Kajol, who was recently seen in ‘Dilwale’ (2015), believes that it is very important for children to have a working mother.
“I hope I will be seen more onscreen. I’d like to work more now. I took a break right after My Name Is Khan (2010) because my son was born, and then he was still very young. Now, my son is five years old,” Kajol told IANS.
“I will be starting a film in the mid-2016. But no, I am not planning to do three films in a year like Shah Rukh Khan, in any way. I can’t work as hard as him,” added the actress.
In fact, in a previous interview, she had confessed that the only reason she gave up films was her children. “I have not given birth to them to just dump them and go off to work. I am not that kind of a person,” Kajol said back then.
She’d also mentioned how her daughter Nysa urged her to step out of the house and return to the screen with ‘Dilwale’. “I honestly think it’s very educative for children to have working parents, and to have a working mother mostly, because that’s where the influence comes on the girl child��_ When I was a child, I did resent sometimes that my mother went to work, and I used to tell her, ‘Mom, why can’t you be like other mothers who are at home and cooking?’ She used to be like ‘No, I have to work. I need to work’. At that point in time, maybe I felt a resentment towards her work, but when I started working, I realised that the work ethic I have, the way I work, the amount of hard work that I did was only because I had seen my mother do that all my life.”
“So, hence and therefore, I feel that my daughter hopefully will understand that when she sees her mother go for work, when she grows up, she will realise that it’s important for her to work as well for her own independence and development,” said Kajol.
The actress also said that it is important for women to work. “In whatever area they choose, women should work. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be about going out of the house and working. But the work ethic has to be understood that it’s not only a man’s job to be the breadwinner for the family. That’s where women’s equality has to start,” concluded the actress.