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Genelia Deshmukh glad to give her sons both rural, urban childhood


Indian Bollywood actress Genelia D'Souza poses for a photograph during Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2016 in Mumbai on late August 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Sujit JAISWAL

Genelia Deshmukh has lived her life on her own terms whether it is choosing marriage when she was at her career’s best or becoming mother at an early age. The actress says that she is currently enjoying her time with her two sons and is glad to give them a mix of both urban and rural upbringing.

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The 29-year-old, who is married to actor Riteish Deshmukh, says that she tries to keep her kids away from glamour through various methods and some of it are indulging herself in simple joys with her sons – Riaan and Rahyl.

“I am not one too keen for games, parties or play dates. But I do love playing football with Riaan, I think it is very important to do a lot of outdoor activities. I believe in giving him an insight into different things, even reading and singing.”

“Riteish has had a rural upbringing, and I am glad that my boys will have a rural childhood as well as an urban one,” she told IANS.

Riteish and Genelia got married on February 3, 2012. The couple started dating on the sets of their Bollywood debut film “Tujhe Meri Kasam” in 2003. Genelia, who became mother for the first time in 2014, delivered her second child earlier this year.

She says motherhood has changed everything and is part of growing up. “When I became an actor, things changed. And even when I got married, things changed. Which is why I wouldn’t call it a change, but a part of growing up. It is a part of life and it’s about adjusting to each new phase. As a person, motherhood has taught me a lot and it made me more aware. I have always considered myself as an aware person, but I think it has doubled or tripled after motherhood,” she said.

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The “Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na” star added that “the most exciting moment of my life was when I had Riaan, but I was also filled with anxiety at that point. As much as I wanted to be confident.”

“I was not sure whether I was doing the right thing or not. By the time I had my second one – Rahyl,  the excitement did not lessen at all. It’s the same joy that you experience. But now, I feel a lot more confident and I know that I am doing the best I can, and so are other mothers out there.”