Shibani Dandekar on lockdown love with Farhan Akhtar: Every relationship has its struggles

Actor Shibani Dandekar says she is not hiding anything about her relationship with actor Farhan Akhtar, but it doesn’t mean she will shout from the rooftop.
Mostly, Shibani Dandekar let her photos do most of the talking, when it comes to her relationship with actor-director Farhan Akhtar.
Mostly, Shibani Dandekar let her photos do most of the talking, when it comes to her relationship with actor-director Farhan Akhtar.
Updated on Aug 11, 2021 05:42 PM IST
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BySugandha Rawal

For actor Shibani Dandekar, taking a break for some me-time despite staying together has been the lockdown mantra to find a healthy as well balanced way to her relationship with Farhan Akhtar.

Reflecting back at her life in the Covid-19 era, Dandekar tells us, “I spend a lot of time with my partner, whether we’re training together, watching content together, or discussing things in terms of work or our pets. There’s a lot of time spent with each other.”

For the actor, the learning, in the time spent more indoors than outdoors, was to strike a balance between the activities that she does together with Akhtar.

“And then when you need your space, do things on your own. That’s so important. The biggest learning in this process was just the idea of balance and just respecting each other’s routine and what both people need,” says the actor, who completed three years of her love story with Akhtar this year.

However, Dandekar, 40, is quick to admit that finding that balance hasn’t been easy at all.

“Every relationship has its struggles. In the lockdown, they’re amplified. And just to figure out what your way of functioning is really important. It takes some time because it’s not something we’re used to or prepared for. So, life is happening, you’re also figuring out a system that works for you,” she expresses.

While she might never have made any announcement about her relationship status, Dandekar hasn’t made any efforts to hide it, and in most cases let the pictures do all the talking on her behalf.

“I don’t think I’ve really hidden anything. I’m just doing what I want to do at the moment. If I want to talk about it, I’ll talk about it. If I don’t feel like talking about it at that moment, then I won’t. But, I’m not trying to hide anything,” she says, asserting, “There’s nothing kind of pre-planned in the way that I function with my relationship or my personal life. I just share things with people when I feel like sharing. This really works for me.”

Last seen in a segment of Love In The Times Of Corona, which recently released on an OTT platform, Dandekar adds, “Our life has changed so much, and we’re trying to navigate new spaces in our work, at home, and in our relationship. It’s important to talk about it as well because we’re facing new relationship struggles.”

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