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Life is a discovery for Khushboo
Life is a discovery for Khushboo

Khushboo returns to Telugu films to act in Chiranjeevi starrer

In a career spanning 20 years, Kushboo has given flawless performances and film pundits who declared that the actress is past her prime and has nothing new to offer may soon have to eat their words as the talented lady is all set to surprise the audience in Murugadoss's Stalin. Today, Khushboo is a mother of two kids - both girls - but not an iota of her beauty has withered. Basking in familial bliss for years, gorgeous Khushboo is mulling a return to acting in Telugu films. Over a cuppa, the relaxed and content actress reveals that she is playing a sister's role in Chiranjeevi starrer Stalin. Some excerpts:What made you choose Stalin ? After my marriage I wanted to take a break and was away from Tamil films for a long time. I did just three films in six years. Also nothing extraordinary was offered. Murugadoss promised me that my character would be awesome and I took it up. I'm going to pull him up if it doesn't turn out the way he narrated. Also I have never done a film with Chiranjeevi. It will be foolish of me to expect equal footage in a Chiranjeevi film. They paid me a bomb and I am quite happy. It is stressful being away from my children but since it's holiday time it's okay with me. Murugadoss being a Tamilian and the unit makes me feel comfortable." How do you handle this adulation even after 20 years in films? It's been a long time and equally a hard journey. I firmly believe that what ever goes down comes up some day. I have seen the peak and also the pit, being thrown out of five big projects on one day. So when people remind me of my temple, fan following it doesn't get into me. I'm addicted to work and my daughters help me remain grounded. Also I remind myself that my upbringing is absolutely middle class and my dad abandoned me when I was 16. We didn't have a shelter or a soul to befriend. I just had a few Telugu films on hand. I had to take care of my mum and my three brothers. At that stage, my confidence level was so high that nothing or nobody could intimidate me."How come you court controverysy so often? I think we both go hand in hand. I trust people easily and I hate hypocrisy. I loathe liars. If I feel something is right I will do it. I'm content today because of my mistakes and the way I have learnt to handles all the pressures. I wouldn't have been wiser otherwise. I always try to keep a smile on my face. I wouldn't believe it if people told me I looked beautiful. But today I do because of my daughters. They give me a reason to believe so. Motherhood makes you look beautiful. The biggest high of my life is when both my daughters fight for me. Positive thinking and remaining happy is my mantra of life."Would you tell us more about your family?I'm a best friend to my daughters aged six and three; the first one is as tall as me and on the heavier side. The younger one is slightly like me - a chatterbox. My husband always says she is on wheels. I dated Sunder for six years before marrying him so wanted to be at home for sometime. Now I have my production company, which is making serial Kalki. Jackpot was there for long and I'm planning a film next month. In between all this my kids help me preserve my sanity. I never work after six.Y. SUNITA CHOWDHARY




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