Actress singer and single mom Suchitra Krishnamoorthi (of the blockbuster Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa fame) is a happy soul. “I feel blessed,” she says with a broad smile, “that my new single Sawan Barse has met with such a thumping response.” Relieved and relaxed, she is busy reorganising her life, picking up the threads of her singing career again, now that her daughter is flying out of the roost. Excerpts from a candid conversation:
How old is Kaveri now? You have done a brilliant job of bringing up your daughter single-handedly.
Eighteen. How fast time flies. And thank you. Though I honestly believe that a child needs both the parents. Since Kaveri has always been a priority for me, I put aside my personal feelings to co-parent with Shekhar (Kapur, her ex-husband, based in London).
That demands tremendous strength of character.
Yes, it does. It also needs constant effort and a great deal of unselfishness. But then, that is what parenting is all about.
Was it an easy decision?
There was nothing to think about. I believe, life is karmic. There is no question of not being able to do it. Some things just need to be done, for the sake of your own child.
How have you changed temperament wise?
I used to be very volatile, and short tempered. Kaveri’s arrival calmed me down sizably.
What is that one activity that both of you do together?
We belt it out on karaoke on YouTube.
Is Kaveri close to her cousins?
Yes. There are certain challenges for a single child, but luckily Kaveri gets that sense of having siblings through the thick bonds she shares with all her cousins. They are scattered all across the world and are constantly taking her out for lunches and dinners whenever she is travelling as well.
How different are you from your parents?
They were very strict! But I discuss everything with Kaveri. We were chatting the other day about how weirdly boys behave sometimes. Then going through college applications with her…
Shilpi Madan for Indian Express