Noted actor and now member of Parliament (MP) Kirron Kher detests reading out from a paper and would rather prefer extempore. But, she can’t afford it now, says Kher.
Kher was in Jaipur on Monday to address the members of FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO). She spoke on the topic of ‘Management by Women - We are Well Empowered’. She touched various issues and kept the event lively and vibrant, with her anecdotes and laughter.
On entering politics
Fighting the elections was my ‘
Kuch bhi ho sakta hai moment’
. I wasn’t prepared for it. But, I couldn’t say no either. I am not the usual film star who enters politics just for the heck of it. In fact, I don’t even look at myself as a politician. I am here to serve people and until, I don’t give my 100 percent to a job that I take up, I feel agitated. If I weren’t an actor, I would be an IAS or IPS officer.
Be it home or work place, women are the best managers across the globe. I wish I had a wife who could manage things for me. Men are blessed that way. They have wives to look after their home. I often tell my husband, I need a wife who could help me juggle my different roles, from that of an MP to a mom, a wife and an actor.
On female foeticide
Women in this country are striving to create a niche for themselves, despite ranking low in various parameters vis-a-vis other countries. In fact, women in India rank one of the lowest when it comes to health and survival. It is sad that even today we have women who are forced by their in-laws and husband to have a son. The number of growing cases in female foeticide shakes me up.
While I have done both commercial as well as realistic cinema and enjoy doing both, my heart belongs to realistic cinema. The reason I chose to do a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film (Devdas) is because he beautifully creates a sense of opera. Besides, I also enjoyed doing Punjab 1984, a Punjabi film, which is rewarding to my soul.
The day-to-day chores take a toll on us (women). Most of the time, we are all worried deciding what to cook and how to manage both domestic and professional lives. I wish to go on a holiday and take my cook along. I also want to switch off all the gadgets including mobile phone and just be with myself, when I am holidaying.