In a recent interview with Bombay Times, Kareena Kapoor Khan made interesting observations about how she doesn’t need to justify herself to the world about what kind of a mother she is and much more
On becoming a mother
It’s the beginning of a new phase in my life. It’s a long journey and Saif (Ali Khan) and I are very excited about it. I agree that very often, pregnant women are seen as ticking time bombs, but that perception never bothered me. I generally do things that I want to do and enjoy. Being pregnant and still being out there was something I chose to do. Everyone has an opinion in India, especially when it concerns women. ‘Hey, you’re old enough to be married.’ ‘Oh, you must have a baby now. It’s the right age.’ When you want to have a baby should be your choice.
On hitting the treadmill right after pregnancy
Yes, I was on my feet a few days after the delivery , but it’s upsetting to have people judge you for it. No one has the right to comment on how I conduct myself or what sort of a mother I am. Everyone seems to have an opinion. Postpartum depression is not a must, right? It’s whimsical to generalise that every woman goes through that phase, almost making it sound like a norm. Every pregnancy and every mother’s journey with her child during those nine months and afterwards is different. You can’t draw parallels. How can anyone decide on my behalf whether I am supposed to feel depressed or if I can step out before 45 days?
On the pressure of being judged
Just because I’m elusive and my husband and I are not on social media talking about our emotions on an hourly basis, people take the liberty to put out stories about my child and me. It was annoying to read reports about my fitness regimen and the way I’m losing weight. As a couple, we don’t share details of our lives with the world at large. So, I will not clarify what we do, how I plan to lose weight or what I do with my baby. I will not scream from rooftops about experiencing motherhood or how much I love Taimur.
On all the fuss around Taimur Ali Khan’s name
When we named our son Taimur, everyone in the country suddenly turned into a historian, philosopher and scientist. Everyone seemed to know the meaning of the name, and the supposed history behind it. They even suggested alternate names for my baby. How is my baby’s name anyone’s business?
Following one’s instinct
A woman is instinctive. She has an instinct, whether it’s about getting married or having a baby or choosing against it all. And very often, she’s right. I don’t believe that there’s an age earmarked for anything. A lot of people had told me not to get married because they thought no one would work with me, or associate with me as a leading lady. But I followed my gut and got married. And look, I did better work after marriage, which I am proud of. So, follow your instinct, it never misguides.