Vardhan Puri: My mother told me to treat my girl just like I’d want my sister to be treated by her partner – Eagles Vine

On Mother’s Day today, we reached out to ‘Yeh Saali Aashiqui’ actor Vardhan Puri for an exclusive chat about his mother, Meena. During the course of the conversation, the actor, who is late Amrish Puri’s grandson, also revealed who his favourite Bollywood mother is, and how his ideal Mother’s Day celebrations will look like. Excerpts:

What is your relationship with your mother like?

My mother, Dr Meena Puri, is my best friend, hero, and twin; she is the reason for my success along with my father and sister. My mother and I have very similar personalities and get along like a house on fire. She’s always the first person I go to for advice. You can have just the two of us in a room and we’ll never get bored.

What does a perfect Mother’s Day look like?

A perfect Mother’s Day is a pretty simple one: I cook for my mom, give her a nice foot massage–which is something I believe that I’m very good at, talk nineteen to the dozen with her, watch a movie together and then tuck her into bed for a good night’s sleep.

Describe your mom in three words…

Sorry, but I’ll use five: maternal, balanced, intuitive, powerful, and dutiful.

Do you ever go to her for dating advice?

Yes, I’ve received tonnes of dating advice from her. Back in 2008, she told me to treat my girl just like I’d want my sister to be treated by her partner. That has stayed with me and is possibly one of the reasons for my chivalry.

Did you ever get yelled at by her?

In school, I used to be a very good student academically but was also very mischievous. In the tenth grade, my mother used to get called to the principal’s office almost every single day for something or the other. But the day I topped the blacklist, I returned home to a very angry mother for the first time; it also made her cry. I felt very guilty and promised her that she would see a turnaround in my behaviour, and she did.

Who’s your favourite on-screen mother?

Farida Jalal; I love the actor and human being she is. The honesty she brings on screen is commendable. Also, her pairing with my grandfather in ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ has my heart.

What dish made by your mom is your favourite?

Honestly, everything my mom cooks is to die for. But if I have to choose just one thing, it has to be her Gajar Halwa. It is something else altogether!


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