Posted: 09 March 2011 at 5:42pm | IP Logged
Happy farce day
Karisma Kapoor has apparently cut off ties with her husband, but Sunjay will still attend his children's birthday party to save face
Friday is a night of twin celebration for Karisma Kapur — it's her son Kian's first birthday and daughter Samaira's sixth. But all eyes will be upon estranged husband Sunjay Kapur who said to be making an appearance at this just-close-friends-and-family bash. Before rumours start brewing about a possible reconciliation between the Delhi industrialist and the Raja Hindustani girl, hear us out. Apparently, his appearance is a last attempt to put up a united front and show they are still a family.
According to friends close to the Kapoors, the marriage has moved beyond choppy — Karisma has closed all doors on her husband and there is no chance of reconciliation. "Not only Karisma but even her parents, Randhir and Babita, have broken all ties with Sunjay. And the reason is Priya Chatwal," says a source.
When Karisma was pregnant with Kian, there were whispers of closeness between Sunjay and hotelier Vikram Chatwal's estranged wife, Priya. And Delhi birdies say the whispers have become a reality. "They are seen together almost every night and have been together for almost a year," says a source. Priya has one daughter with Vikram and while still legally married, they are said to have been estranged a year into their marriage.
It's a case of history repeating itself. Sunjay was embroiled in similar rumours when Karisma was pregnant with Samaira, and their relationship was said to have hit the rocks.
This time, Karisma is not even bothering with confrontation, neither are Randhir and Babita intervening to patch things up. "It's all over." says the source. "The last few months have been very tough for Karisma. But somehow Kareena has kept her sister's spirits up. She has been spending a lot of time with her."
But Sunjay's friends rush in his defence. "Sunjay would love to have Karisma with him all the time," says one close friend. "She is a lovely person but not ready to live in Delhi. Granted it's not easy to adjust to Delhi when you have been leading a very cosmopolitan life in Mumbai, but spare a thought for this man who is young, attractive and yet comes back to an empty home after a long day's work. How can anybody say that he is dating Priya Chatwal?"
Meanwhile, Kareena and her parents are pushing Karisma to get back into films. "Karisma will get a fresh start, but after Kian grows up a bit. Abhi bahut chhota hai woh," says a friend. What's stopping Sunjay and Priya from going public? "They can't do that," says a source, "until they are officially divorced from their respective spouses. But if you are in Delhi, almost every second person will tell you about them. It's an open secret."
Sunjay confirmed that he is coming to Mumbai for Samaira and Kian's birthday party, but denied his marriage was under duress. "Who said it is? And why would you ask me a question like that," he thundered. "I am not dating Priya. The social circle can talk but that's irrelevant. Samaira and Kian are my children. Don't get them into this."
Sunjay and Karisma married in September 2003. Sunjay was previously married to designer Nandita Mahtani, who is now dating model-turned-actor Dino Morea. Priya Chatwal remained unavailable for comment.