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There’s more to Bollywood and B-town celebs than what we perceive on the silver screen and social media. It’s like everyday there’s something new to learn about our favourite celebs and get inspired. Not only fashion and style, but what we actually need to learn from them is how to fight the odds, break the taboos and make a change! If we had to speak about adoption a decade back, it was considered as a taboo and whoever would consider it as an option to embrace parenthood would be surrounded with unwanted questions and controversies. (Also Read: Sushmita Sen Believes Her Decision To Adopt Her Daughters Renee And Alisah Was Not An Act Of Charity)
“Not flesh of my flesh, nor bone of my bone, but still miraculously my own. Never forget for a single minute, you didn’t grow under my heart but in it.” - Fleur Conkling Heyliger. If we talk about adoption in Bollywood, then it has to begin with the mention of Sushmita Sen, who had embraced motherhood and adopted a daughter, Renee when she was just 24. Sushmita had become, and still is, a role model for every woman as she had not only decided to adopt her children but also became a single mother to them at an early age.
India's first-ever Miss Universe, actress, entrepreneur and also, mother of two beautiful daughters, Sushmita Sen had first embraced motherhood with Renee 21 years ago, after a complicated legal battle. On September 4, 2020, Renee turned 21 and her doting mother, Sushmita penned a heartfelt birthday wish for her ‘first love’. Sharing some beautiful throwback memories of the birthday girl, Sushmita wrote, “Happyyyy Birthday my first love!!! WE ARE 21 What a journey this has been shona...one that has definitely brought me closer to God!!! I pray you find the courage to be the most authentic version of yourself & always be relentless in the pursuit of your happiness...May all your dreams manifest with hard work & undying passion!! Come on big girl...the world awaits!!! I love you infinity Renee!! #duggadugga Maa, Alisah @rohmanshawl P.S. Renee’s photo shoot by Maa!! #milestone #21years #daughter #birthday #motherhood.”
On September 4, 2019, when Renee had turned 20, Sushmita Sen had written a heartfelt note for ‘the first one ever to call her Maa’ and mentioned that her not-so-little-anymore princess was born from her heart after a long and tough labour. Sushmita had captioned an array of pictures and video of Renne as “The first one to ever call me Maa... a long & tough labour before she was born from my heart!!! Happppyyyyyy Birthday Renee Shona, WE ARE 20!!!! what a journey its been...and HOW MANY MORE exciting adventures await!!! embrace them all & always remember Alisah & Maa love you like crazzzyyyyyy!! #youaremydestiny enjoyyyyy my first love... all our kisses & blessings, #duggadugga I love you, Maa & Alisah.” (Also Read: Dimpy Ganguly Shares An Adorable Monochrome Picture Of Her 'Little Piggies', Aryaan And Reanna)
Did you know Sushmita Sen had told her daughter, Renee when she was 16 that after she turns 18, she can go to court to see the envelope which explains the names of her biological parents and go seek them out if she chooses to? In an interview with Rajeev Masand, Sushmita had elaborated on the details and was quoted as saying, “I told her that we don't know if they have a biological parents name in there right but there is information in that envelope which is only rightfully yours after you turn 18, right, so I didn't want to give her the wrong information because I don't want her to go there and get her heart broken because they don't have that information about a lot of kids. But I told her 'I'll take you whenever you're ready we must go' and we get it so she said ‘but why do you want me to go find out’, so I said, ‘I am saying you have a right, now that you are an adult to go if you want to go, I'll take you.' So, she gave it a bit like a moment's pause and said, 'Honestly, no I don't want to find out.' I told her, ‘If you do let me know.’”
Sushmita Sen had also revealed Renee’s reaction when she was told about the envelope containing the information of her biological parents. Sushmita had said, “I didn't tell her that at 18 actually, I told her that on her 16th birthday huh that now in two years this will come up right, so you can get excited if you want to know and all of that.; By the time she was 18, she was looking at me like 'what's your problem, why do you want to do all these things, I don't want to know’.” (Also Read: Rare Throwback Picture Of Sridevi Kapoor Twinning In White With Baby Janhvi Kapoor And Khushi Kapoor)
Happy birthday Renee!