Now that you’re a columnist, do deadlines scare you?
I like deadlines. Even though it’s tough to find new ideas every week, I enjoy the challenge.
What does “the prodigal son” think of the book – and about that tag?
“The man of the house” [Akshay] and “the prodigal son” [Aarav] rather enjoy the slightly exaggerated caricatures of them that I present to the world.
Aamir Khan said you’re good at “insulting people”. What’s the worst insult you’ve ever doled out?
I don’t dole out insults, I make a few lame jokes and sometimes people get offended. Then I spend days feeling terrible about having this foot-in-the-mouth disease.
If you could use this space to apologise to one person, it would be...
My children. I say all sorts of inappropriate things to them.
You’ve admitted that you can’t act. What’s with the self-deprecation?
I couldn’t act when I was 20, and I definitely haven’t gotten better with age. This is a fact. I’m not self-deprecatory about other skills I possess.
A film you cannot believe you did.
I wish I hadn’t done a single one.
If you’d left it to your mum to name your kids, what do you think Aarav and Nitara would be called?
We never ask my mom for names!
The best thing about being a star kid, a celebrity and a celebrity wife.
People already have very fixed notions about you without ever meeting you.
Your thoughts on, “Life begins at 40”.
I thought menopause began at 40.
The craziest thing about doing the interiors of celebrity homes.
I once had to change a large bathroom mirror thrice, because that particular actor felt that the reflection was warped and was either looking too fat or too thin.
If you’d been a regular girl without any connection to Bollywood, what do you think you’d have ended up doing?
I would be five kilos heavier, and probably equally happy going to an office and preparing audit reports.
Your favourite book.
I like science fiction, so a lot of Asimov, Neil Gaiman and Ken Liu. I like living in the future more than in the past. I like Wodehouse and Rohinton Mistry, too.
The rudest, funniest motherly thing your mum’s ever said to you.
She decided to tell a doyen of society about a song that I had made up years ago. It was about gas and farts; my mother seems to look for opportunities to embarrass me.
Define your sister Rinke Khanna in one sentence.
She is just like me on the inside. (She needs an entire book all to herself with all her idiosyncrasies!)
THE AKSHAY KUMAR BOX
Favourite AK film:
I watch most of his movies. I really enjoyed Special 26 (2013), Baby (2015). The first Hera Pheri (2000) is sort of my favourite.
A film you cannot believe He did:
Mr. Bond (1992)! Hahaha!
What’s it like being married to someone so different?
It is wonderful to spend years with a mind so unlike yours and to learn and grow up imbibing the best in each other.
On being a celebrity wife:
Does an entity like star-wife really exist? I don’t see how being married to someone would change the person you are. And this tag is also slightly misogynistic because it states that a woman’s identity is based on not just her husband, but his job too.
From HT Brunch, September 13
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