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She became an overnight star with the release of her debut film Maine Pyar Kiya. Every film critic and movie buff loved her innocence and her acting on-screen. She was touted as the next big name in Bollywood, but soon she tied the knot! Yes, we are talking about the gorgeous actress, Bhagyashree.
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Soon after she tied the knot, she started saying ‘No’ to every big banner film. She did only three films after Maine Pyar Kiya and that too with her husband, Himalaya. She took a sabbatical from the silver screen for more than a decade.
She recently got candid about her life during the time of Maine Pyar Kiya and after that. She also shared her adorable love story with ‘Humans Of Bombay’. Not only that, she also explained that why she left Bollywood at the peak of her career to become a homemaker. Take a look!
Talking about her cute love story, Bhagyashree said:
“We went to school together — he was the naughtiest kid in class and I was always the class monitor. We would fight all the time and the rest of the class would have a blast! We were like Yin and Yang — the more we fought, the more it became clear that we couldn’t be apart. We never dated though…he never even told me how he felt until the last day of school. He said, ‘I have to tell you something’ and then for one week he kept trying to say it but would always back out. Finally, I went upto him and said, ‘look, just say it…I’m sure the answer will be positive’ and that’s when he told me he liked me.”
Bhagyashree belongs to a royal Marathi family. She is from Patwardhan, royal Marathi family of Sangli and her father is the Raja of Sangli. She belongs to a conservative family and her parents were against the match. She revealed:
“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, and I believed as well that if he really loved me, we should be apart for some time — he should explore, know that I’m the one and then we could be together. So we did break up when he went away to the US to study, and that’s when I signed Maine Pyar Kiya.“
The much-in-love Bhagyashree further added:
“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…we weren’t even together at that point, but I guess somewhere I knew that we would in the future. They said that they had no problems…and I began shooting. When he came back home during the course of the shooting, we both knew that we wanted to be together, but my parents still wouldn’t allow us to meet or speak on the phone…so I decided to speak to them. I told them that seeing him made me happy, that I couldn't be without him, but they were still adamantly against our relationship. I knew then that there wasn’t any other way.”
She failed twice to convince her parents for her marriage to Himalaya. She knew that she cannot live with him any longer, so she took a drastic step. She shared:
“I called him up after this conversation and asked him, ‘are you sure of yourself, of us? This is the deciding day…either I’d be in his life forever or not at all.’ I said, ‘I’m leaving my house now, if you love me come and pick me up’ and within 15 minutes he was under my house. 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.”
Soon after she got married to the love of her life, her first film released and became a blockbuster. She was a star overnight! But, the newlywed Bhagyashree decided to leave Bollywood for her husband. She said:
“Thereafter, Maine Pyar Kiya went on to become such a big hit, but I was a woman so in love with my husband and my son Abhimanyu who was born soon after that I said no to every offer I got. I have absolutely no regrets though, I look at my life, my family now and I feel so proud. Yash Ji always said, ‘you’re a foolish girl’ and oh yes, I loved being foolish! “
She further explained the reason behind her decision to become a homemaker and not a successful actress. She explained:
“Very often, people say ‘giving up such a bright career’ is backward, but I disagree. 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. But it’s all worth it when you see your children growing up into fine human beings.”
Bhagyashree further added:
“Just like I played a role in a movie, the role of a mother was a part of my life…but is not defined by it. Today, I’m into fitness, nutrition, traveling and if another movie comes along— I’ll do it all over again. I don’t like that either you’re a ‘working woman’ or a ‘stay at home mom’ — why can’t women be 10 different things…why can’t we keep exploring and with every phase, discover a new passion? From actress, to mom, to giving exams on nutrition at this age, I’ve loved every feather on my hat…and there will be plenty more to add to it!”
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Well said Bhagyashree! Women can be 10 different things and they have every right to explore every phase of life. We appreciate that you took a wise decision of becoming a homemaker and giving 100% time to your son, daughter and husband, as that gives you more happiness than any blockbuster could ever give! More power to you and your family!