Rumours doing the rounds in tinsel town suggest Bhumika Chawla, who made her Bollywood debut opposite Salman Khan in Tere Naam (2003) and later married yoga guru Bharat Thakur, has filed for divorce. The couple tied the knot in October 2007.
A friend of Thakur’s was overheard saying that while the couple stays in Hyderabad, they have been living separately since March last year. “At Bharat’s insistence, Bhumika started a production house with a Telugu film, Thakida Thakita. But it bombed, leading to losses amounting to a couple of crores. He also got her to invest in a business venture in Dubai but it’s not doing well. Last month, she filed a police complaint against him in Hyderabad,” says the friend.
Another Bollywood actor, on condition of anonymity, said he wasn’t surprised to hear this news. “Bharat is flamboyant while Bhumika prefers to keep a low profile. They’re as different as chalk and cheese, so most of their close friends were stunned to hear they got married,” he recalls.
However, Chawla maintains that they “are absolutely fine and happily married.” She adds, “It’s like Chinese Whispers. One paper writes something without proof and others follow. We are fine, thank God.” The actor says that she was in Dubai with Thakur for two months and is currently in Mumbai as her mother underwent a heart surgery recently.
Another friend of the Chawla family declined to talk about the divorce but confirmed that the couple has been having differences for a while now.