Mumbai: Ever since Saif Ali Khan announced the good news that he and his wife Kareena Kapoor Khan are expecting a baby, the world has put the expectant mother on a different limelight of curiosity. On numerous occasions, Kareena has been asked questions that were either too intrusive or just silly.
On Monday, Kareena, who was present at the Global Citizen India campaign launch held in Mumbai, the actress shared the questions she has been bombarded with ever since her pregnancy. One of those questions is, ‘Is it a boy or a girl?’, which upsets the actress.
“Wherever I go these days, there’s just one question asked, which I think is quite intrusive but still I am asked, both me and Saif: ‘Is it a boy or is it a girl? Have you found out?’ and I am like, ‘Excuse me? What difference does it make?’ I am a girl child. I would love to have a girl. What is the difference? I think I have done probably more for my parents and my family than a son would,” said Kareena.
Living in a nation where people ask a woman if she is going to stop working after marriage or child birth is something that disturbs the actress.
She added, “Firstly, this is very intrusive and at this point, I don’t think you should be asking me this question. But coming back to it, I think we are still in a nation where we have been asked, ‘Oh, you’re getting married! Are you still going to work? Oh, you’re having a child! Are you still going to work?’ These questions upset me.”
Kareena went further on and thanked Hugh Evans, the co-founder of the Global Poverty Project and Global Education and leadership Foundation Chairman Shiv Khemka for allowing her to lend her voice.
“When they wrote to me if I would like to be part of this initiative, I think my first reaction was as an expectant mother on this journey, nothing would make me happier to be part of the movement that supports gender equality. Not just for me or my child but for the millions and millions of children out there. All those people who think that a girl child is considered a taboo or considered not equal enough, not up to a man, but you must know a woman is probably the only soul that has the right to carry a soul in her and that is truly something that is a joy. Thank you, Mr Evans and Mr Khemka for allowing me for at this special point in my life to lend my voice. I hope it makes a difference,” Kareena concluded.