INAAYA TOO SMALL TO HAVE PLAYDATES WITH TAIMUR: SOHA

Ac­tor Soha Ali Khan opens up about moth­er­hood, daugh­ter Inaaya Naumi Kemmu, and nephew Taimur Ali Khan

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT - Rishabh Suri rishabh.suri@htlive.com

Ac­tor Soha Ali Khan is hav­ing the time of her life. Af­ter be­com­ing mother to a baby girl, whom she named Inaaya Naumi Kemmu, in Septem­ber this year, Soha has also turned into an au­thor with an up­com­ing book, her mem­oir.

The 39-year old says that hav­ing a child means that now baby al­ways comes first. “It’s no longer about my life, and that’s the most defini­tive change! Up un­til now, I have been very in­de­pen­dent, and liked to be in con­trol of my sched­ule when it came to go­ing to the gym, and get­ting min­i­mum 10 hours of sleep ev­ery night. I used to look af­ter my­self. But now, ev­ery­thing is about her,” quips Soha.

“It’s dif­fi­cult for some­one like me to re­lin­quish con­trol to some­one else. But now Inaaya con­trols what I eat, when I sleep, whether or not I can watch TV — she’s the boss!” adds Soha, who feels lucky that she had her mother, yes­ter­year ac­tor Sharmila Tagore to help her out in this new phase of life.

“Mom was here for a month af­ter Inaaya was born. She said ‘I will look af­ter the house, your diet and make sure you are healthy’. We have some nurses as well, there’s a doc­tor and a pae­di­a­tri­cian, but ul­ti­mately, it’s about me, Ku­nal (Kemmu; her hus­band) and Inaaya, and we three are fig­ur­ing it out to­gether. There are peo­ple to guide you, but ul­ti­mately, you have to do it all by your­self.”

Star kids are al­ways the cen­tre of at­ten­tion with fan clubs and pages ded­i­cated to them and their cute pho­tos on so­cial me­dia.

The lat­est thing on the agenda of such fans is — ‘Has Inaaya met her cousin Taimur (son of Soha’s brother Saif Ali Khan and Ka­reena Kapoor Khan) yet?’ She says, “They have met, of course. But the first time they met, she was too small and didn’t recog­nise peo­ple or fo­cus on any one per­son. It’s lovely when she fo­cuses on your face. Now there’s a bit of recog­ni­tion.”

Asked if there are plans to have playdates for the kids soon, Soha tells us, “It will take time for that. They’ve met on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions. But we’re wait­ing for her to be old enough.”

While be­ing a first-time par­ent can be un­nerv­ing, Soha is learn­ing how to be an ef­fi­cient mother. “The first week, you’ve no idea what’s go­ing on, and you have a bit inkling about why she’s cry­ing — is she cranky, is she hun­gry or sleepy? It’s ex­cit­ing to get to that stage when you are more con­fi­dent,” she signs off.

PHOTO: RAAJESSH KASHYAP/HT

Soha Ali Khan gave birth to Inaaya Naumi Kemmu (in­set) in Septem­ber this year

PHOTO: TWIT­TER/KUNALKEMMU

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