Bollywood, Youth and the Idea of Live-in Relationships

Live-in relationship is a subject that has scandalised the orthodox Indians and taken up considerable media footage in the recent times. Actor, Sushant Singh Rajput, the latest heartthrob, who is seen in a live-in relationship on-screen in Shuddh Desi Romance, advocates the same in the real life as well. He has been in a live-in relationship with his girlfriend, Ankita Lokhande, for quite some time now.

Live-in relationship is a subject that has scandalised the orthodox Indians and taken up considerable media footage in the recent times. Actor, Sushant Singh Rajput, the latest heartthrob, who is seen in a live-in relationship on-screen in Shuddh Desi Romance, advocates the same in the real life as well. He has been in a live-in relationship with his girlfriend, Ankita Lokhande, for quite some time now. In fact, if you pause to think about it, Bollywood celebrities have often broken social taboos not only in reel-life, but also in real life. Long before we were exposed to this trend, actors, Kamal Hassan and Sarika, were extremely open about their live-in status. The couple even had two daughters outside wedlock. So, are we all ready for this ‘Next Big Thing’? Let us explore moreRajni Khagad, a 23 year old journalist from Indore, working in Delhi with a media firm says, “My job timings are so hectic that I barely got to see my boyfriend. Our relationship was losing its charm. So, last month we decided to move in together. We do not regret the decision. Though our parents are not aware of it, but we both feel that this was a logical and practical decision!" But, has the youth really become so liberal with their thoughts? Well, recently there was a survey done across 40 cities in India on this subject, and the results to our surprise were not surprising at all.‘Live-in relations are born out of lust’- 68 per cent of youngsters believed live-in relationships are born out of lust, while 72 per cent believed that live-in relationships fail and end in break-ups. And, almost 80 per cent of the parents believe that those in a live-in relationship have 'loose characters'. As far as the Indian law is concerned, Orissa High Court judge, Justice M M Das says, “Today's youngsters think it's better to be in a live-in relationship than getting divorced after a few days of marriage. Live-in relationship has become a pre-condition before marriage and unfortunately we don't have any legislation to protect the relationship." Recommended Read: Truth Behind the 8 Unfortunate Love Stories of Bollywood

in a nation as big as India. Deputy Director of Consolidation. who broke the shackles of society long back. People marry because of peer pressure. which boosts of handful number of metro cities and innumerable towns. now profoundly endorses the live-in relationship formula. but wear mangalsutra and sindoor for societal acceptance.Many would not know that the earliest case in which the Supreme Court of India recognised the livein relationship as a valid marriage was that of Badri Prasad vs. has this trend really taken over all? What exactly comprises this modern India? After all. Recommended Read: Indian Lesbian Wedding: A Beautiful Love Story Superstar Kamal Hasan. in which the Court gave legal validity to a 50 year live-in relationship of a couple. Society is so important that many women who are in live-in relationship. Actor. In fact. Broken marriages and live-in relationships are still seen as metro phenomenon. When people start as a live-in couple then why do they eventually go and marry each other? Well. she says. metros don't represent the whole country. who was in a live-in relationship with Saif. villages and districts. Kareena Kapoor Khan. but the society was such that Sarika (his live-in partner then) and he could not even book a hotel room together even after they had two daughters. said that he never believed in marriage. before eventually marrying him. it a reality in modern India. and the rest of India is still traditionally insulated from such things. He said he would have never married anyone. reasons could be many starting from having children to public acceptance. However. .