Files Divorce to Marry Rani Mukherjee
22 Feb 2008. MUMBAI: He
made the hugely popular Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and the not so brilliant
Mohabbatein , soared at the box office with Dhoom and Chak De , and is
now all set to direct Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.
Their married life of five-odd
years is headed nowhere, they have told the family court in Bandra. The
mandatory six-month cooling-off period required after filing a mutual consent
divorce petition will get over this May for the producer.
||But finally, hot-shot film
producer and sometime director Aditya Chopra's penchant for romance on
the big screen may get a legal entry into his real life this May.
Movie mogul Yash Chopra's
son is finally on his way to ending his marriage with Payal Khanna and
perhaps making a new beginning with current beau, actress Rani Mukherjee.
Chopra's films may have a
rambling, leisurely feel, but the mutual consent petition he filed a couple
of months back is a crisp two-page affair. There's no storyline here.
As the law requires, it merely
says that the husband and wife have irreconcilable differences and want
It took three joint meetings
with their lawyer for the two to set their divorce process in motion. Their
lawyer advised them and they agreed not to mention the terms of settlement
in the court documents, opting instead for an out-of-court arrangement.
As there are no children involved, heartache is at a minimum.
Aditya's marriage, it is believed,
started falling apart about two years ago. In the first half of 2006 he
almost moved out of his house, said sources close to the family. Better
known as Adi in the film industry, he returned from the outdoor shoot of
Karan Joharís film Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna but instead of going home checked
into a five-star hotel.
||Aditya's family is not too
happy with his decision. Family sources say that his parents love their
daughter-in-law and would like to take care of her even after the formal
split. She has, in any case, been given a spacious home in Juhu and her
bank balance has been augmented by several crores. Yash Raj Studios, which
has churned out blockbusters and is worth an estimated Rs 1,000 crore,
owes its success to the 36-year-old Aditya's brains.
The quiet, soft-spoken producer
prefers to keep a low profile in the media and his interviews are hard
to come by.
An adamant Adi had insisted
then that he would not come home, even as his parents tried to reason with
him. He apparently wanted Payal to move out of the house before he returned
home. He even allegedly threatened to start his own production house, said
industry sources. Payal then decided to move to Singapore for sometime
so that Aditya would return home and work.
The sprawling and swanky
Yash Raj Films studio at Andheri link road with its state-of-the-art set
up has apparently been designed by Payal. She had worked relentlessly for
years to put up the new YRF studio