Long-running speculation on the marriage between Shakib Khan and Apu Biswas has finally been substantiated by at least one party.
The actress appeared on television on Monday with an infant, claiming that she has been married to megastar Shakib for nine years.
The baby boy, she said, was their son, seven-month-old Abraham Khan Joy.
On the live show, the actress, who appeared with Shakib Khan in most of her big screen ventures, revealed that she and Shakib Khan tied the knot on April 18, 2008.
The actress said she converted to Islam when she married Shakib and took an Islamic name, Apu Islam Khan. One of Shakib Khan's siblings and a film producer were present at the wedding.
Asked why she had remained silent about the marriage and child for such a long time, Apu said that she had never wanted Shakib's career to be affected by details of their private life being exposed to the public. She also said that she had never put her own career first in this relationship.
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Apu broke down in tears several times during the interview News24
On September 27 last year, Apu gave birth to a baby boy whom she refers to as the couple's son. She complained that, in spite of constant requests from her side, Shakib Khan had not visited her when she was in labour.
The actress said that the reason she had revealed the marriage now was because circumstances had changed.
On the other hand, "King Khan" Shakib confirmed their marriage at a press conference that took place soon after Apu's live show revelation. The superstar also confirmed that the child was their son.
In addition, the actor said that he is ready to take responsibility of the child but not the child's mother. He claimed that Apu had dragged him down on many occasions.
He also termed Apu's appearance on a live show as a “conspiracy against his career.”
Shakib Khan also said that he has never wanted his personal life to be exposed. He claimed that he always met Apu's needs in the past, and provided any financial support she asked for.
He said, “I will take responsibility for Abraham. He is my son.”
After Apu's live show, her revelation instantly became breaking news all over the media. Apu Biswas also said that she wants legal acceptance from Shakib Khan and security for their child.
Apu called a press conference at the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation at 4:30pm Monday, but cancelled soon after her live show, saying it would be stressful for her son.
Abantika Biswas Apu, born 1983 to a Hindu family in Bogra, began her career in 2006 starring opposite Shakib in the hit movie Kaal Shokale.
She has acted in more than 80 movies since.
Her performance in Koti Takar Kabin opposite Shakib cemented her position in the Dhaka film industry. She has co-starred with Shakib Khan in many of her films. The two eventually became one of the most popular movie couples in the industry.