Kareena Kapoor needs no introduction. Her recent movie Bodyguard with Salman Khan has been declared a blockbuster. Her upcoming movie Ra.One with Shah Rukh Khan is creating a lot of buzz. With an interesting lineup of movies, she has been declared the #1 Heroine by the industry.
Pinkvilla.com caught up with the talented actress on the sets of Agent Vinod where she talked about her career, Madame Tussauds and how Saif Ali Khan called her the brand ambasador of Pinkvilla:).
How does the success of Bodyguard feel? Did you expect it to be this big a hit?
It feels great. When we were shooting the film, we believed the film would be a huge super hit. But the movie has become such a monstrous hit and given us all a new high altogether.
Have you had time to celebrate the success in any way?
Not really. I haven’t had time to do any such thing as I am now shooting for Agent Vinod and I have been shooting every day. So I have been really busy.
Your next movie Ra.One again has all the makings of a blockbuster.
I think the movie is going to be huge. Ra.One is the biggest movie made in Bollywood and I really hope the movie is a blockbuster. I have a feeling the movie will do very well. Fingers crossed.
How was your experience working on Ra.One and with Shah Rukh Khan?
It is always a great experience working with Shah Rukh. He is a dear friend. Saif and I are extremely fond of both Shahrukh and Gauri. They are like family to us. Working in his production is like working in our home production.
All your upcoming movies are all with the Khans(Ra.One with SRK, Reema Khagti’s next with Aamir, Ek Main Aur Ek Tu with Imran and Agent Vinod with Saif). Was it a conscious decision to work only with the Khans?
It just happened so. The movies with Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir were offered to me in the same year. It was not a conscious decision. I think I was plain lucky.
Do you feel that when you work opposite the 3 big Khans, your work may go unnoticed?
No, that did not happen with Bodyguard. The girl is also the hero of the film. Without the girl, there is no film. It is not like I just do a dance sequence and disappear. It has always been the case. The decision before signing any film is that I need to have an equal role as the hero and that should always be the case.
Could you fill us in on Heroine? Has everything been sorted out?
Yes everything has been sorted out now and we start shooting for Heroine around the 20th of November.
With the lineup of movies that you have, the media is terming you as the unprecedented heroine #1 in Bollywood. Comments?
I definitely don’t feel that. I have never thought of it in that angle. My films have always supported me be it Golmaal 3, Bodyguard or 3 Idiots. I always say I am happy to be #100 and I am really not interested in the #1 tag and I have never been.
There were reports in the media that with Heroine you are now the top paid actress in Bollywood . Comments?
Nobody will ever know what I get for a movie. Speculations and rumors will always be there. I have always said everyone will get what they deserve and I always have got what I deserved.
The other highlight of your career is the unveiling of your wax statue at Madame Tussauds. Have you got to see the visuals of the statue as yet?
They keep sending me pictures, so I have seen the pictures. My look at Madam Tussauds is a glamorous one and a right representation of me. I am sure my fans won’t be disappointed with the look.
Who will accompany you for the big day?
My mom and my best friend Reena are going to accompany me for the event. Karishma is busy shooting for Dangerous Iskq. Saif won’t be able to make it as he will be busy shooting for Cocktail in South Africa.
Media always has stories on rivalries between Priyanka and you, Katrina and you. Any truth to it?
I am absolutely fine and co-ordial with everyone. There’s absolutely no competition as such. I am only interested in my work. I have always said I am not in any sort of race. Whatever is written in the media about fights or rivalries is completely false. For me there is more to life than all this. I am busy with my work, my personal life and my family. Beyond that for me there is nothing else.
With your hectic schedule how do you still manage to be fit and glowing?
I am quite fit and healthy because of yoga. I eat right. I try to get 8 hours of sleep. I am vegetarian and eat a lot of vegetables. Of course like a normal girl I do cheat at times.
Kareena, you have achieved a lot of fame, success and appreciation for your work. What more do you want in your career?
I just want to continue doing some great work. Acting has always been my passion and I want to continue doing that like Meryl Streep who is still doing great work at the age of 60. I am her biggest fan. I hope I can do that as well.
Do you ever visit Pinkvilla?
Yes, that is what Saif was just saying that I am the brand ambassador for Pinkvilla. It’s a great site I think and I am always on it. Because of me now Saif too logs on to Pinkvilla.
Then you must be quite aware of your huge fan following on Pinkvilla. Does that flatter you?
I love the fact that my fans are curious about me and want to know all the information about me. I love the adulation. Of course some criticism is fine but at the end of the day we are humans too. But I know my fans are very loyal and consistent with me and I thank them for that.
A message to your fans on Pinkvilla
Thank You for the constant love and warmth. Please don’t believe all the things that the media reports until they hear it from my mouth.