There is no doubt that Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh shares a bitter past. The married couple got divorced after being together for a lot of years and having two children. The film debut of Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh’s daughter Sara Ali Khan prompted her grandmother Sharmila Tagore to reach out to her former daughter-in-law Amrita Singh to congratulate her for her daughter’s success. The two had met ever since the couple got divorced in 2004. Sara’s debut in Kedarnath is only getting positive reviews for her wonderful performance on-screen.
Sharmila says, “Really, the credit for bringing up Sara and Ibrahim must go to Amrita. She has brought them up as such cultured poised children. Saif’s divorce with Amrita in 2004, was the most difficult one as it was quite difficult for him to survive away from kids Sara and Ibrahim.”
Earlier in 2005 he opened up in an interview and quoted, “My leaving Amrita was not overnight. It was on the cards for a long time, and another woman had nothing to do with it. When it happened, it was like a very painful amputation. But it was also the best thing to do, given the circumstances. My son Ibrahim is such a chamcha of mine. He even does his hair like me; tries to walk and talk like me. While Sara understands the situation, Ibrahim thinks I’m just out for a long shooting schedule. Once, he asked me very loudly in front of hundred people, we. I was coming back. I felt like sinking into the ground. I miss my children so much. Anyone who thinks I’ve abandoned them doesn’t know what it’s like to be an absentee parent. I don’t have any answers to what has happened in my life. All I know is every penny I earn is for my children. I live for them. I’d die for them. My wife is I have gone our separate ways. I respect my wife’s space. Why am I being constantly reminded of how terrible a husband I was, and how awful a father I am.”
He further added, “I’ve my son Ibrahim’s photograph in my wallet. Each time I look at it, feel like crying..I’I’m not allowed to meet my children. They aren’t allowed to come visit me, let alone stay with me. I’ve settled for extravagant post-breakup financial arrangements. I’supppsed to give Amrita Rs 5 crores, of which I’ve already given her approximately Rs 2.5 crores. Aso, I’m paying Rs 1,00,000 per month until my son becomes 18. I’m not Shah Rukh Khan. I don’t have that kind of money. I’ve promised her I’ll pay up the rest of the money, even if I’ve to slog till I drop down. Whatever I’ve earned from doing ads, stage shows movies is for my children. I’ve no money. Our bungalow is for Amrita and the kids.”