Dimple Kapadia called Twinkle Khanna ‘junglee’ and that’s where Akshay Kumar came in

At her book launch, Twinkle Khanna said she is fortunate to have Akshay Kumar in her life as she never ever fitted in despite mom Dimple Kapadia trying her best.

Written by Priyanka Sharma | Mumbai | Updated: November 16, 2016 12:39 pm
Twinkle Khanna's revelation about her mother Dimpl Kapadia. Twinkle Khanna’s revelation about her mother Dimpl Kapadia, where Akshay Kumar came in.

Actor-turned-author Twinkle Khanna has revealed that in her teens, her mother Dimple Kapadia constantly tried to put her on a diet but she failed to understand why did she have to become a certain size and was more than happy being a “plump nerd”. “My granny would always moan about the fact that I never brushed my hair and my mom would always try to put me on a diet and I would tell her I wouldn’t fit in. I would ask her why do I need to fit in a size for a dress?” Twinkle said at the launch of her latest book, The Legends of Lakshmi Prasad.

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Twinkle said that she never felt the need to conform to the norms of the society and feels that all those who are “misfits” should just walk their own path without bothering about what others say. “We grow up and we need to conform to the society, to fit in. For all the oddballs and misfits out there, if you follow your path you will reach somewhere where no one has reached because you are meant to uniquely do some things which only you can do,” she said.

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Twinkle’s revelation about her mother came after her filmmaker friend Karan Johar who was moderating the book launch, asked her how she felt from being a plump nerd to becoming a talked-about author. Always the one to defy cliches, Twinkle shot back at Karan and asked, “So, plump nerds can’t becoming famous authors?”

Feeling at a loss of words, Karan sheepishly replied, “No… But like I was a plump nerd but I am far from being an author!”

A few pics of Dimple Kapadia and Twinkle Khanna-Akshay Kumar’s son Aarav:

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Towards the end of the event, Twinkle took the opportunity to thank her family and friends for their support, Giving a special mention to husband Akshay Kumar, she said that he is more proud of her work than anyone ever has. “This book is dedicated to him. He is my biggest cheerleader, my greatest support. He is a man who takes more pride in my work than anyone ever has, including my mother who is all the time kind of… Like somebody came up to her and said, ‘Your daughter is a good writer’ and she shouted and said, ‘This junglee?!’ So, I am very fortunate to have this man with me,” Twinkle said.

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Akshay Kumar, along with Twinkle’s mother Dimple Kapadia, Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, filmmakers R Balki, Homi Adjani and actress Sonali Bendre were also present at the event.