Kareena Kapoor Khan recently invited her sister-in-law Soha Ali Khan to her radio show What Women Want to speak about motherhood and how the digital age affects their children’s privacy.
The two stars compared the differences and similarities in how they were raised as opposed to how Taimur and Inaaya are being raised. Coming from a family where her mother was working full-time and her father was a stay-at-home dad, Soha says that her upbringing reflects a lot on how she’s raising her daughter Inaaya, but compromises have to be made.
“There are times when Kunal [Soha’s husband] says — I don’t understand — going to play dates and all, he still feels it’s a woman’s job,” she added. “He’ll ask me how many fathers were there? And sometimes there are. The playgroup and preschool that I take Inaaya to, there are fathers who go there,” says the Rang De Basanti star.
“He will not always applaud Inaaya if she’s doing something, Sometimes Kunal will ignore her, and I tell him to give her attention, but he says he doesn’t need to, it’s normal for a child to be around. She can’t always be the centre of attention. I want her to have everything but there have to be somethings that she knows she can’t have all the time.”
And Kareena nodded in agreement. “I think Saif is very much like that. Kunal’s attitude is very much like his. He’s like what is this need to constantly entertain your child? Why does he have to go out everyday?”
“He must learn how to entertain himself, otherwise they’ll constantly require that stimulation,” Soha quipped. “When I am with Inaaya, he’s also understanding that it’s my child, I’m happy that she is with her, but I also want my wife to be my wife.”
“Women are constantly walking a tight rope,” Kareena said.
Speaking on paparazzi hounding star children, Soha feels it “takes away from their innocence”. She added that children “don’t want to stand out, they want to belong.”