Shahid Kapoor lost his status as a bachelor after marrying Mira Rajput at a private ceremony in Gurgaon last year. In August this year, he became the proud father of a baby girl, Misha. Ask him if he is a hands-on father or still needs Mira’s help with the child, and the actor says, “I don’t think any child can do without the mother. The mother, without any doubt, is the most important person in a child’s life.”
But the Haider (2014) actor says he plays a supporting role. “In cricketing nomenclature, while the first to eleventh positions are taken by the mother, I can become the 12th man (laughs). Toh mein hamesha ready rehta hoon (so I’m always ready). Even if I’m not needed, I’m available,” he says.
Misha’s name is a combination of both her parents’ first names. “Honestly, we got desperate [for the name]. We didn’t know if it was a boy or a girl, and we never even tried to find out. That’s not allowed in India anyway. We just needed to come up with a good name, because, somehow, when you want to come up with a name, you don’t like any (smiles). And then you get really scared, because the date keeps getting closer,” he says.
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Ultimately, it was Shahid who thought of the name. “And I asked Mira, ‘Is it nice? What do you think?’ She liked it instantly, and said it was very nice. All of this was happening five days before Misha was born,” the actor says.
Shahid also reveals that Mira sometimes misses normalcy and even complains about it. “Sometimes, she comes back [from somewhere] and tells me, ‘I went to some place today and people started recognising me. I am not used to it. It’s very odd’. Things like that do happen. But I guess that comes with the territory,” he says, adding that Mira gets more likes on her Instagram pictures. “So, she isn’t just Shahid Kapoor’s wife. Sometimes, I feel I will soon be called Mira Rajput’s husband (laughs).”