The surprise wedding of Malayalam actors Dileep and Kavya Madhavan on Friday is yet another romance that Mollywood has seen. Though complicated by the fact that Dileep had been married earlier to Manju Warrier, another popular actor, many industry insiders and fans came out to shower their blessings on the newly-weds.
Here's a look at some of Mollywood's film star romances, not all of which have stood the test of time.
Jayaram - Parvathy
Jayaram and Parvathy entered the Malayalam film industry in the 1980s. Jayaram's first film was "Aparan" in which he was paired with Parvathy, who'd made her debut two years earlier. Jayaram played a dual role in the film, one as an innocent young man and another as a criminal. The film achieved critical and commercial success.
In her relatively short career spanning seven years, Parvathy acted in a number of memorable films. She stopped acting after her marriage to Jayaram in 1992. Jayaram, a versatile actor and a talented mimicry artist, is still active in the Malayalam and Tamil film industries. Their son, Kalidas Jayaram, won a national award as a child artist and is now making his debut in Malayalam and Tamil films. They also have a daughter named Malavika.
Manoj K Jayan - Urvashi
Urvashi, who entered the film industry as a child artist, quickly rose to fame as a versatile heroine in the 80s and 90s. She's acted in as many as 400 films across all four Southern languages. She later moved to doing supporting actor roles but has distinguished herself in these too, picking up a National Award for "Achuvinte Amma".
Manoj K Jayan is perhaps best known for his role as the menacing"Kuttan Thampuran" from "Sargam". Though he has acted in several films, he did not do too many lead roles, growing more as a character actor. Manoj and Urvashi got married in 2000 but divorced in 2008. They have a daughter, Tejalakshmi. Both of them have since remarried.
Mukesh - Saritha
Saritha has acted in several films across all four South Indian languages. A talented actor who was forever pushing boundaries, Saritha was first married to a Telugu actor, Venkata Subbaiah. The couple divorced after a brief marriage.
Mukesh entered films in the 1980s and was known primarily for his comedy roles in Malayalam cinema. Though he never attained superstardom like Mammooty and Mohanlal, he did several low budget films, especially multistarrers, that went on to become blockbusters. Mukesh and Saritha got married in 1988. However, the couple separated in 2007 and went through an acrimonious divorce in 2011. They have two sons, Shravan and Tejas. Mukesh has since remarried.
Biju Menon - Samyuktha Varma
Samyuktha Varma made her debut in 1999 and made an exit just three years later, after she got married to actor Biju Menon.
Despite how brief her career was, Samyuktha starred in as many as 18 films, often playing strong female characters. She and Biju Menon acted in "Chandranuddikunna Dikjil" which also had Dileep and Kavya Madhavan in lead roles. The two of them acted together in two other films. Biju Menon has done a few lead roles but has mostly appeared in supporting or villainous characters. The two of them have a son, Dhaksh Dharmik.
Fahadh - Nazriya
Nazriya was an immensely popular heroine in Malayalam and Tamil films when she married Fahadh Faazil in 2014. Fahaadh, among the new crop of male stars from Kerala who're reviving Malayalam cinema, is the son of director Fazil.
Nazriya entered films as a child artist in 2006 and went on to give many blockbusters as the female lead. She and Fahaadh acted together as husband and wife in Anjali Menon's "Bangalore Days". Nazriya has not signed any film after she got married and it remains to be seen if she will make a comeback.
Other film stars who married within the industry include Lissy - Priyadharshan, Aashiq Abu - Rimi Kalingal, Seema - IV Sasi, Indrajith - Poornima, Menaka - Suresh Kumar, Shaji Kailas - Annie, and Chippy - M Renjith among others.