You would think that star kids would go to school in super fancy cars with their own private chauffeurs. But that might actually not hold true for all the star kids in the business. Especially, as it seems to be, the Kapoor sisters. Yes, it is true, the famous pair of Karishma and Kareena Kapoor or Lolo and Bebo, as they are popularly known used to travel to school on a school bus. I know exactly how bizarre that sounds but isn’t it quite endearing too?
Living The Simple Life
Recently, actress, Karishma Kapoor opened up about her life, movies and being a star to a popular Instagram page. While talking about her childhood, the actress who is the granddaughter of Raj Kapoor went on to say that she and her sister, Kareena used to travel back and fro from school on the communal school bus. She said, “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.”
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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.
How crazy is that? Can you imagine travelling to work in a local train on a regular day and accidentally bumping into an actor or your favourite actress? The chances of that happening are actually pretty slim but to hear that two of the biggest actresses in the industry have lived such a humbling and modest life gives us hope.
Looks like you can take a person out of Bombay, but you can’t take Bombay out of a person and that holds true for the rich, middle class and the poor alike. We love how relatable they are and now we are totally going to be on the lookout for our favourite actors while travelling via public transport. Who knows who might get into your Uber Pool at the next destination?