‘I’M NOT STRICT WITH MY KIDS’

Un­like wife Tahira, Ayush­mann doesn’t be­lieve in the con­cept of au­thor­i­tar­ian par­ent­ing

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Ac­tor Ayush­mann Khur­rana (right), who has a five-year-old son, Vi­ra­jveer and two-year­daugh­ter, Varushka, says that he be­haves like a child with his kids and is not the kind of a fa­ther who en­forces rules.

“I’m nei­ther strict nor pro­tec­tive. I’m a kid like them. I play with them. While my wife (Tahira) acts the bad cop, I’ve to be the good cop be­cause most of the times, I’m trav­el­ling for my films and gigs. It gets quite hec­tic and I can’t af­ford to be strict. I’ve to be their friend,”says Ayush­mann, who is cur­rently shoot­ing in Delhi for his next film with ac­tor Bhumi Ped­nekar after Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015).

The ac­tor says that although his chil­dren are aware that their fa­ther is an ac­tor, they are too young to ac­knowl­edge his star­dom. “They don’t re­ally know what is hap­pen­ing around. My son is five. He feels weird, when kids call me by my first name. Be­ing a young fa­ther is an ad­van­tage. You don’t look like a fa­ther. It’s fun to see your kids grow and you’re in touch with the next gen­er­a­tion,” he says.

Ayush­mann fur­ther adds that they don’t feel awk­ward that their fa­ther is in the lime­light al­ways. “They think this is the nor­mal way of life. They don’t feel weird. They are born into this en­vi­ron­ment, so they have no op­tion,” he says.

But would he want them to be­come ac­tors as well? “I don’t think they should have that pres­sure. They should dis­cover life on their own. No one will force them to pur­sue a cer­tain ca­reer,” he adds.

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

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