Vinod Khanna's wild affair with Amrita Singh
We tell you all about their volatile relationship that shocked Bollywood
n the mid-80s, Amrita Singh was the bold Punjabi kudi, unapologetic about her liaisons with Sunny Deol, Ravi Shastri and allegedly even Anil Kapoor. Vinod Khanna and her relationship was high on passion and even the 12 year age gap didn’t deter them from being drawn to each other. But the cracks began to show when Vinod tried to tame the fiercely independent Amrita. Quite like a fireworks display, it was great while it lasted but fizzled out just too soon!
THE BEGINNING OF THE AFFAIR
Vinod Becomes Amrita’s Obsession
Amrita met Vinod on the sets of JP Dutta’s Batwara. While she was instantly besotted with the handsome actor, he didn’t quite acknowledge her. At the time she was engaged to cricketer Ravi Shastri. Friends say the actress even told Ravi that he better watch out as she had signed up for a movie with Vinod Khanna. Ravi had apparently scoffed, “You can never get Vinod Khanna even if you tried!” Amrita didn’t like the rebuff and decided to take up the challenge. Ravi, she was aware, had been unfaithful to her and this further fired her resolve to attract Vinod’s attention.
OPPORTUNITY PRESENTS ITSELF
But Vinod Still Doesn’t Reciprocate
During an outdoor shoot for Batwara, Amrita got the chance to turn on the charm with Vinod. She tried her best to entice him with attractive outfits and ladylike behaviour. The otherwise spirited, loud and occasionally abusive girl turned soft-spoken and polite on the sets. Her efforts were rewarded when they became good friends but she often felt that Vinod wasn’t into her all that much. As she later said, nothing happened between them during that schedule; they just became good friends. Amrita was quite disheartened to see her co-star not returning her feelings. She then tried to give her relationship with Ravi Shastri another shot but soon realised they were just not meant for each other and broke up with him.
Finally He Gives In
Things were at a complete standstill between Vinod and Amrita since there was practically no communication between them for several months. They had another chance only when the second outdoor schedule of the film in Rajasthan was announced. This time though the dynamics were different! Vinod not only paid attention to her but also returned her affection. Soon, they were in an intimate relationship.
THE OBSTACLES IN THE RELATIONSHIP
Amrita’s Mum Disapproves
Their relationship got mixed reactions. While some friends were indifferent, others were happy for them. The age difference was constantly highlighted along with nasty gossip about Amrita being just a passing fancy for Vinod. Amrita’s mother, the headstrong Rukhsana Sultan was perhaps their fiercest critic. She couldn’t understand why her daughter fell for a man who was nearly as old as her and who was notorious for his escapades with various women. Moreover, Vinod had just ended his marriage to first wife Geetanjali, who he had left in the lurch along with their two kids Rahul and Akshay to fly off to America to be with spiritual guru Osho Rajneesh.