Babita continues to be my wife and I continue to be her horrible husband: Randhir Kapoor
Randhir Kapoor on why Babita would always be his wife.
It's a known fact that Randhir Kapoor separated from his wife Babita in the late eighties after a tumultuous marriage that saw many ups and downs.
There were plenty of articles in the mid-80s which said that Babita Shivadasani cut all ties from the Kapoor family and decided to raise her daughters single-handedly. There were also speculations of a divorce, but the couple never legally filed for one.
However, their two daughters made a lot of effort to smoothen the ties and, as a result, the ex-couple went on to mend all their differences and now are best of friends.
This is what Randhir Kapoor said in an interview to a leading daily while talking about his ex-wife Babita.
"I still have just one wife (Babita) and two daughters (Karisma and Kareena). Nothing around me has changed in all these years. The only thing that has is that I don't live with them anymore. The girls are married and have their own homes. And Babita is in a happy space by herself," he said.
He also stated that despite all that had happened between them, Babita is still his wife.
"She's not got married again and nor does she intend to, neither do I. She continues to be my wife and I continue to be her incorrigible, horrible husband. So be it!," he added.
The Kapoor son who is known for his witty one liners and sense of humour is also turning seventy next month and in the usual Kapoor style the family has grand plans to celebrate it.
"People want to know whether I'm throwing a party to trumpet my old age. Well, the answer is, yes, but rather than a big bash it'll be an intimate gathering of family and a few close friends. Babita, who is still my wife, and my daughters, Karisma and Kareena, will look after my guests. They are still my family.
He, however, said that he is looking forward to spending time with his lovely grandchildren including little Taimur.
"I have three lovely grandchildren too. Taimur (Kareena's son Taimur Ali Khan) will barely be two months old then but I'm hoping the other two, Samaira and Kiaan (Karisma's children), can come to my party for a little while. But it's a school day, so they may not be able to attend. I still lead a happy-go-lucky life but I'm also growing old gracefully now. Half a bottle of Black Label and some good food at night are my only requirements," he adds.
The veteran Bollywood actor also says that he has no regrets from his life and has lived life to the fullest.
"I truly believe ki iss zindagi mein ek muthi aasman meri bhi thi'. That thought keeps me going. I've played my innings, have hit a couple of centuries and some sixes and fours. I'm content being semi-retired. I work in films when I want to and if I like the role. I don't owe anyone anything anymore. My children are settled. In fact, both my daughters are wealthier than I am and I keep asking them to adopt me as their father, so that I can also be rich. I still meet Babita for dinner sometimes, we eat and laugh. That is the way we are," he sums up.
Randhir Kapoor and Babita's relationship is proof that kids can indeed help in easing the pressure of strenuous relationships and can push parents to refurbish their old ties. While divorce can indeed be messy for most couples, having a cordial relationship with your ex-partner is very different from ending your marriage. Here's how you can have a smooth relationship with your partner:
1. Be respectful: You both loved each other at one point of your lives and for the sake of old times try and be cordial and respectful towards each other, especially in front of your kids.
2. Be positive: Having a positive attitude towards your relationship and life, in general, can go a long way in mending old ties. It will also ease off your stress and let bygones be bygones.
3. Offer help: It's tough to deal with a broken relationship, not only for you, but also for your family members including your partner. In such a situation it is better to help each other and your loved ones to help them cope with the problems. It would only make you a happier person at the end of it all.
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