Farhan Akhtar finally got divorced to his long-term companion Adhuna Babhani, and we were all sad about it.
Way back, Farhan’s father Javed Akhtar also got separated with his mother Honey Irani and went ahead to marry the beautiful Shabana Azmi. After the immense success of his first directorial venture Dil Chahta Hai, Farhan opened up about the separation and how it affected him in the longer run:
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t affected, though Zoya (Akhtar) and I were very young then. A break-up between couples is traumatic for everyone. But what Zoya and I learnt over the years from talking to our parents, is that sometimes that it is better to let go in the long run.
Dad and Mom parted as friends and after the initial hurt, their relationship has actually rejuvenated. Though we live with Mom, Dad is always there for us, loves us to bits and we do not miss anything by way of parenting. As for Shabana (Azmi), we are very close to her too.
On other occasions, Javed answered about his camaraderie with Honey Irani and kids Farhan and Zoya after divorce:
It would be naive on my part to believe that it must not have made a difference. But on the positive side, my children have always seen mutual respect between Honey and me. We had extremely civilised relations which kept growing better and friendlier with time. Today, Honey and I are the best of friends.
Javed answered on how good he is as a father,
I wasn’t a “father” in the conventional sense of the word. Traditionally, fathers and sons have never had a communicative relationship. But Farhan, Zoya and I have had a very democratic relationship. There’s nothing in the world they can’t discuss with me. My kids can be very argumentative. (Laughs) Democracy has its own problems.