Farhan Akhtar (right) and his wife, Adhuna Akhtar (left), announced their decision to separate Jan. 21. (STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

MUMBAI — Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar and his wife of 15 years, Adhuna Akhtar, announced their decision to separate “mutually and amicably” Jan. 21.

“This is to announce that we, Adhuna and Farhan, have mutually and amicably decided to separate. Our children remain our priority, and it is immensely important to us as responsible parents that they be protected from unwarranted speculations and public glare,” read a joint statement issued by the Akhtars.

“We sincerely request that we are given the privacy that is required at this time to move forward in a dignified manner,” the statement read further.

Farhan Akhtar, 42, is the son of veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar and his former wife Honey Irani. Adhuna Akhtar, who is six years older than the “Rock On!!” actor, is a celebrity hairstylist.

They exchanged wedding vows in 2000 and have two daughters together named Shakya and Akira.

While Farhan Akhtar made his directorial debut with “Dil Chahta Hai” in 2001, it was the same film that launched Adhuna Akhtar’s career as a hairstylist in Bollywood. She now runs the salon chain BBlunt.

Farhan Akhtar is an accomplished multi-faceted talent in Bollywood. He produces, directs and acts in films, and he’s also a writer and singer.

His split with Adhuna Akhtar comes as yet another end to a real-life love story in tinsel town after actor Hrithik Roshan and Sussanne Khan’s split in 2013.

Adhuna Akhtar, who was mostly seen by Farhan Akhtar’s side at red carpet events, parties and functions but was nowhere to be seen with him while he promoted his last release “Wazir.”

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