Working Wonders

She may be five months pregnant, but there’s no stopping her. A strong, career-oriented woman, Kareena Kapoor Khan has several hits to her name, including both commercial and women-centric projects. Noting that she doesn’t believe in staying home during or after her pregnancy, Bebo, as she is fondly called, is breaking with stereotypes by saying she will continue to work following her delivery. Read on to learn about her choice of roles and what’s ahead. 

She may be five months pregnant, but there’s no stopping her. A strong, career-oriented woman, Kareena Kapoor Khan has several hits to her name, including both commercial and women-centric projects. Noting that she doesn’t believe in staying home during or after her pregnancy, Bebo, as she is fondly called, is breaking with stereotypes by saying she will continue to work following her delivery. Read on to learn about her choice of roles and what’s ahead.  

Unlike many, you decided to continue with your acting career even after marriage. What made you do so?
I fail to understand how my career has anything to do with my personal life. Marriage is a personal commitment and it works differently for different people. I am a modern Indian woman who is married and still working… and I’m proud of it! This has only been possible thanks to the love and support from my husband. He doesn’t understand why there is such a hue and cry about it. I will always continue working even until I am 80 years old. In fact, I don’t think motherhood will come in the way of my work, either.

You’ve worked in quite a few women-centric films. What is the response that you’ve got from them?
Everybody talks about doing women-centric films or roles, but I have actually always done that. Heroine-centric films were made earlier also; it’s the choice left to an actor about what they want to do. Just because people from my family have done a lot of commercial films in the past doesn’t mean that I should do the same. I always wanted to balance my career with all kinds of films. I am very proud to be a glamorous actress.

What’s your dream role?
I don’t look at it as a dream role, but I would love to play something like what Meryl Streep did in The Devil Wears Prada at some point. It is one of my most favourite films and performances.

Who do you look up to the most in your family?
I am a great mix of both my parents, and even my sister. I am a true-blue Kapoor by heart when it comes to my emotions, physicality, my comic timing, approach, zest and energy towards life. I love food and am very positive. I am an amalgamation of everyone in my family.

What are your thoughts on working in the television industry?
I think Saif will be amazing on TV; I am not looking at TV at all. But both of us watch a lot of shows like House of Cards.

What about Hollywood offers?
I’ve not gotten any offers yet, and even if I do get one I’m not sure I’ll go for it. Of course, language is no barrier, but it has to be something outstanding, something that I can relate to.

If you had the chance to be a part of any Bollywood remake, which would it be?
Mr. India... I would love to play Sridevi’s role in it.

Anything you dislike about the industry?
I am a total industry child; I have grown up here and I love films. For me this is home. There’s plenty of work for everybody here.