It would be no exaggeration to call Sharmila Tagore and her daughter-in-law Kareena Kapoor Khan the coolest Saas-Bahu pair in Bollywood. I’ve known both individually and I can say this much with certainty. These two women can never get into each other’s space, or violate their individual rights over the common man in their life (Saif).
A new 10-minute interview which Kareena has conducted in the new season of her talk show What Women Want, one can see the easy and authentic comfort-level between the two gorgeous women as Kareena gets down to asking some really tough questions, like who is Sharmila’s favourite child among her three children and which grandchild she likes the best.
Sharmila being far wiser and more experienced dodges the googlies. Oh, but she did have a special word for Ebrahim who she thinks looks like a true Nawab.
About her grandchildren she says she is lucky to have grandchildren who are both grownup (Sara, Ebrahim) and little children (Taimur, Inaaya).
Her tongue firmly in her cheek Sharmilaji says she hopes that Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma would soon have their child so that the media focus may shift away from Taimur whom she calls a “rage” in the media.
While watching these two beautiful women together I couldn’t help remembering Kareena’s trepidation when she had decided to marry Saif. Would she fit in with the royal family? Would Sharmilaji accept her? Kareena fitted in beautifully and during this lovely interview Sharmila Tagore revealed the key to a successful relationship with one’s daughter-in-law. The mother within the mother-in-law shouldn’t show off about all the accrued knowledge that she has about her son, his food habits, etc just to make the daughter-in-law feel inadequate.
Words of infinite wisdom, these.
When I congratulated Sharmilaji on her beautifully conducted interview she laughed, “Kareena is a pleasure to have in the family. She has blended in without losing her individuality. I remember when Pataudi passed away…Kareena’s birthday was the day after his death. But she was just there with the family, not drawing any attention to herself. I think that’s when I realized she was truly a part of our family.”