Filmmaker Vikram Bhatt talks about marriage and his relationships with the many women in his life.
We read that you have patched up with your ex-wife Aditi?
That is an enthusiastic journalist’s imagination and misrepresents the entire relationship I share with her. She is now my best friend. The holiday came through because my daughter Krishna is turning 18 and she said to me, ‘I have never had a holiday with both my parents.’ So, we decided to go for it and, of course, all the bitterness Aditi and I shared is now over. We have a great understanding now. Both Aditi and I are very secure in our own spaces.
It’s believed that your daughter wants you to get back together with Aditi again.
No, that’s untrue. In fact, she looks at us and says, ‘God, I am thankful that both of you aren’t married.’ In her language, she says that it would be really ‘uncool’ if that happens. We are all very secure in our lives. I am a good friend to have, but I am definitely not husband material. Now, that Aditi and I are friends, I don’t want to screw it up again. I have always been a person, who has worn his heart on his sleeve. If there were any truth to it, I would have stated it.
You’ve always been in the spotlight because of your relationships.
I’d like to believe that the success of my films have also got something to do with it. It’s just that I have never hidden them from anyone. Of course, my relationships have been with high profile people, but I am also not the one who keeps meeting (the other person) in dark alleys and saying things like, ‘we are just good friends.’ That’s not me.
Will you ever get married?
I don’t believe in the institution of marriage. I think it’s an outdated one. I don’t think two people need to commit to legality to be together. People call it anti-social, but I am more for commitment that doesn’t require any social or legal stamp. I think today more marriages are ending in divorce. So of course, there’s something wrong with the institution.
A recent report also quoted you saying that you were done with dating actresses.
It’s a very demeaning thing to say that I am done with actresses. What does it mean? It’s like saying all the other women are good except actresses. What a stupid thing to say! In whatever capacity I have shared my life with anyone, I have nothing but respect for everyone who came into my life and left under whichever circumstances.