Bollywood, of today, is quite different from the Bollywood of the ‘90s. One look at the stars, the films, the gossip and it all seems like from a different timeline altogether.
In today’s throwback to the ‘90s, we will take a look at the lesser-known affair that made headlines in the mid-’90s but has since then flown under the radar post-'00s.
Did you know, that before marrying Seema Khan of Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives fame, Sohail Khan was in a serious relationship with Pooja Bhatt? So much so, that the two had even discussed marriage plans.
In a throwback interview with Stardust from 1995, Pooja Bhatt had talked about her relationship with Sohail, their marriage plans, her equation with his siblings and the initial rift with his star brother Salman Khan.
When asked about her boyfriend Sohail Khan and his family, Pooja had stated, “I’m so comfortable with his family too. They're really nice. I feel so welcome there. I'm made to feel that I belong. I respect them all so much because there are no questions asked. They let me be what I am, not what I was. They like me for my one-to-one interaction. They're like my family.”
She added, “I'm very, very fond of his father. I met Arbaaz only recently and I like him a lot. Baby (Alvira ) is very nice. His mom is so wonderful, they're all very warm. I agree Salman and I hated each other initially for some weird reason. We just didn't get along. And that was made out to be this great ‘war' between us. I guess it started because I didn't do the film Love or whatever. But, today we get along very well too. In fact, we're one big happy family.”
Further talking about her relationship with Sohail and their marriage plans, she stated, “I'm aware of the fact that there are a lot of critics out there who're already putting a time limit on our relationship. I don't even want to waste time reacting. Marriage is definitely on my mind, but Sohail is just on the threshold of an exciting, new career as a director and I want to work two more years before deciding on the venue and the menu. We do want a future together. Not just as in the normal culmination of any relationship but in wanting to be together. I want it and so does he. Ours is a relationship that has grown due to various factors - trust, respect, understanding - everything is covered. Ultimately, we know the value of our relationship. But ill-wishers will be ill-wishers. There'll always be the negative types. Like see, there are lawyers who'll always pray that people do illegal things or there are divorces, so they can make a living out of it. Voyeurism is a hobby of the world. But I'm mature. I'm not living on anyone else's terms but my own. Be it professional or personal, or anything. I'm only answerable to myself and I only compromise with myself. As for the rest of the world, they can go to hell.”
In 2003, Pooja married Manish Makhija and after 11 years of marriage got separated in 2014.