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Father's Day special: Actors talk about the life lessons they learnt from their father


As the world gets down to celebrating its fathers, several actors and celebrities too spoke up about the role and life lessons imparted by their dads in their lives.

Suparna Thombare

Fathers are perhaps some of the most underrated people in life, and cinema. From time immemorial, Indian cinema has immortalised these gentlemen in stories. Who could forget the adorable Anupam Kher's turn as the friendly dad in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) or Aamir Khan's turn as the proud father in Dangal (2016). In real life, like in the reel, many actors, celebrities owe some of their greatest life lessons to their parents.

On Father's Day, some of them shared the influence and lessons imparted by their fathers that played a role in their lives.

Known for her fearless acting, and presonality, Richa Chadha credited her father for her choice of roles. She said, "I learnt to pursue excellence and quality rather than quantity from my father. He wanted me to get good grades, but all the same let us enjoy our childhood with several extracurricular activities as well. He supported me whole heartedly when I told him I want to be an actor. I think I choose good content because of my parents."

Taapsee Pannu claimed that she learnt to take responsibility for her actions from her father. The Naam Shabana (2016) actress said, "The sense of responsibility, clarity and how well organised he is... I learned that you need to take the onus of your life and take responsibility on your own shoulders as soon as possible. The way he is so clear and organised with the things he does is inspirational. I think my clarity of thought is all thanks to him."

Masaan's (2015) Vicky Kaushal insisted, "My father's taught me the value of humility, honesty, and hard work. The one thing that he always told me while growing up was, to never be afraid of the future. If you give 100% to your present, your future will be better than what you want it to be... is what he always said. I live my life with this principle."

Then there were others like Ali Fazal, who credited their father for their penmanship. Says Fazal, "My father always had a habit of making sure everyone got cards even if it wasn't a festival or an occasion that called for it. I learned the art of writing post cards and letters from him. I've barely spent time with my father in the years I've lived. So I cherish the few where he tried his best to teach me things — the short versions compressed in school holidays when I'd visit him. I'll never forget the effect that a personalised card has. You cant achieve that with emails and fonts on the web."

Dobaara star Saqib Saleem agrees. The actor said, "One thing that my father always told me that there is nobody like you, always believe in yourself what you can do nobody else can. So I think that's what I live by, I completely believe in myself, I believe what I am here for only I can do and nobody else. One more thing he said never be afraid of competition it will only make you better and always be happy in other people's success more than yours."

It is easy to forget the contributions of dearest dads working hard all year. At least, on Father's Day, we owe them as much to remember their contribution to our lives.