Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
More than ‘just good friends’ in Bollywood
“We are just good friends” has to be the most overused phrase in Bollywood (or even Hollywood) for that matter.
A couple of years ago, each time rumour mills started working non-stop about a “friendship” between celebrities, the two concerned parties were sure to come up with a statement about how they were just good friends.
Of course, there are a lot of Bollywood stars who are genuinely good friends, but cast your mind back to Aishwarya-Abhishek or Lara-Dino and you will see a lot of “we are good friends” statements before the relationship was “outed”.
I do see some change in this attitude though, and Preity Zinta is a good example.
Zinta, 34 has been pretty open about her relationship with Wadia scion Ness Wadia. Last week, she admitted she was single again – without giving too many details.
Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor are yet another couple who do not mind being open about their “taken” status, though not giving details, as is Kareena Kapoor (both with Shahid Kapur and Saif Ali Khan).
In an industry where the dominant feeling is that revealing your couple status hinders your fan base or “desirability”, this is a new wave of honesty I find refreshing.
What do you think? Are Bollywood stars really being more open about their relationship status?