Last month, Ashish Vidyarthi left everyone surprised when he announced his second marriage at the age of 57 with entrepreneur Rupali Barua. They had a court marriage, and it was an intimate ceremony attended by their immediate family and close friends. Now the actor in a new interview opened up on his separation from ex-wife Piloo Vidyarthi.
While speaking with India Today, the Rana Naidu actor shared that prior to taking the decision of parting ways, he and Piloo even took help from counsellors. He stated, “We used to communicate a lot. So, at this point, we discovered the differences we had we were not able to manage. We realized that if we wait some more time, it will lead to fights and then we’ll be upset and angry with one another. We had a series of conversations and, of course, before that, we took support and help from professionals. We made a full effort, but we discovered that it was not going to work. We both sat down and chatted about this and took Arth in confidence. Obviously, at this point, I may seem very clinical about it but there was pain because we tried with our hearts out to make it work.”
The actor further recalled, “I was very clear that I didn’t want to live alone. I want company and why should anyone come in the way of that happiness which a person can get, that security that one can get when one wants companionship? So at that point itself, I shared with Piloo and told her, even as we were going through a divorce, that I wished to get married. I told Piloo that I wanted to walk my future with someone. She said, ‘You know what? I’m looking at my life differently.’ I said ‘absolutely.’ So, here were two people. After the completion of one chapter, we chose two different parts.”
Ashish Vidyarthi has worked in over 300 films in 11 languages. The accomplished actor has showcased his talent in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, English, Odia, Marathi, and Bengali cinema. He embarked on his acting career in 1986 and has since carved a prominent niche for himself.