Mother's Day: Aishwarya Rai, Jaya Bachchan, Sharmila Tagore and Hema Malini Open Up On Their Lives As Working Mothers

Mother's Day: Aishwarya Rai, Jaya Bachchan, Sharmila Tagore and Hema Malini Open Up On Their Lives As Working Mothers

While some actresses chose to work after marriage, others decided to take care of their family completely
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Mother's Day: Aishwarya Rai, Jaya Bachchan, Sharmila Tagore and Hema Malini Open Up On Their Lives As Working Mothers
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Career or motherhood? Gone are the days when when actresses had to make that tough choice. Jaya Bhaduri was a superstar  when in 1973 she gave it all up. On the  other hand, Sharmila  Tagore who had a blooming career going at  around the same  time as Jaya,  chose to continue her career after marriageand motherhood.

“It is a  piece  of cake. In fact I entered one  of the most productive periods of  my career after marriage. I was shooting for Aradhana when I  was pregnant  with Saif and  by the time I did Amar Prem with Rajesh Khanna, Saif was  born and would accompany me to the sets,” says Sharmila.

Sharmila’s daughter-in-law Kareena  Kapoor Khan seems  to have chosen to walk her gorgeous Sasu-maa’s path. No, you won’t see her  son Taimur toddling to  the sets. But while  Taimur is looked after  by her very capable  nanny, Kareena  will fly out  to Delhi  to shoot and promote Veere Di Wedding.

Kareena says that the workload has definitely  decreased for her son’s sake. But she will continue to  work in maybe one  film per year.  However Kareena’s sister-in-law Soha  Ali Khan has a different maternity plan. She  intends  to take  time completely  off to look after her newly-born daughter Inaaya.

“Different  women different mothers different  plans and targets,” says Vani Tripathi Tikoo, actress and active  BJP  member and spokesperson  of the BJP who has zipped off to the Cannes Film Festival only weeks after her first baby, daughter Akshara was born.

Apparently the Minister Of  External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, herself  a working mother who has  struck a fine  balance between  the kitchen and the parliament, was  very upset when she got to know that  Vani Tripathi was  leaving her baby behind to attend the Cannes festival.

“How could  you ask her (Vani Tripathi) to leave her baby  until the 40-day gestation  period is over?” Ms Swaraj is said to have  asked the  I & B  minister  Smriti Irani, herself  a shining example of an actress-turned politician who has never neglected her duties  as a mother in spite of being so immersed  in her political career, and earlier in her extremely successful stint as a television actress.

Hema  Malini who  brought up two daughters while working  as a top actress says it isn’t hard to balance  her career with motherhood. “It is like any other profession. Don’t we have women in every walk of life balancing  their jobs with family  duties? In politics we  have
such shining examples as  Ms Sushama Swaraj and Ms Smriti Irani. I never found it difficult to bring up my two daughter Esha and Ahana while I continued  to do films. No, I never had them accompanying me to  my shooting. They were very well looked after  while I was working.”

Jaya Bachchan who took a  complete  break from acting for motherhood says it was a personal choice. “There was  never any persuasion from any quarters. I  decided to quit, and never regretted my decision.”

Jaya’s daughter-in-law Aishwarya followed  a  different career trajectory. She took a break from acting while her daughter Aaradhya was  an infant . But once Aaradhya started  going to playschool Aishwarya returned to acting. “But my priorities are very clear to anyone who signs me. Aaradhya comes first. Everything else is secondary to her,” says Aishwarya.

Here’s saluting these super-moms whom we all admire for their heroics on screen. It looks there is a  lot to be admired in their real-life roles as  mothers.

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