Chennai: Popular South Indian actor-director Prabhu Deva and his estranged wife were granted mutual divorce by a family court.

Prabhu Deva and his estranged wife, Latha, whom he had married in 1995 despite stiff opposition from his family, had been living separately for more than two years following difference of opinion and misunderstanding between them.

Latha, who was also an actress till she got married, had filed a petition three months ago for restitution of conjugal rights.

Later Prabhu Deva and Latha filed the mutual petition submitting that all efforts taken by elders of both sides and mediators were in vain and they had agreed for mutual consent of divorce.

Granting divorce, Principal Family court judge, TCS Raja Chokalingame recorded that the couple had agreed that they would not make any claim including maintenance and property against each other in future.

The couple's three children are under Latha's custody and Prabhu Deva has agreed to bear the education and other expenses of the kids. The actor has paid Latha Rs 10 lakh towards her permanent alimony.

(Agencies)