“Aarav’s friends call me ‘savage’. I believe it’s a compliment in today’s times. It sounds awful, but I believe it’s a good thing,” said Twinkle Khanna
How would you feel being called a “savage” by the friends of your teenage son? Umm well, author and columnist Twinkle Khanna says it’s “aweful” but admits she has made peace with it after an assurance from her son Aarav,. In an interview, Twinkle, well known for being famously outspoken on social media and IRL, was asked if she considers herself as a ‘friendly mom’ and this is what she said: “I hope I am. I try to be. Aarav’s friends call me ‘savage’. I believe it’s a compliment in today’s times. It sounds awful, but I believe it’s a good thing. My son says so, at least.” Twinkle Khanna is married to actor Akshay Kumar, and they are parents to Aarav, 14, and daughter Nitara, 4.
Of being a mother, the actress-turned-author said she ensures that Aarav and Nitara get to have the privacy they deserve. “See, I am a mother at the end of the day, so it’s my duty to protect my kids. I don’t like putting pictures of either Nitara or Aarav because they might be kids but they also need their privacy. Just because they have a well-known father or others in the family are public figures, you cannot compromise on their privacy. I don’t have issues with people clicking pictures of them when they go out with me. But I will try and keep them away from the limelight till they understand the value and consequences of it themselves,” said Twinkle. The Kumars have almost always carefully avoided their children being photographed by the paparazzi.
Earlier this year, Akshay Kumar, Bollywood’s favourite Khiladi, said that his wife is a “fighter” who keeps the family united. “I don’t feel shy in calling my wife as a ‘yodha’ at all. Yodha does not necessarily mean one who is holding a gun. Yodha is a person who holds his own family. A soldier who fights a war, isn’t only a yodha. It is all about holding your family and close ones. It is a big responsibility when a person calls himself a fighter. He must be a person whom you can trust and rely on, no matter whatever happens. You have that feeling that he won’t break your trust. So, that is a big responsibility,”said Akshay. Twinkle Khanna, 43, and Akshay Kumar, 49, married in 2001.
Twinkle Khanna is the author of the books Mrs Funnybones and The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad, and is all prepped to produce a film titled Padman, starring Akshay Kumar.