Rajiv Gandhi, Celina Jaitley: Famous Indians who married foreigners

Updated: Aug 20, 2019, 18:01 | Soumil Kamat
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    Former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi, married Italian-born Sonia Maino in 1968. Maino later changed her name to Sonia Gandhi and went on to become one of India's biggest political personalities after her husband's assassination. They have two children - Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi

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    Madhu Sapre married Italian entrepreneur Gian Maria Emendatori in 2001 after a courtship that lasted two years. Emendatori proposed to Madhu Sapre on her birthday. The couple have a daughter named Indira.

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    Entrepreneur Arun Nayar’s wedding to Hollywood actress Elizabeth Hurley hit global headlines in 2007. Prior to this, Liz Hurley was in a decade-long relationship with actor Hugh Grant. However, the marriage between Nayar and Hurley did not last and the two called it quits in 2010 and filed for divorce in 2011. Pic/AFP

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    Congress' charismatic MP Shashi Tharoor was married to the deputy secretary of the United Nations Disarmament Commission and Canadian national, Christa Giles. The marriage, however, did not withstand Tharoor's political aspirations. Shashi Tharoor then went on to marry Sunanda Pushkar in August 2010. Sunanda Pushkar passed away in January 2014. Pic/Youtube

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    Entrepreneur Kiran Mazumdar Shaw married American national John Shaw after a decade-long courtship. The couple is happily settled in Bengaluru. Pic/AFP

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    After a whirlwind romance, sitarist Anoushka Shankar married British director Joe Wright in September 2010. The couple has two children, Zubin and Mohan. They decided to end their relationship after 8 years and Shankar now resides with her two kids

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    Bollywood's veteran actor, Shashi Kapoor, met his wife Jennifer Kendal met in Kolkata's Prithvi Theater. The couple got married in 1958. They also acted in a couple of films together. Jennifer Kendal passed away in 1984, while Shashi Kapoor passed away in 2017. The couple is survived by their 3 children - Kunal Kapoor, Karan Kapoor and Sanjana Kapoor.

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    Sania Mirza tied the knot with Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik in April 2010, in a traditional ceremony in Hyderabad followed by Pakistani traditional customs in Lahore. The couple welcomed a baby boy in October 2018 and named him Izhaan

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  • Rajiv Gandhi, Celina Jaitley: Famous Indians who married foreigners

    Celina Jaitly married Austrian hotelier Peter Haag in July 2011 at a monastery in Austria. They met via common friends at an event in Dubai. In 2012, the couple welcomed twin boys Winston and Viraaj into their lives. Later in 2017, Celina gave birth to another set of twins named Arthur and Shamsher. However, due to a defect in the heart, the latter did not survive.

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    Radhika Apte met British contemporary musician, Benedict Taylor in 2011 when she was learning contemporary dance. The couple got married in March 2013

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    Mahesh Bhupathi was the special link that brought together Indian supermodel Sheetal Mallar and Italian tennis player Mosé Navarra. The couple was married for three years before they went their separate ways. Pic/Youtube

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    Bollywood actress Kim Sharma shocked her fans after she married Kenyan businessman Ali Punjani. The marriage did not stand the test of time. Pic/Youtube

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    One of Bollywood's most favourite actresses, Preity Zinta married her longtime American partner, Gene Goodenough in February 2016. The entire affair was kept hush-hush.

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    Cricketer Yuvraj Singh's marriage to British-Mauritian model Hazel Keech was one of the grandest of affairs in the industry. After initially dating, the couple got married in November 2016

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    Actress Shweta Keswani first tied the knot with American musician Alexx O'Nell. The marriage didn't last long. Shweta then married Ken Andino. In August 2013, Sweta Keswani and Adino became proud parents of a baby girl. Pic/YouTube

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    Actress Suchitra Pillai married Danish engineer Lars Kjeldsen in 2005 after meeting through a mutual friend. The couple is happily married for over a decade and has a daughter named Annika

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    Indian model Mashoom Singha married Australian pacer Shaun Tait in 2014 after dating for over four years. The duo reportedly met each other during the Indian Premier League (IPL) and clicked instantly. Pic/Youtube

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    Singer Sagarika Mukherjee created quite the wave after she married Portuguese talent manager Martin Da Costa in 1992. The couple has two children, Michel and Joshua. Pic/Youtube

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From Rajiv Gandhi to Shashi Tharoor and Sania Mirza to Preity Zinta, these famous Indian personalities hit the headlines for marrying citizens from other nations. Here's a look at 'firangi' love stories

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