8/14/09

It’s official! Tamil cinema’s top director Selvaraghavan has split with his wife Sonia Aggarwal.

On Wednesday (August 12) morning they approached the family court in Egmore in Chennai and have applied for a “divorce by mutual consent”.

According to sources close to the couple, they had been drifting apart during the last one year. The grapevine has it that singer and actress Andrea who was doing Selvaraghavan’sAayirathil Oruvan was having an affair with the director. One day during the shoot of the film in Hyderabad, Sonia is reported to have barged into the sets and slapped Andrea!

Close friends tried to intervene and save the marriage, but it was too late as the relationship was going downhill. Selva was not keen that Sonia continues her career as actress and made his displeasure clear when she started doing a television serial. For the last few weeks, they have been living separately.

Sonia was initially reluctant for a divorce, and tried for patch up. However finally she agreed for a “divorce by mutual consent”, as she realized that the marriage was heading nowhere and did not want a “messy separation”.

Selva and Sonia got officially married in style on December 15, 2006 at Rajah Muthiah Chettiyar Hall in Egmore, Chennai in the presence of 'Super Star' Rajinikanth and attended by the who's who of Kollywood. Before getting married they were living together for nearly four years, and it was on Sonia’s insistence that the relationship was legalised.

Selva first met Sonia in early 2002, when he signed her up for his path breaking Kadhal Konden, opposite his brother Dhanush. It was her debut film in Tamil and released on July 4, 2003 and went on to become a sensational super hit. Sonia subsequently went on to become a star and was paired with Vijay, Silambarasan, Ravi Krishna, Srikanth, Jeevan and Arya.

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