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Sunjay J Kapur of Sona Steerings fame. But that's not where the news lies. Till about 10 days back, Sunjay was legally married to Nandita Mahtani for five years. Nandita is now seeing Dino Morea.

The 31-year-old Sunjay, a Doon School alumnus, works with his father Surinder Kapurs auto-components company, Sona Steering, which has a turnover of $80 million. He was separated from Nandita Mahtani in 2001. They filed for divorce earlier this year and the papers came through around 10 days back.

When contacted by Times News Network, Mahtani refused to comment on her relationship with Sunjay. Her friends, however, said she is not bitter about Sunjays proposed marriage, since the couple had been separated for quite a while.  

The Kapur-Bachchan bonding notwithstanding, Karisma's family has also maintained close ties with the Sona Steering family and the actress herself has known Sunjay for many years. Even Sunjay's sister, Mandira, is a close friend of Lolo. While Bollywood fans were taken aback by yesterday's newsbreak about the impending marriage, Sunjays friends are not surprised at the developments, since he and Karisma have been dating since November last year.

However, the family connection quagmire has surprised many, including some in Sunjay's family. "The Bachchans and the Kapurs have been the best of friends. Its really funny that Sunjay should be getting married to his best friends (Abhisheks) former girlfriend, said a distant family member.

 

Delhis social circles are also abuzz about Sunjays string of relationships while he was married to Mahtani. Mahtani had met Sunjay when the two were studying in London -- he at the Buckingham University and she at the American College. They dated for two years before they got married. Her close friends say the split was inevitable, since they "got married young". Sunjay was 25 then. Mahtani, who comes from a well-placed Mumbai family which is into an exports business, is now dating model-turned-actor Dino Morea. 

 

A prominent Delhi-based socialite corroborated what Mahtanis friends say about Sunjay. She says it was his womanising that turned the stunning Mahtani away. A family member also said Sunjays alleged flings and drug abuse were part of the reason for his break-up with Mahtani.

 

Mahtanis friends say Karisma and Sunjay are very different persons, but are believed to be compatible.

 

Sunjay, remembered by classmates as an average student, is known for throwing rocking parties at his upscale Aurangzeb residence in the heart of Delhi. "He has a penchant for all good things in life, especially travelling to Europe," says an ex-classmate.

 

Though the wedding date has not been formally announced, friends say it will take place in Mumbai on September 29.

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