Another chapter in Cricket's well-decorated relation with Bollywood happens to be this pair of former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin and famous actress of that era Sangeeta Bijlani. This couple is still making a lot of headlines even after the ending of their marriage almost a decade ago.
Sangeeta Bijlani was born on 9th July, 1960 to a traditional Sindhi family. She always wanted to make her career in modelling right from an early age. Her first major breakthrough came when she was crowned with ‘Miss India Universe' title in the year 1980. She went on to represent India at Miss Universe pageant in Seoul, South Korea and won the ‘Best national costume award'. Notably, her costume was designed by her mother for the event.
Sangeeta Bijlani met with Salman Khan when both were into their modelling days in 1986. Both came close to each other and the feeling of love grew strongly between them. Both started living together and their relationship lasted for almost a decade. During that time, Sangeeta Bijlani was also pregnant reportedly. They started working out on the dates for the marriage and then suddenly they broke up in the surprise of the whole industry. The reason behind that was believed to be Salman's affair with Somi Ali. Both are still friends and Sangeeta can often be spotted at various parties at Salman Khan's house.
After her relationship with Salman Khan ended, Sangeeta Bijlani fell in love with then Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin. Both first met during an ad shoot back in 1985. Azharuddin started liking her right from the first moment but Sangeeta was already in a relationship during that period.
Mohammad Azharuddin was married to Naureen and he was already a father of two children when he met with Sangeeta again. But he divorced his first wife and tied the knot with Sangeeta Bijlani at a grand event held at Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai on 14th November, 1996. Celebrities from the film industry and cricket fraternity were present on the occasion.
After almost 14 years of togetherness, Sangeeta Bijlani and Azharuddin's marriage ended in a divorce in the year 2010. The reason behind the divorce was believed to be Azhar's alleged affair with Indian Badminton star Jwala Gutta.
Full Name: Sangeeta Bijlani
Sangeeta Bijlani Father: Motilal Bijlani
Sangeeta Bijlani Mother: Poonam Bijlani
Brother Name: Sunil Bijlani
Date of Birth: 9th July, 1960
Sangeeta Bijlani Age (As in June 2020): 59 Years
Place of Birth: Mumbai, India
School: Mount Mary Convent High School, Mumbai
College: M.M.K. College, Mumbai
Sangeeta Bijlani Husband (Ex): Mohammad Azharuddin (M-1996, D-2010)
Sangeeta Bijlani Ex-Boyfriend: Salman Khan
Sangeeta Bijlani Children: None
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Residence: Mumbai, India
Height: 5’7” (1.70 m)
Weight: 60 Kg
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Hair Colour: Light Brown
Sangeeta Bijlani Figure, Body Measurements: 32-30-32
Sangeeta Bijlani was first spotted by film director Rajiv Rai when she was walking on the ramp during a fashion show in Mumbai. He approached her but Sangeeta was not convinced for her move towards the film industry. In the end, Rajiv got the nod and Sangeeta Bijlani made her film debut in ‘Qatil' during the year 1987. Then she went on to play one of the lead roles in the blockbuster ‘Tridev'.
Sangeeta Bijlani was a part of various superhits like Hathyar, Yodha, Izzat, Lakshaman Rekha, Jurm, etc. She also went on to work with big-ticket directors like Mukul Anand, Rahul Rawail, Mahesh Bhatt and J.P. Dutta.
Sangeeta Bijlani has also made some television appearances and most notable one from those was in ‘Chandni' in 1996 opposite actor Shahbaz Khan. She has done various advertising projects as well and her commercials for Nirma and Pond's soap were well received.
Favourite Actress: Madhuri Dixit
Favourite Actor: Vinod Khanna
Favourite Colour: Red