(celebrity birthdays) Liking Twinkle Khanna is a no brainer. She’s smart and self-made, fun to talk to, ravishing to look at and though there’s so much affluence and fame surrounding her — superstar parents (Rajesh Khanna, Dimple Kapadia), superstar husband (Akshay Kumar), superstar friends (Bachchans, Karan Johar), she’s incredibly rooted with reality. It’s rare to achieve this level of popularity for someone who’s adamantly rejected rules of the mainstream.
Although Twinkle started out as an actress in a typically hyped debut opposite another star kid (Bobby Deol) and did fairly okay for a while (which back then translated to working opposite all the Khans — Shah Rukh in Baadshah, Aamir in Mela and Salman in Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai), her heart just wasn’t into it. The 40-year-old found her true calling as an interior designer and now as the author of the recently released Mrs Funnybones, a result of all those entertaining columns for various publications we’ve relished over the last few years.
Here are 10 things we LOVE about this supremely talented lady.
1. Sense of humor
Whether it’s her subtle digs on the Prime Minister (“Delhi beckons and if you look closely I have also written my name with marker pen all over my jacket :)”), channelling her inner Twinkbaba or regaling us with zingers from the wacky relationship she shares with her mom. (I tell her, ‘It’s not funny, Mom, and sometimes you really do make stupid mistakes.’ She snorts, ‘That’s true, I made you.’), wry wit becomes Twinkle Khanna.
2. Impeccable taste in fashion
One can never fault Twinkle’s elegant, exclusive dressing sense. Be it on the cover of a magazine, at an event or holidaying far away from prying eyes, her style is consistently classy and chic. Blingy or minimalistic, she pulls them all off with her inherent sophistication.
3. Political incorrectness
While most of Bollywood, including her better half, is drowning in diplomacy, it’s refreshing to hear Twinkle Khanna say it like it is. Her sharp views on current affairs or pungent rejoinders the likes of author Chetan Bhagat (He gets to judge Nach Baliye and I get to judge if that gross thing on my floor is dog puke or poop. SuchIsLife) or filmmaker Rahul Dholakia (Hey @rahuldholakia ?here you are worried about my film career when you should be worried about getting raees by hook or by kkk..rook !) certainly keeps Twitterverse abuzz in excitement.
4. Her creative energy
Becoming an actress, making candles, setting up an interior designing business, producing movies, writing columns, turning author, is there anything this woman cannot do? What next, Twinks? A TV show, perhaps?
5. Family gal!
All those fond glimpses we’ve witnessed through her writings and photos about the ‘man of the house,’ the prodigal son’ and the impish ‘baby,’ reveal how lovingly she’s built her whole world around these three. What’s droll is how un-melodramatic she’s about this achievement.
6. That “She’s just like you” quality
One would think a wealthy celebrity’s life is all about Chanel and Choos. But reading Twinkle’s columns is like going through a personal diary, one that reflects your own so well. Whether it’s about raising two impressionable kids, husband-wife camaraderie, overbearing friends and relatives, crazy neighbours or exasperating house help or the sensitive in-laws territory– she’s SO relatable.
7. Woman on top!
Juggling between her demanding job, traveling frequently for business, nurturing her family, not missing out on the kids and their achievements, cheering for her star husband, staying fit and fabulous, looking like a million bucks on magazine covers, hobnobbing with friends, finding relevant subjects to write about, being active on the social network, Twinkle Khanna’s cape has Super all over it.
8. Accessible, friendly and fun!
Try talking to her on Twitter handle @mrsfunnybones sometime and if you’re amusing enough, she’s sure to respond. In our observation, Ms Khanna replies to a majority of people who try to make intelligent conversation with her online. It’s certainly worth the effort.
9. Her drool-worthy collection of statement necklaces
We’ve lost count of the number of times she’s transformed a simple outfit into a sensational look by adorning many of those exquisite pieces of jewellery around her neck.
10. She gives hope to other oddly named folk.
Did you know if not Twinkle, there’s a strong chance she’d be christened Sprinkle or Sparkle? Her success without resorting to name changing proves just one thing — Twinkle by any other name is still a star!