Interview with Kajol

Kajol has always turned the most ordinary scripts into something extraordinary. Happy being a wife and mother now, and awaiting a second motherhood now, she will be seen on screen playing a mother this time, in WE ARE FAMILY. The ever-bubbly actress speaks with our correspondent.

You will be once again experiencing motherhood. Seems everyone is excited in the family – Ajay (Devgn), your daughter Nysa and everyone.
Oh yes…(smiles). It’s not only me, everyone in the family is eagerly awaiting that moment. Everyone in the family is equally excited as I am.

Okay, have Ajay and you already started looking for a name for your child?
(Laughs) No…no…not yet. But certainly we will get involved in this in sometime.

You have cut down on films in the last few years. But now WE ARE FAMILY is hitting the screen….
Well it’s not that I have consciously cut down on films or stayed away from the camera. It’s about getting the right script at the right time. And with time, priorities change in life. I have always balanced that. I took a break even before I started a family. I have always believed in good scripts. And I wait for the right script to come my way. That’s what at times delays things.

“Motherhood is a great experience.”

While on one hand WE ARE FAMILY is releasing, on the other hand you are gearing up for motherhood once again? Seems life has once again made you busy.

Motherhood is s wonderful experience and things have certainly started moving at a rapid pace. It’s not possible for things to move slowly when you are expecting. Right now, I’m taking time off to prepare for the hectic days ahead.

WE ARE FAMILY is again under Karan Johar. Is it the strong bond of friendship that even after cutting down on films we get to see you working mostly with friends?

It is obviously great fun to work with friends than people you don’t know, and why shouldn’t I work with friends when the comfort level is already there? I can work with all kinds of people as long as I can trust them. I have and am ready to work with new directors as well.

That WE ARE FAMILY is an official remake of a Hollywood blockbuster STEPMOM and that you play Susan Sarandon’s role will also bring a lot of comparisons. Ready for that?

(Smiles) Oh yes we all know that and can avoid that. It’s obvious that comparisons will happen. But the effort was to create a script and then a film which is Indianised despite being a remake. We have done our best and WE ARE FAMILY is out and out commercial Bollywood film and despite being a remake it has the potential to stand for itself with an identity of its own.

What was so great about the script?
Umm. It all begins with the script and I loved the screenplay. I loved the character of Maya. It was so touching…and yes you need to watch it before I go explaining.

You are happily enjoying life being a wife and actress. Do you miss not doing more films?
I never did back to back projects. I am lazy (smiles). And life is just perfect for me and I love my life. I am an actress and part of the industry and will always remain so.

So you are enjoying life…
Oh yes, we are a very happy family.

What about being part of another home production after U ME AUR HUM?
Ajay would love to have me for another home production but it’s his call. Just because I am his wife doesn’t make me an obvious choice. But I hope with a good script he makes me an offer… (smiles again)

But I think motherhood will make you disappear from films for a while again.
I guess so. It’s a physical thing and you need to take time out and be there with your child. I am really fortunate to have a very supportive family. From my mum-in-law, sis-in-law, Ajay, Nysa it’s a great family to have.

Are you happy with the way your career has shaped up?
Happy! I am really happy. I have always acknowledged that because I am at peace with everything. I am happy with what I am and all those things that have happened to my career so far.

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