Shahid Kapoor with wife Mira Rajput
"I am a housewife and wear that label with pride." Mira Rajput's voice boomed through the hall of a suburban five-star where an intimate gathering was held to mark Women's Day on Wednesday. After giving us a peek into her irreverent candour and disarming simplicity on Karan Johar's chat show, Shahid Kapoor's better half responded to her 'star wife' tag at the do, showing remarkable chutzpah.
"Why can't you be an accomplished homemaker? Accomplishing could mean anything one has their heart set on. I had a tough pregnancy, bringing Misha (seven-month-old daughter) into this world. Now, I love being at home and spending time with my child. I don't want to spend an hour with her and then rush to work. It's not that I am not a woman of today. You don't have to compromise on traditions and ideals to be modern," said Mira.
Asked about their unlikely arranged marriage, which took B-Town by surprise, she said "it has worked out beautifully". "It's like any other marriage. We get along, have our fights, laugh a lot and raise our baby together. We are best of friends. When we step out, we are two people taking on the world."
She admits to being overtly scrutinised like each star wife invariably is, especially for carrying a hint of post pregnancy flab, but she took it in her stride.
"I think it's great to be fit, but better to be a healthy mother. I faced a lot of pressure when people photographed me. I used to be skinny, but after Misha, I would try on clothes, wondering if my tummy will show. It's okay to take time to lose weight. I could have been out and about, but chose to spend time with Misha. It is my choice to be at home. A working mother makes her own choices too; neither [homemaker or working mom] can be shamed. Feminism is not man versus woman. The new wave of feminism is aggressive and destructive. There is a term called FemeNazi, which is now becoming the female equivalent of male chauvinist."
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