Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor have always been clear about one thing ever since their break-up — that they will continue to be friends. Though the two may have moved on and their chemistry in their next, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, may have raised a few eyebrows, both the actors are clear that there’s nothing beyond friendship between them.
But while working with your ex, there’s always a chance of the romance rekindling.
Ask trade analyst Amod Mehra how couples and ex-couples generate curiosity amongst audiences and he says, “It’s been the same since the time of Raj Kapoor and Nargis. When a couple comes together after a break-up, the curiosity is even higher. And yes, there are chances of the relationship happening again, but you see, times have changed. And frankly in an industry like this, it’s better to stay friends than be enemies.”
Distributor and exhibitor Akshaye Rathi says, “More than anything else, it’s the perception of the audience that makes the chemistry between actors click. Irrespective of whether the actors are in a relationship with each other or not, pure acting talent can create fireworks on the silver screen.”
Having said that, it’s not easy to maintain an emotional distance. Relationship counsellor Shweta Parekh says, “Sometimes, it is safer to stay friends with the ex to make sure that your facts known to him or her are still kept secret and vice-versa. Some people prefer to have a mutually agreed break-up without emotional baggage.”
She adds, “At times, the situation demands that it is best to break up and move on. But there can always be an uncertainty of the
consequences, so it’s better to keep all the options open. Some people believe that you never know when you may need them again.”
Salman Khan -Katrina Kaif
How long: Five years
Break-up: It was only in 2011 that Katrina admitted to being in a relationship with Salman. For reasons best known to them (some believe it was her growing closeness to Ranbir Kapoor), the two broke up, but continued to be friends and are even doing films together.
Shahid Kapoor - Priyanka Chopra
How long: One-two years
Break-up: Rumours about the two dating started floating around when they did their first film together, Kaminey (2009). However, the two have always maintained that they are friends.
Salman Khan -Sangeeta Bijlani
When: Early 1990s
How long: Briefly
Break-up: After a short relationship, the two broke up, but till date, they continue to be great friends. In fact, Sangeeta is like family to Salman and is spotted at all of his family events too.
Priyanka Chopra - Harman Baweja
How long: One year
Break-up: The two started dating during the filming of Harman’s first film, Love Story 2050 (2008), but they broke up after the movie released. The two recently met at an event and greeted each other cordially.
Bipasha Basu - Dino Morea
How long: About five years
Break-up: The two were in a relationship since their modeling days, but things didn’t seem to work out for them. Bipasha then went on to date actor John Abraham. But taking note of their recent appearances, the two still seem to be pally.
Salman Khan - Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Abhishek Bachchan - Karisma Kapoor
Shahid Kapoor - Kareena Kapoor
Deepika Padukone - Siddhartha Mallya
Bipasha Basu - John Abraham
Lara Dutta - Kelly Dorjee