Kamal Haasan opens up about marriage
December 19, 2012 moviebuff1990506503 reads18 comments
Superstar Kamal Haasan has always had a tumultous personal life. Throughout his celebrated career, he has had his fair share of hits and misses when it came to women, and these relationships always provided enough fodder for the media.
Hassan was in a highly publicised relationship with actress Srividya in the 1970s, which even provided the basis for Malayalam film Thirakkatha in 2008.
But his first marriage was to dancer Vani Ganapathy in 1978. However, the marriage did not last and the couple parted ways ten years later with quite an ugly divorce.
Later, Hassan went into his most volatile relationship with actress Sarika whom he lived with for many years, only getting married after the birth of their younger daughter Akshara in 1991. They had previously had another child in 1986, actress Shruti Haasan. However, problems resurfaced and they filed for divorce in 2002. The reason for their divorce was pointed to Haasan's relationship with his much-younger co-star Simran Bagga.
While Sarika and Kamal split for good in 2004, his lady love Simran too married elsewhere.
In a recent interview, Kamal was asked about the failure of his two marriages.
"Both your marriages didn’t succeed. Do you think you should’ve married at all?"
Haasan explained, "
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 is now in a live-in relationship with former actress Gouthami Tadimalla with whom he has worked many time during his early career. Gouthami also has a daughter Subbalakshmi from her previous marriage.