Superstar Rajinikanth’s daughter Soundarya and her husband of six years, industrialist Ashwin Ramkumar, are ending their marriage. Soundarya, who directed her father in India’s first motion capture 3D Tamil film, Kochadaiiyaan, took to Twitter on Friday and confirmed that her marriage was coming to an end and that divorce talks between the couple had been initiated.
Soundarya and Ashwin got married in 2010 and have a one-year-old son, Ved.
News about my marriage is true. We have been separated for over a year & divorce talks are on. I request all to respect my family's privacy.— soundarya rajnikanth (@soundaryaarajni) September 16, 2016
Rumours about distress in the couple’s marriage has been doing the rounds for a while and there were speculations that the couple was headed for splitsville.
Soundarya took to the microblogging site on Saturday to make an official announcement and “requested all to respect her family’s privacy.”
“News about my marriage is true. We have been separated for over a year & divorce talks are on. I request all to respect my family’s privacy,” she tweeted.
A graphic designer by profession, Soundarya has worked in Tamil films such as Baba, Sandakozhi and Sivaji among others. She is also the founder of Ocher Picture Productions. She is, however, most popular for directing Kochadaiiyaan, and producing the Venkat Prabhu-directed 2010 Tamil comedy Goa. She’s currently working on her new feature film, a romantic comedy.
Meanwhile, Soundarya was also appointed as the brand ambassador of Animal Welfare Board of India on Saturday.
“AWBI is delighted to announce that Soundarya Rajinikanth has accepted our invitation to be a co-opted member of the Board and, in addition, to serve as a member of its Performing Animals Sub Committee,” said AWBi Vice Chairman S Chinny Krishna in a statement.
He further added that Soundarya will serve as the ambassador of the AWBI to the film fraternity.
“She will also work with them to ensure that their creativity in films is not affected while, at the same time, protecting the welfare of animals used in films and entertainment,” he said.