“IT WAS A PLANNED SEPERATION AND FRIENDSHIP”: Aamir Khan and Sanjay Raut on relationships in Films and Politics
Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao are separated. They issued a joint statement and informed fans and well-wishers of the news of their divorce. Aamir and Kiran were married for 15 years before they parted ways. During the course of their marriage, Aamir had once revealed that he wanted to star opposite Kiran in a feature film. Kiran Rao who is a film director had appeared in Amir Khan’s blockbuster “Dil Chahta Hai” briefly before working as an assistant director in the iconic movie, “Lagaan”. Aamir once confessed that he urged Kiran to star with him in a movie. Amir Khan, during an interview in 2013 had said that he wanted Kiran to play a role in her directorial debut Dhobi Ghat.
Aamir opened up in a recent interview about his idea when he was asked if it occurred to the now-former couple ‘to star in a full-fledged film as a lead pair.’ Aamir said, “It has occurred to me and I pushed her very hard for it. There was a role in Dhobi Ghat which I wanted her to do. It’s the role of Yasmin. Yasmin is the girl in the videotape who my character falls in love with and gets attracted to. I used to see her reading the script and readout. Yasmin’s character as she did other characters. And I thought she was just unbelievable as Yasmin.”
The role finally went to Kriti Malhotra. Aamir added, “But even otherwise I have suggested to her that we should do a film together because she is a fantastic actress and I would really love to do a film with her. “Aamir and Kiran, in their statement, had revealed that they separated ‘some time ago’ and added that despite living apart, they will ‘nurture and raise’ their son, Azad Rao Khan, together. “We began a planned separation some time ago, and now feel comfortable to formalize this arrangement, of living separately yet sharing our lives the way an extended family does. We remain devoted parents to our son Azad, who we will nurture and raise together,” according to their joint statement.
Incidentally, Shivsena MP Sanjay Raut evoked the post-divorce relationship between actor Amir Khan and Kiran Rao to stress that the political paths of his party and BJP are separate but friendship remains between the former alliance partners. “Look at Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao. Their paths have separated but they are friends. Same here. Our paths are separate but friendship remains. There will be friendship in politics.” Same it seems in relationships in the film fraternity too!