‘I am like a bad penny, I just keep com­ing back’

Ka­jol talks about get­ting hon­oured with a wax statue and mak­ing a ‘come­back’

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

Oh my God! Re­ally?” was Ka­jol’s first re­ac­tion when Madame Tus­sauds, Sin­ga­pore ap­proached her with the pro­posal to cre­ate her wax statue and in­stall it in their pres­ti­gious mu­seum. The mu­seum fea­tures per­son­al­i­ties such as In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and Hol­ly­wood ac­tor Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe.

“Af­ter the ini­tial eu­pho­ria, I re­alised that it was such a big hon­our for me to be fea­tured along­side such fig­ures. Be­ing com­pared to some of them is too much,” says the ac­tor, who has been a part of Bol­ly­wood for more than two decades.

How did her hus­band, ac­tor Ajay Devgn, and her two kids, Nysa and Yug, take the news? “Be­ing happy and proud is ev­ery­one’s gen­eral re­ac­tion. But I haven’t been re­ally able to ex­plain it to Yug (since he’s too small) in de­tail. I have just told him, ‘There’s this thing of me in Sin­ga­pore’. His only ques­tion was, ‘That’s cool! Are we go­ing to Sin­ga­pore?’,” re­veals Ka­jol.

The daugh­ter of vet­eran ac­tor Tanuja and di­rec­tor Shomu Mukher­jee, and the niece of ac­tor Nu­tan, Ka­jol is the first from her fam­ily to get her own wax statue.

“First of all, let me say that I am su­per-proud of my en­tire fam­ily! All of them de­serve to have much more than me. I don’t think I’ve achieved even a lit­tle of what they have had. My fam­ily is very proud of the fact that I’m go­ing to be ‘waxed’,” she laughs.

Ka­jol is go­ing to be back in Bol­ly­wood af­ter a gap of three years, last seen in Dil­wale (2015). Her only re­lease af­ter that was the Tamil film with Dhanush, VIP 2. As fe­male ac­tors disappearing from the screen for even one year are deemed as be­ing out of the race, many are al­ready calling Ela, Ka­jol’s next film, as her ‘come­back’. How­ever, she re­mains un­fazed. “I’ve had so many of these ‘come­backs’, I’m now like the ‘come­back queen’! I’m like a bad penny, I just keep com­ing back,” she signs off.

Ka­jol’s mother and aunt are vet­eran ac­tors Tanuja and Nu­tan, re­spec­tively

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