‘She Would Like My Performance But..’

Kajol Reveals How Her Mother, Tanuja Never Liked Her Movies: 'She Would Like My Performance But..'

The unconventional beauty and Padma Shree awardee, Kajol is the most loved actress in B-Town. During the 90s, when fair skin and unrealistic beauty standards were valued in the industry, Kajol did not pay any heed to the hearsay and won hearts with her kick-ass acting skills and dusky complexion, which cannot be copied. When Kajol entered Bollywood, she added the right amount of spark by playing notable roles in movies like Gupt and Dushman. However, in a recent media interaction, Kajol revealed why her mother and veteran actress, Tanuja never liked her films. 

For the unversed, in the initial years of her daughter, Kajol’s upbringing, the beautiful actress, Tanuja was rigorous. She believed in punishing and beating her children left and right in order to raise them correctly. But, on the contrary, Kajol is a chilled-out mommy who is close to her kids, Nysa Devgan and Yug Devgan. However, Kajol credits her mother’s strictness for making her what she is today. 

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Recently, Kajol spoke to PTI as her film, Gupt completed 25 years of its release. In the interview, the actress mentioned that her role was unusual in the movie, which is why she had made the gusty decision to do it. Moreover, she added how her mother, Tanuja never really liked her films. The doting daughter, Kajol mentioned that her mom did like her performance in her movies but not the film. However, it had come as a pleasant surprise for Kajol, when her mother had lauded her with heaps of praises for doing the movie, Gupt. She stated:

“I remember my mother (Tanuja) telling me, ‘Oh my God, what a film!’. And that’s the highest accolade that I can get because my mother rarely likes my films, she would like my performances but not films… It was also the time when there was nothing else (mediums). A big film would definitely be a hit as we didn’t have social media and had no other form of entertainment, except cinema. So, for a film to do 25 weeks or a golden jubilee was much easier then. There is so much competition with a big screen today.” 


Earlier, Kajol and Tanuja had appeared on the famous Marathi TV show, Kon Honaar Crorepati. In one of the show’s promos, the mommy-daughter duo could be seen sharing some fun anecdotes from their personal and professional lives. The video also showed Kajol complaining about how her mother, Tanuja used to scold her when she was a child. To which, Tanuja responded by saying that Kajol would never listen to her. She had said:

“She would always be lost in her own world. And if you tell her something, she would stare at you with her big eyes.”

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In an old interview with Pinkvilla, Kajol had opened up about the one major parenting lesson that she had learnt from her mother, Tanuja. She also revealed that her mother told her how a child should be taught to make decisions on their own and the consequences of it. Talking about the same, she had said:

“My mother has passed down too many things to me. The most important thing that she passed down to me was, ‘You have to make your children think for themselves.’ I think that was the biggest learning that I took back and that led to everything. They have to learn how to think for themselves, make their own decisions and find out whether they can live with their consequences or not. That is the only way they will learn whether this decision is the correct thing for them.” 


On the personal front, Kajol is married to actor, Ajay Devgn. 

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