Bollywood star wives not reluctant to step out of their marriages

SussanneBollywood star wives are no longer afraid to disengage completely from the marital baggage, rather than merely living separately. (Photo: Varinder Chawla)

In a first of sorts, superstar Hrithik Roshan, fresh from the success of Krrish 3, shocked B-town when he sent out a statement about separating from Sussanne, his wife of 13 years. The whispers had been around for a while, but given that the couple had survived turbulence in the past, the likelihood of this storm passing seemed strong.

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But rumours gained credence in early September when Sussanne appeared only for a short span of time at father-in-law, Rakesh Roshan's birthday bash. What followed — more solo appearances by both spouses — did suggest that there was trouble in paradise. In fact, Hrithik, who was recuperating from a head injury, seemed to be dividing his time between spending time with his young sons and in-laws.

As is the custom with such high-profile break-ups, few are actually privy to the contributing factors, and predictably enough, the grapevine buzzes with all kinds of stories — from saas-bahu conflict theory to romantic liasions and even terminal boredom. And in this case too, there have been several such tidbits ranging from the inane to outright bizarre.

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Whatever the reason may be, one thing is for sure that if there is no rapprochement soon enough between the two, Sussanne would have changed the notion of Bollywood wives for good. It's not that star wives have not separated earlier from their husbands — Reena Dutta parted ways with her husband Aamir Khan as did yesteryear actor Kalpana Karthik from evergreen Dev Anand, Rakhee from Gulzar, Amrita Singh from Saif Ali Khan — but most such proceedings have been rather hushed. Understandably so, given the trauma that these couples, especially if children are involved, undergo in these circumstances but the media glare that accompanies film stars everywhere has made any quiet reflection, impossible.

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