Arjun Rampal was the talk of the town in the 90s when he swept top model Mehr Jessia, a woman older than him, off her feet. They got married and it was a marriage that was meant to be as it endured all the ups and downs. Here is a timeline of the trouble that ended the 20-year marriage of Bollywood’s latest estranged couple. Arjun Rampal, 45, and Mehr Jesia, 47, are parents to two daughters – Mahikaa, 16, and Myra, 13. But what no one can understand that after enduring so much together, why they had to breakup…
“Both of us being extremely private people feel strange to be making this statement, but such are the circumstances of our lives. Where the truth can get distorted and lost. We are a family, our love for each other is forever intact and we shall always be there for one another and most importantly, for our children Mahikaa and Myra. We would therefore appreciate our privacy through this time. Thank all for their support. Relationships can end, but love lives on. We won’t be commenting on this any further,” read the statement released by them confirming the separation.
Here is the real story behind their separation-
Mehr & Arjun Rampal, who were once an integral part of Shah Rukh Khan’s inner circle, fell out with him during the making of Ra.One. According to a source close to the couple, Arjun requested to be a part of his friend’s 2011 sci-fi production, Ra.One but Mehr allegedly insisted on a higher remuneration for her husband from co-producer SRK himself, who swore to never work with Arjun in the future. Another similar incident happened with Karan Johar in ‘We Are Family’.
The couple have also faced financial losses in their ventures. In 2007, their production house, hit rough weather when their first home production, I See You, bombed. The banner, Chasing Ganesha, was disbanded around 2014, and Arjun returned as a solo producer for Ashim Ahluwalia’s Daddy last year, which did not get the expected results either.
Sussanne and Hrithik’s separation in December 2013 fuelled speculation that the former’s proximity to Arjun Rampal was the primary reason behind the split. Sussanne released a statement in 2014, “Arjun and Mehr are my friends and have been for years. To poison a relationship such as this is malicious behaviour. I have, with Mehr, earlier stated that there is no truth to the claim that Arjun and I are anything more than friends.”
A filmmaker friend of the former couple notes that while the couple had reconciled several times before, an argument in late 2016 had ended with Arjun walking out of their residence for the first time. “They were fighting so loudly and throwing things at each other that the neighbours threatened to complain to the police as it wasn’t the first fight of its kind. Mehr apologised profusely to them and immediately after that, Arjun moved into a five-star service apartment for a week,” as per a Mumbai Mirror report.
Three years ago, Mehr, who had been working on saving her marriage, was reportedly so heartbroken that she moved in with her mother in the Dadar’s Parsi colony but returned home shortly afterwards following a reconciliation. Around the same time, Arjun and Mehr began making public appearances at events once again, looking like the lovey dovey couple they were once known as.
In 2017, Mehr, who routinely visits Mount Mary church in Bandra, had to be escorted home by a family friend after a breakdown in the church. “Mehr had learnt that Arjun and Sussanne were still meeting secretly and were close friends. She was traumatised as she had believed Arjun when he said he was a changed man and that everything would be fine,” the source said.
Close friends of the former couple and industry insiders claim that the tumultuous marriage had effectively ended around six months ago and the couple had waited for their daughters to come to terms with it before revealing it to the media. According to a Mumbai Mirror report, Arjun moved out of their sea-facing Bandra duplex, where they lived with their daughters, into a rented two-BHK owned by businessman friend Kishor Bajaj. Mehr and their two daughters continue to live in the duplex, and the arrangement is expected to continue till the divorce comes through next year.
Well, while not many sources are out there to tell Arjun Rampal’s side of the story, we wonder if there is any side to it all…