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When a woman embraces motherhood, she is asked about how she is planning to juggle her professional commitments with the responsibilities of a child, her maternity break and if she had thought of leaving her work or wondering to take a sabbatical. But rarely a man is asked about how he will be contributing to the responsibilities of his child and spend time with the newborn amid managing his work. Fortunately, now men are stepping forward to speak about the importance of the father’s role in a child’s life and the emotional support that their wives need post delivering their baby. After Kapil Sharma, Virat Kohli and Saif Ali Khan, TV actor and newbie father, Nakuul Mehta speaks about enjoying the joys of fatherhood by putting a pause on their professional commitments. (Also Read: First Glimpse Of Anita Hassanandani And Rohit Reddy's Newborn Son Is Too Adorable For Words [VIDEO])
It was in November 2020, when Nakuul Mehta and Jankee Parekh Mehta had announced the news of their pregnancy. Three months later, Nakuul and Jankee had proudly announced the arrival of a baby boy in their lives by posting the first-ever glimpse of their newborn child. To announce the little one’s arrival, Nakuul and Jankee had written, “February 3, 2021 This is Us Grateful and sleepy in equal measure. *Ing: @nakuulmehta/@jank_ee & Him.”
In an interview with the Hindustan Times, Nakuul Mehta spoke about the surreal feeling of becoming a father, how they had shared the news of their baby’s arrival with their parents and how he is planning to juggle his daddy duties with work. When asked, “Being in a field like showbiz where the working hours can go for a complete toss, how is he planning to juggle his daddy duties along with work?” Nakuul said, “Glad you asked that question. It’s usually only reserved for women in mainstream media. Jankee and I made sure that we did our best to spend most of the pregnancy together. The pandemic aided our cause. I’ve taken off most long term work commitments until March. As of now, I’m only rehearsing for a play, which mostly happens from home and only opens at Prithvi (theatre) mid-March. Until then, it’s all about mastering burping, swaddling and taking care of the Missus.”
Expressing the overwhelming feeling of being in the operation theatre and watching his child’s birth, Nakuul Mehta remarked, “It was overwhelming to be in the operation theatre (OT) besides my wife, and watch my child being born. I had heard it often enough, but nothing prepares you for that kind of rush. It’s surreal, deeply emotional and yet magical in so many ways. I’m not sure if the fact that I’m a father has sunk in completely yet. We’re only a week into this, but I do feel infinite compassion and love for this new life and for everybody around me.” (Also Read: Sara Ali Khan's First-Ever Picture With Mommy, Amrita Singh From The Hospital Room Post-Delivery)
On how he had video called his and his wife, Jankee Parekh Mehta’s parents from the OT to share the good news, Nakuul Mehta stated, “We’re just grateful to have this healthy baby with us. I video called our parents from the OT and literally had my parents hold on to the suspense until I got Jankee’s parents also on call, and in that exhausted yet delirious state broke the news to the excited grandparents. I managed to screen shot their reaction for posterity.” Nakuul had also revealed that the couple had decided the name of their newborn son but “it’s private” for now.
To mark New Year 2021, Nakuul Mehta and Jankee Parekh Mehta had posted lovely pictures from their pregnancy diaries. In the picture posted by Nakuul, he had leaned on his wife, Jankee, who adorably caressed her baby bump and they both shared a hearty smile. Jankee had posted a picture in which the then-to-be parents were in awe of their beautiful future together while holding her baby bump. While Nakuul had captioned his post as “Happy everything, good fellas #2021”, Jankee had written, “To new beginnings and old love #Welcome2021 #happynewyear @nakuulmehta.”
It was in November 2020 when Jankee Parekh Mehta and Nakuul Mehta had celebrated her godh bharai ceremony. For the ritual, Jankee had opted for an icy-blue coloured sharara which was accentuated with jewellery and her hair tied in a delicate bun, decorated with flowers. Nakuul had complemented his beautiful wife in a pink and white kurta-pyjama. Sharing a beautiful Reel, comprising of their beautiful moments from the ceremony, Nakuul had written, “Following her lead since eternity @jank_ee”, while Jankee had captioned the video as “Haven’t stopped dancing since 2001 @nakuulmehta #godhbharai #babyonboard.” (Also Read: Hardik Pandya And Natasa Stankovic's Baby Boy, Agastya Enjoys His First Pool Outing With Parents)
We wish Jankee and Nakuul a beautiful journey ahead with their little munchkin!