Dhanush and Aishwarya Rajinikanth have announced their separation after 18 years of marriage, breaking the hearts of millions of fans. Dhanush – the son of filmmaker Kasthuri Raja – and Aishwaryaa – Megastar Rajinikanth’s daughter – married in 2004.
“18 years of togetherness as friends, couple, as parents and well-wishers to each other. The journey has been of growth, understanding, adjusting and adapting… Today we stand at a place where our paths separate… Aishwaryaa and I have decided to part ways as a couple and take time to understand us as individuals for the better. Please do Respect our decision and give us the needed privacy to deal with this. Om Namashivaaya!
Spread love, D.”
Aishwarya also posted the remark on her Instagram account, concluding with, “Much love always to you all 🙂 God speed. Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth.” She added beside the photo, “No caption needed… only your understanding n your love necessary!”
Let’s take a look back at their love tale as they part ways after over two decades.
Dhanush and Aishwarya Rajinikanth are members of one of South India’s most powerful families. Dhanush met Aishwarya during the screening of his film Kadhal Kondaen, which he was pursuing as an acting professional. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan reportedly commended him on his performance and even sent him a bouquet. Isn’t that a sweet gesture?
There were soon rumours that the two were dating. Dhanush, on the other hand, denied the rumours, claiming that Aishwarya is only one of his sister’s acquaintances. This is when their families intervened, recognising what a wonderful match they would make. As a result, Dhanush and Aishwaryaa met for the first time. It was enough for them to realise they needed to be together.
On November 18, 2004, Dhanush and Aishwaryaa married after only six months of courting. The actor was 21 at the time, while Aishwarya was 23. The lovebirds’ two-year age difference was never an issue.
Aishwarya Rai had discussed her friendship with Dhanush in an interview. “The finest thing about our relationship is that we respect one other’s space.” We don’t believe in sacrificing ourselves for the sake of the other just because we want to be together. “Your mind is set in terms of what you believe in when you’re in your mid-20s, and it’s really difficult to change yourself,” she said.