We usually think that stars live a very different life than us and yes in most respects they do. However, a thread of commonality that connects all of us is our love of our parents. A lot of stars today credit their success to their parents. Parents do form the foundation of a child’s personality. For a child his parent’s support means everything. And for someone pursuing a career in acting it becomes even more important.
On this Father’s Day we decided to list out our favourite father-daughter duo from Bollywood, our way of celebrating fathers who have taught the world about raising daughters in a manner like no other.
Priyanka Chopra-Ashok Chopra
It is hard to find someone who is not familiar with Priyanka Chopra. Former Miss World and now a Global star, Priyanka Chopra is a name to reckon with. Ever since she won Miss World, Priyanka Chopra has only been moving forward. She is now no less than an inspirational figure and one does wonder who is her inspiration.
To which Priyanka says, “My dad was my best friend, my idol and my protector. He was the man of my life. I was very close to my father; he was my superhero, my idol. I wanted to grow up and be him. He was a musician, he used to perform on stage, he was a surgeon, he was an artist, he was the life of a party, gregarious laughter, extremely confident man.”
On the death anniversary of her dad whom she lost in 2013, Priyanka posted a throwback picture with her dad. The caption said, “6 years. Seems just like yesterday we lost you…I miss you Dad. Inexplicably.”
Priyanka continues to cherish her dad’s ideals and versatility through her work.
Deepika Padukone-Prakash Padukone
With the height she has achieved today, it is hard to believe Deepika Padukone comes from a non-filmy background. Daughter of Prakash Padukone, a national level badminton player, Deepika chose a completely different path. When asked on the Ellenshow if her father wanted her to follow his footsteps, Deepika said, “It would have made him happy…but he always said, follow your heart…I knew by the time that I was 16 that I wanted to be an actress. And that being in front of the camera made me very, very happy.”
Last year, Deepika Padukone bagged the Filmfare award for female lead of the year and she used the opportunity to dedicate this award to her father. She read out a letter her father wrote to her when she was young and thanked him for letting her be herself and do what she wanted to.
Sonam Kapoor Ahuja-Anil Kapoor
Neerja star and fashionista, Sonam K Ahuja shares a special bond with her father. Known as an advocate for gender-equality and women empowerment, Sonam talks about how her experience in the real-world was different from home. “…My father is a hard-core feminist and my mother is very liberal.” She has also said time and again how her relationship with her father is more of a friendship.
When on The Vidya Balan show Dhun Badal Ke Toh Dekho which airs on 92.7 BIG FM, Sonam said, “I was always given that kind of independence where you have to make your own decisions. My father always tells me to take the onus of my life decisions and not put the blame on anyone if the decision turns out to be bad.” BollywoodShaadisreported.
Shraddha Kapoor-Shakti Kapoor
A celebrated villain, Shakti Kapoor was a popular name in the industry back in the old days. Shraddha Kapoor too has at a lot of times said that she always takes her father’s advice before signing a film. In an interview with Filmibeat, Shraddha said, “I do have a desire to do the type of films he did, I wish at sometime people say that she could match up to her father. There is a long way to go. He shares many stories about the roles he has played, about the nuances and it’s very interesting.”
Alia Bhatt-Mahesh Bhatt
Alia Bhatt shares an extremely close bond with her father. Their bond strengthened as she stepped into the entertainment world. As Alia told India today, “He always asked me to fail. He was like..you should and if you’ll not, I will be very upset. She continues, “He completely took the idea out of my head that failure is bad.”
Mahesh Bhatt told India today, “As a parent I didn’t know we had such a wonderful, natural actor amidst us.”
Snigdha Gupta is an intern with SheThePeople.TV