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‘There is space for everyone in the film industry now’

Rakesh Kumar | New Delhi |

Actor Karishma Kapoor falls in the league of those actors who were well established in Bollywood before marriage but took a break from films. She has a successful run of films like Raja Hindustani, Dil To Pagal Hai, Raja Babu and Zubeida in her kitty.

Kapoor started her career very early, at the age of 17, with Prem Quaidi and at 30, when her career was at its pinnacle, got married and stopped working in films. Though she made her comeback with Dangerous Ishhq, her fans want something more from her.

In several previous interviews, the actor clarified that she is right now concentrating on her kids. She was recently spotted in Delhi, launching the ethnic brand Neeru’s. In an interaction, she shared about her comeback, family life and things she is busy with.


Q. You are here to unveil a new collection of Neeru’s ethnic brand. What do you keep in mind for any endorsement?

For me credibility is more important. Neeru’s is a family brand and has a big legacy. It has been coming from generations. I do a lot of research and I think everybody should do it as one’s name is associated with it (endorsement). Everybody wants to know when you are making a comeback in film industry. Right now, there is no plan to do the films but you never know, maybe I will. My kids are very young right now and my focus is family, spending time with my kids. That’s more important.

Q. What would be a movie like if you make a comeback? Will it be like Zubeidaor some commercial movie?

Oh my god (laughs). I have to think something different now. I don’t think films like Zubeida or other classic movies can be remade now. It may be something light-hearted, who knows?

Q. It has been long time that you have not been active in Bollywood. There must be a lot of changes by now.Where do you find yourself in this industry?

I think today there is a place for everyone. Perhaps 20 years ago there may have been no space but today there is. It’s so nice to see that my fans still want to see me working.

Q. You have been quite active in social work, especially woman-centric issues. What prompted you to do so?

I think it is important to take up these things being a celebrity. They should take up take up social cause or be a voice of issues like ‘Don’t drink and drive’, environment issues and many more. It is very important to contribute in your own way.

Q. Your daughter is also getting into teen-age. How are you prepared for this and what will you suggest to other parents?

Well, the important thing I suggest is, we should support our children. Apart from being parents, it is really important to become a friend to your child. I will just advice them the simple things that my mother advised me, like good values, give respect and work hard.

Q. Do you want to see your kid as an actor?

I don’t know what they will choose. We can’t say.