Farhan Akhtar, wife call it quits after 16 years of marriage

Farhan-Wife (File) Farhan Akhtar poses with his wife Adhuna Akhtar at the Grey Goose Fly Beyond Awards 2014 in Mumbai | PTI

After 16 years of married life, bollywood director and actor Farhan Akhtar and wife Adhuna have decided to mutually separate.

The couple quoted 'a matter of growing apart' over the years as the reason behind the separation. The couple released a statement on Thursday asking everyone to respect their privacy. The statement read, "This is to announce that we, Adhuna and Farhan, have mutually and amicably decided to separate. Our children remain our priority and it is immensely important to us, as responsible parents, that they be protected from unwarranted speculation and public glare. We sincerely request that we are given the privacy that is required at this time to move forward in a dignified manner."

The couple have two children Shakya and Akira and got married in 2000, a year before the release of Akhtar's acclaimed directorial debut Dil Chahta Hai. They had met during the filming of the same movie.

(With inputs from PTI)

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