Kajol was last seen in Dilwale (2015) opposite Shah Rukh Khan. And now, she reveals that she is focusing on a movie that will be produced by her husband Ajay Devgn. “I’m just concentrating on one film right now, which I’ll start shooting for next year. It is our (Kajol and Ajay’s) home production. We’re going to start talking [to the media] about it once we start the shooting,” she says.
Kajol has previously featured in several films made by Ajay’s production banner, such as Dil Kya Kare (1999), Raju Chacha (2000) and U Me Aur Hum (2008).
Ask her if she wants to branch out into other aspects of moviemaking, such as direction or writing, and she responds with an elongated “Noooooo,” which is followed by her signature hearty laughter. “That’s not happening... not in this lifetime,” she adds.
When it comes to social media, Kajol wants to keep a safe distance from the popular microblogging site, Twitter, unlike her peers. “It has just become too political. Everything is political on Twitter. I have not completely adjusted to the Twitterverse,” she says, adding, “I prefer Instagram. I like the fact that a picture speaks a thousand words. I don’t have to specify things and write them down in letters,” she says.
A lil blurred but such a clear women's club. Had to put it out! pic.twitter.com/B6PrqX1ah2— Kajol (@KajolAtUN) November 11, 2016
After her debut with Bekhudi in 1992, she hit the big league with Shah Rukh Khan in Baazigar (1993). Hit films such as Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) followed. Kajol made a statement with her unconventional looks, when she refused to do away with her bridged eyebrows, at a time when trimmed ones were the norm. However, two decades later, the definition of beauty is still a much-debated topic in the industry. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” quips Kajol, adding “This perception that people have about skin colour (the obsession over fair skin), I’m sorry to say, is of a younger mindset, and I’m not talking about the age factor. People who are mature, who have grown and evolved, realise that when people are truly beautiful inside, they are beautiful outside as well,” she says.
A cause close to heart
Since the past two years, the mother of two (her daughter Nysa, is 13, and son, Yug, is 6) and the face of Olay, has been an active advocate for children’s health in India. She is a United Nations (UN) designated “Hand Washing Ambassador”. In fact, she joined Twitter on September 2014 specifically to cater to this role.
Kajol says, “My UN journey has been fantastic. The campaign we are talking about is ‘Help a child reach five’. Hand washing is a simple message, but we found it difficult to make people take it seriously. That was one of the hurdles we had to cross. Everybody was like, ‘Here we are talking about AIDS, cancer, tsunamis and earthquakes, and you are talking about washing hands. How can that even compete?’ And I replied saying, ‘No, it is important. I believe that prevention is better than cure. I’ve seen that with my kids.”
Without stopping to catch her breath, Kajol adds, “The statistics say we are one of the countries with the highest child mortality rates. The reasons behind that are diarrhoea and pneumonia, which are fully controllable. It’s not that we are facing a big plague that does not have a vaccine. It is something we can control. And if we can control it but do nothing about it, then we (citizens) are to be blamed for it. And I’m very passionate about this cause.”
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