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By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Monday, March 12, 2007
Amrita Singh reacts to rumours that Khan's break-up with Italian girlfriend Rosa Catalano was because of their 'renewed' friendship
When a much-in-the-news couple breaks up, a lot is made of their parting and the blame game begins. Everyone, from the former partner to the family and sometimes even close friends, is to blame.
So when Saif Ali Khan and his girlfriend of two years Rosa Catalano decided to part ways, ex-wife Amrita Singh, his family and even Rosa's budding television career were put in the dock.
'Not my business'
However, Amrita Singh refutes that she has anything to do with the break-up. What's more, she's angry about certain sections of the press alluding to a patch-up between her and her former husband. "Saif is my past. What he does is not my business or concern," is all she is willing to say.
But a source close to Saif puts things in perspective. "Amrita has not visited Saif since he returned home (he recently suffered from a heart condition), though she did go to see him at the hospital with the kids (Sara and Ebrahim).
Even though they remain in touch, stories about him and Amrita getting back together are not true. Saif is extremely focussed on his career.
He had some great releases last year and won several awards for his performance in Omkara. He's also in the process of signing new films and has just launched his production company, Illuminati Films, with producer Dinesh Vijan.
As you can see, there's really no time for a personal life. At present, he is concentrating on getting back to work."
'I respect Amrita'
On Sunday night's episode of Koffee with Karan, Saif spoke at length about his marriage and split with Amrita, telling Karan Johar, "I have matured because of all kinds of non-settling thoughts, experiences, paranoias, and being judged and accepted. It has made me tougher.
I was extremely well taken care of. Now I must do things like running a home, which is something I have never done.
I am getting there. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Amrita. I'd really like us to be friends one day."
But Amrita refuses to comment on Saif's statement. She says bluntly, "I have said what I have to. Now please keep me out of this."
Meanwhile, the source says Saif and Rosa's parting was amicable. "It's pointless to blame other people for the break-up. Only they know what really went wrong.
Rosa has gone back to Switzerland, but there was no bitterness or acrimony between them. Saif and she are sensible, mature individuals and want different things in life.
They were in a relationship for over two years, so naturally, it will take some time for them to recover and get back on their feet," says the source.
It is expected that Rosa will return to India in a few weeks time, as she was getting ready to launch a glamourous career here before the unexpected break-up.
There have been talks about her anchoring a fashion-based television show for a while now, and sources say pretty much everything has been put in place.
Meanwhile, Khan signs new film...
Saif has agreed to be part of Kunal Kohli's maiden home production
Even though Saif Ali Khan has been plagued with personal and physical problems, his film career is far from affected.
Shooting for the Yash Raj project Tara Ram Pum Pum (with Rani Mukerji) is complete, while Abbas-Mustan's Race is currently in the making.
Now, we've got news that he's just signed another film to be produced and directed by Fanaa director Kunal Kohli (he earlier directed Saif in Hum Tum, which won him the Best Actor trophy at the 2005 National awards). This is the first film Saif has signed since his split.