24 November, 2020

Laila Khan Rajpal

Feroze Khan’s daughter on her father and her maiden solo painting exhibition

Laila Khan Rajpal
How's it like being a famous father's daughter?
I'm proud that he's my father - Hindi film industry's most stylish actor.

But do comparisons bother you?
Not at all. But I want to be remembered for the kind of person that I am.

Why painting then? Why not films?
This is the only way I could express myself.

You never considered that option?
I'd be lying if I say no. But I could never be satisfied by being just a glamour doll.

You took nine years to hold a solo exhibition. Why such a long time?
I needed all these years to work out a lot of aesthetic problems on my canvas.

Does the canvas chronicle your growth in all these years?
Yes. I am always trying to exorcise something inside me through the canvas.

Is there a recurring theme of the futility of life in your works?
On the contrary, there's hope in all my paintings. I am a great believer in life.

What is the significance of a face resembling Meena Kumari in most of your paintings?


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