Bollywood diva Kareena Kapoor welcomed motherhood and her firstborn Taimur Ali Khan last year, and is now the two sides of the same coin as she converses — the familiar, spirited Bebo and the more guarded and calmer new mum, especially while talking about her junior Nawab.
“He gets clicked wherever he goes, even when I’m not with him and all those popping flashbulbs make him blink,” she smiles, while talking to Mumbai Mirror, admitting that baby Taimur is definitely fascinated by the attention.
Rumour had it that she and her actor-husband Saif Ali Khan have been approached for their baby to be the face of a new cartoon channel and animated series. The actor rubbished the reports as “bizarre and absolutely ridiculous.”
“He’s only six months old! Saif and I have never shied away from being a family that’s open to the public but after a point, it gets exhausting, embarrassing even, sometimes,” she reasons, taking a good-natured dig at the paps. “I’m out of gym-wear now, thanks to the photogs outside my yoga studio in Bandra. Saif’s gym look is the greatest. He doesn’t give a damn and is always in his orange shorts — the ones he’s been wearing for the last decade!”
Kareena has decidedly changed in the last six months. She wants to spend more time at home and insists that it won’t be just Saif she will be missing when she’s away on an upcoming shoot. “I don’t like being away from Taimur, I don’t want to miss out on a single moment of his childhood. If I have to go for a shoot, I’ll take him with me sometimes but it’s a tough balance,” she sighs.
She also revealed that she will also be writing a book which will document her journey as a mother and actor. “I’m definitely writing a book on motherhood, it’ll be interesting and fun,” she promises, admitting that she’s an on-the-go mom. “Throughout my pregnancy, I’ve shot for brands that would sign me despite my size. I did two shoots, one when I was four months pregnant and the second at seven months and I enjoyed every minute of it. Three months after the delivery, I shot for a brand that didn’t seem to have a problem with a heavier me. It’s been a blessed journey so far.”
Talking about Veere Di Wedding, Kareena describes Rhea Kapoor, the producer of the movie, as a one-of-a-kind Bollywood rockstar. “She stood by the film through thick and thin. Picture this: you have money, a script, time and your heroine calls you up to tell you that she is pregnant. Rhea reworked her script to add the pregnancy angle (which was eventually dropped), even though I told her to just go ahead with an actress 10 years younger. At a time when producers drop an older actress for no particular reason, Rhea, who is a woman of gumption, courage and conviction, told me that the film was all about women and there was no way she was going ahead without me,” she marvels.
Kareena, who is known for her tightly-knit girl gang that comprises sister Karisma Kapoor and another sibling duo, Amrita and Malaika Arora, completely identifies with her new film. “I’m possessive about my friends and this film reflects that side of me. It’s the story of four girls who attend my wedding and all the dhamaal that it involves. It showcases women and their emotions. It’s the right time to do this kind of a film,” she explains.
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