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The Most Shocking Bollywood Celebrity Divorces Of All Time

Just a few hours ago, Indian actor, producer, and singer, Dhanush, announced his separation from Aishwaryaa Rajnikanth, his wife of eighteen years. 

A romantic separation is always going to be bittersweet, regardless of the reasons for the dissolution of the marriage. While couples often 'put a ring on it' in hopes of their 'happily ever after', miscommunication, compatibility issues, infidelity, or matters unknown, may surface during the courtship, tarnishing its authenticity. Most of us deal with such heartbreak privately, but when you're in the public eye, you ought to justify the grounds for divorce. Over the past few decades, several film stars have mustered up the courage to call it quits and tread their separate ways. Offering hope to those caught in such a sticky situation, many of them have also gone on to find love, once again. Below, we've listed some of the *biggest* celebrity divorces that sent shockwaves across the film industry and broke the hearts of a million fans.

Hritik Roshan and Sussanne Khan

In 2013, the actor released an official statement that read, "Sussanne has decided to separate from me and end our 17-year relationship (13 years of marriage). This is a very trying time for the entire family, and I request the media and the people to grant us our privacy at this time. I do not wish this news to disempower my fans and the people about the institution of marriage in any way. I am a firm believer in this institution and respect and honour it at the highest level."

Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha

In 2019, 5 years into their marriage, Dia Mirza announced that her husband, Sahil, and she, have decided to part ways. Speaking about the apparent change in people's behaviour towards her, she said, "You are moving in circles where people are educated but they still feel a sense of sadness. There's definitely a sense of empathy as well. So the gaze is not necessarily critical, it's empathetic, and sometimes even pitiful. It's also sometimes awe and admiration. Sometimes, people ask me how am I so strong and how do I get up and go to work like this? I just want to tell them, "I find my way and I hope you'll find yours."

Dhanush and Aishwaryaa Rajnikanth

In an unfortunate turn of events, Indian actor Dhanush—who recently appeared alongside Sara Ali Khan and Akshay Kumar in 'Atrangi Re'—has called it quits with his wife Aishwaryaa, daughter of South superstar Rajnikanth, after eighteen years together. The pair, who met through their parents, share two children.

Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Naga Chaitanya

The duo tied the knot in 2017 and chose to part ways in October 2021. Post the couple's decision to split, Samantha found herself at the receiving end of trolls and social media bullying. "I thought I was a much weaker person. I thought that with my separation, I would crumble and die. I didn't think I was capable of being this strong...Today I'm very very proud of how strong I'm because I didn't know I was," she revealed in an interview.

Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao

Bollywood was shaken when Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao decided to go their separate ways in July last year, after 15 long years of togetherness. "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," the joint statement read. The couple welcomed their first child, Azad Rao Khan, via surrogacy in 2011.

Malaika Arora and Arbaaz Khan

The pair got hitched in 1998 and called it quits in 2017, 19 years after their marriage. While the couple didn't reveal the reason behind their decision to split, Malaika said, "I think all women should jump back into it with equal gusto. It’s not impossible. Swipe left, right, whatever it might be. Have fun! For the first time in your life, you will also discover a kind of freedom." The two share a son, Arhaan, who is 19 years of age.

Farhan Akhtar and Adhuna Bhabani

Actor Farhan Akhtar and hairstylist Adhuna Bhabani announced their divorce via an official statement back in 2017. "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 two ended their relationship after being married for 16 years, and also share two children.

Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh

Saif Ali Khan split with his former wife, Amrita Singh, after 13 years of marriage. In an interview, Saif said, "No child should be deprived of a warm home. You have to make the most of whatever situation you are in. Life is beautiful and nobody can be sitting around complaining too much. Sometimes, having two parents together might not be the best thing for anyone. A nice, stable home is a wonderful environment, and that’s what you would like to share with your kids."

Arjun Rampal and Mehr Jesia

In May 2018, Arjun Rampal and Mehr Jesia released a statement announcing their separation. "After a 20-year-long beautiful journey filled with love and beautiful memories, we would like to share, that all journeys have different paths. We feel that it is time for us to move on to different destinations henceforth. We have always been solid when it has come to us, we will continue to be solid for each other and our loved ones, as we embark upon a new journey." The duo has two daughters, Mahikaa and Myra.

Kalki Koechlin and Anurag Kashyap

After tying the knot in 2011, Anurag Kashyap and Kalki Koechlin announced their separation in 2013. Two years later, the two were officially divorced. During 'What Women Want,' hosted by Kareena Kapoor, Kalki revealed that her marriage with Anurag did not work out due to their age gap, their busy schedules, and the fact that they both wanted different things in life.

Karisma Kapoor and Sunjay Kapur

Karisma and Sunjay got married in 2003, and after 11 years into their marriage, the actor filed for divorce in 2014. Post their divorce, the custody of both her children, Samiera and Kiaan, is with her today.

Sanjay Dutt and Rhea Pillai

In 1998, actor Sanjay Dutt got hitched to Rhea Pillai. But only after a few years, in 2005, the two decided to call it quits. In 2006, she revealed that they remained close friends post their separation.

Masaba Gupta and Madhu Mantena

The two tied the knot in 2015, and their divorce was finalised in 2019. "Everyone has a perception if you are divorced. I got so busy with work that I didn’t even have the time to realise what was happening in my personal life. I had my own way of dealing with it," the fashion designer revealed in an interview.

Konkana Sen Sharma and Ranvir Shorey

Ranvir and Konkona got married in 2010 but decided to call it quits five years later. The two continue to co-parent their son, Haroon.