Top Bollywood villains and their lovely real-life wives

Most people know about the lovely wives of Bollywood heroes, but villains are also an integral part of every Bollywood masala film. It is the villain who makes the hero a hero in the film. They evoke despise and hatred for their character in audience, and the nastier they get, the lasting impression they leave. While they may not get hold of the leading ladies in movies, in real life, they are blessed with beautiful life partners. Here’s a look at the better halves of some of our Bollywood villains:

Shakti Kapoor – He is known for playing evil characters, often with a comical twist, though he has also played positive comic roles in a few movies. Shakti is married to the beautiful Shivangi Kolhapure, sister of yesteryear actress Padmini Kolhapure. Shivangi played a brief role in her only film ‘Kismet’ (1980) which also starred Shakti, and it was love at first sight for them. Shivangi’s family was opposed to their relationship, so the couple eloped and got married in 1982.

Prem Chopra – ‘Prem naan hai mera…Prem Chopra’, the speaker of this illustrious dialogue is one of the most despised villains of Bollywood. His roles were in particular more inclined towards getting the better of the heroine. Prem Chopra married into a family with Bollywood connection. He is married to Uma, younger sister of Krishna Raj Kapoor, widow of legendary Raj Kapoor and matriarch of the Kapoor. Late actors Premnath and Rajendranath are her Prem Chopra’s brothers-in-law. The couple has been happily married for 58 years now.

Danny Denzongpa – In a career spanning over 45 years, Danny Denzonpa has worked in about 190 films, predominantly in negative roles, though his positive characters are also memorable. Danny’s was a royal matrimony. He is married to a real-life princess, Gawa, the last heir of Sikkimese Chogyal dynasty. Although their match was arranged by Danny’s parents, the couple first dated each other to develop a rapport before giving a nod to their families for marriage. They tied the knot in traditional Sikkimese style in 1990.

Ashutosh Rana – Who can forget his psychopath murderer’s role in Kajol’s 1998 film ‘Dushman’ or the fanatic’s act in ‘Sangharsh’? Ashutosh Rana and played an array of roles but is best known for portraying negative characters. He is married to actress Renuka Shahane, who played the role of Salman Khan’s Bhabhi in 1994 blockbuster ‘Hum Aapke Hai Koun…!’. The couple tied the knot at a private and traditional ceremony at a Madhya Pradesh town in 2001. The couple is blessed with two sons - Shauryaman and Satyendra. It is Renuka’s second marriage. Her first marriage ended in divorce within a few months.

Sonu Sood – Sonu Sood is one of the most handsome and fittest villains of the film industry and played the lead antagonist in Salman Khan’s ‘Dabangg’, and bagged an IIFA Award for his performance. He is married to Sonali, a Telugu girl who doesn’t have any links with showbiz. She also prefers to stay away from limelight and is hardly spotted with her hubby at film events or functions. In fact, the couple tied the knot in 1996, way before Sonu started doing films and modelling. Sonu and Sonali have been married for over a decade and are blessed with two sons - Ishant and Ayaan.

Ranjeet – Ranjeet, whose original name is Gopal Bedi is notorious for his ‘rapist’ ways and objectifying women on screen. But in real life he is extremely sober. Ranjeet is married to Aloka Bedi, whom he met through Chunky Pandey’s mother Snehalata. Aloka was actually meant to be a fresh cast for his film ‘Kaarnama’, but she eventually assisted him and then the duo got married with the blessings of their family. The couple has two children – daughter Divyanka, a jewellery designer and son Chiranjeev, a Formula One racer who is also interested in acting.  

Prakash Raj – This actor mostly works in the South Indian film industry, but has left an impression in Bollywood with his few films including ‘Wanted’, ‘Singham’, ‘Dabangg 2’ and ‘Policegiri’. He is married to choreographer Pony Verma who is twelve years younger than him. The couple married in 2010 and has been blessed with a baby boy in February 2016. He was previously married to Tamil actress Lalitha Kumari but they got divorced after 15 years of marriage due to irreconcilable differences. Prakash Raj has two daughters – Meghna and Pooja and son Siddhu who died at the age of five, from his first marriage.