My daughter has taught me the biggest lessons in life,” says Poonam Sinha with a resoundingly upbeat tone to her voice as you ask her about her daughter, actor Sonakshi Sinha. “I was living in a house dominated by men. And though I completely love my husband and my sons, Luv and Kush, so many men under one roof can be very tedious on certain days! Plus, all three of them are quintessential split personalities. So, it was literally like living with six very different men in my house,” says Sinha as she explains why she desperately wanted to have a daughter.
But interestingly the biggest hurdle Sinha faced was convincing her husband that they’d be able to find a name for a girl. Sinha says, “When I told Shotgun (Shatrughan Sinha) that I wanted a daughter his biggest issue was what we would name her. We’re the Ramayan family. There’s Shatrugun, his brothers Ram, Laxman and Bharat. So, we always knew our sons would be named Luv and Kush. But we took some time thinking for a name for her.”
After she was born things changed in the Sinha household. Shatrughan was calmer. Even my sons changed. They weren’t running amock in the house 24X7. Of course there was some jealousy too! Luv, who was and is very close to me, would go and sit in Sonakshi’s cradle, declaring how everything in the house was his and only his,” Sinha adds with a laugh.
But they say that having a daughter above everything else means a profound responsibility. Says Poonam, “There are days when my husband and I worry about our sons. How will their careers shape out? Will they find the right girl? But with Sonakshi we’ve never had to worry or plan anything. She knows what she wants and how to get it. She’s been a very determined girl from the start. In fact, she was supposed to be born on June 5, my sons’ birthday as well. But such was her determination that she came along three days early!” With that Sinha signs off. As she ends the conversation, she says she’s got breakfast to supervise for her daughter.