Shahid Kapoor defends wife Mira Rajput’s ‘puppy’ comment
Mira Rajput’s latest interview on motherhood was not taken in a positive sense by certain sections of working mother and she was being trolled but husband and actor Shahid Kapoor defended his wife stance on motherhood and said that Mira just expressed her views on the matter and it should be taken personally.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Mira was interviewed and she expressed her views on being a full-time mother to daughter Misha, "I wouldn’t want to spend one hour a day with my child and rush off to work, why did I have her? She is not a puppy; I want to be there for her as a mother," she had said.
The actor, however, feels Mira was talking on a personal level and her speech wasn’t a "direct comment on anybody or any category of women."
"I think she was speaking from a very positive space. I do understand that people have a strong point of view and people get hurt about things, but I think we are in a time where everybody is getting hurt about everything," he says.
"So, I honestly don’t feel there is any sense in trying to keep everyone happy," Shahid told reporters at an event here last night.
"We are also in a time where anybody who is important or being given importance says something; a lot of people want to gain importance by saying something against them. So, we just live in that kind of a time," he says.
The 36-year-old actor says Mira’s comments are relevant as she was talking about how "women should have the right to choose", whether they want to work or be a housewife, and men should respect that.
"I think Mira is speaking for a section of women who really aren’t being represented. There are times when those women feel that they should not be celebrated. By that I mean women who might not be doing a job, who might choose to be at home, have a baby, take care of the baby and consider that important enough to do at a certain stage in your life.
"At a different stage of life, you might choose something else. I took five months off when I was having Misha (daughter) because I felt it was important for me to be with my wife and my child," he says.
"So that’s a choice you make out of a certain sense of independence. I think there are very few people showing any kind of appreciation towards these women," he adds.
To Shahid what Mira is doing for their daughter is far more important and relevant.
"I dont think what a mother gives to her child is something that should not be appreciated. They should feel empowered and self-assured of the fact that they are extremely important and what they do is as important as any other job," he says."I personally feel that I might be the one who goes to work between me and Mira as husband and wife, but what she is doing for Misha is far more important, far more relevant. I really wish I could but between the two of us one has to go to work and I happen to be that person," says the actor.