‘TAIMUR IS TOO SMALL TO RE­ALISE HE’S BE­ING CLICKED’

Ac­tor Ka­reena Kapoor Khan talks about one of the few peo­ple in the coun­try who can up­stage her

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Monika Rawal Kukreja monika.rawal@htlive.com

Bask­ing in the suc­cess of her lat­est film, Veere Di Wed­ding, ac­tor Ka­reena Kapoor Khan can, at the mo­ment, have only per­son steal the lime­light from her — that’s her own son, lit­tle Taimur, the In­ter­net-breaker.

While pro­mot­ing the film, Ka­reena faced as many ques­tions about Taimur as about the plot and her co-stars. Though she did say in a re­cent in­ter­view that she was get­ting “bored” of field­ing the Taimur ques­tions, she’s happy to chat with us about the coun­try’s most fa­mous in­fant (as he has been since his birth in De­cem­ber 2016), how he’s grow­ing up, why she has never tried to block the me­dia glare, and her hopes for a “nor­mal up­bring­ing”.

You re­cently said that you don’t want Taimur’s life to be doc­u­mented, but looks like he’s al­ready used to the cam­era.

(Laughs) I feel it’s about get­ting used to his name be­ing called out [by the pa­parazzi] and not par­tic­u­larly the cam­eras around. I don’t think he can make out that he’s be­ing clicked. He’s still too small for that [right now].

Peo­ple love to see his pic­tures on so­cial me­dia. No harm, surely, if there’s more of him out there?

Hon­estly, I’ve never held back any­thing. He’s prac­ti­cally all over the place. But he’s just 17 months old, so, let him grow up and have his life. I want him to have a nor­mal up­bring­ing; I to­tally un­der­stand that it’s tough to have it in to­day’s time but it is okay. I’m let­ting him be.

You started work­ing soon af­ter Taimur was born. Was there ever guilt that you weren’t able to give him as much time as any new mother would?

My time with my son — be­cause it’s not on so­cial me­dia or no one knows about it — does not need to be [made pub­lic]. Just be­cause I don’t post a pic­ture with him or I don’t carry him at air­ports doesn’t mean I don’t spend time with my son. I be­lieve in qual­ity over quan­tity... and what my time and my bond is with my son, I don’t need to an­nounce to the world. Are we say­ing that moth­ers who work don’t spend time with their chil­dren? It’s not like that.

You aren’t on so­cial me­dia yet...

I think any­way, what­ever I say makes it to so­cial me­dia, so [my ab­sence] doesn’t mat­ter. Whether peo­ple love it, like it or troll it, ev­ery­thing re­lated to me is all out there.

Do you of­ten search what’s be­ing posted about you on­line?

Not at all! It’d be sad if my life were just about Googling my­self; thank­fully, it’s not.

Have work pri­or­i­ties changed be­cause you want to spend more time with Taimur?

Of course, they have! I have a son, a fam­ily and re­spon­si­bil­ity on my shoul­ders, so I’ll choose to do one film at a time be­cause I need time for them. And since it’s just one, I’d want to do some­thing good and in­ter­est­ing and it’ll be the one I choose rather than do­ing some­thing for a friend or any­thing.

Ka­reena Kapoor Khan and son Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi

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