The South film industry has been shaken by reports that Rajinikanth's daughter Soundarya is separating from her husband Ashwin Ramkumar.
The Deccan Chronicle reported that Soundarya and Ashwin have filed a petition for divorce in the family court, although neither has issued a statement about the split so far.
Soundarya and Ashwin married in 2010, and have a year-old son called Ved.
As per news reports, irreconcilable differences are the reason for their split. Rajinkanth stayed with the couple after returning from the US, where he had been undergoing treatment for a kidney-related ailment, and hoped to effect a reconciliation, However, Soundarya and Ashwin decided to go ahead with the divorce.
Sources in the South film industry say the couple is trying to keep the news of their split low key.
In September last year, Ashwin had shared an image of himself and Soundarya at a charity event:
— Ashwin Ramkumar (@Ashwinramkumar) September 1, 2015
Soundarya has directed her father in Kochadaiiyaan. She was also instrumental in introducing him to Pa Ranjith, with whom the superstar would go on to make Kabali.