Bollywood actress Bhagyashree, known for her award-winning role in Sooraj Barjatya's Maine Pyaar Kiya, has often been asked why she quit acting despite a dream debut with a super-hit film.
Recently, in a candid conversation with the website Humans of Bombay, the actress revealed that she has zero regrets in life.
In the Humans of Bombay Facebook post, Bhagyashree talks about marrying her childhood love, Himalaya Dasani, going against her parents wishes at the time, her love for her children, and why she is ready to take film projects now.
Bhagyashree said that though Dasani and she were childhood friends, her parents had reservations about the relationship.
"I come from a very conservative family, so even after that while we were in college, we would barely meet or talk on the phone. When I told my parents about him, they thought we were too young to decide something like this," she said in the post.
The actress revealed that though they broke up when Dasani went to study abroad, she had always hoped to get back together with her love eventually.
"Before signing the film, while he was still in the States I went and met his parents to ask them if they were okay with me getting into films," she recalled.
Bhagyashree was shooting for the film when Dasani came back to India and her parents were still against her getting married at this juncture.
But she finally decided to go with her heart. "We had a small ceremony at a temple — his parents, Salman, Sooraj ji, a few of our friends attended and that's how we go married," she wrote.
Bhagyashree said that she has "absolutely no regrets" about leaving her film career. "I look at my life, my family now and I feel so proud," she said.
"Very often, people say 'giving up such a bright career' is backward, but I disagree," she explained. "I respect and admire career women who can juggle both, but I took the decision of being a full invested home maker...and believe me, that's a thankless job."
Bhagyashree made her debut in 1989 opposite Salman Khan and won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for Maine Pyar Kiya. She now appears as a guest on the talk show, Fitness Mantra.
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