Actor Akshay Kumar and author Twinkle Khanna were in the hot seat as they fielded questions from the ‘most fearsome interviewers’ – little children. They talked about a variety of topics, from cooking to superheroes to doing stunts.
Sharing a video of the question-and-answer session on Instagram, Akshay wrote, “Facing the most fearsome interviewers… @tweakindia put me and @twinklerkhanna in the hotseat and we had to spill our secrets, right from who’s our favourite superhero to the best chef in our household. Loved learning about the real-life heroes in the new children’s book from Tweak Books, When I Grow Up, I Want To Be. And maybe Tina can finally shed her hopeless chef title by trying the recipes from this amazing cookbook, What’s In Your Dabba?”
The first question was from a child, who said that healthy food tastes ‘yucky’ and how she prefers to eat burgers. Akshay told her, “You have to eat yucky food. Yucky, which is very healthy. You have to keep yourself fit.”
However, Twinkle called him out and said, “He is saying that and in our ‘What’s In Your Dabba?’ book, he has a healthy recipe, which is avocado toast. But in reality, what does he make for his children? Chocolate paratha. Is it yucky? It is not yucky. Is it healthy? It is not healthy.”
Akshay clarified that he only makes chocolate parathas sometimes. “Sometimes, they want to enjoy themselves. Sometimes, on some rare Sunday, I try making that,” he said. He then turned away from the camera and asked his daughter Nitara (who was not in the frame) if she liked it, to which she said yes.
The second question was about who is the best chef in the family. Without batting an eyelid, Akshay said, “I don’t think you even have to say it. It’s me. She can’t even make an omelette.”
However, Twinkle felt that the title deserved to go to their son, Aarav. “He (Akshay) is a very good cook. He knows how to fry my brains, boil my blood. If you really want to know the best chef in our family, it’s our son. He can make anything, from rajma to pizzas to the most amazing dessert,” she said. Akshay conceded, saying, “He is the best cook, I am the second best and she can only cook stories.”
Akshay also talked about his favourite superhero – Tarzan. “Because he is strong, powerful and he uses his own strength,” he said. Twinkle said she preferred someone with mental agility over physical strength.
One child asked if it was true that ‘police and ghosts will catch (him)’ if he did not finish his food. Twinkle reminisced about Aarav’s growing up years and how she had scared him into eating all the food on his plate.
“I used to tell my son when he was little that if he was not eating his food, the mutton lady would come and she would cut his fingers up, fry them and sell it at Juhu market. Now, this is a horrific story. He didn’t really eat French fries for a very long time because he thought that French fries were made by the mutton lady. But it did the trick and he did eat his food,” she said.
Akshay did not agree with this method and said, “Never ever train your children like this. I know that somewhere, my son got a little scarred by all this. Thank God my daughter is too intelligent and she is amazing. Am I right Nitara? You don’t get bullied by your mother saying all this mutton lady and ghosts, right?” The eight-year-old replied in the affirmative to both questions asked to her.
Twinkle also shared one of her regrets, as a parent. When asked if she ever cries, she said that she breaks down when upset or frustrated, and does not give that much importance to physical pain. “There have been many times when my kids have complained…this is for moms and dads, not for you kids. I know that there have been many times when my kids have complained and I have ignored it. That has really been something I regret,” she said.
One child wanted to know if Akshay was encouraged by his parents to do stunts. “My parents did encourage me but they used to always tell me to be very careful. The most important thing about stunts is coming out unharmed. I never believe a stunt is a good stunt if the person gets any kind of scratch or gets hurt. Whatever you see me or anybody doing, it has all been supervised properly and done. Parents, do encourage your children to do stunts. Stunts are amazing. You never know, he could be one of the best stuntmen,” he replied.
“Partners, allow your spouses to do stunts but just make sure that they have an insurance policy and you are the beneficiary. At least, that is my policy,” Twinkle chimed in.
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