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Hrithik Roshan partied hard a day before divorce

On December 14, 2013, Hrithik Roshan and Sussanne Khan announced the end of their 13-year marriage. Around 10 am yesterday, the couple arrived at the Bombay Family Court in Bandra in separate cars, accompanied by their respective advocates, Dipesh Mehta and Mrunalini Deshmukh, and filed for divorce by mutual consent.

A senior official at the court (name withheld on request) told Mirror, “The paperwork was done before the general public started trickling in. The divorce should come through in six months. Since it is by mutual consent, no hiccups are expected.” While Deshmukh remained unavailable for comment, Mehta revealed that the next hearing will be on October 31, when the couple will be asked to confirm their decision. “If they don’t change their minds by then, the divorce will be granted on the same day,” she said.

Hrithik and Sussanne had been together for 17 years and have two sons, Hridhaan and Hrehaan. Since the separation, the children have been living with their mother at her flat in Versova. According to Mehta, Sussanne will have custody of the kids. The lawyer, however, refused to disclose how much alimony she has been granted, saying, “That’s strictly confidential.”

The buzz is that Hrithik tried his best to reconcile but Sussanne was adamant that they go their separate ways. If she’d had her way, she would have filed for divorce three months ago, when she had told Hrithik they should be “just cordial” with each other. Hrithik made one last-ditch attempt when he turned up for Hrehaan’s birthday at her Versova home earlier this month, but she showed little interest in reconciliation. Hrithik, however, refused to give in, and his car was often seen parked outside Sussanne’s father Sanjay Khan’s home, where he met her sisters Farah Khan Ali and Simone Arora and discussed the possibility of a patch-up. The decision to file for divorce was taken just a few days before the actor left for Florida to attend an award function last week.

Hrithik and Sussanne were once Bollywood’s picture-perfect couple. In 2011, when newspapers were abuzz about Hrithik’s alleged closeness with with his Kites co- star Barbara Mori, his wife, in an exclusive interview to this newspaper, said, “there is nothing wrong in our marriage”.

But according to sources close to the couple, that was the beginning of the end. The final nail was Sussanne’s alleged friendship with a model-turned-actor. Insiders privy to details of the marriage say that Sussanne’s relationship with Hrithik’s parents, Rakesh and Pinky Roshan, had also been troubled for very long, and she had long wanted to move out of the family home—Palazzio at Juhu Scheme. However, Hrithik was not keen to leave his parents and sister Sunaina. When he eventually zeroed in on a flat, on the same property as Akshay Kumar, it was too late. Sussanne had walked out not only from Palazzio but also his life, four months before Krrish 3 hit theatres. Rakesh Roshan has been telling acquaintances that he was shocked when his daughter-inlaw knocked on his door and announced that she was leaving. He has also been saying that Hrithik pays the rent for Sussanne’s Versova apartment, and claiming that a certain common friend caused fissures in the marriage. Sussanne’s father Sanjay Khan, when contacted, said, “I am sorry. I cannot comment on this matter.” However, Chunky Pandey, a friend of the couple, said, “I am shocked beyond words. They looked so cute together. I expected them to reconcile. In fact, I still do.” Hrithik and Sussanne remained unavailable for comment.

What Hrithik did on Tuesday night
The actor danced the night away at the birthday party of Sanjay Kapoor’s wife, Maheep. The bash was also attended by Gauri Khan, Karan Johar, Karisma Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Seema Khan, Kanika ‘Baby Doll’ Kapoor, Anna Singh, Chunky Pandey and his wife Bhavna, and many others. On the other hand, Sussanne, who is Maheep’s close friend and business partner, chose to stay home with Hridhaan and Hrehaan.


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