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Kamal Haasan rings in his 64th birthday today and till now he has established himself in the Tamil film industry as a successful actor, director, screenwriter, producer, playback singer, and lyricist as well as in Indian cinema. He is a big name in both the industries and Bollywood is lucky to have him. Not only for his films but also Haasan is known for his personal life and always remained in headlines for his relationships. He is a bit unlucky as no relationship of his was a success.
He had been in a relationship with actress Srividya, dancer Vani Ganapathi, Gujarati actress Sarika to actress Simran Bagga and Goutami and they all failed at some aspects. He even married Vani and Sarika but they both failed.
In fact, in an interview with Pinkvilla a while 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”.
Srividya and Kamal Haasan
In the early stage of his career probably in 1970, his first link up came out with actress Srividya and she was two years old than Kamal. They have shared the screen’s space with each other in various movies and one of the most famous film of their’s is Apoorva Raagangal. But later Srividya went on to marry George Thomas.
Vani Ganapathi and Kamal Haasan
Soon after Srividya, Kamal fell in love with a famous dancer Vaani Ganapathy in 1978. They met through some mutual friends and further details of their relationship were not known. Even though Kamal doesn’t believe in Marriage, he married Vaani as she wasn’t comfortable in a live-in relationship. All went well for Kamal and Vaani until Sarika came and Kamal found his new love in her. And soon Vaani and Kamal took divorced after 10 years of blissful marriage.
Sarika and Kamal Haasan
They both never shied away from showing their love for each other in public and indeed their affair was the talk of the town at that time. Kamal came in a live-in relationship with Sarika who was a Gujarati actress even before separating with Vaani. They both had two beautiful kids Shruti Haasan and Akshara Haasan and they both are Bollywood actresses. Kamal and Sarika hold their relationship status in public very blatantly as they are very happy in live-in. Because of societal pressure, they both walked the aisle in 1988. Kamal was quite easy to fall for other women even when he was a happy man in one relation. Sarika found Kamal flirting with her best friend Goutami and have felt something for co-star Simran Bagga. So Sarika put a PIL of divorce from Haasan and in the same year when Kamal applied it for Vaani. Sarika and Kamal’s divorce was finalized in the year 2004.
Simran Bagga and Kamal Haasan
Simran and Kamal are one of those couples who had a huge age difference of 22 years and nothing stopped Kamal from falling the young beauty, Simran when Haasan was still in a relationship with Sarika and Goutami. Simran and Kamal met in 2000 and soon she got married to another man and once again Kamal was all alone.
The last one was Goutami and Kamal Haasan
Kamal went on with a live-in relationship with actress Gautami. Their marriage last for 10 years. On November 1, 2016, Goutami took to her blog and officially announced the split. Here’s what she wrote then, “It is heart-breaking for me to have to say today that I and Mr. Haasan are no longer together. After almost 13 years together, it has been one of the most devastating decisions that I have ever had to make in my life. It is never easy for anyone in a committed relationship to realise that their paths have irreversibly diverged and that the only choices in front of them are to either compromise with their dreams for life or to accept the truth of their solitude and move ahead.”
It further reads, “It has taken me a very long time, a couple of years at the very least, to accept this heartbreaking truth and come to this decision. It is not my intention to seek sympathy or assign blame. I have understood through my life that change is inevitable and human nature will define that change for each individual. Not all of these changes might be what we expect or anticipate but that does not, in any way, negate the very real impact of these diverging priorities in a relationship. This decision to set forth on my own at this stage in my life is perhaps one of the most difficult decisions any woman will ever have to make but it is a necessary one for me. For I am a mother first and foremost and I have a responsibility to my child to be the best mother that I can be.”
“And to do that, it is essential that I am at peace within myself. It is no secret that I have always been a fan of Mr. Haasan’s since before I came to the film industry and I continue to admire and cheer on his monumental talent and achievements. I have stood by him through all his challenges and they have been precious moments for me. I have also learned a great deal from working with him as costume designer on his films and I’m proud that I was able to do justice to his creative vision in those films. Along with all of his accomplishments to date, I know that there is much more to come from him for his audience and I look forward to applauding those successes. I would like to say that I am sharing this monumental happening in my life because I have always lived my life in your midst, with dignity and grace to the best of my ability at all times, and all of you have been a part of my life’s journey in so many ways. I have received so much of love and support from you through the past 29 years and I would like to thank you for the many ways in which you kept me going through the darkest and most painful times in my life.”
Even after what happened in their relationship, they always took stand for each other. Even when she was battling cancer, Kamal was there for her offering his full support.
And lastly we wish legendery Kamal Haasan, a very happy birthday!