In an exclusive conversation with ETimes, Esha Deol sheds light on her close bond with her father, the iconic actor Dharmendra. Despite initial reluctance, Esha entered Bollywood, a decision her father initially opposed due to his traditional Punjabi values. Esha’s acting journey commenced with the 2002 film “Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe,” a debut that earned her the prestigious Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.

Opening up about her father’s perspective, Esha shared during the interview that Dharmendra was initially hesitant about her choice to pursue a career in the film industry. She explained, “The hesitancy stems from his deep-rooted Punjabi values, where protecting the honor of women within the family is a priority. This is merely a reflection of his protective nature and nothing else. As time unfolded, circumstances naturally fell into place… My upbringing was surrounded by influential women – my grandmother, aunt, cousins, and mother. The women in our family are resilient and career-driven. Growing up in such an environment, my decision to embark on a professional journey at the age of 18 and achieve financial independence was a natural progression.”

Esha also touched upon her approach to her children’s future decisions. Emphasizing her stance, she affirmed, “I will not impede my children’s professional choices; instead, I will provide unwavering support and encouragement, just as my grandmother did for my mother.” Esha, who married Bharat Takhtani in 2012 and is a mother of two daughters – Radhya Takhtani and Miraya Takhtani – expressed her dedication to enabling her children’s aspirations.

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Beyond her filmography, Esha’s recent appearances include the web series “Hunter: Tootega Nahi Todega” and “Rudra: The Edge of Darkness.” Reflecting on her shift away from the big screen, Esha revealed in a 2021 interview with Hindustan Times, “My decision was deliberate. I yearned to establish a life with Bharat (Takhtani) and initiate a family. The allure of this phase captivated me completely. Thus, I embraced family life, as tending to my young children required devoted attention and the right timing for every choice.”