Javed Akhtar on Farhan-Shibani Dandekar marriage rumours: ‘I don’t think parents have a right to poke their nose in everything’
Javed Akhtar said that while he knows that his son Farhan Akhtar is in a relationship with Shibani Dandekar, he is clueless about the marriage rumours.Updated: Jan 16, 2020 21:29 IST
Javed Akhtar is completely clueless about the rumours doing the rounds that Farhan Akhtar is planning to marry Shibani Dandekar sometime this year. The lyricist told Hindustan Times that he respects their privacy and has never asked his son about this.
“I have no idea, at all. I keep meeting him. I’ve never asked him and he has never told me. If anything of this sort is happening and he thinks he should share it with me, he will tell me,” he said.
“Once your children are grown up people, they’re adults, you cannot treat them like children. You have to respect them, their privacy and personal affairs, the way you would for any adult. I don’t think parents have a right to poke their nose in everything, particularly after a certain age... I know they are very good friends, I know they are together, but that’s about all,” he added.
Farhan and Shibani joined Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi at an exhibition titled The World of Javed Akhtar, which featured his photographs, paintings, and posters, on Wednesday night. On Tuesday, the four of them came together for a screening of Mee Raqsam on Kaifi Azmi’s birth centenary.
Last year, on Film Companion’s show Tape Cast, Farhan said that though he is a private person, it felt “kind of nice” to let the world know about his relationship with Shibani. He said, “I have never felt comfortable to share personal stuff... But I don’t know why, I just feel that somehow, with the celebrating of this, it seems very natural to me. Obviously, you don’t want to go crazy and people are like, ‘Please, bas karo!’”
“But yeah, it feels kind of nice to be able to share that with people. Because we are always living so sheltered and protected and our guards are constantly up, especially when it comes to people like our partners. It felt nicer to just share and include them in the joy and let them hopefully feel happy,” he added.
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