Actor Aamir Khan and producer-director Kiran Rao on Saturday announced their decision to get divorced after 15 years of marriage. In a joint statement the two said that they would now embark on a "new chapter" of their lives as "co-parents and family for each other". Having tied the knot in December 2005, the duo welcomed their son Azad Rao Khan in December 2011.
"We began a planned separation some time ago, and now feel comfortable to formalise this arrangement, of living separately yet sharing our lives the way an extended family does," the statement read.
But even as the two sought good wishes and blessings from well wishers, netizens were loath to comply. While many expressed shock or resorted to memes in response to the announcement, Twitter trolls went into overdrive sharing some rather vitriolic statements. Alongside their names, "#FatimaSanaShaikh" "#lovejihad" and "#divorce" have now become trending topics on the microblogging platform.
In case you were wondering, Shaikh had previously been linked to her Dangal and Thugs of Hindostan co-star. "Congratulations in advance Aamir and Fatima Sana Shaikh. Hope this relationship it will last a long time," tweeted one user.
"Aren't we living in morally dead society," wondered another user as the trolling continued.
Previous statements made by Khan, such as his purported remarks on India being 'unsafe', also found their way into the Twitter trends. Others took a swipe at Khan's 'perfectionist' nature or at his peers in the film industry. "Even a perfectionist failed to make a perfect relationship," lamented one Twitter user.
While we did not see many memes featuring stills from Aamir Khan movies (a missed opportunity if you ask us) there are hundreds of memes and jokes floating online at present. We spotted several tweets that also gently poked fun at Salman Khan.
As one Twitter user summed up: "Marriage is no joke".
On the work front, Khan will be next seen in "Laal Singh Chadha", an official Hindi remake of Tom Hanks' acclaimed "Forrest Gump". The film is being produced by Rao, who has also backed several other films featuring Khan. These include "Dangal", "Talaash" and "Secret Superstar".