Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor seemed to be going strong for quite sometime, and most people were awaiting news of an engagement – but suddenly, the news broke that the couple had called it quits. The reason behind their break-up remained one of Bollywood’s biggest mysteries for us, and judging by your comments on our Spy Quest post, it’s a big question for you too. So we put our spies on the job and they came away with all the answers, from start to finish!
There was no instant connection between Bebo and Sasha – the two struck a friendship once they began working together, but it took a while for things to go any further. Mostly because, when they first met, Shahid was actually going through a break-up with a non-industry girl he had been seeing, something that was not very well-known at that time. Kareena had become the shoulder on which to cry on, and that’s how they begun getting closer to each other.
Eventually, they began turning their friendship into a relationship – in this case, it was Kareena who made the first move and asked Shahid out. Slowly, the two started getting serious about each other, which surprised a lot of their friends – most people thought they were one of the oddest Bollywood couples. Infact, Karisma Kapoor was quite against the relationship from the beginning, but her attitude towards Shahid changed once mommy Babita gave him the seal of approval.
They were completely into each other at one point – this was around the time the two appeared on Koffee with Karan together and Shahid aced their compatibility test. Kareena, on her part, began making several changes to her personality and lifestyle to suit Shahid – she became a vegetarian, started staying in more (Shahid was quite the recluse at that time), and even began taking a greater interest in his spiritual beliefs. At this point, Bebo even told her close friends Karan Johar and Shabina Khan that she could see herself marrying Shahid.
Unfortunately, things began taking a turn for the worse after a point. When the two left to shoot Tashan (Leh) and Kismat Konnection (Canada), there were already cracks in their relationship – mostly because Babita wasn’t happy that Kareena started asking producers to sign Shahid opposite her in films. Things got worse while they were both shooting at their respective outdoor locations: Kareena, who had always had a secret crush on Saif Ali Khan, began spending time with him on the sly after shooting each day.
News of this began reaching Shahid, and that didn’t go down too well with him. But on the other hand, Shahid himself had begun getting quite close to Vidya Balan, and even mentioned her to a few of his friends. When Kareena heard this news, she acted like it didn’t bother her.
Of course, this distance and exchange of rumours took quite the toll on their relationship. Arguments, fights and constant interference from Babita drove Shahid to a point of no return. By that time, Kareena had given up on the relationship herself and was a regular fixture at Saif’s pad. Thus, the couple’s three year relationship came to end, ironically just around the release of their most successful film as a pair.