While many have admired Himani Shivpuri for being a talented actress, recently, she gave us another reason to celebrate her courage, determination and strength.
For years, Himani Shivpuri has been one of the celebrated actors in the industry. Her journey is nothing but empowering in every way. While she was part of many films, her one role that people still remember has to be DDLJ. No one can deny that she was one of the most loved characters in SRK and Kajol’s Dilwale Dulhnia Le Jayenge.
But, while she was creating magical memories for so many, she herself was struggling with one of the heartbreaking realities of her life. Recently, in an interview with Free Press Journal, Himani shared heartbreaking news of how she lost her husband while shooting for DDLJ. She also shared how she had to miss the climax and arrange the funeral for her husband.
Speaking to Free Press Journal, Himani recalled the tragic time and said, “I was the only actor who was missing in the climax of DDLJ because my husband passed away just before we had to leave for the outdoors. The Yash Raj unit was very understanding even though there was supposed to be a culmination of my story with Anupam Kher. I had no time to think about all that because I was alone in a strange city, arranging the funeral of my husband, then carrying the ashes to Haridwar.”
But, that’s not it. Himani Shivpuri also shared how being a woman made her life more challenging. In her interview, she spoke about the moment when she faced the dilemma of her life on quitting her job after she had a baby.
Recalling that critical moment she said, “I was very tempted to give up acting. We didn’t have much money so there was no alternative but to work. I wanted to give it all up because as a mother I used to feel guilty about leaving my child at home to go out and do shows. I still remember this one show in Kolkata, we couldn’t afford to fly, so I was on a train, breastfeeding my kid. It is hard to forget the stress and struggle of those days, rushing to the washroom before performances to express the milk just so the costume would not get wet. The point is women, be at home or out there working, rarely have it easy.”
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At IFORHER, we are in awe of Himani Shivpuri and her courage & determination to fight for her dreams and family. While she faced so many struggles, she never gave up! We hope her story will inspire many more to keep fighting and never give up!