There was a lot of fluttering about social media on social media Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao who walks leisurely to Karan JoharCelebrate 50th birthday together and pose for photos. But when people overcame the surprise of how comfortable the former celebrity couple looked in company, they would realize that Khan and Rao stayed true to their words. While announcing the divorce in a joint statement last year, they spoke of the beginning of a new chapter in their lives – “no longer as husband and wife, but as co-parents and family to each other.”
Khan and Rao continue to work together even after the change in the status of their relationship. In addition to being co-producers of Khan’s upcoming film Laal Singh Chaddha, they are affiliated with the Paani Foundation, which they co-founded. They also celebrate personal milestones together. Rao was there at a pool party to celebrate the birthday of Ira Khan, Khan’s daughter with his ex-wife Reen Dutt. The actor and his extended family have determined over the years that relationships can survive a marriage. In the past, Dutta and Rao have been seen laughing on special occasions. This is what a family that has learned to accept others as they are may look like.
There is something exciting when ex-partners manage to stay in a friendly mood. In fact, what these celebrities are doing is not a departure. This is a reflection of how modern relationships have evolved as partners help each other and prioritize healing. Many have decided to get rid of toxicity for politeness when a relationship fails. There could be no better time to repeat his virtues than now, as gruesome details about the defamation fight between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have flooded every possible social media platform, garnering millions of views.
The trial set an awkward precedent even before the jury handed down a mixed verdict favoring Depp. During the televised trial, their past relationship was examined in detail, and the recordings circulated as TickTok videos, Insta reels or memes. Unfortunately, most of these posts portray Heard in a bad light and question her credibility. Many fear that this could discourage victims of abuse from seeking justice.
People around the world are fascinated by celebrities. They have been unofficial influential people for years. For those looking for a palate cleanser, after weeks of details about Depp-Heart spreading on their timelines on social media, there’s Demi Moore posting photos of what she calls their “mixed family”. closer to home, Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor found it possible to work together after the breakup.
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If more evidence was needed that some Indian celebrities were leading their relationships maturely, at least in public, Johar’s party also announced that. Twinning in black, Hrithik Roshan he walked hand in hand with Saba Azad and watched with love as they took pictures. Roshan’s ex-wife Susanne Khan also came to the same party with her boyfriend. Known as a private person, Roshan was relaxed in public when he was spotted with Azad. The first time they were paws while leaving the restaurant, the couple was nonchalant and did not try to avoid photographers. They had the same relaxed atmosphere a few days later when they left the airport in Mumbai holding hands.
The couple spoke openly about their affection for each other on social media. Roshan once commented on her post, calling her an “unusual man”. Azad called him “Mon amour” on another occasion. It is no longer uncommon for high profile couples to be open and expressive. The most encouraging aspect of Roshan-Azad’s relationship is perhaps Azad’s relationship with Roshan’s ex-wife Sussanne. The actor-singer also continues to perform with her partner from the band and ex-boyfriend Imaad Shah.
Until a few years ago, the columns of gossip were full of stories about exes who tried to avoid clashing at parties and awarding prizes. Ending an old relationship or starting a new one used to be a secret affair. Today is different. Some Indian celebrities seem to have learned to normalize divorce and breakup. They choose to continue without resentment, showing a certain level of maturity. It comes with the quiet realization that it’s okay to indulge. They now refuse to bear the burden of projecting the perfect image in public.
So when Khan and Rao strive to be “family to each other” even after divorce, they inadvertently tell those inspired by popular culture that mutual love and respect can survive a broken marriage.