Karisma Kapoor, who left the film industry post her wedding, says her sister Kareena filled the gap after she left. She is extremely happy with the fact that she, Kareena and their cousin Ranbir have taken forward their family legacy and became superstars. “I don’t regret my decision. I think it is a great graduation for me. Kareena took the place where I left off, if I can say so. Now my cousin (Ranbir) is also doing so well. I am glad that the tradition is continuing,” Karisma, who quit the industry in 2003 after marriage, said in an interview to IANS.
The actress of hits like ‘Raja Hindustani’ and ‘Biwi No. 1’ took a break from acting post wedding, to raise her children – Samaira, 8 and Kiaan, 3. She divorced her husband this yeay
Dangerous Ishhq in 2012 was her comeback film. Unfortunately, it didn’t get much response. Though she’s back under spotlight, she still puts her children before everything else. “Earlier, it was a conscious decision for me not to work. I was happy to be away and I wanted to be with my children during their formative years. I do step out now, but my first priority is my kids. This is how it will always be for me,” said Karisma, who also acted in non-commercial films like ‘Fiza’ and ‘Zubeidaa’.
Asked about her children’s response to her star status, she says her daughter treats her like a regular mother. “My daughter is the most normal towards me. For her, I am just her mom. I am just a regular mom and the actor comes after that. If she likes something that I am wearing, she tells me and if she doesn’t, she still makes it a point to let me know,” she said.
On parenting, Karisma said she is a disciplinarian. “I won’t say I am a strict mother, but discipline is important. Timing and routine are important for kids. My children also look forward to that,” she said. “I think it is important to be a friend to your kids. But it is also equally important to set boundaries. My mother was a strong influence and so was my dad. My mom was my friend whom I couldn’t cross,” she said. “I try to shield my children as far as possible from the public glare. I want them to have a normal childhood, like we had. We went to school by the school bus, had school food… There was no special treatment given to us. The same applies to my children as well,” the 39-year-old said.
Growing up in luxury and glamour makes it difficult for Samaira to grasp the fact that they are different from most of the people. “She thought everyone’s mom was an actor and everyone’s autographs are taken. Having a masi (Kareena), a mama (Ranbir) like that, it was tough for her to understand. My son’s still young, but he will get a grip of this from my daughter,” said the actress. The actress recently launched her book ‘My Yummy Mummy Guide’ on pregnancy and motherhood.