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Kajol speaks about her Bengali connection on Saptami
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; October 21, 2012)
What are your childhood memories associated with Durga puja? As kids, it was a time when there was no routine, we used to stay up till late night or wake up early morning and go for anjali, nobody paid attention to us. We ate as much bhajas as we could. Since I was two years old, I used to serve the bhog though at that time we were only given bhajas to serve and not the dal as it could drop on us. My grandmother started this Durga puja in Juhu about 60 years back and she insisted that everyone come down for it so it was a time when my entire family came together, including distant relatives from Kolkata. After my grandmother, my dad continued to organize it with all his brothers. It was a tradition to have a Bengali play every night. It was like a wedding taking place every year where everybody used to just talk and talk and fights would break out and then they would make up and each one would have a view on how it could be organised better.
Is this a time when you miss your father more? He was a part of my identity and I could not see my life without him. I miss him every day of my life. After I lost him, I felt there was a big hole inside me and I continue to always feel unbalanced. I miss him more during puja. First year I did not attend the puja as I could not go to the place that was so vividly reminding me of him.
What was your dad (Shomu Mukherjee) like? My dad was More >
Kajol on her life’s decisions, films and family
Roshni K Olivera (BOMBAY TIMES; August 2, 2012)
Fiery, fiesty, outspoken… that’s the Kajol we knew. Has time, marriage, motherhood mellowed you? I have matured. I hope I have grown into a better person today. I think I am able to handle myself and situations around me better now. So, I have grown not in one single aspect; it’s a kind of rounding off that happens to you. About mellowing, yes, up to a certain extent. Actually, you don’t have that much energy left after kids and all to fire up anybody. But the ones who have to necessarily get it, still do!
You got married when you were young and at your peak. You started the trend… Of getting married and still doing movies? (laughs) Seriously, I don’t think I’m a pioneer in that field. My mother did it. All of them… be it Sharmila Tagore, Zeenat Aman, Saira Banu. So many actresses out there have done it very well.
But later, things changed and around the time you got married it was almost like marriage meant the end of a woman’s career… It’s a perception that people have and to a certain extent, that may be true. It gets restrictive. Like after marriage, I would not have been able to do a teenybopper movie. But I was fine with that. I was not in that space where I wanted to play a college girl.
Have you at any point, in the last few years, felt that you should have continued in that space a little longer? Never. I have never ever regretted anything. In life, I take my More >
Aakansha Naval-Shetye (DNA; July 14, 2012)Kajol
Actor Kajol’s off to London for a 10-day break with hubby actor Ajay Devgn and their two kids — Nysa and Yug. Excited about the family vacation, she says, “I think what makes Ajay and me really compatible to a great extent is our priority. For both of us, nothing matters more than the family.” And is it for this same reason that the actor’s being rather choosey about her film projects? “I think not only now, but workwise I’ve always been this way, very choosy. I have never succumbed to all the number one talk and who is on top and all that, because I have always worked on my own terms.
So, I have only done films that interested me, and not to prove any point to anyone or up my market ratings,” reveals Kajol, admitting that this attitude has often been mistaken as her being snobbish. “There are people who tend to think that I’m such a snob or khadoos, but they are people who don’t know me, nor do they matter to me, so I don’t care what they think anyway,” explains Kajol, who though not working on films is rather busy with her endorsement deals.
“I am very clear about the kind of roles I want to do and the kind of people I want to work with. The equations I share with my director and co-stars is very important for me. I need to be comfortable with the people I work,” adds the actor, who recently shot for a cameo for good friend and filmmaker Karan Johar’s Student of The Year. As for teaming up together with him and More >
Kajol holds forth on fitness, living life on her own terms, parenting and making yet another comeback in films
Upala KBR (BOMBAY TIMES; May 29, 2012)
At home, Kajol is the perfect daughter, wife and mother. At work, she is an actress in a league of her own, and remains unaffected by the stardom around her. After taking a breather from films post the birth of her second child, Kajol is gearing up to act in films again. She’s lost weight and looks fit and glowing when I meet her at her Juhu bungalow. She is supervising lunch for her two children, Nysa and Yug, as I walk in. Excerpts from a chat with the fiery Kads:
You’ve lost your post-pregnancy weight. I took nearly a year to get back into shape in a gradual, healthy way so I could go around doing what I wanted to rather than putting my life on hold and being hellbent on losing weight! I followed a diet and regular workouts. Fitness has to be a part of your life, and not take over your entire life. I control my diet as I believe I have to take care of myself. I intend to live at least till I’m 100, so I should take care as I have some 70 years to go (laughs)! Having said that, I have my regular life, I go on holidays, etc. I am obsessed with fitness, not with losing weight.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan came under a lot of criticism because she hasn’t lost her post-pregnancy weight. (Snaps) It’s stupid to have this conversation. Everyone has the right to their lives and to look the way they want to! Tomorrow I can put on 25 More >
Aakansha Naval-Shetye (DNA; May 23, 2012)Kajol DNA
It’s been a couple of years since actress Kajol was seen on the big screen. Her last outing at the box-office was with husband, actor Ajay Devgn in Toonpur Ka Superrhero in 2010.
