Popular television actress Smita Bansal, who rose to fame with shows such as Amanat, Aashirwad, Sarhadein, and Balika Vadhu among others, gets candid on how her children took care of her while working during a pandemic.
Smita, who’s been married to Ankush Mohla for more than 20 years is a doting mom to two beautiful daughters Stasha and Anaagha.
While the lockdown brought the entertainment industry on a standstill, Smita says that she made the most of it by spending quality time with her family.
She says, “We have had an extremely beautiful family time without any stress of work or prior commitments. We were together constantly and I don't think I've played so many board games ever in my life. The amount of food we cooked was amazing and my younger daughter and I also learnt how to bake. We ruined a lot of things but my younger daughter was such an excited learner that even if a cake flopped, she would still eat it and find it yummy.
“I remember making a chocolate cake and she was so excited to taste it that she took a bite too early and burnt her mouth! And yet, she insisted that the cake was very nice! As for my elder daughter, it was her last year of school so she was very busy. It's been a very difficult time especially for students in the higher classes,” she adds.
As the lockdown eased out and actors were allowed to go out on shoots, Bansal asserts that although it was a tad bit hectic, her family has always been supportive of her work, especially the girls who took extra care of their mommy.
She says, “My children don't ask me to stay at home because they know I am very disciplined and do not take my safety, health and well-being lightly. I only step out when there is something really important to do and always have a sanitiser with me and wear two masks. Last year, I was shooting for Aladdin and my children knew that I had to work.”
Smita further adds, “They took such good care of me. Whenever I returned from work, they would prepare the water for gargling, turn on the steamer and tell me, ‘Mama, please gargle and take a shower so we can hug!’ I really have very supportive and loving children.”
When asked about precautionary measures she’s been taking for her children, Smita maintained that she constantly tells them to wash their hands and wear masks. They have also been taught to request others to wear their masks properly in case they are not doing so.
“It is sad that they need to learn to live with the masks on, and study online without social interaction,” says Smita, adding that, “they can’t meet their friends but they do not ask for too much and have been very understanding and are adapting very well.”
Speaking on helpful home remedies and tips for working parents like her, Smita says, “These times have also taught us the importance of immunity so we are taking care of what the children are eating. Their diet and requisite vitamins are very important right now. I also make sure that before going to bed every day, they do steam inhalation for a few minutes.”
“We make a kadha, a concoction of herbs which is supposed to be an immunity booster. I add turmeric, cloves, black pepper, ginger, lemon and cinnamon and just a hint of a natural sweetener like mishri to make it palatable for my kids. My husband and I also enjoy drinking a very soothing ‘masala chai’ with ginger and cloves.”
On work front, Smita will be seen Zee Theatre’s play Chanda Hai Tu. She essays the role of a mother to a physically challenged son.
Sharing on how she came on board for the same and what went through her mind while playing it, Smita says, “The only thought which kept coming back to me again and again was how extraordinary the mothers of physically challenged children are. I want to express my heartfelt love and respect to such tireless moms. I salute their courage and their unconditional devotion to their children.”
The play also stars Manav Gohil, Sanjay Batra, Prasad Barve and Atul Parchure.
It will be aired on 20th June on Dish TV D2H Rangmanch at 2 pm and 6 pm.