Mira Rajput on her life as Shahid’s wife and being a new-age mother
Mira Rajput came into limelight as soon as she exchanged vows with actor Shahid Kapoor in 2015. Its been two years and now Mira is a known face for the world.
She was lately in news for her comments on working mothers. For those of you who don’t know, Mira said that Misha is not a puppy and she wouldn’t spend an hour with her and then go off to work.
Her comments made a lot of women angry and they showed their anger with negative comments. However, hubby Shahid supported her all through.
Now in a recent interview, Mira talked about all of it. At first, she talked about being a celebrity’s wife and how she instantly came into limelight. Mira said, “It’s understandable; because Shahid is an actor, there’s bound to be curiosity about his partner. I have to respect the love people have for him. But yes, it was intrusive at times and I was not used to it. Now, I know how to maintain a safe distance.”
Mira also shared her notions about motherhood. She said, “It is very different watching others and then experiencing motherhood yourself. I have two elder sisters and I have seen them raising their kids. But both of them have different approaches. My eldest sister is married into a joint family and her kids are very social, always surrounded by people. On the other hand, my sister who lives in the US manages everything on her own. After having seen them over the years, I knew exactly how I want to approach motherhood. It’s natural, it’s going with the flow and it works for us.”
Mira is still young to be a mother but she embraces it beautifully. Mira said, “To each her own, but being a young mom works for me. I am more hands-on and I have more energy. I think we’ll be friends when Misha grows up. Age gap will not be a roadblock in our relationship. My mom had me very late in her life and my relationship with her is very different from the one that my sister has with her first born because she had him early on. So yes, I think that being a young mom is a huge advantage. I’ll give her all my time now and once she gets older and independent, I will start working. I have nothing against being a working mom. I think it’s great to be able to balance a career and motherhood, but this is what works for me.”
And finally, Mira spoke about her comments that created a lot of buzz. She said, “I was just speaking my mind, my intention was not to offend or hurt anyone. Could I have chosen my words better? Maybe. But I am not a seasoned actor and I don’t know how to be politically correct. I was speaking for a section of women who aren’t given their due. For that matter, I don’t think financial independence is the only yardstick to measure feminism. Women who stay at home and take care of the children or work from home deserve to be celebrated as much. They are also feminists in their own right because they have chosen their lives… even if they have not, they are giving it their all. My mom balanced her career and motherhood. There was never a time when I felt that she was not around. That’s the essence of what I was trying to say. I don’t want to cross the fine line between independence and negligence. The Bill on six-month paid maternity leave was passed recently and it’s to enable a woman to spend time with her baby. It’s not just for physical recovery; had that been the case, adoptive mothers wouldn’t have been eligible for it. It’s to nurture the bonding between a mother and her child. That’s all that I meant.”