New Delhi: Kareena Kapoor is one actress who has always been in limelight since her first release 'Refugee' in 2000. Recently, the actress has been seen in films such as 'Talaash' and 'Heroine' where her characters were pivotal to the story. She gets candid about her choice of films, relationship with Saif Ali Khan and changes in her acting style.
Q: Has the life changed after marriage?
A: I don't think life has changed at all, I have married a man who I love. I am proud to be a working married woman. I am sure there are a lot of Indian women who want to be happily married working women. I want to inspire all those women that we can work as well as have home.
Kareena gets candid about her choice of films, relationship with Saif Ali Khan and shift in her acting style.
Q: Does that mean you are going to do more women centric roles?
A: I think I do the kind of films I believe in. I would chose to work with different directors, actors, a director like Reema Kagti, taking up a role like 'Talaash' in a genre that has probably not been done many times since films such as 'Woh Kaun Thi' and 'Jewel Thief'. I think it's the duty of the actor to try and do different roles and to not stick to the same thing.
I think the line is blurring, brave actors are trying to do different kind of cinema. The core thing is that the good films are working.
Q: So, are we going to see any shift in your acting style now?
A: See, I have always been passionate about acting and wanted to do different types of roles. Be it 'Chameli' or 'Dev' or 'Omkara' or 'Jab We Met', and now 'Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu' and 'Talaash', it's always been different. I don't want to be perceived as just looking good and doing nothing. I love to do the song and dance roles also like 'Chammak challo' or 'Bodyguard', but that's not all I want to do. It's more about doing good cinema.
Q: How do you want to be perceived as an actor?
A: I hope my career never gets over, and I continue to act till I am 80. Acting is my passion, acting has no bar, it's a limitless field. I want to continue acting and at the same time I want to be a happy woman.
Q: You have always carried the burden of coming from a film family.
A: Every actor's journey is different. Mine has been a little more different because people's expectations from me were always high. My parents were actors, my sister was a big star, so it was difficult for me, but I had a single minded attitude of being very focused on my career.
Q: You portrayed a very different kind of feminism in 'Talaash'.
A: I played a sex worker in 'Chameli', before the film released everybody was like, 'is this like Chameli,' and I was like, 'no, I can't reveal much,' so even if you're playing the same profession you need to do it differently. If you look at 'Chameli' and then Rosy in 'Talaash', they are two separate people. The whole idea of being a versatile actor is about trying something different.
The way Reema and Zoya have written the role is very beautiful. It was a very special role and a very brave film.
Q: 'Heroine' was also an ambitious project but it didn't work as per the expectations.
A: That is a part of this profession you know. It is something that you have to take in your stride, plus I don't take success and failure seriously, I just want to continue the good work. The good part of 'Heroine' is that everybody who saw the film called me and messaged me, they loved my performance in the film. But, after a point there are a lot of things in a movie other than just an actor, everything comes together, but I would never not want to give that film its due as it is a part of my filmography. It's all been a part of my journey.
Q: 'Fevicol' song from 'Dabangg 2' is out now. You haven't done any proper item number before this. Does competition has any role to play in it?
A: I have never looked at it that way. Salman is a friend, his family is very close to me, they asked me to do a song in the film, and also what I have done is something 'maine masti main kar liya' (Something I did for fun), but that's not the only thing I want to do. People have seen me in 'Talaash' and now they are going to see me in 'Fevicol' from 'Dabangg 2', so it would be an entirely new experience for them in both the films.
Q: Is hosting a TV show a part of your future plans?
A: (Laughs) I was just telling Salman that we should host 'Bigg Boss' together.
Q: What about living in the 'Bigg Boss' house?
A: (Laughs) Oh god, no, I can't do that. No chance.
Q: Film personalities are using Twitter to reach out to their fans, but you are still avoiding it.
A: Well, this is not a deliberate decision. People who know me would know that I always do things from my heart, Twitter is a big commitment, it's a responsibility towards your fans. Right now, I am anyway so busy with my work and family, plus I think a little bit of aura is nice because the people wouldn't know the truth then. I like a little mystery you know, the way it happened in 1960s and 70s, I am slightly old world in that way.
I like to be in my own world, I meet my friends at home, I don't like to attend too many film parties, I go to work and prefer to come back to my life with Saif.
Q: The hype around your marriage has still not died down.
A: (Laughs) It was always like this, when I was in love people were like, 'shaadi kab ho rahi hai.' (When are you getting married), ab shaadi ho gayi toh family kab ho rahi hai (Now when I am married they are like when are you starting your family).
Q: Film enthusiasts are interested in your forthcoming projects as well.
A: This year has ended with Aamir and the next year is going to start with Imran. I am shooting with Imran Khan in January for a film that I am doing for Karan Johar. It's kind of a light hearted film in a romantic space. Then I am going to 'Satyagrah' with Prakash Jha.
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