Farhan Akhtar, actor-filmmaker, has officially divorced his estranged wife Adhuna Bhabani. The couple filed for divorce in October 2016. After six months of negotiating, the couple’s divorce was finalized at the Bandra Family Court.
The duo was granted a divorce on mutual grounds. The pair married in 2000 after dating for two years.
Farhan, who has been silent on his relationship with Adhuna, stormed off during a wrap-up party for Baar Baar Dekho after a reporter asked if he spoke to his estranged wife. The actor-filmmaker reportedly lost his temper and became very irritated.
Farhan is co-producer of Baar Barr Dekho, which is expected to hit theaters September 9 of this year.
The couple has two daughters: Akira and Shakya. Adhuna will maintain custody of the children, but Farhan will have full access to them.
Farhan and Adjhuna released an official statement in January of this year announcing their separation.
In the statement, the couple said: “This is to announce that we, Adhuna and Farhan, have mutually and amicably decided to separate. Our children remain our priority and it is immensely important to us, as responsible parents, that they are protected from unwarranted speculation and public glare. We sincerely request that we are given the privacy that is required at this time to move forward in a dignified manner.”
The divorce was confirmed by Fazaa Shroff-Garg, Farhan’s lawyer, who said the divorce of “mutual consent” was allowed by the court.
Farhan is a multi-faceted talent in Bollywood. The 42-year-old acts, directs and produces films. He’s also an accomplished writer and singer.
Adhuna, six years Farhan’s senior, is a celebrity hairstylist and runs the BBlunt chain of salons.
Sources close to the matter say the divorce was amicable, and called the duo “the most dignified couple at the negotiating table.” Sources also say that the two, who are very private about their personal lives, did not disclose the reason for their divorce.
Since the couple announced their separation in January, Farhan has been linked to Shraddha Kapoor, although neither has confirmed whether they are together. The two stars have maintained that they are just good friends.
It has been speculated that the two have refused to confirm their relationship due to the pending divorce. Now that the divorce is official, Farhan may come out and confirm the rumors.
Farhan has also been linked to Kalki Koechlin and Adito Rao Hydari since the announcement of their separation.