Kajol: Sometimes, your children make you question your ideologies.

There are times when the father-son relationship witnesses a change of roles, and parents end up learning a lot from their children. Kajol , who plays Savitribai Malusare In the next film, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, elaborated on the same. Talking about their children Nysa & Yug , she said, “They teach me so much. The way they look at life, treat people, handle things, it’s so inspiring. They are brutally frank & perceptive about situations & relationships. I would like to believe that I am more mature than them, but sometimes, they make me realise how immature I can be.”

Like every parent, she, too, has disagreements with her kids. Kajol added, “We do have our share of arguments. I once fired Nysa for not sitting at the table with us. She said that she didn’t feel like it. I got angry & screamed, ‘You need to spend more time with us, how can you not feel like it?’ I went on & on. After a few minutes, my son Yug , who was sitting on my lap, told me, ‘Mom, you shouldn’t fire Nysa for telling you the truth’. It hit me hard. He is just eight years old! He added, ‘I lie to you sometimes when you ask me to come & sit on your lap. I don’t want to, but I come anyway because I fear you will feel bad. She is telling you the truth & you shouldn’t fire her for that.’ I didn’t know where to look. I apologised to her later. As parents, we sometimes force our kids to do certain things like meeting relatives & talking to us. How else will they connect to their roots & family? But what Yug said got me thinking. It made me re-evaluate myself as a mother & question my ideologies.”

On a lighter note, we also asked Kajol what her young daughter thinks about her Instagram game. In her trademark candid demeanour, the actress confessed, “ Nysa thinks that my Instagram posts are weird. She asks me, ‘Who talks like that on Instagram ?’ I tell her, I am real at least. I don't even try to use the millennial language & hashtags. That’s really pushing it.”