‘WON’T TALK ABOUT MY PER­SONAL LIFE’

Malaika Arora is re­luc­tant to talk about Ar­jun Kapoor or mar­riage plans; says her son likes films and the process of mak­ing them

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Malaika Arora is in a good space. On the per­sonal front, she has moved on af­ter her nearly twodecade long mar­riage to Ar­baaz Khan ended, and is now ru­moured to be see­ing ac­tor Ar­jun Kapoor. On the pro­fes­sional front, she is judg­ing re­al­ity shows and has launched her fit­ness stu­dio. A suc­cess­ful modelling ca­reer and ac­claimed dance num­bers in Bol­ly­wood block­busters to her credit, Malaika tells us her life mantra is: “Live life queen size. Be hon­est and re­spect­ful, don’t live with any re­grets.”

Re­ports sug­gest you will soon be ty­ing the knot with Ar­jun Kapoor. True?

I never an­swer per­sonal ques­tions. Not that I shy away from an­swer­ing or what­ever. I just don’t feel com­fort­able talk­ing about my per­sonal life. And what­ever my life has been, ev­ery­one is aware of it. I don’t need to be talk­ing about it. I am just en­joy­ing my life — it’s beau­ti­ful and pre­cious.

You have many dance num­bers in films to your credit, do you think they shouldn’t be termed as ‘item num­bers’?

I’ve al­ways said it. Hon­estly, it was coined by the me­dia, not by the film­mak­ers . Why give it a la­bel, why ob­jec­tify women? I’ve done a lot of songs, not once did I feel un­com­fort­able or ob­jec­ti­fied on screen. What­ever songs I’ve done were out of my own free will. At the end of the day, peo­ple may per­ceive it dif­fer­ently. I can’t change all of that. But I can talk for my­self. I love danc­ing. Dance is a won­der­ful form of ex­pres­sion, whether it’s a man per­form­ing or a woman. I don’t look at it that way – whether it’s an In­dian dance, a tra­di­tional num­ber or a sen­su­ous num­ber.

Should lyrics of some songs be re­con­sid­ered?

Maybe that can be done. Some of the lyrics can get a bit too much. But some of it, you’ve got to look at it from the spirit of the song. It can be a lit­tle naughty and tongue-in-cheek. If I find some­thing cheap or vul­gar, then I will voice my opin­ion. So, if some­one is not com­fort­able with some­thing — the lyric or a step — you should be clear about it. The minute you say it, peo­ple will know that you mean busi­ness and no­body will mess around with you.

Is your son Arhaan in­ter­ested in act­ing?

He is very young. Not that he is not aware, he is born and brought up in a film fam­ily. He watches a lot of films and has shown in­ter­est. Right now he is in the phase where he is en­joy­ing the process of film­mak­ing. It ex­cites him purely be­cause he is ex­posed to it. Only time will tell what he wants to do in the medium.

Was the fit­ness stu­dio a nat­u­ral ex­ten­sion for you?

Yes, it’s a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion of my per­son­al­ity. It’s an all­women stu­dio as we wanted to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment con­ducive for women.

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH PHOTO: PRODIP GUHA/HT

Malaika Arora with Ar­jun Kapoor

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