For nearly a decade now, Kajol has restricted herself to acting in just one movie a year. But in 2010, the actor is featuring in three films, probably because she insists it will be a few years before she signs up another project. Ajay Devgn’s wife, who’s expecting their second baby this October, asserts she needs this break again. Toonpur Ka Super Hero with hubby will be her last film for now, scheduled to release this December.
When asked if her experience this time is any different from when she was expecting daughter Nysa seven years ago, she replies, "Every pregnancy is different. Also, I’m working a lot more now. Back then, I was living a leisurely life. I’ve grown in these years," she explains.
Also, this time the couple hasn’t thought of any names for the baby. In an earlier interview, Devgn had revealed that Kajol had settled on the name, Nysa, in case they had a girl, five years before her birth. Remind her of that and she says, "We’ll wait till the baby is born. Even Nysa is looking forward to me having the baby."
Until then, the actor is eagerly anticipating We Are Family, releasing on September 3. Playing a mother for the second time this year in a Karan Johar production, she reveals that she loved his idea of remaking the Hollywood hit, Stepmom. "It’s basically Indian - you have the sacrificing mother and all that," she reasons, adding that after seeing how director Siddharth Malhotra was treating it, she cast off whatever reservations she had.
Since her real personality is reflected in all the parts she has played, Kajol asserts that her maternal traits in real life merged with that of her character, Maya, while filming. “Every woman will identify with her, for they all want to be the perfect mother, perfect wife, perfect daughter. Maya puts 300 per cent into it, that’s what her life is about. All this comes from one basic fact: her children matter the most to her,” she explains.
Does she discover new aspects about herself while acting? “I don’t know about discovering anything, but it certainly reaffirms a lot,” she says, adding, “You realise that life is short. Something may happen when you’re busy planning for other events. So when I return home, I feel I love my daughter more than ever.”
Reportedly, Malhotra sought Lord Hanuman’s help to get her to act in the movie. Hearing this, she jokes, “I think he should have put a time limit on his wish. The film is long over, but he’s still going to the temple to pray.”