Bollywood actor Inder Kumar, who died on July 28 following a cardiac arrest, was in a tumultuous first marriage, according to his first wife, Sonal Kariya. In an interview with SpotboyE, she alleged that Inder had often resorted to physical abuse, and that he was head-over-heels in love with actress Isha Koppikar.
“He couldn’t forget Isha Koppikar. I think it was a case of ‘first love cannot be forgotten’. At times, he used to tell me that he is going to meet her. I even told him to get her home sometimes, but he did not. I think he was in touch with her even after we divorced each other. He wouldn’t show it too much and he didn’t tell me either – but I could sense that he couldn’t shake off Isha from his mind. Add this to his habits – drugs and alcohol. It became very tough on me,” she said.
With a lack of film offers, and his drug and alcohol addiction, Sonal also alleged physical abuse. “Woh sab to chalta rahta tha (raising hand and all used to happen). And then you know, there came a point where I couldn’t take it any longer,” she added.
Incidentally, Inder Kumar faced arrest in 2014 after a woman accused him of raping and assaulting her. The actor insisted that they were in a consensual relationship, and he was granted bail later that year.
He is survived by his wife Pallavi Saraf, and his daughter with Sonal.