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Kajol Explains Why It's 'Educative' For Children to Have a 'Working Mother'

  | January 01, 2016 15:11 IST (New Delhi)
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Kajol photographed in Mumbai.

"In whatever area they choose, women should work. And it doesn't necessarily have to be about going out of the house and working. But the work ethic has to be understood that it's not only a man's job to be the breadwinner for the family. That's where women's equality has to start," said Kajol

Bollywood actress Kajol believes that it is very important for children to have a working mother.

"I hope I will be seen more onscreen. I'd like to work more now. I took a break right after My Name Is Khan (2010) because my son was born, and then he was still very young. Now, my son is five years old," Kajol told IANS here.

"I will be starting a film in the mid-2016. But no, I am not planning to do three films in a year like Shah Rukh Khan, in any way. I can't work as hard as him," added Kajol.

Kajol and Ajay Devgn, who got married in 1999, have two children - Nysa and Yug. (Also Read: Kajol's Daughter Nysa Was 'Tired' of 'Seeing Her Crying' Onscreen)

After Nysa was born, Kajol appeared in films like Fanaa, U Me Aur Hum, My Name Is Khan, We Are Family and Toonpur Ka Superhero.

In fact, in a previous interview to IANS, she had confessed that the only reason she gave up films was her children.

"I have not given birth to them to just dump them and go off to work. I am not that kind of a person," Kajol said back then.

Kajol featured in Rohit Shetty's Dilwale, which reunited her with Shah Rukh after 2010's My Name Is Khan. The actress said that Nysa urged her to step out of the house and face the arc lights.

"I honestly think it's very educative for children to have working parents, and to have a working mother mostly, because that's where the influence comes on the girl child. When I was a child, I did resent sometimes that my mother went to work, and I used to tell her, 'Mom, why can't you be like other mothers who are at home and cooking?' She used to be like 'No, I have to work. I need to work,' said Kajol.

"At that point of time, maybe I felt a resentment towards her work, but when I started working, I realised that the work ethics which I have, the way I work, the amount of hard work that I did was only because I had seen my mother do that all my life," added Kajol.

"So, hence and therefore, I feel that my daughter hopefully will understand that when she sees her mother go for work, when she grows up, she will realise that it's important for her to work as well for her own independence and development," said Kajol.

Kajol also said that it is important for women to work.

"In whatever area they choose, women should work. And it doesn't necessarily have to be about going out of the house and working. But the work ethic has to be understood that it's not only a man's job to be the breadwinner for the family. That's where women's equality has to start," added Kajol.

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