We can confirm now that Bollywood star Preity Zinta got married to long-time boyfriend Gene Goodenough in a private ceremony in Los Angeles. Instead of making the wedding a big Bollywood affair in India, the actress whisked off her friends like Sussanne Roshan, Hrithik Roshan’s ex wife, and Surily Goel to LA and ensured the wedding stayed hush-hush.
It was left to Sussanne and Surily to post a picture on Instagram and let the cat out of the bag. While Preity Zinta stayed quiet on social media of which she is an otherwise prolific user, congratulations started pouring in from her friends like Kabir Bedi, Sushmita Sen and Farah Khan Ali. And that is how the marriage got confirmed!
— KABIR BEDI (@iKabirBedi) March 1, 2016
CONGRATULATIONS @realpreityzinta ❤️?? soooooo happy for U n Gene?❤️ have a fun n blessed married life!! Love u Mrs. Goodenough???❤ mmuuaah
— sushmita sen (@thesushmitasen) March 1, 2016
Congratulations sweets on your wedding @realpreityzinta . Lots of love and blessings all the way from India ???
— Farah Khan (@FarahKhanAli) March 1, 2016
Buzz says that Preity will have a Rajput wedding in India later which will be attended by her Bollywood friends and colleagues. However, Bollywood stars surprising, nay shocking, their fans with the news of their private weddings is nothing new. In fact, Preity’s once-competitor, now-friend Rani Mukerji got married to filmmaker Aditya Chopra in Italy to ensure shutterbugs are kept away. How did we find out? By an early morning email to journalists saying the wedding has indeed happened.
We bring you Bollywood and the members of its secret wedding club…
Parvin Dusanj and Kabir Bedi: After dating for years, Parvin and Kabir left everybody, including Kabir’s daughter Pooja, in shock when they tied the knot recently.
Rani Mukerji and Aditya Chopra: Just when tabloid were getting tired of reporting about their rumored nuptials, they surprised all their fans when an early morning announcement (in the form of an e-mail) reached most journalists across the nation, confirming that Rani and Adi were finally a married couple. The destination wedding was attended only by a very close group of friends.
John Abraham-Priya Runchal: He had warned us before. He had said he might get married on spur of a moment. He did exactly that when he married girlfriend Priya Runchal while holidaying in the US. The private ceremony was attended by family and close friends. The actor tweeted a few days after the wedding: “Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed 2014! May this year bring you love, good fortune and joy. Love, John and Priya Abraham.”
Arijit Singh-Koel Roy: Singer Arijit Singh who went through an ugly divorce, tied the knot with childhood sweetheart Koel Roy. The couple got married in a quiet ceremony which took place in Tarapith temple, West Bengal on January 20, 2014. This is Arijit’s second marriage. He was previously married to one of his co-contestants from a reality show.
Madhuri Dixit-Sriram Nene: The dhak dhak girl broke millions of hearts when her Indian fans came to know about her wedding. The actor tied the knot with Dr Sriram Nene in a private ceremony in LA at her brother’s house.
Juhi Chawla-Jay Mehta: Juhi Chawla married Jay Mehta while she was at the peak of her career, but she kept her marital status under wraps for a while. The world came to know about their saat pheras only after the actor got pregnant.
Amitabh Bachchan-Jaya Bhaduri: They fell in love on the sets of Zanjeer. Jaya was a bigger star then. So how did they get married? Amitabh revealed that the duo wanted to go to abroad together, but dad Harivansh Rai Bachchan wanted them to marry first. They tied the knot in a rush.
Amrita Singh-Saif Ali Khan: Saif Ali Khan got married to Amrita Singh in a secret ceremony, after his parents disapproved of the relationship. Amrita was 8 years older than Saif.
Aamir Khan-Reena Dutta: They were married much before Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was released, but announced their marriage much later.