She watches me like I’d watch my mother: Esha Deol talks about daughter Radhya, shares her 1st picture


Early morning today, Esha Deol shared the first picture of her six-month-old daughter – Radhaya Takhtani. The little one looked straight into the camera and smiled like pro in her cute pink dress paired with another cute pink headband with a bow. Esha and her husband Bharat Takhtani tied the knot in June 2012 after being together for five years. This is the first time that the couple has shared a picture of their daughter.

In conversation with a leading tabloid, Esha shared a few instances about motherhood, her daughter and family and career. Talking about Radhya, Esha said, “Radhya is a happy baby unless forced to do something she doesn’t want to do. She’s very much my daughter and there are times when she gives me that Deol look with one eyebrow raised and I feel that I’m looking at myself in the mirror”.

Esha mentioned that she kept her pregnancy from everyone but couldn’t hide it from her mother, Hema Malini. She said, “For three months, I kept my pregnancy a secret. When I finally told my mother she said she’d known all along, she was a mother too. For a long time she was supposed to arrive on my birthday, November 2, but eventually came a day after Diwali much to Bharat’s relief as he didn’t want another Scorpio in his life. Now, there are three Librans — my mother, husband and daughter — to balance me out.”

Recalling a moment from her and her daughter’s childhood, Esha shared, “At the moment she (Radhya) sits on the sofa and watches me during rehearsals, the way I’d watch my mother as a child. That’s how I know every ballet by heart but it’s still a huge responsibility playing Sita, the ideal wife and mother. I was unnerved when I saw my in-laws in the audience at the first performance at Iskcon as they weren’t expected. But it went well and now the role comes with a ‘feel good’ factor.”

Apart from the family duties, Esha recounts how lucky she is to have had a supporting family throughout. She says her mother Hema and sister Ahana guided her through motherhood. After a very long break, Esha will be making her comeback soon in a short film titled Cakewalk. Other than that, she will be seen portraying the character of Sita in dance ballet Ramayan.