Now her other buddy, filmmaker Karan Johar's production house also has a coffee place in the vicinity. So, no prizes for guessing that the actress found herself near KJo's place before veering towards SRK's. "I can't believe I got lost in Bandra. Me, being a Mumbai girl, how can I not find my way?" she says.

Wearing a maxi dress, her hair is tied up in an unkempt bun. Her sunglasses are perched on her nose which come off at one point during the conversation. Devoid of make-up, except for the mascara-laden lashes, the protein bar is holding her in good stead for the marathon media rounds.

Q. Over the years, what significant change you see in yourself?

A. I can say that I have become a Dilwali... Kajol Dilwali. That's quite a tongue-twister. I have become more caring, large-hearted and giving; what I wasn't earlier (laughs). But we all do change over the years, isn't it?

Q. What prompted you to do 'Dilwale'? Was it because of your buddy, Shah Rukh Khan?

A. I took it up as a challenge. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone for the film. People consider me an emotional actress, but here was my chance to be part of not only car chase sequences, but also of cars flying in the air. My son only likes the zooming car parts in the film while my daughter (Nysa, 12) thinks that being part of the 'Golmaal' franchise was the best thing that her father (Ajay Devgn) did in his career. So, she's happy that I am doing a film on similar lines.

Q. The current lot of actresses are in the number game vying for the numero uno position. Does the number game affect you as well?

A. They have made a space for them and they are doing interesting work. It's good for them. But all this does not matter to me. Remember, I have a life beyond this!

Q. How would you describe your decades-old association with Shah Rukh Khan?
A. Everyone talks about 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' (1995), but we did 'Baazigar' (1993) before that. So it has been over 22 years. People talk about our on-screen chemistry, but he is like a friend you have had for many years. You can be yourself in front of that person. There are no egos, no formalities involved. I am just me. I can say whatever I want.

Q. Your hubby, Ajay Devgn, campaigned for the Bihar assembly polls last month. What is your take on the current political climate in the country?

A. All of this is not for me. I stay away from it and I don't know what's exactly going on. J (what she calls Ajay Devgn) is into all this. He shows interest in it, not me.

Q. How involved are you in his upcoming directorial venture, 'Shivaay'?

A. I have been asking him to give me a small role in 'Shivaay'. I told him that even a small, walk-on part will do for me, but he gave me a flat no

Q. There has been buzz that you will be part of one of his productions.

A. Yes, that will happen around July next year. We have yet to ascertain a director. Only once J wraps up 'Shivaay', will this project roll.


Courtesy: mid day

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