On the occasion of Mother’s Day, celebrities open up on the women who helped them shape into who they are.
My grandmother, the legendary Suchitra Sen, was and will always be close to my heart. I will always admire her. She has inspired me a lot in every aspect of my life. When Riya (Sen, sister) and I were kids, she took us shopping and boating. She would come home, or we would go to hers. We would have lunch together. I miss my lunches with my grandmother.
When I was doing my first film, Godmother, I would be told to look into the camera in a certain way. It took me a while to realise they were seeing my grandmother in me. They loved me because I looked like her. In a true sense, she was and will always be my mother figure.
My mother has always been a huge inspiration to me. She is someone who has worked tirelessly as a professional, even as she juggled her family commitments. She has always taught me by example to do anything that I do to the fullest extent and never be second best.
I miss my mother a lot because I live away from her. I particularly miss her when we are in a new place and there is no food that I like. My mother is a wonder cook, and I really miss that.
To me, my mother is a leader, a wife, a mother, a sister and she fulfils all of these roles to the greatest extent. I hope I can be like her.
My mother is inspiring and motivating. She’s also very disciplined and focused, so whenever she feels that I am being distracted from my goals, she becomes tough with me. My grandmother too has had a huge role to play in my life. When I said that I want to contest for the Miss Universe pageant, and want to represent India on a huge platform she encouraged me and always stood by me.
There are a lot of things that I love my mother for. Right from bringing me into this world, to taking care of me right to this day, I am grateful for her. Even though I’m a married woman today, I still rely on her for a lot of things. Mothers are a permanent source of emotional support.
My mother is my best friend. After my father left us, my mother took care of the family and the T-Series empire. I admire her for who is she. She always thinks of us before she thinks of herself.
I think the rapport that we share is the best part of our relationship. I can talk to her about anything, and I know she’ll always be there for me and help me in any situation that I fall into. There aren’t any boundaries for my love for her.
Pallavi Sharda, singer
My dance teacher Renuka aunt was like a second mother to all of her students including me. While she was strict at the dance class, she was wonderfully warm as a nurturing figure. I remember before my arangetram, I would take the train back home after my university classes and Renuka aunt would pick me up from the station. She would take me to my house so I could change into the dance practice sari and then take me to her studio, where she would feed me Sri Lankan curry and rice. After that we would rehearse together for 4 hours. She is my guru and my second ma.
Saumya Tandon, actor
My sister is 10 years elder to me and she is like my second mother. It’s embarrassing to confess but till my college, she used to feed me with her hands. She is a great cook and she used to spoil me with her delicacies. She was also like a big brother to me in school. If any guy tried bullying me, I used to take her to confront that person and she used to scold them. From class 2 till class 7, I used to sit behind her bicycle and go to school. Then it progressed to scooty and then to car. I love her too much.
Aparshakti Khurana, actor
I’m married, so I guess, the obvious choice is my wife’s mother. Besides her, my bhabhi is like a mom to me too. She is extremely loving, generous and someone who ties the entire family together. I love the way she takes care of her kids, which sometimes includes me and my wife as well. When bhaiya and bhabhi got married, I used to get pocket money from them as I was in college. So they were always like mini parents to me.
Sana Khan, actress
My sister Saba has always been by my side and always has my back. Whenever I face any problem, I go to her. I can share every little thing with her and she guides me through it. Sisters are your best friends, and always take care of you as a mother. Whenever I’m low or I’m on cloud nine, she’s there holding my hand through thick and thin. So she’s my second mom, forever and always.
Elena fernandes, supermodel
My best friend’s mum Maria is like my second mother. She’s a super strong Irish woman and has been by my side since I was a kid. She has supported me on numerous occasions. She’s always just a call away.
Dheeraj Dhoopar, actor
That one person in my life has been Jayati Bhatia. As I live away from my parents, she is my go-to person. She has always cared for me as much as my mom would, she would also bring me meals from home because I lived alone. I always consult her for personal and professional issues. She has always pampered me. To find such a person, who becomes your support system, in a city like Mumbai is truly a blessing.