In September 2003, Karisma tied the knot with Sanjay Kapur. It is said that Karisma said yes to this arrangement only at Babita’s continuous insistence. Sanjay was previously married to designer Nandita Mahtani for two years before he married Karisma. Interestingly, he announced wedding with Karisma within 10 days of his divorce with ex-wife Nandita. Karisma had two kids, Samaira and Kiaan, from her marriage with Sanjay.
Their marriage didn’t have a smooth or a clean starting. Both Sanjay and Karisma had a baggage of their past relationships. They both had entered into this marriage very soon after their earlier breakups. Hence, as a result, their marriage didn’t last long. In 2010, the two got separated. Karisma moved to Mumbai with her mother Babita along with her kids. Her son Kiaan was only a few months old when she moved out.
Ugly Divorce Battle
During their quest to get divorced, Sanjay had accused Karisma of marrying him on rebound after her broken engagement with Abhishek. He also accused her of marrying him only for his wealth. And Karisma accused Sanjay of having an extramarital affair with Priya Sachdev, who is the current wife of Sanjay. Karisma revealed that Sanjay was in a live-in relationship with Priya while he was still married to her. She accused Sanjay and his mother of physical and mental torture. Sanjay, on the other hand, revealed that Karisma is using her PR to portray him and his mother in a bad light.
Their divorce was prolonged and delayed. After much mudslinging and accusations, they were granted the divorce in 2016. Karisma got the custody of her two kids. She lives with her kids in Mumbai now.
A Fresh Start
Sanjay married his lady love Priya Sachdev in 2017. Karisma, on the other hand, is said to be dating a Mumbai-based businessman Sandeep Toshniwal. It is said that Karisma plans to settle down with Sandeep once his divorce with his first wife is finalised. They are said to be going steady in their relationship and are often spotted at restaurants and parties.