After much speculation over their impending separation and worse, Rajinikanth’s daughter the graphic artist Soundarya and Chennai-based industrialist Ashwin Ramkumar has finally seen some transparency emerging after a tweet was posted on the social media site by her clarifying the situation.
The younger daughter of Rajinikanth, Soundarya took to Twitter to confirm that her marriage is on shaky ground and that things may well have moved way beyond any chance of going back to normalcy. The couple have a son and the situation will be the toughest on him as his parents move to make their separation official. Soundarya was virtually forced to turn to Twitter to post her reaction after speculation in the public sphere started acquiring too embarrassing proportions. Here is what Soundarya tweeted: “News about my marriage is true. We have been separated for over a year and divorce talks are on. I request all to respect my family’s privacy”.
The initial speculation about things not working out for the couple had caught family and friends by surprise. This was because both Soundarya and Ashwin had dated for a long time before tying the knot in a spectacular wedding where a huge number of celebrities and Rajinikanth’s friends and colleagues had been invited. That the marriage has fallen apart barely half-a-decade later was as surprising as it was sudden.
The signs were on the wall already, but no one was willing to read too much in them. Soundarya, who used to take to social media to post even small bits of information about her family life involving her husband had gradually reduced these posts and then completely stopped. Now, with the benefit of hindsight, everyone is pointing out these signs of a deteriorating marriage. The couple’s outings together to official and other functions had also gone from a virtually daily basis to hardly ever. Considering they were at the forefront of the entertainment as well as industrial enterprise, the invites to functions from all sources, even family and friends, usually went unattended or only one of them turned up.
While Soundarya has reacted officially, Aswin is still to do so. In fact, even after reporters approached him for comments, he remained silent. Also, it is still not clear whether the couple’s estranged relationship is in the family court or it is still being worked on by the family to bring them back together.
It is no secret that Rajinikanth is totally against their separation. Yet the couple is still moving towards getting divorced. The first thing Rajinikanth did after weeks of spending time in the US for a medical emergency in the US was to stay with the couple in a desperate attempt to get them back together. Now it seems all these attempts by him, family and friends have failed.