Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City

KIRTI KULHARI: COMING OUT OF MARRIAGE WAS MORE DIFFICULT THAN GETTING TOGETHER

- Sugandha Rawal sugandha.rawal@hindustant­imes.com

KIRTI KULHARI, Actor

Kirti Kulhari and Saahil

Sehgal

For Kirti Kulhari, stepping out of her marriage wasn’t an easy decision, it was something she just had to do. The actor, who announced on April 1 that she and her husband Saahil Sehgal have decided to separate mutually after five years of marriage, says the process of healing started long before she shared the news. She’s presently in a “very good space”, and Kulhari confesses it took a “lot of courage” to call it quits.

“It was a decision which was more difficult than taking the decision of being with someone. Getting together is filled with families coming together, and celebratin­g the idea of love, while this was the opposite of that,” Kulhari opens up, adding, “It’s breaking something that you built together. It’s a tough decision, but I thought if the choice of coming together was mine, so not being in it — as I felt it had ran its course — should also be mine.”

But that doesn’t mean her decision didn’t come with any consequenc­es; instead she learned to take them her stride. “Consequenc­es affect you, and break you at different points of time, but at the end of the day, you have to remind yourself that you did what you had to do,” says the actor.

In fact, the concept of marriage is something which connects her with her latest web film, Shaadistha­n on a personal level, as it brings the realities of this “marriage-obsessed” nation out in front.

“We have so many ideas and dramas attached to the concept of marriage. We’ve also attached money and status to it. We make it sound like that shaadi is the be all and end all. If you want to be successful in life, shaadi is a must. It is important to address these notions,” opines the 36-year-old.

A glance through her Instagram feed after the news of separation gives a Eat Pray Love (2010) vibe, as pictures of her solo trip shine through. Kulhari says one can connect the dots in that way, but travelling has always been her way to liberate and find some calm. “It’s not like my healing started happening after the decision was announced. My healing has been taking place over a period of time. I’m in a good space now,” she signs off.

 ?? PHOTO: VIRAL BHAYANI ??
PHOTO: VIRAL BHAYANI

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