Actress Shruti Haasan has opened up about her parents Kamal Haasan and Sarika parting ways years ago. In a recent interview, in conversation with zoom the actress shared that her parents are “wonderful and beautiful people” and should not be forced to be together. She told Zoom, “I was glad they separated as I do not think two people who are not getting along, should be forced to get along for some reason. They continue to be wonderful parents.”
Speaking about her individual bond with Kamal Haasan and Sarika, Shruti Haasan added, “I am particularly close to my dad. My mum is doing well and is a part of our lives as well. It actually planned out for the best. They are both uniquely wonderful and beautiful people. They were not that beautiful together anymore. That does not take away their individual beauty as human beings. When they separated, I was very young, and it was very simple, they were happier apart than they were together.”
Kamal haasan and Sarika’s love story
Kamal Haasan and Sarika were one of the popular couples back then. Their love story is one of a kind and their love life is still one of the most talked about in the industry. Kamal and Sarika’s relationship wasn’t an easy journey.
Kamal Haasan and Sarika’s affair was quite infamous as both of them had been enjoying one of the best phases on their career fronts. Kamal was already married to Vani when he was allegedly dating Sarika. Both of them didn’t bother to keep their relationship under wraps, because of which they had to face a lot of criticism in society. Even before Kamal could legally divorce his wife, Vani Ganapathy (one of the renowned classical dancer), he had started already started living-in with Sarika.
Back then several reports claimed that the couple were in a live-in relationship. Kamal and Sarika being open about their relationship status had brought them unnecessary attention from all the quarters. They were probably the first Bollywood couple for openly being in a live-in relationship.
After being in a live-in relationship for a few years, the couple soon welcomed their first daughter, Shruti. Their first child was born out of wedlock. The couple also has another daughter Akshara (both their daughters are popular actress down south and in Bollywood). Surprisingly, Kamal and Sarika got hitched only after the birth of their second daughter.
As their daughters grew up, speculations of the couple opting for divorce started making rounds. Kamal and Sarika’s separation was talks of the town constantly. Reportedly Kamal’s alleged involvement with other women had created a rift between him and Sarika and thus both of them decided to go separate ways.
Seventeen years of togetherness
After seventeen years of being together, the couple called it quits. The same broke millions of hearts. In one of the interviews, talking about his separation with Sarika, Kamal said, “Sarika and I were married for 17 years. And I knew the marriage wouldn’t last more years before we parted ways. Although we kept pulling on. I thought it would affect the children. I waited for them to come of age.” After seeing her parents being in a complicated relationship, Shruti Haasan felt glad for their separation and being a father’s daughter she continued to share the same amount of love and bond between her mother Sarika.
From Srividya to Sarika: the women in Kamal Haasan’s life
An Indian film actor, director, screenwriter, producer, playback singer and lyricist, Kamal Haasan has been reigning in the Tamil industry all this while and is a big name of Indian cinema. Not only his professional but his personal life too has been an open book. So much has been talked about his love life and is still talked about. There have been many women in his life, but unfortunately, no relationship of his was a success.
Right from yesteryear actress Srividya, dancer Vani Ganpathi, Gujarathi actress Sarika to actress Simran Bagga and Goutami, Kamal’s relationships have been the talk of the town always. It has always been the other woman in his life who has disrupted his current relationship. Out of all these women, he only married Vani and Sarika.
In fact, in an interview with Pinkvilla sometime back, he stated “I never believed in marriage. People marry because of peer pressure but I don’t subscribe to the ‘herd mentality’. I shouldn’t have married. I married for the convenience of my women. Vani wouldn’t live-in and I wasn’t strong enough to put my foot down. And the society was such that Sarika and I couldn’t book a hotel room together even after we had two daughters.”
Kamal Haasan’s first breakthrough as a lead actor came with the 1975’s Tamil classic Apoorva Raagangal. He shared screen space in this film with Srividya, a popular South Indian actress who eventually fell in love with Kamal by the end of the making of the film. But their relation didn’t last long and Srividya went on to marry George Thomas who was an assistant director in Malayalam films.
- Vani Ganapathy
Around the year 1977, Kamal Haasan started seeing the popular dancer Vani Ganapathy. Nothing much is known about how they fell in such deep love, but it is said that they were introduced through a common friends. The duo got married in 1978, as Vani was not interested in a live-in relationship, whereas Kamal wanted one.
The couple had a smooth run with their wedding but then things started going downhill when Kamal started seeing Sarika. It is rumoured that one reason for the split was because Vani couldn’t conceive, and they separated after 10 years.
- Simran bagga
It was during early 2000s, Kamal shared screen in a couple of films with the popular Tamil actress Simran. It is reported that Kamal and Simran became quite close while shooting for the film Pammal K. Sambandam. The duo had a huge age difference of 22 years but that didn’t stopped Kamal falling for her.
However, Kamal relationship with Simran was a quite short one and Simran moved on to marry another man.
After Simran’s chapter closed, Kamal went ahead and started a live-in relationship with actress Gautami. She came into his life with her daughter from the first husband. After spending more than a decade together in a live-in, their relationship went kaput and they decided to part ways.
Kamal began his relationship with Sarika even before he was legally separated from Vani. He married Sarika in 1988 and applied for divorce in 2002. The deal-breaker was Kamal’s alleged affair with his then co-star Simran. In 2004, the couple got divorced, thus ending 17 years of marriage. They have two children — Shruti Haasan and Akshara Haasan.
After seventeen years of being together, their relationship came to an end. For the uninitiated, they had two beautiful daughters before they got married. The couple got hitched only after the birth of their second daughter, Akshara Haasan. While Shruti has successfully carved a niche for herself in the industry, Akshara has been a part of several films as well.
Kamal and Sarika’s separation was talk of the town for several reasons. As per several reports, Kamal’s affairs with other women in his life created a rift between him and Sarika. However, Kamal and Sarika have now moved on.
This subject was once again in the news when the actress shruti haasan stated in an interview that she was glad that her parents separated after watching them in a complicated relationship. The actress is currently busy with her ongoing projects, She will be seen sharing screen space with Baahubali star Prabhas in a film titled Salaar.