Sonu Nigam Lost His Mother To Cancer 6 Years Ago And Still Cries For Her, Has An Idol Of Her At Home

A day prior to Mother’s Day, Sonu Nigam had shared many unknown facts about his relationship with his mother, Shobha Nigam. Sonu lost his mother to cancer in 2013.

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Sonu Nigam Lost His Mother To Cancer 6 Years Ago And Still Cries For Her, Has An Idol Of Her At Home

Main Kabhi Batlaata Nahi, Par Andhere Se Darta Hoon Main Maa…Yuun To Main Dikhlaata Nahi, Teri Parwaah Karta Hoon Main Maa…Tujhe Sab Hai Pata, Hai Na Maa…Tujhe Sab Hai Pata... Meri Maa- tell us one person who hasn’t shed tears over this song? Truly, how dishevelled will our life turn out to be without our moms! From “Maa, where are my socks?” to “Maa, this person broke my heart”, there’s this only soul in the universe with whom we can bring out our most vulnerable side and she is none other than our mom! (Do Read: Sonu Nigam Wanted A Housewife And Madhurima Happily Became One: This Love Story Will Make You Smile)

It was Mother’s Day on May 12, 2019, and an array of stars had shared beautiful pictures with their mothers, backed by heartfelt messages. This made us think through time and realise the importance of moms even more and had made us want to run to them. And it was the exact feeling for celebrity singer, Sonu Nigam who lost his mother 6 years ago on February 28, 2013, due to cancer. To mark the importance of Mother’s Day this year, Sonu had taken to Instagram and posted a picture of his mother and had written, “My beautiful, talented, articulate, kind, ever smiling, respectful, respectable and hard working mother. Shobha Nigam. My respects to all the Mothers today on this day when Mothers are especially hailed.#HappyMothersDay.”

Shobha Nigam

And a day prior to Mother’s Day, Sonu Nigam had opened up to Mumbai Mirror and had shared many unknown facts about his relationship with his mother, Shobha Nigam. The Tu singer had shared, “I believe that they don’t pass away. My mother is a part of me and living inside me. You know, it’s a beautiful game by the universe. Technically, when my mother was born, I was also born along with her in the form of eggs. My mother was my universe. When I lost my mother, I said that I lost my biggest ally. She was my confidant. My mother was very talented. She was a wonderful human being and used to sing beautifully.”

Shobha Nigam

Do you know, Sonu Nigam has an idol of his mother, Shobha Nigam at his house? He had shared, “Actually, it’s been gifted by my fan. It was very sweet of him. I have some connection with God. I was thinking of doing something and then he got me this. It’s not the exact face but theek hai." He had further added. "I just used to hug her and sleep. You know, I am not a good sleeper. My soul is always seeking and thinking about something. But when I would be with my mother, I used to hug her and in five minutes I used to start snoring. So, that’s the impact of her in my life. I love crying for her. It’s not childish of me. When I shed tears for her, I feel this is my ode to her.”

Sonu Nigam

Sonu Nigam shared that he still misses his mother, “She was such a simple woman. Cancer is a very bad thing. In the end, she was in a lot of pain. She felt it and we saw her in pain, in a way we also felt her pain. I always say enjoy your life, kyunki kya pata kal ho naa ho. My mother never pampered herself.” (Must Read: 5 Top Bollywood Singers And Their Partners Who Have The Perfect Love Stories)

Sonu Nigam

Recalling his childhood and the role his mom played, Sonu Nigam had shared, “I owe my mother a lot. We belonged to a lower-middle class family. And I can confidently say that my success is just not mine, it’s my family’s success as well. It was a relay race started by my parents and then the rest followed. As a kid, I saw my parents sing on the stage. I thought I was born for it and persuaded them to allow me to sing at the age of 4. After that, the three of us used to sing together and we were pretty popular in Northern India. Later, we juggled between Mumbai-Delhi and finally shifted to Mumbai when I was 18 years old to become a singer. It’s my parents' hard work, integrity, grit and resolve that helped me make it somehow in the industry.”

Shobha Nigam

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Sonu Nigam had shared that stardom and luxury didn’t come to him easy. He had stated, “In '84, we used to live in a small one-room house. I stayed with my parents and two younger sisters. Later, we had a two-room house. But my mother saw the worst of it. She was born in Mumbai and stayed in a smaller room with nine people and no attached bathroom. It was a chawl in Worli. Later, when we could afford it, I asked her so many times if I could buy something for her and enjoy her life. But she never asked for anything.”

Nigam family

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Sonu Nigam had further added, “We were not rich so we couldn’t afford non-vegetarian food too often. We used to eat mutton once in a while. My favourite was Rajma. I love the arbi ki sabzi that my mother used to cook for me. My mother was brought up among Sindhis. She used to cook sai bhaji which is a peculiar Sindhi dish for us. In fact, both my parents were good cooks. They used to make lauki ki sabji mixed with chana. I used to love that. Recently, when I was in the US, my friend’s mother cooked the dish for me. It reminded me of my mother.”

Sonu Nigam

Sonu Nigam is now happily married to Madhurima Nigam and is blessed with an 11-year-old son, Nevaan Nigam. In the same interview, Sonu also revealed if he loves his wife’s role as a mother and shared, “A mother is her child’s biggest soldier. Even, I am a soldier for my son but the way a mother looks after her child, no one does. She takes care of his studies, activities, passion and so many things so efficiently that a father doesn’t have to do anything else.” (Also Read: Bollywood Celebrity Couples Who Chose Unique Names For Their Kids)

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We can’t agree more, Sonu Nigam! Here’s sending truckloads of happiness your way.

Images and cover courtesy: Sonu, Teesha
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