‘I LET MY WORK SPEAK FOR ME’

Gauri Khan says she is a shy girl and is happy do­ing what she does best — jug­gling the many hats she wears

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Ac­tor Shah Rukh Khan’s wife, Gauri Khan, has proved her crit­ics wrong time and again. Not only has she carved a niche for her­self in the in­dus­try as a lead­ing film pro­ducer, she has also made a mark as a suc­cess­ful in­te­rior and fash­ion de­signer. We speak to the 44-yearold about her per­sonal style state­ment, how she man­ages so many roles, and more.

From pro­duc­ing films to de­sign­ing in­te­ri­ors and clothes, how do you man­age it all?

Even be­fore I started de­sign­ing, I of­ten sketched. When you are pas­sion­ate about some­thing, you don’t need ex­ter­nal mo­ti­va­tion to work to­wards achiev­ing it.

Does Shah Rukh take an ac­tive in­ter­est in your pro­fes­sional pur­suits?

He is al­ways sup­port­ive of what­ever I do. I re­mem­ber, when I had launched my in­te­rior store, he re­acted to the space, say­ing that it was too small. Per­son­ally, I think it’s about how the place makes you feel, and about the vibe of the space. But he now wants to buy me a larger space, which is more like a show­room.

Does the bal­anc­ing act ever be­come hard due to fam­ily com­mit­ments?

Of course, it can get ex­tremely er­ratic from time to time. But the key here is to know how to pri­ori­tise your com­mit­ments, and make op­ti­mum use of the time you give to ev­ery­thing you do.

You didn’t start your de­sign ca­reer very early in life. What prompted you to take it up when you de­cided to give it a shot much later in life?

It was when I was work­ing on my own house that I de­vel­oped an in­ter­est in in­te­ri­ors. Af­ter work­ing on a few projects, I re­alised that I was re­ally pas­sion­ate about de­sign­ing. And that’s where it all be­gan.

You tend to main­tain a low pro­file when it comes to media and pub­lic­ity. Why is that?

I let my work speak for me. While I’m re­ally proac­tive when it comes to man­ag­ing my projects, I am a shy per­son.

Shah Rukh is al­ways sup­port­ive of what­ever I do... he wants to buy me a larger space, which is more like a show­room

The key is to know how to pri­ori­tise your com­mit­ments, and make op­ti­mum use of the time you give to ev­ery­thing you do

There are a lot of ar­eas that I have not ven­tured into, and I look for­ward to mak­ing the most of ev­ery­thing that comes my way Gauri Khan, pro­ducer

de­signer

How would you de­fine your style?

My per­sonal style is very com­fort­able and fem­i­nine. I adore saris. I feel they’re very easy to carry. They’re not only sexy and grace­ful, but one can also style them the way they like best.

You re­cently de­signed a col­lec­tion for Satya Paul’s 30th an­niver­sary. As a busi­ness­woman, what’s next on the road for you?

You can’t put a limit to growth. There are a lot of ar­eas that I haven’t ven­tured into, and I look for­ward to mak­ing the most of ev­ery­thing that comes my way. My first store has taken off suc­cess­fully, and I hope to do plenty of col­lab­o­ra­tions — be it in in­te­rior de­sign or in fash­ion.

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