Shah Rukh Khan: I want to take my kids to Peshawar
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Shah Rukh Khan wants to take his children -- Aryan, Suhana and AbRam -- to Peshawar, where his family hails from.
Shah Rukh, who was in Delhi to be a part of Agenda Aajtak conclave on December 4, did not turn down the request of Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to visit Pakistan and said he would love to go back to the place where his father took him in his youth.
"My family is from Peshawar and a few of them still live there. I would love to come to Peshawar and bring my children over because my father took me there when I was 15. Then he passed away. I still have some of the greatest memories of the time I spent with my father in Peshawar, Karachi and Lahore. I wish I could take my children there someday."
Shah Rukh was born in India but his father, Taj Mohammed Khan, was from Peshawar.
The Chennai Express star praised the warm hospitality of the people from across the border. "The one thing that I learnt is that people there are very warm. They know how to greet their guest. I have learnt the art of loving and welcoming people from them," he said.
Shah Rukh feels that the tension between the two countries should reduce and they should become friends. "I hope that we become friends and be like a family," he added.
The 48-year-old actor, who recently became a father of AbRam, born through surrogacy, said the six-month-old baby is fine now and has got dimples like him.
"AbRam is very much healthy. He is a good-looking baby and has got dimples. Gauri and I decided to go for a third child because we were missing the childhood of our kids. My son is 16 and daughter is 13 and they always lock themselves up in their rooms with their friends. So, we decided to have a third child and keep Gauri busy," he added.
Image: Shah Rukh Khan, Suhana, Gauri and Aryan
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar
Kajol:It's tough to be a woman today
Kajol feels it's easier for a man to survive and succeed these days than a woman, given the deteriorating state of the fairer sex in the country.
The 39-year-old actress, who has starred in hits like Baazigar, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaenge and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, said that men often make it difficult for women to lead our lives liberally and there is an urgent need to change their mindset.
"Every woman goes through a lot of struggle. To struggle and succeed in today's world, especially in India, is much tougher for a woman than for a man... The same men, who invoke the goddesses before every important moment of their lives, go on and kill their daughters or beat up their wives. If we want to empower our women, we will have to change the mindset of men," Kajol said.
Kajol also blamed a poor law and order situation in the country for the increase in crime against women. "Implementation of laws are necessary, but another important aspect is to see whether local police stations are doing their job. In several occasions, we hear that police are not willing to lodge an FIR and ignore the victim's pleas for help," said Kajol, who was in the Capital for the launch of a book by the Vodafone Foundation titled Women of Pure Wonder.
The book chronicles the struggles and ultimate success of 60 women, including acid-attack survivor Lakshmi, who fought for seven years to get the sale of acid at retail outlets regulated.
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar