"I Felt Like My Career was Over": Kareena Kapoor Khan

The actor opens up about facing highs and lows, and the importance of dreaming big.

If there is one Bollywood actor who has never had any qualms about being candid, it's Kareena Kapoor Khan. From speaking out about feminist issues, to openly sharing facts about her life, Kareena is usually one to say it like it is without giving two hoots. And now, in a recent post by the Instagram handle Humans of Bombay—a social media page that features the stories of many actors and celebrities—Kareena has revealed more about her life than ever before. She starts out by sharing how her sister Karishma inspired her to join Bollywood, and how her career went through some highs and lows that made her question it all. Heres what she had to say:


“When I came back home from boarding school, Karisma had just started acting. Watching her made me want to act too. So when my time came, she taught me to wade through this industry as a woman. 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! Somehow through my life, I’ve been blessed with people who have supported me thoroughly! So just when I thought I was falling, Saif caught me. I’d met him before, but while we were filming Tashan, something changed. I wore my heart on my sleeve! He was so charming; I fell for him hook, line & sinker."

She then goes on to talk about her relationship with Saif:


"I remember while shooting in Ladakh & Jaisalmer, we’d go on long bike rides for some alone time. 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.We'd been dating for awhile, when he said he’s not 25 & can't keep dropping me home every night. So he told my mom, ‘I want to spend the rest of my life with her. We want to live together.' My mom was cool with it. It’s so easy with him. Even when we decided to get married, it felt right."

On the topic of motherhood and embracing her role as a woman Kareena adds : 


"Motherhood is the greatest thing that's happened to me. Taimur is a part of me–I can’t go an hour without him. He’s always with me wherever I am. He makes me want to work harder every day. 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.” To read more, check out the full post shared below.


Isn't Kareena Kapoor Khan really something? We just love her for opening up like this, and inspiring countless women out there to embrace their identity and fearlessly chase their dreams. Kudos to you Kareena, you rock!