Set to shine
She failed to excel in films but Twinkle Khanna has finally found her footing in interior designing
While in Bollywood, every day I felt I was going to work
PHOTO: BHAGYA PRAKASH K.
IN A NEW GALAXY Twinkle Khanna
For long, we thought every star had an expiry date. They shot, they shone and then went into oblivion. Things are changing now. There are many who are ready to try other vocations if the going is not great.
Twinkle Khanna is among them. She drenched us with her simplicity in Barsaat but soon discovered that it is not enough to last on celluloid. Be it Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Ajay Devgan or Akshay Kumar with whom she eventually tied the knot she was cast opposite every possible star, not to mention her having inherited the enviable genes of Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia. But somehow, Twinkle could not make the grade at the box-office.
So after a short stint, she turned to interior designing. And is doing much better. Four years into the profession, her store, White Window, is a well-known one in Mumbai and last year, she won the coveted Elle Dιcor International Design Award. Recently, she designed the Citrine Design Studio in New Delhi. Says Twinkle, "I realised early that I didn't have it in me to last long as an actress. I won't say interior designing was my first love, but I was assisting an interior designer before joining films."
The kind of money you can make at a young age, says Twinkle, was one of the factors that attracted her to cinema. "But every day I felt that I was going to work, which is not the case now, even though the schedules are much more hectic and I have a son to take care of."
Twinkle says that she has inherited the creativity from her maternal side. "As kids, we (Twinkle and her sister Rinkie) were good at structures. Soon we picked up crochet, and drawing always fascinated me. My mother is good at candle making but she used to do it as a hobby. Rinkie and I cajoled her to take it up as a parallel profession."
Interior designing demands technical knowledge, and Twinkle says she misses a formal degree. "I had to work harder. I gained knowledge on CAD and draughtsmanship. Then I worked with an architect for two years on different projects, as here you learn the most on the job. Just cramming doesn't suffice."
Extravagance is in
Talking of trends, Twinkle says the days of minimalism are over and people are again looking for extravagance. "I believe fashion trends also reflect interior designing. I want India to be reflected in my work. That's why you will find lotus motifs, gold texturing and generous use of mother of pearl at the Citrine studio. Then we created a water body, which adds to the charm of a fashion destination."
She is now working on a jewellery store in New Delhi. Managing logistics is an issue with outstation jobs, particularly when you have a family. But, Twinkle says that when you have a husband like Akshay, things become easier. Akshay is at the height of his career but Twinkle maintains, "He takes care of Aarav when I am out on month-long assignments. This includes changing diapers and giving him a bath."
Any chance of a comeback to Bollywood? "No. I did enjoy doing theatre for a while, but then I got so engrossed in work that I could not take time off."
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