Kiran Rao admits she and Aamir Khan got married because of parental pressure: Marriage tends to stifle, especially women | Bollywood

Despite the end of their marriage, Kiran Rao and Aamir Khan maintain a strong professional bond and friendship. The director of Laapataa Ladies recently shared with She The People that their decision to wed was heavily influenced by familial expectations, despite having already shared a household for a year. (Also Read – Lok Sabha 2024: Aamir Khan, ex-wife Kiran Rao, his kids Ira and Junaid, and mom cast votes)

Kiran Rao and Aamir Khan lived together before their wedding. (Varinder Chawla)

Kiran Reflects on Her Decision to Marry Aamir

“I’ve consistently questioned the relevancy of marriage as a social construct. Aamir and I shared a home for a year before getting married. Ultimately, we succumbed to our parents’ wishes, despite recognizing the importance of retaining individuality within the bounds of matrimony,” Kiran expressed.

The Dynamics of Separation

“We seldom acknowledge the confining aspect of marriage, a reality that often affects women most profoundly. It’s worth pondering whether one can remain authentic to oneself while navigating marital life. Esther Perel, an esteemed American psychologist, explores this subject in her enlightening book. From an anthropological perspective, our ancestors cohabited freely, whereas the contemporary nuclear family carries its own set of pressures, with a disproportionate burden placed on women. They are tasked with homemaking, upholding familial unity, and maintaining relations with their spouse’s kin—expectations that can be overwhelming,” Kiran shared.

Kiran and Aamir’s relationship sparked on the film set of the 2001 epic, Lagaan, where Kiran worked as an Assistant Director. After dating since 2004, they exchanged vows in 2005. The couple endured fertility struggles before being blessed with their son Azad through surrogacy in 2011. They publicly announced their separation in 2021.

Laapataa Ladies, Kiran’s recent directorial work, casts a nuanced critique on the traditional constructs of marriage. Produced jointly by Kiran and Aamir’s newly established Kindling Pictures, the film touches on themes close to both filmmakers’ hearts. Aamir is set to grace the screen in the upcoming film Sitaare Zameen Par.

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