Like many others, I like to follow Bollywood, the movies, stars, gossip, directors, songs, composers. There’s a lot of trash, but there’s plenty of creativity too. Off late I have been intrigued by the rising number of ex’s floating about. Everyone is someone’s ex.

There is Katrina Kaif, Salman Khan’s ex and Ranbir Kapoor’s current girlfriend. Salman of course has been famously involved with Aishwarya Rai who like Katrina has moved on to Abhishek Bachchan. Recently, in an interview, Kareena Kapoor addressed Katrina as her sister-in-law in the presence of first cousin Ranbir who did not seem to mind the connection at all.

Looks like Katrina, like Aishwarya and Kareena, is heading towards wedded bliss to comfortably settle down in Ranbir’s very expensive Pali Hill bungalow. Not a bad deal provided Katrina manages to hit it off with the temperamental Rishi Kapoor, Ranbir’s doting father.

Kareena at one time was seeing Shahid Kapoor.  The duo delivered the massive hit Jab We Met, following which Kareena went out with Saif Ali Khan going onto marry him. Shahid went out with actor-singer Priyanka Chopra, briefly. There are reports that income tax sleuths found Shahid fast asleep in briefs inside Chopra’s apartment during an early morning raid.

Salman, meanwhile, continues to be the footloose aging bachelor, though the memories of the exotically beautiful Aishwarya or Katrina must haunt him at times, unless the superstar walks into the life of another beauty. Right now he seems to have his eye on Jai Ho co-star Daisy Shah.

No doubt Salman likes his lady loves to be very young eye candies.  Ranbir again figures as Deepika Padukone’s ex who in turn is reportedly Ranveer Singh’s current girlfriend, or so the audiences have been made to believe in the run up to the release of Ram Leela. Even if this was a ruse, it seems to have worked as the movie is a hit.

Ranveer, meanwhile, is the ex of the heavenly Anushka Sharma who is apparently seeing cricketer Virat Kohli. Cricket and Bollywood have always mixed well, the most enduring example being the very pretty Sharmila Tagore and the debonair MAK Pataudi or Shahrukh Khan, Shilpa Shetty or Priety Zinta sponsoring IPL cricket teams. Virat and Anushka have been spotted arguing inside a SUV, which is a sign that the two are indeed a couple.

Apparently, Virat stays with his girlfriend at her Mumbai apartment when he is not touring with the team. Must be doing him good considering the number of centuries he is scoring that has put him on track to break Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI record. Whoever said this was unthinkable?

Commercial interest sometimes prevails over the personal, when exes sign up for roles opposite each other. Thus, exes Ranbir and Deepika starred in the hit Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, in which the two pulled off a steamy kiss towards the end of the movie. There were surely some emotions exchanged here. Following Ram Leela, Deepika has apparently said she prefers company of Ranveer to Ranbir, which is understandable as Ranbir has made it clear he likes to hang out with Katrina. But, I believe Ranbir and Deepika are going to act together in more movies.

Predictably, reports are that the vibes between Deepika and Katrina are not good. This is all getting very complicated. The on screen chemistry of exes can sometimes work better than couples officially seeing each other.

For example, Saif and Kareena have just not worked out in reel life despite several attempts. Maybe too many private moments off screen diminishes sparks on screen. Salman and Katrina have, however, worked well, in the past, that is. I can recall Ek Tha Tiger.

But, then Salman works well with anybody. Plus, nobody has ever been sure whether Salman and Katrina have been seeing each other, have moved on, have been seeing each other again, have moved on again. This time though, it does seem that Katrina has finally moved on or else Kareena would not be calling her a relative.

Of course, the great Amitabh Bachchan and ethereal Rekha crackling chemistry in Silsila, remains unmatched and unchallenged, the supposedly real life other woman story dramatized in reel life by none other than the doyen of romantic cinema, director Yash Chopra.

Rekha and Bachchan recently exchanged pleasantries at a film event which was national news as the duo have chosen to ignore each other in public for decades. Even Jaya Bachchan hugged Rekha. Well, well. I have been reading reports that the exes Akshay Kumar and Shilpa Shetty have also patched up with age and are on speaking terms now. Like it happens in politics, exes it seems can never be permanent friends or enemies.

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