‘I’M SHAKEN UP THAT NYSA IS ABROAD’

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Rishabh Suri

Bol­ly­wood ac­tor Ajay Devgn has al­ways been known as the quin­tes­sen­tial tough, ma­cho hero, and films such as Sing­ham and the re­cent heist thriller Baad­shaho have fur­ther en­hanced that im­age. But what very few peo­ple know is that Ajay melts eas­ily when it comes to in­dulging his kids, daugh­ter Nysa, 14, and son Yug, who turns seven years old to­mor­row. He re­veals that at home, he is the one who spoils the chil­dren and that his wife, ac­tor Ka­jol, holds the reins. “Ka­jol is the strict one, and han­dles the dis­ci­pline of the house. What Nysa and Yug don’t get from her, they come and com­plain to me, and I give them what­ever they want. But I also say, ‘Don’t tell this to your mom!’” laughs the 48-yearold ac­tor. And what hap­pens when Ka­jol even­tu­ally gets to know about it? Ajay says, “First, she gets an­noyed. I ask her to calm down, and then I tell her that it’s my de­ci­sion!” But Ajay re­alises that it’s im­por­tant to keep his kids grounded. He says, “How­ever in­dul­gent I might be, I draw some lines. My up­bring­ing at home has been typ­i­cally very mid­dle­class. Me hav­ing a very big house and ev­ery­thing doesn’t change things. I still

What Nysa and Yug don’t get from [Ka­jol], they come and com­plain to me, and I give them what­ever they want AJAY DEVGN, AC­TOR

live in a joint fam­ily; my par­ents (Veeru and Veena Devgn) stay with me. The kind of up­bring­ing my kids have got is also sim­i­lar. They know what’s right and wrong.” Nysa has re­cently gone abroad to Sin­ga­pore to com­plete her school­ing. Asked how dif­fi­cult the de­ci­sion was, Ajay says, “I am still shaken up. She’s only 14, and she has never been alone and left the house. The whole fam­ily is a lit­tle up­set, but she’s ad­just­ing there well, so I am happy about that.”

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

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