Just When I Thought I Was Falling, Saif Caught Me: Kareena Opens Up On Marriage & Motherhood

‘Watching Karisma holding herself with such pride, made me want to act too.’ Kareena recalls what motivated her to join the industry. Despite belonging to the ‘Kapoor-clan’, however, her journey in Bollywood wasn’t a bed of roses. 

It started out great–I did amazing films. But then for a year I didn’t work. I felt like my career was over; I was told to ‘re-invent’, become size 0. Everyone goes through a lull in their career. But as an actor, it’s worse–there are so many eyes on you!

In an interview with a leading blog, recently, Kareena opened up on her career, marriage and motherhood. Considering herself to have always been ‘blessed’ with people who’ve supported her, Kareena said her husband, Saif Ali Khan caught her when she was falling.

He’s 10 years older than me & has 2 kids. But for me, he was just Saif – he helped me heal & love myself. Maybe it was the fact that we’re so different–he’s more private & not ‘Bollywoodised’, but I imbibed that from him. I learnt to balance things & not let them get to me.

Kareena and Saif had met a couple of times before, but it was during filming for Tashan that the two fell in love. ‘He was so charming; I fell for him hook, line & sinker’, said Kareena.

Before getting married, Kareena and Saif lived together for some time, the actress disclosed.

My mom was cool with it. It’s so easy with him. Even when we decided to get married, it felt right.

Speaking of motherhood, Kareena said it was the greatest thing that’s happened to her. The actress confessed she couldn’t go an hour without her son Taimur, who, by the way, is always with her, wherever she is. ‘He makes me want to work harder every day’, she added.

I’m at a stage in my life where I don’t have to choose between career & family. I’m doing both. I’m an actor, but through all the ups & downs I’ve been a sister, a wife, a mom & none of these roles have deterred me. In fact, it’s put me on the right path. My dreams have gotten bigger–there’s much more to achieve. As an actor, and as a woman.

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