I’m always cuddling my son: Kareena Kapoor Khan – Kareena Kapoor Khan has been multitasking in 2017. She got back to the studios and faced the arclights for Veere Di Wedding, while at home she played mommy to Taimur. Here’s an excerpt from an interview with the actress in Vogue India’s January 2018 issue where she talks about getting back to work and her parenting style:
Honest, but private person
It might be over a year since her last release but the country’s obsession with Kareena Kapoor Khan persists. At last count, there were over 100 Kareena Kapoor fan accounts on Instagram, and her many fan pages on Facebook come from places as far and diverse as Sierra Leone and Algeria. “I guess people are curious because they don’t really know that much about my life. I’ve always been honest, but I’m also ferociously private. I’m not on social media, Saif isn’t on social media. I don’t want to put stuff out there. I’ve worn my success lightly, and also my failures. It’s all a part of the journey that’s made me who I am and brought me to where I am right now,” she says.
The conversation soon turns to the real star of the family — baby Taimur, who just celebrated his first birthday. Taimur has been the focus of much attention, ever since he was born, and everything about him (including his parents’ choice of name for him) has been dissected and discussed at great length by the country’s press. Surprisingly, and tellingly, this doesn’t bother the Khans. The couple doesn’t always agree on their parenting approach.
“Saif is quite English in his approach. I’m quite the Punjabi — I’m always cuddling my son. Saif has to tell me off for squeezing him till he can barely breathe! But he’s only one and I want to enjoy this as much as I can. It’s important for us to create a happy atmosphere in which Taimur can thrive. Obviously, as a working mum, I want to make sure we raise a happy and independent child,” adds Kareena.
Crucial to her child’s happiness, she says, is for his parents to be happy. And an important part of Kareena’s happiness is to be able to control her career, picking roles that are worth her while. “I’m hesitant to call Veere Di Wedding a comeback film because I never really went away. I’m fortunate enough to still get plenty of great scripts to read, but when Rhea (Kapoor) came to me with this film, I was excited at the prospect of working on a film that is produced by women and stars four strong women.”