Kaniha, who entered the showbiz in 2002, with ‘Five Star’, a Tamil movie produced by Mani Ratnam, has evolved as a popular name in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada movies. The diva has an illustrious career and has worked with most of the A-listers of M-Town and has also been part of ‘Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja,’ one of the best period movies ever made in Malayalam.
As we all are celebrating Mother’s Day today to acknowledge the beautiful spectrum of motherhood, ETimes got in touch with Kaniha. In an exclusive conversation with us, Kaniha poured out her soul, about embracing motherhood, managing both family and career side by side, and also opened up about her mother Jaya, who helps her in making the journey spectacular.
“Being a mother has helped me evolve as a person. And I believe all of us have a purpose for our existence. After the birth of my baby Rishi, I see it as my purpose in life, at this juncture. This beautiful phase in life helped me understand what really ‘selflessness’ is. I wasn’t someone who could be that considerate. If I get a meal, I would eat it, but now as a mother, the first thing that comes to my mind is him, whether he is hungry or not. I learned the true essence of ‘selflessness’ after embracing motherhood,” Kaniha shared.
Entering marriage or having a child has never been a hurdle for Kaniha to pursue her career in cinema. Thanks to her mom Jaya, and her family, who has been always supportive of her dreams and gave her wings to fly high. “My mother has always been around, that is one reason why I have been able to pursue what I am doing. When our son was little, my husband was also busy, he had to travel very often for his work. My mom was always there. I don’t think I would have done the kind of work I did, if not for her. I think all of us have that one person, on whom we can rely upon, and for me, it has always been my mother,” Kaniha expressed.
And above all, it was Kaniha’s passion for cinema and never-ending determination that made her pursue a career and become successful. And Rishi has grown into a lucky charm himself for the ‘Bhagyadevatha’ actress, as he too understands his mom’s work life. “I love to work and I have never been able to completely take myself away from that. But at the same time, it is a thin line to balance both family and work. When he (Rishi) was younger I would take him with me. Now that he is 10, it’s totally a different scenario. He is very independent, and that puts me at ease when I am working. Now I can communicate with him directly, while I am working. Work has been an essential part of my life,” Kaniha added.
When asked about what are her thoughts about Mother’s Day, Kaniha shared that she cannot completely concur with the idea of celebrating motherhood just for a day, “Although I am not affirmative with the concept completely, if there is one day, where we all sit down and reflect upon the journey that our mothers have taken, why not!”
Kaniha wrapped up extending Mother’s Day wishes to all the mothers across the world.