The veteran actress Sharmila Tagore reached out to former daughter-in-law in a sweet way. Read on…
We all know that Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh have a sweet-bitter past. The married couple got divorced after staying together for many years and having two children. Their daughter Sara Ali Khan just made her Bollywood debut with Kedarnath and is only getting positive reviews for her impressive screen-presence. The latest one to join is her grandmother Sharmila Tagore.
Post the initial success of Kedarnath, Sharmila made an effort to reach out to Amrita and congratulated her on the success of her daughter’s film. Also, this kind of a communication happened after long 14 years. Strange, no?
Talking in appreciation for Amrita, she said,
“Really, the credit for bringing up Sara and Ibrahim (Saif-Amrita’s two children) must go to Amrita. She has brought them up as such cultured poised children.”
Also, after the divorce between Saif & Amrita in 2004, it was quite difficult for Saif to live away from kids Ibrahim & Sara about which he opened about in an interview for the first time. He had said,
“My leaving Amrita was not overnight. It was on the cards for a long time, and another woman had nothing to do with it. When it (the separation) happened, it was like a very painful amputation. But it was also the best thing to do, given the circumstances. My son Ebrahim is such a chamcha of mine. He even does his hair like me; tries to walk and talk like me! While Sara understands the situation, Ebrahim(his son) thinks I’m just out for a long shooting schedule. Once, he asked me very loudly in front of a hundred people, when I was coming back. I felt like sinking into the ground. I miss my children so much! Anyone who thinks I’ve abandoned them doesn’t know what it’s like to be an absentee parent. I don’t have any answers for what has happened in my life. All I know is every penny I earn is for my children. I live for them. I’d die for them. My wife and I have gone our separate ways. I respect my wife’s space. Why am I being constantly reminded of how terrible a husband I was, and how awful a father I am. I’ve my son Ebrahim’s photograph in my wallet. Each time I look at it, I feel like crying… I’m not allowed to meet my children. They aren’t allowed to come visit me, let alone stay with me. I’ve settled for an extravagant post-breakup financial arrangements. I’m supposed to give Amrita Rs 5 crores, of which I’ve already given her approximately Rs 2.5 crore. Also, I’m paying Rs 1,00,000 per month until my son becomes 18. I’m not Shah Rukh Khan. I don’t have that kind of money. I’ve promised her I’ll pay up the rest of the money, even if I’ve to slog till I drop dead. Whatever I’ve earned from doing ads, stage shows and films is for my children. I’ve no money. Our bungalow is for Amrita and the kids.”
Well, all is well that ends well and we see all of them happy in their own lives.