When his pregnant wife, actor Udita Goswami, first suggested the name Devi for a girl child (in case they had a daughter), Mohit Suri wasn’t very sure. He protested, “It’s a very old school name, we can’t call her that.”
But today the director’s six-month-old baby is called just that! Mohit reveals the story behind the name. “I am not a religious person because I lost my mother when I was young,” he admits.
“I don’t even know to pray, but while shooting the climax of Hamari Adhuri Kahani I suddenly started crying in the scene when Vidya Balan finally stands up for herself and Durga Mata is shown emerging behind her. The first thing I did was to call up Udita and tell her that we should name our daughter Devi.”
To his surprise, everyone who heard her name liked it. Mohit says with a smile, “Hamari Adhuri Kahani will always be a special film for me because my daughter was born during this film. I was just crying the first time I held her. My daughter shouts and screams but the way she looks at me is the best. Today, I realise why daughters are so special.”