No questions on Salman, please’ I’m expecting mandatory warning as Katrina Kaif slides into the settee opposite me. I wait. “What, no N warning?” I ask in surprise, Katrina grins, “No
I’ve learnt to tackle all those questions. “Great!” I tell her, gleefully. “Let me now try to extract all the info I can about Salman.
“Try all you want,” she smiles impishly as she stretches out.
She’s just flown down from Delhi and raced from the airport to the coffee shop, where she’s meeting me. “God I’m so tired,” she says rubbing her eyes, She orders black coffee, soaks in the cool ambience as the soft murmurs of the early afternoon ripples through the room. She’s just wound up a hectic India Fashion Week and besides, “It really gets tough time finding a suitable house. “It really gets tough when you’re alone and you have to look into everything,” she says sipping her coffee.
So far, so frothy.
The biggest challenge, however, comes now when two of her movies – Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya and Sarkar—are up for release. She’s aware of the stakes. But all she will say for now is, “I’ve given it my best shot.”
Working on both the movies have been quite an experience for the actress. She says “I don’t really remember being nervous. After I did my first shot for David Dhawan’s Maine Pyar Kyu Kiya, some people were worried that I would not be able to memorize my dialogue, but were very impressed to see I knew all my lines and cues. When I started the film I was told I would get my dialogues a day in advance. But that never happened. I’d get my lines either in the morning of the shoot or 10 minutes before the shot. Yet I managed well. I was told this is how it works in most hindi films. So I got into the grooved right from the beginning. Now I’m confident that I can manage in other movies as well.”
She seems eager to dispel as your doubts about how Hindi-friendly she is: “I’m very good with lines and dialogues. I’ve done enough classes, I can read and writer Hindi very well. Anyway I’ve done movies in Telugu without knowing a word of it. So speaking Hindi was really a cakewalke after that.”
Her role in Maine Pyar Kyu Kiya she tells me is that of a naïve girl who’s a catalyst for the comedy. “I’m not supposed to be outright funny in the movie.” Then before I can ask, she says “David thought I suited the character, which is why he wanted my in the film. It is not as if someone put a word for me. I had my own reasons for doing the film. People know me as a model,so to be accepted by the masses in a David Dhawan film would be a great beginning. It’s my big chance to prove myself. And I ended up having a great time.”
IF MAINE Pyar Kyu Kiya was loads of fun, Ram Gopal Varma’s Sarkar was quite an intense experience. “In a Ram Gopal Varma film, everyone is a character. So the length of the role is not important. In short my experience with him, I found him very precise. David would let you be as an actor. But Ramu would say, “Don’t do this, Don’t do that, Don’t stand like that. He’s very clear, specific about what he wants. So he gets it in one or two takes. And he is very relaxed on sets.”
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