The yummy mummy of two, Karisma features in the Jan 2011 edition of Harper’s Bazaar shot by photographer Suresh Natarajan at the Taj Falaknuma Palace. Love the Chanel on her but the big hair that is is very reminiscent of Twinkle feels too dated and Dynasty-esque.
Catch snippets of her interview and more pics (in Dior and Bottega Veneta) inside courtesy Harper’s.
Personal: Dressed comfortably in tracks and a T-shirt, she curls up on the sofa. “Frankly I’m the biggest foodie in the world,” she exclaims laughingly. “People are shocked at how much I eat.” The laugh vanishes when I broach the subject of her marriage, but she’s still as polite when she says, “I wouldn’t like to answer any personal questions. You can just write that.” The next day the official statement appears: “The couple is not discussing a divorce at all. In order to be with his family, Sunjay Kapur spends every weekend with them in Mumbai.” He is not the only one travelling. Though daughter Samaira, five, goes to school in Mumbai, Karisma does a bit of living between cities herself. “It’s up and down [between Delhi and Mumbai],” says Karisma. “Today, it’s fun to have a busy life in that sense, [to] go up and down. The modern couple and modern life today are all about jetsetting.”
What about talk that her Mumbai sensibilities never quite adjusted to Delhi? “Honestly, that’s absolutely not true,” Karisma denies. “I love Delhi. I think it’s a wonderful city; the spaces are wonderful. I’ve been in and out of Delhi for so long now that I honestly really, really like Delhi. And now I’ve made two-three good friends too. And the food in Delhi… You can’t beat the food there.” If she weren’t so proper I’d accuse her of salivating.
You can change the spelling but you can’t take the Kapoor out of the girl. And Karisma, like the rest of her famous filmi family, loves her food. “I like to endorse healthy living,” she says. “Don’t deny yourself. I’m going to eat French fries now. I’m not just going to be on fruit juice and salads. That’s the wrong way. Eat and lose weight. Do everything in moderation in your life, and it’ll all work out. And frankly, that’s what I’ve done.” So she enjoyed her pregnancies to the max, put on 23kg while carrying her son and then lost it. This, despite the fact that she hates working out. And yoga. “I know yoga is amazing, but I just don’t have the patience. So I work out. I like to gym, I love to walk, I like the natural options.”
On Work: I’m seeing a definite pattern here. It holds true even with the brands she endorses—California Almonds, Kellogg’s Chocos, and Puretta Baby Wipes. She reveals that there are quite a few more endorsements on the anvil, but can’t talk about them right now. Despite the fact that she stopped acting in movies around six years ago, Karisma is far from missing on the public platform. She’s been on TV as a judge on Nach Baliye 4, Hans Baliye, and Kitchen Champion 3. She has also walked the ramp at a couple of fashion weeks, and most recently, is becoming something of a fixture on the international fashion brand circuit. And then there’s the buzz of her return to the big screen with a Karan Johar movie with sister Kareena Kapoor.
“I don’t know where all these rumours are coming from, honestly,” she says. “Yes, I am looking at scripts, and thankfully I get a lot of offers, but I’ve not zeroed in on any movie. I’m just enjoying myself, just being a bit laidback, being a mother, having a beautiful home.” She’s more than entitled after having started work a few months shy of her 16th birthday, and slogged it out for more than 10 years before leaving at the top of her game for
marriage. “Karisma has done a lot; she’s extremely versatile,” says Arjun Rampal, one of her co-judges on *Nach Baliye 4* (Farah Khan was the other), and with whom she had earlier been on the World Tour. “She’s seen both commercial success as well as critical acclaim with movies like *Biwi* *No 1,* *Zubeidaa*, and *Fiza*. She’s got great energy, is a lot of fun, and a complete sport.”
On Style: It’s not just a love of food that Karisma has got from the Kapoors. It’s also an addiction to white. Her favourite colour, which she supplements with black. “My grandfather and grandmother only wore white. Maybe growing up, I’ve just seen that [and absorbed it],” she muses. “The black is my addition.” The black and white fits in well with her personal style which designer and friend Manish Malhotra, who not only transformed her look in *Raja Hindustani* but also did her wedding ensemble, says is “simplistic, sharp and smart. She loves white shirts and blue jeans, very much like an American star, very Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston. She’s got a great body, takes
care of herself, and I think she has tremendous, tremendous style”.
“I like structured looks and sharp cuts,” Karisma says, picking Chanel, YSL, Prada, and Armani as brands she is partial to. Manish Malhotra’s is the only name she says among Indian designers, and though she rarely wears Indian clothes, she confesses to being partial to the sari. She’s also got a thing for handbags and can’t ever leave home without one. And talk about shoes and her face lights up; she says they are essential to her poise and how good
she feels. “But I’m not a crazy person who has thousands,” she says. “I buy things I feel are worth it. I need something that will last, and even if it’s two seasons old or even if I wear it in two years, it should be
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