One of the biggest scoops during the early 2000s was the rise of Sourav Ganguly as the captain of the Indian team and his alleged relationship with actress Nagma, which filled pages in magazines.
Nagma needs no introduction as she has been one of the most successful actresses in the South Indian film industry; while Sourav Ganguly is one of the icons of the Indian cricket and is credited with changing the mentality of Indian cricket and making the team competitive.
Though Nagma had initially refused to accept his relationship with Ganguly, in 2003 she finally admitted to it in an interview with Savvy. "Whatever one says, nobody has denied anything. As long as there is no denial of each other's existence in each other's life, any person can say anything they want,' she had said.
She also revealed the reason behind her ending her relationship with Ganguly and it was that his India career was at stake and her relationship with him could have ruined his career.
"There was a career at stake, besides other things, so one had to part. One had to weigh a lot of things, rather than be on an ego trip and insist on being together. A smaller interest had to be sacrificed for bigger interests... When a game is being played, people should understand it is a sport. It's very weird that people started getting carried away,' she added.
She said that fans were blaming her for Ganguly’s failures on the cricket field and she indicated that the relationship brought nothing much misery to them and hence they ended it.
Nagma said, "When it becomes too much, it starts affecting the interest of one another. Then slowly, though you're supposed to bring happiness to a person's life, you bring misery. Then it's in the best interests to move on."
Nagma concluded the interview by saying that the relationship ended on a good note and she still has a lot of respect for the former India captain and current President of the Cricket Association of Bengal.
(inputs from filmibeat.com)