Abusive relationships: The dark side of Bollywood in pictures
On April 29, 2015, yesteryear Bollywood actress Rati Agnihotri filed a second complaint with Worli police alleging that her husband Anil Virwani threatened her with a knife. A month ago, she had made headlines when she accused her architect husband Anil Virwani of frequent physical and mental abuse over the course of their 30-year-old marriage. The actress filed a domestic violence case against her husband after she was injured during a particularly heated argument with him, which forced her to take the decision. Agnihotri and Virwani got married in 1985. Police sources suspect that financial difficulties could be the reason behind the issue since Virwani wasn't doing well financially since 2005. Pic/YouTube
Infamous on the list of actors involved in alleged physical abuse controversies is Salman Khan. The superstar at some point or the other in life has invariably been accused of getting physical with his girlfriends. First it was Pakistani actress Somy Ali who he dated for almost five years, but the two split up in the late '90s after the infamous cola episode, where Salman apparently in a fit of rage poured a drink on her at a party.
However, rumours about Salman's tempestuous nature continued even when he started dating Aishwarya Rai during Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Numerous stories about their physical fights made it to the press much too frequently. There was one incident in particular that made headlines. One night, Salman reached Ash's residence, apparently broke the window panes and later followed her to a film set and beat her. And speculations only rose when Aishwarya openly admitted (during a Cannes press conference for Provoked) to have been a victim of physical violence.
This could easily be called as one of the most contentious affairs in Bollywood. The two apparently started seeing each other on the sets of a film called 'Abdullah' in 1980. However, things started falling apart when they reportedly started having violent altercations, sometimes even in public. Their relationship came to an end after Sanjay allegedly brutally assaulted her in a 5-star hotel.
Zeenat Aman obviously has had a graver history of physical abuse than any other actress in Bollywood. Though she had two sons with husband Mazhar Khan (who she tied the knot with in 1985), during the '90s, their scuffles made the headlines more than once. The actress once even spoke to the press about being tortured in both her relationships. Today, she refuses to even acknowledge the names of both her past lovers.
Like father like son? In 2007, after a roaring affair with the much-married Aditya Pancholi, Kangana Ranaut came out in the open about how he used to abuse her black and blue.
In 2011 TV actor Ejaz Khan (pictured here with girlfriend Natalie Di Luccio) was accused of physical abuse by Nidhi Kashyap, his girlfriend at that time.
In 2002, Pooja Bhatt got into an argument with then boyfriend Ranvir Shorey. He allegedly struck her in a drunken stupor. Pooja's brother Rahul Bhatt allegedly thrashed Ranvir and smashed his car. Ranvir lodged a complaint with the Bandra police who arrested Rahul. Ranvir is not a demon, but he turns into one after guzzling alcohol, said Pooja.
Less than a month after the much-publicised Swayamwar between Rahul Mahajan and wannabe actress Dimpy Ganguly, she spoke out loud about his abusive ways and also about wanting to step away from the marriage. It was a known fact that Rahul who very abusive with his first wife as well. Dimpy alleged that during their fights, Rahul used to point his gun at her. "I don't know what I have gotten myself into. He seemed nice, but no one can control him when he gets abusive," she was quoted saying. Dimpy and Rahul got divorced and now she is married to Dubai-based Rohit Roy.
The Kannada superstar's wife Vijayalakshmi alleged he brutally assaulted her after she object to his affair with actress Nikita. The issue came to a head on November 3 2011, when Darshan came to her friend's house in an inebriated condition and dragged her into his car and started hitting her, burning her with cigarette buts and biting her face and right ear. She also said that Darshan took her back to her friend's house and in a fit of rage he lifted his son up by the neck and threatened to kill him. He even pulled out a loaded licensed gun and threatened to shoot her, after which the cops were alerted.