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I don’t mind being a full time mother: Celina Jaitley


I don’t mind being a full time mother: Celina Jaitley

Celinia Jaitely keeps coming to Indore but secretly. She talks about these visit and more.

I consider myself an Indorean

I keep coming to Indore from time to time. In fact, to be precise, I come at least once every two to three months. My visits are mostly secret because I don’t want to create an unnecessary ruckus each time I’m here. I have spent a lot of quality time with my near and dear ones in this very beautiful city. It’s my hometown. I’m not an outsider here. In fact, I gladly consider myself an Indorean. For an outsider, this city might be a place with some lip-smacking delicacies but for me, it’s about the bindaas and stunning people of Indore that make this city vibrant and full of life. I’m happy to be back to my place. I’ve visited Indore some 50 times but the reason that makes this particular visit so special is that it is the first Christmas for Winston and Viraag (twin sons) and they’re getting lots of pampering from their naana naani and the entire family.

On being a full time mother

I guess I have turned a full time mother. When compared to the previous years, my priorities have, of course, undergone a major change. I try and maintain a balance between my personal and professional lives but my children’s needs always come first. So, I don’t really mind being a full time mother and taking care of my babies. Initially, I used to do three or four movies a year but now I might do just one movie, which is okay. After a decent hiatus I’m also getting back to films and I’m really looking forward to it. So I haven’t disappeared from the industry at all, it’s just that I was a little too busy with some very important additions to my life. First, my marriage and then my bundles of joy – my kids. Peter (husband) is very supportive and I just feel blessed that things finally are going in a way that’s just perfect, touchwood!

On maintaining a low profile on personal front

I maintain a very low profile as far as my personal life is concerned because personal lives are meant to be ‘personal’. When I got married to Peter, it was an extremely intimate affair, there were so many speculations but I didn’t lend an ear to it. Bhaiyya, mujhe news channels pe nahi dikhana ki maine kitni mehengi dress pehni hai, ya menu mein kya kya hai. Be it my marriage or relationships, I have never wanted my private space to turn into a reality series. Being an actress, I, of course, enjoy being in the limelight but there should be some solid and positive reasons behind it. Believe me or not, but I even disguise myself in a burkhaa or so and go to theatres to watch movies. And that’s fun too! So be it for film promotions, raising a voice against a wrong-doing in the society or even introducing my kids to my fans via social networking sites, I just make sure that my actions are justified and not mere publicity stunts. I guess that isn’t asking for too much.

Dropping item songs would be crazy

Firstly, we belong to an extremely modern era where all that matters for doing great in your line of work is your potential and not the tag that the society has given you. Till date, the glam quotient does play a key role helping one grab roles and I’m a liberated soul who prefers doing stuff that she thinks suits her fine. So, if tomorrow I’m offered an item song and I turn down the offer because I’m a mother, then I guess that would be the craziest thing to do ever. Taking into account the kind of larger-than-life films made in our industry, these masala roles or dances play a key role in determining the fate of not only the film but the ones associated with it. So if established actresses like Malaika (Arora Khan) can do Munni and live with so much dignity and poise, then why can’t I? At the end of the day, it’s all about the perceptions that the artiste herself makes for her craft. I need to understand that I’m in the entertainment industry and as long as the role is good, I would also have to explore various avenues to entertain my audiences to the fullest. My children should not only know me as their mother, but also as an actress.

I don’t regret the movies I have done

The movies that I have done so far have helped me explore a certain side of my character. As far as the commercial success of any film is concerned, of course, it does hurt when your film flops but that’s okay. Life has to move on and so has mine. At least my audiences could associate me with a certain image, which wouldn’t have been possible if I had bumped from one thing to another. I don’t believe in camps, so I did what came my way and I don’t feel that I was wrong in anyway. Imagine going to Switzerland for a shoot and then watching your film No Entry being dubbed in German and played on the local channels there. I mean that too is quite gratifying, isn’t it?

Its not a trend to get associated with any cause

I’ve been associated with PETA, pledged my eyes and also supported the LGBT rights movement. Today, all this is so much a part of me. But on a frank note, I would like to highlight that yes, the addition of a selling face to any public awareness campaign adds a lot to the overall value of the so-called activism but that’s not all. Unless the masses join in, we’re no one to run any campaign single-handedly. I may be just the face of it but ‘we’ are its strength. And for God’s sake, I would like to yell out loud that it is no ‘trend’ amid the B-town celebrities to get associated with any cause. It’s just that some of us are a little too sensitive towards any particular injustice in the world around us and thus join hands with the NGOs.

Source: TOI

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