Kareena Kapoor talks about her personal and professional life as she completes 10 years in Bollywood
She’s hogged the limelight for more than just her acting — the size-zero debate, her sizzling romance with beau Saif Ali Khan… And, quietly completed a decade in the industry. As for her films, there have been many memorable performances, and a few, not so. Kareena Kapoor opens up on how she has matured over the years, her ‘colourful’ journey, her relationships, and her much-awaited We Are Family. Excerpts…
You’ve completed 10 years in the industry. How has the journey been?
Colourful! My first film Refugee is very special to me because I’ve been particular about being an actor, not a glam doll. My roles in Refugee, Dev, Chameli, Omkara, Jab We Met, 3 Idiots and Kurbaan have been varied; not many actors have done this. Some people have liked my work, some haven’t, but as I said, the journey has been colourful.
And, real life?
I’m a fun-lover who loves spending time with family and friends.
Your latest film We Are Family, the remake of the Julia Roberts-Susan Sarandon hit Stepmom, has a mature topic and a new director
I never felt it was Siddharth Malhotra’s first film as a director. He’s from a filmy family; he’s filmy himself. Siddharth is a very sensitive person.
He says you’ve surpassed Julia Roberts in the film…
It’s an honour that (producer) Karan Johar and Siddharth thought I could essay the role played by Julia Roberts. To me, after Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts is the finest actor. I haven’t watched We Are Family yet, but those who have, congratulated me. But, it’d be wrong to compare the two because the films were made in different times. And, the Hindi film industry is completely different in its approach. But, I’m satisfied with my performance. The character I’ve played is very forward-thinking, contemporary and powerful.
Does your role mirror your real life situation — Saif and his kids…?
No. My personal life and professional life are two different chapters.
You’re acting with Kajol in this film. How was the experience?
It’s an exciting challenge to be working with Kajol!
In Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Kajol and you played sisters. And, now you play the ‘other woman’.
We didn’t have many scenes together in Kabhi…. Here, we are shown as living under the same roof. We both have powerful roles, but I have a more complex and complicated role — it’s very easy to be the one who has the sympathy, but it’s very difficult to win that sympathy. I hope I’ve achieved what I set out to. I want people to say both of us are spectacular, and that it’s difficult to choose.
Has Kajol changed from Kabhi…to We Are Family?
She’s the same — spontaneous, bubbly and oozing energy. It’s lovely to have someone such as her on the sets, and we got along really well. Working with her is a dream come true. She’s a super entertainer.
Kajol says you have matured …
When I was in Kabhi…, I was quite a baby. Since, I’ve done several films, and it’s been a great journey.
Have you seen Kajol as a mother?
Both Kajol and Karisma are hands-on mothers. I don’t know if it’s something to do with their generation. As for me, I haven’t thought about being a mother.
Are you doing Madhur’s Heroine or have you forsaken it for a Karan Johar film?
I have committed to Madhur’s film. He is scripting the film; the script should be ready in two months.
You are way thinner now …
My weight has always been in the news, isn’t it? I’ve put on some weight now, and plan to be this way. I’m fit, I do yoga, I eat healthy — I’m a vegetarian.
What is the one advice you’d give Saif?
To work with Raju Hirani – Jigar Shah (Bollywood News Service)