A writer, a poet and a filmmaker, Gulzar met the superstar actress, Rakhi in the realm of Hindi Cinema. He was amazed with her Bong beauty and she was fascinated by his multi-talented personality. The duo was soaring high in their respective careers.
On May 15, 1973, Gulzar and Raakhee got hitched in the presence of the entire film industry. All top actors were present at the wedding from Dilip Kumar to Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan and Jeetendra. But, after one year of Meghna’s birth, Gulzar and Rakhee decided to get separated.
Gulzar was against Raakhee’s working in the film industry, and she accepted the condition. Raakhee was highly optimistic about working in the films made by her husband. On the contrary, Gulzar, did not sign Raakhee for a single film, while many top-notch directors approached her. Reportedly, whenever she discussed those offers with Gulzar, he would react in a brutal way.
One fateful night changed the dynamics of their happy-married life!
On the sets of Gulzar’s directorial film ‘Aandhi’, the couple went to Kashmir for the shooting of the film. Being a perfectionist, Gulzar was totally engrossed with the making of ‘Aandhi’, Raakhee felt alone and showed her discontent. However, the stars of the film, Sanjeev Kumar and Suchitra Sen were having a party. Sanjeev, got drunk and tried to get a hold of her arm and would not allow her to leave the party. Suchitra tried to coddle the actor but all her efforts went futile. Gulzar came as a saviour to Suchitra and freed her from the clutches of Sanjeev and escorted her to the room.
Raakhee confronted him that why he had to go to drop his darling heroin to her room. According to the staff members, Raakhee was beaten all bruised up, later in the room. Gulzar was found shit drunk. What a pathetic sight for a lady!!
The turning point which led the Raakhee-Gulzar separation!
The next day Raakhee met Yash Chopra who came to Kashmir for location finalization for his next project ‘Kabhie Kabhie.’ He also wanted Raakhee to be in the film. Yash Chopra was all prepared to seek permission from Gulzar. But, before that Raakhee herself went to Yash Chopra and informed him that she would be the part of the film. Gulzar tried his best to convince her but Raakhee who had not forgotten the cruel treatment she got from Gulzar. This was the main reason behind their separation.