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Twinkle Khanna On Being An Intellectual Misfit In Bollywood And Her Emergence As A Writer

Published on 6 December, 2016 at 5:53 pm By

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While in rest of the country, scoring a 97% leaves desi parents unsatisfied, the opposite holds true for a Bollywood family. Twinkle Khanna is one star kid who has oddly emerged to be an intellectual, satirical writer – and a misfit in the world of glamorous Bollywood tribe who takes pride in being intellectually unaware.

In a recent interview to Times Of India, Twinkle revealed her un-comforting oddness growing in a Bollywood family, her writing aspirations and inspirations and the fact that Bollywood is indeed thankful of her writing  – only because they’d no more have to bear her dripping sarcasm in Bollywood parties.

 


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Here are the excerpts from her interview:

 

On accepting the fact that her scholar achievements will never be an achievement for her super-star parents

“I was born into the limelight. So, my biggest achievement, which I worked hard for, is to stay normal. I remember joining a boarding school in the sixth grade — I was lazy, complacent and fat. I ranked first in class, which was a miracle in itself. However, it didn’t matter to my family. In class 10, I scored 97 per cent in maths, but when I told my mother (Dimple Kapadia) that, her comment was, ‘You weigh 97 kilos, lose some weight.’ I then realised that we are a different family where such achievements aren’t appreciated.”

 

On her early days of being introduced to reading

I have been reading since childhood. Malavika Sangghvi (the anchor of the session) had once called me to say, ‘I know your father (Rajesh Khanna) very well. He calls me late at night.’ I thought maybe now, she will tell me that she is the love of his life and I have a stepbrother. However, she went on to say that she and dad discussed books. My father was very fond of reading. It was something we did at our home. I don’t think it fits the way people think Bollywood works, but that’s who we are.
By the time I was in my teens, I was reading science fiction. I had this maternal uncle who had cartons of books. It’s important to read because you have to fill your head with words. It’s like buying a juicer grinder and switching it on, with nothing in it. You need to put something in it, only then will something worthwhile come out of it. It’s the same with words and writing.

On how a writing opportunity turned people’s perception of  her weirdness into wisdom



Earlier, people said that I am weird. Now, the same people call that weirdness wisdom. I am wondering if those people are actually weird. I wrote half a book at the age of 18, and also had a collection of morbid poems. For many years after that, I didn’t even write a diary entry. I thought I’d write when I turn 60, but a friend moved jobs and the opportunity to be a columnist came by. That is how it all began.

On not being able to have her father see her writing

My father believed in astrology. His astrologer had predicted that his daughter would become a writer someday. My father would nag me, but I didn’t write a word till he passed away. I wish he could see me now.

 

On Bollywood being the most relieved to see her writing

They’re actually happy that I am writing all this instead of saying it to them at parties. That’s what I used to do earlier. They feel saved.

 

Thank you Twinkle for choosing to live this life on your own terms – and of course for giving us a slice of real Bollywood in your pepper-and-salt humorous way.

 


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