Karisma Kapoor Talks About The Time She Got Criticised For Her Song ‘Sexy Sexy Mujhe Log Bole’. Her Mum’s Advice Is The Best
When it comes to star kids, our mind automatically assumes that their lifestyles were lavish, their upbringing was cushy and that they were born with silver spoons.. Compared to that, my life seems too bland and vanilla. Then again, these are assumptions. After watching dozens of interviews, I realised how tough they really have it. Filling the shoes of your superstar parents is not as easy as they make out to seem. That is what Karisma Kapoor is talking about when she said she had to make it or break it in the industry on her own merit. The Kapoor sisters might’ve been born into one of the most influential families but thanks to their mother they have always lived a simple life. We totally relate to them right now!
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“Growing up, I used to visit my granddad on set—& his talent would leave me mesmerised. Once I was there when he was directing ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’. I loved the sets, camera & lights! I knew I wanted to become an actor & contribute to the family legacy. When I told my granddad, he said, ‘It’s glamourous but it’s not a bed of roses—you will have to work very hard.’ That stayed with me. I wanted to act but my inner voice made me doubt myself. But what motivated me, was how grounded my mom kept me. Despite being from an ‘illustrious’ family, she made us live a simple life. My sister & I travelled by school bus & went to college by local trains. My mom taught me how to stick to my roots & still be confident. She knew about my passion for acting & about my hesitation. I didn’t want to falter & let anybody down. But she said that until I try, I’d never know. That’s when I signed my first film—a remake of a South Indian movie! While shooting, I gave my best. I had to ‘make it’ or ‘break it’. And the movie was a success! As my career progressed, there were highs & lows. I had done a song, ‘Sexy Sexy’—I’d worked hard & even hurt my knees for it. I was appreciated for my dance, but people thought the song was way ahead of its time—the word ‘Sexy’ wasn’t common back then. But that’s when my mom said that it’s an actors job to entertain. I can’t let one roadblock affect it. Even on the bad days I had to keep my head held high. So even when I was offered ‘Dil Toh Pagal Hai’, when no actress wanted to be cast against Madhuri Dixit. I didn’t want to shy away because ‘I thought I couldn’t do it’. I did the film & even won a National Award for it! From then on, whenever I’ve wondered if I was capable enough—be it in my choice of films, being a single mom or in my relationships with people, I’ve never let my doubts get the better of me. We live in a world where there will always be roadblocks, people to bog you down & things that may not work out. That’s why you have to be your biggest strength & not let your voice, at any point, become your weakness.” — HoB with POND'S encourages women to overcome their inhibitions & #SeeWhatHappens when they let go of their inner voices.
In a Humans Of Bombay Instagram post, Karisma Kapoor revealed how her mother pushed her to try acting when she didn’t have the confidence but did she have the passion. Lolo’s passion for acting stemmed from watching her grandfather direct Ram Teri Ganga Maili. She says, “Growing up, I used to visit my granddad on set – & his talent would leave me mesmerized. Once I was there when he was directing ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’. I loved the sets, camera & lights! I knew I wanted to become an actor & contribute to the family legacy.” When she told her grandfather about this, the only advice he gave her was, “It’s glamorous but it’s not a bed of roses—you will have to work very hard.” This is the advice that made Karisma work as hard as she did. I think this is also the advice that everyone one of us should follow.
Talking about what finally made her open up and become an actor, Karisma credits her mother for keeping her and Kareena grounded. She says,” “What motivated me was how grounded my mom kept me. Despite being from an ‘illustrious’ family, she made us live a simple life. My sister & I travelled by school bus and went to college by local trains.” I think this is highly relatable, my parents gave me the comforts but didn’t spoil me, which now I appreciate.
She also says that while her mother recognised her passion, she also her doubts and hesitation. Babita told her daughter that until she doesn’t try, she will never know whether she has what it takes or not. Karisma revealed that that is when she signed her first film which was a remake of a South Indian movie. She said that it was then up to her to make it or break it, but the movie turned out to be a super hit!
In the post, she goes on to talk about how like everyone’s career, her career too had its ups and downs. She narrates an incident where, in 1994 for the movie Khuddar, she performed a song called Sexy Sexy Mujhe Log Bole. She said that though she was highly praised for her dance in the song, she was also widely criticised for the usage of the word ‘sexy’. It makes sense, even today people raise eyebrows at you for words like these; back then it must be a bigger deal. Lolo also said that it was her mother who got her past all the criticism by telling her that it was an actor’s job to entertain and she can’t let a roadblock affect that. She also said that she had to keep her head held high even on the worst of days.
She goes on to give us some of the best, most relatable advice ever. Karisma said that whenever she wondered if she was capable enough whether in her films or her choices in her personal life, she never let her doubts get the best of her. “We live in a world where there will always be roadblocks, people to bog you down & things that may not work out. That’s why you have to be your biggest strength & not let your voice, at any point, become your weakness.” She added.
On the work front, Karisma was last seen in the Shahrukh Khan starrer Zero, where she played a cameo role as herself.