After 24 yrs, Priyadarshan set to divorce wife Lizzy

It seems that a celebrity divorce is happening almost every other day. Rumours abound that Bollywood film director Priyadarshan and his wife of 24 years, an actor-turned-businesswoman, Lizzy, are headed for a divorce. The reason, though unknown, sources close to the couple say it is consensual. Some indicate that it may not be just extra-marital affairs, but money could also be a major issue.

The trouble began with rumours that Lizzy was having a relationship with a young man in Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) Kerala Strikers. Lizzy, when approached, said she was too upset to comment on the issue.

Priyadarshan denied that there was a divorce afoot and, while talking to a daily, said, “There is nothing like divorce...  it is just an ego clash that we are trying to sort out.” He clarified about the extra-marital affairs and said those were mere rumours.

Many South Indian films and some Bollywood films do their sound-recordings and mixing at Priyan’s studio. Priyadarshan also has a sound-recording and mixing studio in Singapore.

Lizzy was the owner of Priyadarshan’s team, Amma’s Kerala Strikers. She was also managing his sound studio, Four Frames. She claims that her contribution to Priyadarshan’s businesses had brought great success. And, according to sources, Lizzy has demanded a huge amount of money, around Rs 80 crore, from Priyan after the divorce as compensation.

A Malayalam actor close to Priyan tried to make them talk and sort out the issues, but reports say it headed nowhere. It is understood that, although Priyan was ready to compromise, Lizzy’s parents were forcing the divorce.

Priyan began his career in Malayalee cinema in 1984 and has made more than 80 films. He has made movies in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, but the majority are in Hindi, between 2001 and 2010. But, in 2013, he had said that his last Hindi film would be ‘Rangrezz’ since he would like to concentrate on Malayalee films.

Lizzy is a South India-born film actress from the 1980s. Kamala Hasaan brought her to Tamil films through his film, ‘Vikram’. She left acting after her marriage with director Priyadarshan.

Lizzy met Priyan in 1984 during the shoot of the film, ‘Odaruthammava Alariyam’. She has acted in many of Priyans films and they got married in 1990 after Lizzy’s big fight with her parents. They have two children... Kalyani and Siddharth.

Priyans favourite place is Chennai, where most of his Bollywood films were shot. He and his favourite hero, Akshay Kumar, have made films like ‘Herapheri’, ‘BhaagamBhag’, ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’ and ‘Garam Masala’ together.