A successful actor, wife, and now a doting mother, Kareena Kapoor Khan says she is enjoying the current phase of her life. In an interview with HT Café, the actor talks about her son Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi being “the most gorgeous man”, balancing her time between husband Saif Ali Khan and work, and how she can still look glamorous in track pants”.
As a woman you are experiencing motherhood for the first time, how have you been handling the additional responsibility?
It has been an amazing transformation because whenever you become a mother, it obviously comes naturally to you. Everything happens organically and I think that’s exactly what’s happened with me. I was looking forward to this phase in my life. And it is the most special part of my life right now. I don’t think I have ever been or looked happier.
You made pregnancy look so fashionable, as pointed out by your friend and film-maker Karan Johar on his talk show. Is it true that you had an entire wardrobe for your looks when you stepped out during your pregnancy?
I think it is a lot of pressure that people have given stars that it’s important you need to look absolutely head to toe designer, while walking out of the airport. I think that’s not natural, it is abnormal. I have never put too many looks together. I don’t really think about what I am going to wear when I step out. Like sometimes you are in a pair of jeans or sometimes you are in a dress. It’s not very well thought off. I am not one those actors who will have 25 dresses hanging in their room and pick out one for each day. I might even walk out from the airport wearing a track pant and sweatshirt. If it affects people and if the fashion bloggers think it’s not fashionable, I don’t care. It’s about me and it’s about my comfort. And I can still look glamorous in my track pants.
What is that one thing you would want your son Taimur Ali Khan to inherit from Saif Ali Khan and you?
My son is the most gorgeous man on this side of the equator, in India technically. You will see soon (laughs).
As a successful actor and now a doting wife and mother, you are an inspiration to a lot of working women you find it hard to juggle between work and home. Any pro-tips for them?
I think women love to multitask. And I think out there, there are more working women today, as there ever was. And in my family, my sister [Karisma Kapoor] has worked after her kids, my mother-in-law [Sharmila Tagore] has worked after her kids. In fact, when Saif [Ali Khan] was three years old she did act in films. She has always been a working woman, I have come from that family and been inspired by very strong women in my family. And of course, having a supportive family, supportive mother [Babita], sister, and father [Randhir Kapoor], who is extremely supportive and is always like ‘you should always work’. I have always balanced time between my husband and my work and I don’t see any difference now.
How has your beauty regimen been?
Honestly, I do not take care and I am blessed with good skin because of my genes. Genetically, my mother and my father have amazing skin. My mother Babita till today, like actually has glowing skin. Technically, she should be the brand ambassador of Lakmé. She in fact, has always used the products, even before her daughter actually, endorsed and became the brand ambassador of Lakmé.
In a world, where body-shaming is quite evident and with a lot of celebrities facing it on a daily basis, what would be your opinion on the same?
It’s been just 46 days which people should know and I don’t know if any Indian actor has actually been kind of out there on day 46. I am very confident. It’s natural to put on a few kilos. There is a strict regimen that’s been followed which will take 2-3 months, but I don’t care. I am happy for it to take its course. Like I got pregnant and worked through my pregnancy. Exactly the same way is what I am going to take my life from here on. Not every actor will step out on day 46, knowing that they have put on a few kilos. But I think it is amazing, it is the most natural thing ever to have a child. I think just embrace that and understand that it is the greatest part of womanhood.