Aditya Pancholi's Marriage: Going Strong Through Right And Wrong

Aditya Pancholi is the actor who can easily be conferred with the title of being the ‘original bad boy’ of Bollywood. Infamous for his short temper, he is known to wreak havoc at social events if anyone rubs him the wrong way. Despite that notorious image, Aditya Pancholi’s marriage to actress Zarina Wahab has lasted for over 30 years. And with two children and several controversies down the line, the couple still has a strong marriage. In fact, the interesting fact is that Aditya is six years younger to Zarina but he still managed to woo the pretty lady. Here is the story of Aditya Pancholi’s marriage with all the spice of their strife.

About Aditya Pancholi And Zarina Wahab

Aditya Pancholi's Marriage - Aditya Pancholi

Aditya Pancholi was born Nirmal Pancholi on 4th January 1965 in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh, as the son of the filmmaker Rajan Pancholi. He received most of his education in Mumbai, and initially did not have much interest in joining the showbiz. It is said that he was once spotted by a director in Mumbai’s local train who was so impressed by his good looks that he offered him a role in his television sitcom right away. Pancholi adopted the screen name of Aditya, and soon made his debut in films with the movie Shahadat (1985). He continued working in TV serials, eventually focusing on films from late 1980s onwards. In the recent past, Aditya has focused his attention on character roles and supporting characters.

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Aditya Pancholi's Marriage - Zarina Wahab

Zarina Wahab was born on 17th July 1959 at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Growing up, she developed interest in performing arts and soon joined Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune. She was keen on joining cinema right away but she did not get any roles that she was looking to do. It is said that veteran filmmaker Raj Kapoor gave her negative feetback about her manner and appearance, and chose Jaya Bachchan over her for a casting, which led the aspiring actress to work on her persona, and improve her PR skills. She then went on to land herself a prominent lead role in Rajshri Productions’ film Chitchor (1976). Since then, she has worked in several Bollywood films and regional language films as well.

Kalang Ka Tika Becomes Maang Ka Sindoor

Aditya Pancholi's Marriage - Aditya And Zarina, Late 90s

It was the year 1986, and Aditya had signed up for his fifth film Kalank Ka Tika. It was a standard Bollywood potboiler but the making of the film set off a steaming romance between Aditya and Zarina. Not much is known about how Aditya and Zarina’s relationship began, but by the end of the film the co stars were very much in love. The fact that Aditya was six years her junior was not considered an issue by the two, and the two tied the knot soon in the year 1986. The couple was blessed with a daughter, Sana Pancholi and son, Sooraj Pancholi. Sooraj, the late Jiah Khan’s lover, made his debut with the 2015 film Hero.

Zarina and Aditya Pancholi’s marriage was just the beginning of a tumultuous journey owing to Aditya’s flirtatious nature. He was soon going to take his wife Zarina on a roller-coaster ride, which surprisingly she would cling on to, despite all the unsavoury activity Aditya would embark on behind her back. Let’s take a closer look at those relationships.

The First Illicit Affair

Aditya Pancholi's Marriage - Aditya Pancholi And Pooja Bedi

Somewhere around 1993, Aditya Pancholi’s marriage to Zarina started to loss it’s spark and due to some bickering with his wife, left the house to have an extra-marital affair. He happened to bump into Pooja Bedi, daughter of actor Kabir Bedi, who was herself stepping in and out several relationships. Since they struck a chord, they decided to have fling of their own. The two were quite close, and Aditya would even spend days residing at Pooja’s residence. Things were going smoothly when the extra-marital affair took an ugly turn after Pooja’s 15 year old maid informed her that Aditya had had sexual relations with her, after Aditya promised to get her a role in a movie. It turned out the teenage maid had Bollywood aspirations. When confronted by Bedi, Aditya confessed. The incident did not go down well with Pooja, and despite not pressing charges, she is said to have dumped Aditya right away who eventually returned back to his wife Zarina.  Aditya Pancholi’s marriage was not on the rocks, and Zarina took him back.

According to the grapevine, a party in 2013 saw Aditya and Pooja become cordial after nearly two decades of discord.

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Falling For The Newcomer

Aditya Pancholi's Marriage - Aditya Pancholi And Kangana Ranaut

After dating Pooja, Aditya remained sober for many years until he happened to meet the then wannabe Bollywood actress who was keen on befriending him, Kangana Ranaut, and the story of her and Aditya’s first interaction is no less filmy. It is said that Kangana first spotted Aditya in his car at a busy traffic junction, at the construction site he was working on, on a day with a heavy downpour. Apparently, she approached him, and introduced herself as Kangana, and said she was looking for some meaty roles in films. The two exchanged numbers that rainy day in 2004, and while Aditya was charmed by Kangana’s pretty looks, he would talk to her with precaution, whenever she repeatedly called him. But the lure of having yet another liaison was too much for Aditya to resist and soon the two were meeting in coffee shops, and Kangana had moved from a PG accommodation to a plush flat owned by Aditya’s friend. That marked the beginning of yet another fling during Aditya Pancholi’s marriage.

Kangana was soon seen accompanying Aditya to Bollywood parties, and it was Aditya’s efforts that landed her the first role in the 2006 film Gangster. Aditya helped Kangana wherever he could, and in an interview he candidly admitted paying half a million rupees to her for a house. But despite all this, Aditya started getting jealous. The reason for this was the surge of Kangana’s popularity. This irked Aditya, and the fact that she was growing independent and no longer needed him as the sugar daddy also did not go down well with Pancholi. Things reached a boiling point in 2007 when Aditya physically assaulted Kangana who immediately filed a police complaint against him. Aditya followed up with a counter complaint, which eventually led to a slugfest between the illicit lovers, amidst a severe lack of co-operation by the police, much to the delight of the gossip mongers and filmy tabloids. The matter eventually fizzled out when Kangana started seeing Adhyayan Suman, actor Shekhar Suman’s son. As usual, Aditya returned back to his wife and children, who surprisingly accepted him back once again. And Aditya Pancholi’s marriage to Zarina continued on.

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Zarina And Aditya Pancholi’s Marriage, Life Since Then

Aditya Pancholi's Marriage - Aditya And Zarina felicitated at CSR Awards

In 2015, rumours were ripe that Zarina has ended her marriage with Aditya, but she soon refuted them as rumours. There have been tremendous ups and downs in the life of Pancholi family, but what remains commendable and equally surprising is Zarina’s faith and resilience in the marriage. Despite knowing every bit and fact about her husband’s liaisons, she has stood by his side, even going a step forward and refuting any media rumours on behalf of her husband. Even Aditya has never contemplated divorce, and despite all his breakups, he has always returned back to the permanent anchor in his life, his wife Zarina. We hope that Aditya is able to work for a better present and future, and remain true to a lady who has never been judgmental and always been supportive. We wish Aditya Pancholi’s marriage and the Pancholi family all the best.

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