People rarely get a second chance at love but Aamir Khan is a lucky person in that regard. One of the most respected and loved actor in the country, he was married to Reena Dutta for 16 years but both got divorced in 2002. However, he found love again when he met filmmaker Kiran Rao.
In a recently surfaced video, Aamir is seen speaking about Reena and Kiran on a Chinese news channel. The video, shared on YouTube, shows him how he met Kiran and fell for her, in great detail.
“I met Kiran when I was doing Lagaan (2001). She was one of the ADs (assistant directors) on that but at that time, we didn’t have any relationship, we were not even great friends. She was one of the people on the unit. It was after my separation and divorce after some time that I met her again,” he says in the interview. “In that moment of trauma, her phone came and I talked to her on the phone for half an hour. And when I put the phone down, I said, ‘My God! I feel so happy when I talk to her.’ It struck me in that instant that when I am talking to her I am so happy,” he added.
Aamir adds that he is very lucky to have Kiran in life. They love spending time together and are ‘constantly laughing’. The interviews notes that Aamir likes strong women. He replies, “I like strong women.My first wife Reena, my second wife Kiran. So I like people who are strong, I don’t wanna bring them down to women or men. I like people who are strong.”
Even after their divorce, Aamir and Reena have a very good friendship. They work together at the Paani Foundation, of which she is the COO. They also have two children, son Junaid and daughter Ira, both living with their mother. “She is a wonderful person as well. Sometimes a relationship doesn’t work but I have a lot of love and respect for her. In fact, we are working together on this Paani project. She is the COO of the company,” he says of Reena in the video.
Reena also acted in Aamir’s Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. She had a small role in the hit song Papa Kahe Hain. She also worked as a producer for Lagaan.
Aamir and Kiran have a nine-year-old son named Azad Rao Khan. While Aamir says that Kiran’s life revolves around Azad, he makes sure to spend a few hours with him every day.