The occasion of Guru Purnima has a great significance in our lives. On this day, we pay homage to our academic and spiritual teachers, who gave us direction, prepared us for the journey ahead and made us better human beings. The day, also known as Vyasa Purnima, will be observed on July 24. Talking about the mentors in their lives, celebrities share about how their gurus and their guru mantras have been their guiding force and have changed their lives.
I consider my Dad as my first guru but there are others in my life who also act as my gurus.I’ve learnt the best from all my seniors and elders. Monu, who used to be my AD in Balika Vadhu, said that anyone can be a good actor but being a good person that is very important. Then Partho da director of Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar said that in filmmaking, waiting comes first and creation comes second. These are few thoughts which I have always remembered by them.
My guru is Shree Pramukh Swami Maharaj who belongs to the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (PLEASE CONFIRM), the same sansthan which Akshar Dham is a part of. Although I didn’t have much chance to meet him except for a few times, I think that was enough for me because the lessons he taught guided me and made my life better. The guru mantra that has definitely changed my life is that the most peace giving act would be of letting go of the situation and the people. I have been following him since school… One of the times I met him was when I was in class 10. I went to Kolkata and there is a temple being built by the BAPS. I went there to offer my services to build the temple, I used to pick up bricks, clean, help in cooking, and cut vegetables. I stayed there for two months. I met a lot of other sanyasis as well and that changed my perception towards my Guru and my life. Every time I meet Shree Pramukh Swami Maharaj, I feel enlightened.
I think time is the greatest guru anybody can have. There have been a lot of people in my life in different stages but almost all of them are female who helped me throughout my life and career. I have been surrounded by strong women and that has shaped me well.
My mother is like my Guru. I always take her blessings and advice for work opportunities. She always tells me to not get disheartened by disappointments. She believed in me when I decided to get into acting and encouraged it. I would have not been an actor if she hadn’t supported me.
Without a Guru, you can’t grow in life. Life is full of ups and downs and having someone who can guide you as your guru is so helpful. For me, my Guru is my dad. He taught me to trust God in every situation acha Waqt nai Raha to bura bhi nai rahega.
In my lifetime, I have had many mentors and one of the firsts was Rakesh Malhotra whom I have worked with Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki and we are still in touch. Then Partho Mitra, Santram Varma… they have all taught something or the other in my career and I try to remember that. One mantra that I personally believe in is “Lage Raho”, which means keep working.