Exclusive: Blockbuster working mum Deepshikha Deshmukh talks about motherhood and her new baby!
Mumpreneur and producer Deepshikha Deshmukh talks about her journey as a mother, its challenges and her loving family in this exclusive tete-e-tete!
Just four films old, young producer Deepshikha Deshmukh has already carved a niche for herself in Bollywood.
She is married to Dhiraj, the youngest scion of the Deshmukh household, and is not only a successful entrepreneur, but also a doting hands-on mum to her son Vansh, 3, and daughter Diviyanaa, 2.
She spoke exclusively to theindusparent about her journey as a mother, her marriage and her new entrepreneurial venture aimed at mums and babies.
"Motherhood has brought in a lot of change. When you have a child, your entire world changes. You experience a whole new love, you never thought existed. You’ve always loved your parents, your husband, so you think there cannot be a love beyond that. But when you hold your child for the first time in your arms, that love - that feeling is something else. Kids bring out this whole new side in you. That is why it is rightly said ‘A child gives birth to a mother,’" begins Deshmukh who is the daughter of prolific producer Vashu Bhagnani.
"Every mother is right in whatever she does for her child"
But as any new mum, this journey also came with its fair share of challenges.
"As a new mum, there is a lot you go through. Also there are so many people giving all sorts of information, books and websites telling you all sorts of things. And you are clueless as to how to process all this info," shares the producer of Sarabjit.
She also adds, "So one of the biggest challenges is to know the difference between what is right and what is wrong. And as mums we all have this instinct that tells us what is right for our child and what is not. Every mother is right in whatever she does for her child. Every mum is giving her best and every mum will have a different way to do things, but at the end of the day all mums are giving in their 100 percent in bringing up their children. So yes, I think the biggest challenge according to me is figuring out what is right for your child."
However, psychological challenges are not the only ones a young new mother faces. There are physical challenges too.
"My second pregnancy was quite tough"
Deshmukh shares that when pregnant with her son, she didn't face any medical problem as such. But it wasn't the case during her second pregnancy.
"My first pregnancy was easy-breezy. It was an absolute cake-walk. But during my first pregnancy in my last trimester I put on more than 15 to 17 kilos of weight, which was a major concern to the doctors. That is the only health issue I faced, that is instead of putting on the normal 7 to 8 kilos in the third trimester I put on that much. But everything else was normal," Deshmukh candidly shares.
During her second pregnancy with her baby girl, Diviyanaa, Deshmukh faced a common pregnancy woe.
The doting mum reveals, "My second pregnancy was quite tough; I was throwing up all the time. It was difficult to deal with the morning sickness. Not only morning I had afternoon and evening sickness too. To cope with that was the biggest challenge I faced during pregnancy."
She did however add that even with all this, her journey was blissful because of her living hubby, Dhiraj Deshmukh.
Continue reading to see how her husband helped her through her challenging pregnancies.
Deshmukh, who has been married to Dhiraj since 2012, is all praises for her supportive and loving husband.
"I think being married is the most beautiful thing in the whole world. I am lucky to have married my best friend and it makes marriage so much more fun and easier to deal with. I have the most amazing husband and its made the whole marriage experience amazing for me," says Deshmukh, who adds that she is surprised at how hands-on Dhiraj is as a father.
"My husband is a total hands-on father and he is so good with the children it’s unbelievable. I never thought he would be this amazing. He is fabulous father to both our kids," she says adding that he was the same caring self during her pregnancy as well.
"Even when he travelled for work out of town, he would make sure everything is available for me, right from my food to all the pampering I needed. It was very important for him to keep me happy and healthy during my pregnancy and he did a brilliant job at that," recalls Deshmukh, who just turned a cosmetic entrepreneur with her organic and natural skin nutrition line specially crafted for toddlers and their families, called Love Organically.
On being a successful mumpreneur
The inspiration behind Deshmukh's latest venture is none other than her three-year-old son, Vansh.
"My son is the inspiration for this skincare line, because he has extremely dry skin. And no matter what you apply from the market, they all have chemicals and harmful ingredients and they would only irritate his skin more. So I started with home remedies for my child. And it worked really well. But when I again started working I realised that I couldn’t keep doing this every day. I needed to find a solution where I could preserve the natural and organic products for kids," shares Deshmukh who is already one of the most successful female producers in Bollywood.
This, she says, gave her the idea to come up with her own unique line for babies.
"And that is when I started studying formulations. It took me two years to understand it and I met Ayurvedic doctors as well. That is when we started making products and using it for our children and some of my friends used it as well. And they suggested we start a range. Not just in India but all over the world there are no such brands with product functionality and and specifics for children. And this was something that was really required in India," says the mumpreneur.
The products under her latest venture are free from GMO, Sulphate, petroleum and the like and enriched with pure botanical extracts and natural plant oils and nut butter.
"All of these feed your skin with the right vitamins and the antioxidants, just the right ingredients for every skin type," points Deshmukh.