Can you stay friends with an ex? Take a cue from Katrina!

Can you stay friends with an ex? Take a cue from Katrina!

This is a perennial question that haunts the minds of everyone, irrespective of whether they are in a relationship or not. For, even if this does not concern them directly, this addresses a deep psychological issue that lies at the core of human complexities and nuanced emotions. Relationships are a part and parcel of our daily lives; but, needless to say, hardly does it come under public scrutiny, or, even if it does, it is simply because we choose to. This, however, isn’t quite the case with Bollywood stars, whose personal lives are inevitably drawn into public scrutiny- one of the many prices that they have to pay for stardom. Take Katrina Kaif for example. She has been in the limelight for myriad reasons, her relationships definitely being one of them.

When she first made her foray into Bollywood, reportedly Salman Khan was her “God-father” as well her beau. Talks about the couple were rife for quite a few years, during which the media kept a constant watch whenever and wherever the two were spotted together, be it award shows, Page 3 parties, airport lounges, restaurants etc. Together, they were quite a “hot” thing, so to say, that kept many guessing as they did not officially come clean about their liaison. This on-and-off-couple is said to have gone through many tumultuous phases in their relationship, when about a couple of years or so ago, the news of their break-up caught the headlines. The duo however, as reports claim, have maintained a cordial equation even after splitting up, though neither of them have actually been vocal about their relationship status, now or before, in public.

Currently, media is abuzz with reports of Miss Kaif being all charmed by the nation’s young heart-throb, the charming and dashing Ranbir Kapoor. The web of relationships is indeed complicated; for Katrina reportedly “stole” Ranbir from Deepika, who, as was quite evident, were dating each other. Ranbir and Katrina starred together in the movie Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahaani, and ever since, the rumours of their link-up have been doing the rounds. This love triangle has been the favourite topic of speculation amongst industry insiders as well as their fans, with everyone trying to figure out what exactly is cooking among the three. Perhaps, it can be safely concluded that Ranbir and Katrina are going steady, while he has maintained positive terms with his ex-flame Deepika.

Katrina, on the other hand, has also struck a fine balance between her personal and professional spheres, maintain a healthy working rapport with her current as well as ex-boyfriend. She even delivered a blockbuster hit Ek Tha Tiger with Salman, post their split. Even during public events, promotions, press conferences etc. the two are seen exchanging pleasantries and sharing a warm connection. As for the current lovebirds, they might be sharing screen space with Deepika in Bajirao Mastani. If the grapevine is to be believed, then Katrina, Ranbir and Deepika may star together in this upcoming flick.

Thus juggling between reel and real romance, we can take a lesson or two from these Bolly biggies. Staying friends with an ex, if one chooses to, needs a great deal of honesty and courage. One needs to let go of the bitterness, resentments as well as any ill-feelings that the break-up might have harboured. Either stay out of their lives, but stay friends if you must and be courteous and civil to them. Start afresh. Look at the friendship from a fresh perspective, while nurturing happy memories of the past that you’ve shared together. More so, if situations demand you two work on a professional front, make sure your personal emotions are never at play when it comes to work. If the Bollywood stars can sort out their coordination, despite continually being under the public scanner, so can any of us, if we choose to steer clear of the emotional entanglements that come along with staying friends with your ex, irrespective of whether you’re dating someone else or not.

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