Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and director Kiran Rao have declared that they are divorcing after 15 years of being married, which includes their separation period. In a joint statement on Saturday, July 3, the duo said that though they are getting a divorce, they are beginning a “new chapter”, and will continue to co-parent their son, Azad. They also said that they will continue to work together in films, Paani Foundation and other projects that they are passionate about.

“In these 15 beautiful years together we have shared a lifetime of experiences, joy and laughter, and our relationship has only grown in trust, respect and love. Now we would like to begin a new chapter in our lives – no longer as husband and wife, but as co-parents and family for each other. 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,” the statement said.

Kiran and Aamir first got accustomed on the sets of colonial drama Lagaan, where Kiran was the assistant director and Aamir played the lead actor along with Gracie Singh. The two got married on December 28, 2005. This was Aamir’s second marriage – he was earlier married to Reena Dutta, with whom he has two children– Junaid and Ira Khan.

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Joydev Mishra


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