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My son has made me a better person: Emraan Hashmi

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Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi says his six-year-old son has made him a better person and a responsible father, besides teaching him to “never give up”.

“Ayaan has given birth to a new me. He made me a better person and taught me that life will hit you, it will knock you down on the floor but you have to get up, stumble, fall again and then get up but never give up,” Hashmi said while addressing a panel discussion on “Parenthood” at Spring Fever 2016.

The “Jannat” actor unveiled the first look of his book “The Kiss of Life”, which is about the hardships he and his wife faced when their son was diagnosed with cancer at the age of four in 2014. It is scheduled to be released next month by Penguin India.

When asked how he managed to keep himself calm throughout the period of his son’s treatment, the 36-year-old actor said, “I think I need to go for some counselling as this incident has left deeper psychological impact on me.”

According to Hashmi, women are emotionally “stronger” than men as his wife Parveen showed “extraordinary” strength.

“I think women are emotionally much stronger than men. When we came to know that our child had cancer, my wife did not cry while I burst into tears. Even during his whole treatment I had to come back occasionally for shooting but she was there throughout and I don’t know how she managed to be so brave, hats off to her,” he said.

The actor is currently shooting for “Azhar”, a biopic on former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin, which will hit the screens on May 13.

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