It’s been more than two months since her son Taimur Ali Khan was born, and yet, news about Kareena Kapoor Khan, her pregnancy, her delivery and her son keeps pouring in. The actor is taking all the attention coming her way in the right spirit though, and is enjoying every moment of motherhood. In an interview, Kareena refutes reports about naming her son Little John, and reveals why Saif (Ali Khan; husband) is jealous.
Your pregnancy, delivery and baby have got a lot of attention. Did you expect so much of it?
Not really. I feel as if I am the first Indian girl to ever get pregnant, wear maternity clothes and appear in public while being pregnant. Many other working women do the same, so I don’t know why it is such a big deal. I read stuff like ‘how come she is doing this? When is she doing that?’
Is the attention difficult to handle?
I have been an actor for 17 years and I know that one should let certain things go. I am happy that people considered it inspiring. It’s fine, and I have nothing to shy away from or hide. Of course, everyone wants to have a perfect figure, but I feel it’s fine to start working two months after my delivery and look glamorous. That’s the way I love it. I am enjoying every phase and every moment of it.
Has motherhood changed you?
It’s an extremely personal journey. It’s a relationship that one develops over time, organically. I am still learning the ropes. In fact, Saif says my attention has completely shifted [to Taimur], and keeps complaining about it. I told him maybe [that will be the case] for a while (laughs). Now, I don’t like leaving home too much.
It was reported that you call your son Little John.
No. I want to clarify that. How can anyone think that? Why would I call my son Little John? My son’s name is Taimur. It is the most beautiful name, and he is the most beautiful and gorgeous man (smiles). And, no, I don’t call him Little John. Please address him as Taimur Ali Khan.
Film-maker Vishal Bhardwaj recently mentioned that he wants to work with you again, as he is a big fan of yours.
Saif and I have worked with Vishal in Omkara (2006), which is one of Vishal’s greatest films. I would love to work with him, and it will be as great a role as the one I played in that film. I am a huge fan of him and his work. I hope we work together soon.
Apparently, you and Saif recently hosted Kangana Ranaut at your place. Have you become good friends with her?
‘Friend’ is a term that is used so loosely these days. You are friends with people you’ve known for years. In the industry, you meet people, socialise and have fun. Having said that, of course, I have met Kangana, and she is a solid person. She is someone I can really relate to. She speaks her mind and heart. I always love people like that.
When will you start shooting for Veere Di Wedding?
In May. I am looking forward to that.
How does it feel to make a television debut?
It’s not [a debut] in that sense. I am the ‘Feel Alive’ ambassador and associated with a channel, which is a first for me. But surely, this is my first tryst with a television channel. We shot for the campaign when I was almost four months pregnant, and I told them that. It’s unusual, as brands shy away from celebrities when they are expecting. However, these guys are progressive in their thoughts and went ahead with it. I couldn’t believe it when I received this offer, and even Saif wanted to be a part of it (laughs).
Would you be keen to judge a reality show on TV?
I have never made any plans in my career vis-à-vis what I want to do going forward or in the future. I take it as it comes. Professionally, I look at opportunities that work for me.