Be it for celebrities or the common man, parents are the most important aspect of our lives. And when it comes to our dads, they hold a special place, as we learn some of our most important life lessons from them. On the eve of the International Father’s Day, Bollywood celebrities share the one thing they have learnt from their fathers.
I learnt to pursue excellence and quality rather than quantity from my father. He wanted me to get good grades, but all the same let us enjoy our childhood with several extracurricular activities. He supported me whole heartedly when I told him I wanted to be an actor. I think I choose good content because of my parents.
— Richa Chadha
The sense of responsibility, clarity and how well organised he is. I learnt that you need to take the onus of your life and responsibility on your own shoulders as soon as possible. My dad is so clear and organised with the things he does, it is inspirational. I think my clarity of thought is all thanks to him.
— Taapsee Pannu
My father taught me the value of humility, honesty and hard work. The one thing that he always told me while growing up was, to never be afraid of the future. If you give 100 per cent to your present, your future will be better than what you want it to be... is what he always said. I live my life with this principle.
— Vicky Kaushal
My father always had a habit of making sure everyone got greeting cards even if it wasn’t a festival or an occasion that called for it. I learnt the art of writing post cards and letters from him. I’ve barely spent time with my father so I cherish the few times where he tried his best to teach me things — the short versions compressed in school holidays when I’d visit him. I’ll never forget the effect that a personalised card has. You can’t achieve that with e-mails and fonts on the web.
— Ali Fazal
One thing that my father always told me is that there is nobody like you, always believe in yourself. What you can do, nobody else can. So I think that’s what I live by, I completely believe in myself, I believe what I am here for, only I can do and nobody else. One more thing he said: never be afraid of competition, it will only make you better and always be happy in other people’s success more than yours.
— Saqib Saleem
Compiled by Debarati Palit Singh
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