Shaheer Sheikh On Welcoming Baby Girl, ‘Man’s Biggest Limitation Is That He Can Never Give Birth; It Is A Superpower That Only Women Have’
Shaheer Sheikh opens up about his recent entry into parenthood. He speaks candidly about whether he would be a strict or a cool father
Shaheer Sheikh and his wife Ruchikaa Kapoor welcomed a bonny baby girl on September 10. They have been over the moon with joy ever since they became parents. Shaheer has been busy shooting in the last couple of months and therefore hasn’t been able to give too much time, but now, he is all set for parenthood.
“Being a parent is a big responsibility. It has been my dream to be a dad. I always wanted a girl and told Ruchikaa so, whenever she asked. (At parties) I will be the one to remind people not to be too loud or don’t do this. My friends tease me. I was excited to know (about the pregnancy) as I have always loved kids. I have three nieces and one nephew and I have taken care of them for months, some from the day they were born. It is just so amazing. I can be myself when I am around kids. I don’t know why but many guys don’t feel or express these feelings,” he said while talking about fatherhood in an interview to Hindustan Times.
He goes on to add, “Childbirth is the biggest miracle on earth. It is the most beautiful process. When you feel the kick, it is just so wonderful. Women are looked after during pregnancies, and rightly so as they go through so much, but the men, too, should get some attention as a father goes through a lot emotionally as well. In India, men are supposed to be strong, not supposed to share or have emotions. I am not that kind of person and express myself. I might spoil my child. But I also know that I will never force my thoughts or views on my child.”
Shaheer recalls an incident that happened during a modelling pageant in which he was taking part. He said, “I was asked, ‘what would you do if you wake up as a woman one day?’. I replied, ‘I would love to be pregnant’. That answer came spontaneously without hesitation! Man’s biggest limitation is that he can never give birth to a child. It is a superpower that only women have. Women are stronger than men to deal with childbirth physically and emotionally.”
Shaheer is keeping busy with the promotions of ‘Pavitra Rishta 2.0’, which releases soon on Zee5. Also, there is ‘Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi 2’. But will he take some time off from work? “The plan was not to do anything a few months before and after the delivery but due to the lockdown, projects got pushed and I had to shoot for two shows simultaneously. In the first trimester, I was at home and I tried to spend as much time as possible at home,” adds Shaheer. The actor now plans to take some time off work and spend some time with the family.