Actor Swetha Menon talks about motherhood, parents, and career.
You haven't been seen in films for a while.
There have been similar phases in my career earlier also. I have offers, but I am confused over accepting them. Though some stories sound good, I am anxious how they would turn out to be. I have overcome those phases. And I believe I can overcome this, too.
Has your mother been such a big influence in your life?
My mother is a simple woman. She has never been worried about my position or achievements. Her main concern was whether I had food on time and got good sleep. My dad was in the Air Force and he followed a modern lifestyle. Exactly opposite to mom. I, their daughter, am a mix of both. I am ultra modern and a rustic woman at once.
During my first days in Mumbai, I led a reckless life in the lap of luxury. May be due to mom's gene in me, I managed to keep the balance of life.
The only thing that saddens me is that I did not spend enough time with my parents when they were younger. I was away for 15 years after leaving for Mumbai. I am making up for that time now by celebrating every moment I spend with them. And I wish that this beautiful time never ends.
Then, Sabaina came in search of her mother, wearing makeup for the photo shoot.
"I doubted whether I could be a good mother to my baby when she was born. But now I know, I am not that bad," says Swetha. Sabaina agrees with a cute smile.
The thrills of being a mother?
Superb. It is a responsible position. I enjoy every moment we are together. It's my weakness that I get angry soon. But I never get angry at my baby. I will raise her as a good friend of mine like my parents did. But she will be bolder than me.
Are you thinking about a second child?
When I was pregnant, I realised that it is the most beautiful period in a woman's life. I even thought I should have experienced it earlier. When I talk to Sree about a second child, he would laugh. 'Are they making a sequel to Kalimannu?' he would ask.
And it was time for the photo shoot. Sabaina was all excited. 'No wonder. Wasn't she born in front of a movie camera?' jokes Swetha.