However, as the face of several brands, the yum mum is quite a popular name on the small screen. Known to be extremely choosy when it comes to her film roles, Kajol admits that she’s just as choosy when it comes to endorsing products too. But ask her about her return to the small screen and she saysit’s no different for the TV shows either.
“I had really enjoyed doing TV and I am still open to it, but nothing exciting has been offered to me yet,” reveals the actor who had earlier dabbled on the small screen with Zee TV’s reality show, Rock-N-Roll Family along with mum, actor Tanuja and Ajay. “I have always maintained that my priority are my kids, so if I do get an offer where I can juggle my time with them comfortably, I’d love to consider TV again. But yes, I am going to be super-choosy for sure,” she adds.
“The one reason I don’t mind doing commercials is the flexi-timings, the shootings provide,” explains Kajol. “So right now that will be a huge factor if I do decide to do TV again,” she insists.
As for the format of the show, Kajol says that it could be anything but a soap. “Let’s see, I really haven’t thought about that. As long as the show interests me, I think I will consider it. Till then I am happy being a viewer,” she More >
By Aakansha Naval Shetye (DNA;May 14, 2012)Kajol
It’s been two years since actor Kajol made her last big screen outing. But the actor, who’s busy being a mom to her two kids — daughter Nysa and son Yug — insists that she’s in a very comfortable space, taking things at her own pace. “I’m in no rush to get back to films, but if I do get a fab script, I’ll sign it right away,” she says. The draw, explains the actor, can only be a strong script. “I will only take up a film if it can justify my spending that much time away from my kids,” adds Kajol as she settles down for a tete-a-tete.
Q: So, how was Mother’s Day? A: Fun! Every day, every moment I get to spend with my kids is special for me. I really like and enjoy being with them. As for my mom (actor Tanuja) well, she has fractured her hand and is in Lonavala, so I just wished her on phone.
Q: Do your kids watch your movies? A: Yug is too small, and Nysa doesn’t like my movies. She likes me as an actor, but doesn’t like it when she sees me cry onscreen and I have done that quite often in my last few films (laughs). But she loves watching Jay’s (hubby actor Ajay Devgn) films and keeps telling me, ‘Why can’t you be as cool as him?’
Q: So, will you have that in mind when you sign your next film? A: May be. I would like to do some fun thing now, but like I said, it has to be a strong enough role to attract me first.
Q: Do you miss the archlights? A: I miss the crafting of a character, but not being in front of a camera More >
Feisty Kajol in a candid chat
Omar Qureshi (BOMBAY TIMES; August 28, 2011)
Fiery, feisty Kajol. A brand by herself. A firebrand. Yet one of the best ever. Here she confesses how she pinched a kid, punched a fan in the face, whistled during Singham – and was, well, essentially Kajol. All day long, on zoOm Superstar Weekends. Keep watching…
Looking good after baby no. 2. How was motherhood this time around? • Oh, completely different actually. I met a lot more people than I did the last time. The last time, I just locked myself at home and didn’t meet too many people. But this time, I was working till I was six months pregnant and I then got back to work two-three months after Yug was born. I’ve really been out and about this pregnancy!
Recently, Ajay advised Kareena and Saif to not get married in an interview! Your comment? • I take it as advice that he has given, not something that he’s practising, thank God. Haha!
Did you enjoy Singham? • OMG! I loved it! I screamed, I shouted, I ceetee maroed and everything… I had a blast. And mind you, I didn’t watch it at a single screen. I watched it at a special screening and we went in looking all classy. Five minutes into the movie, everybody was screaming, clapping and whistling! It was fabulous.
Was it you who gave Ajay the Marathi tips? • Not really, but I’ve been training him for the past 15 years (laughs); so something should rub off na?
Are you working on your personal website? What will it have? • I don’t have the More >