Katrina Kaif now confidently expresses herself in Hindi too, saying ‘Shaadi sochne ki baat nahi, karne ki baat hai’. Admitting that the audience reaction to unsuccessful films kept her in the depths of despair for a few days, the actress talks to Bharati Dubey about her
15 tumultuous years in the big league of Bollywood.
“All human beings feel incomplete and we fill it with work or relationships”. Over 15 years in the Hindi film industry and 48 films later, it is still a stunning admission to make for an A-list actress who has always chosen to play characters that appear to fit into the tiny box Bollywood characterizes as ‘glamourous.’ Her sensational mid-riff has had more screen time in the minds of the audiences than the entire star cast of many films, and doesn’t Kat know it! Sitting pretty and perfect in her immaculate black formal pants, she is nonchalant about the new milestone she crossed last September – a decade-and-a-half of being the ‘shiny, pretty love-interest in a movie’. Two short of 50 films, Kat is a little stunned at the statistics thrown at her saying, “Really, I don’t think it is that much.”
How would you describe your 15 years and over 40 films-journey in Bollywood?
I really don’t have any words to describe the journey – too much has happened… too many experiences. So many things have happened – good, bad, dramatic, some fun, and some, not.
But there must be some lesson learnt on this journey? A rulebook perhaps, of ‘Do’s’ and ‘Don’ts’, as one learns….
Good or bad, nothing is permanent. Every situation and feeling has come for some time, and that too shall pass. Nothing is completely immovable and unchangeable, so don’t take everything too seriously.
As someone who’s always been perfect and proper, was there any course correction you needed to do?
Sometimes you think like that… but I only focus on what is aage, on what I have to do now, not on ‘Oh, I shouldn’t have done that’. I focus on today and how to make it better. I don’t make a plan. I work on what I have on hand, and I think that’s the best way to work. You can’t plan anything.
It was reported that you didn’t want to play the character of Babita in Zero as it was so dark, that you got affected by it. True?
I did not say that. But I would come back between schedules and tell Aanand Sir (director Aanand L Rai), ‘Do we really have to go there again?’, as it was hard to keep going back into it. Many parts of the journey were tough and difficult, and very emotionally draining. It was not a joyous and happy place and that was a bit of a struggle.
Through your recent work, everyone has been impressed with your growth as an actor.
Thank you. With life experiences and work experiences, you gain more knowledge of your craft and more knowledge as a person. Also, there comes a time in your life when there is not much happening in your personal life, and you are only focusing on your work. So, when it’s just one thing, so much of your mind and your capability and your energy is focused on that, and it will show. You’ll learn something and you will come out with something new.
I remember you saying that you were living out of a suitcase. And that there was not much going on in your personal life. But you definitely are a family person who cares for your family. How much time do you give yourself and family?
I don’t take time out ever, per se. The only time I take out is the New Year holidays, and when I grab little breaks, I always like to see my sisters. It is important for me to see them. I feel happy, I enjoy the personal time I spend with them. As for my personal life, there is no relationship at the moment.
How do you utilize the time you are not shooting?
Right now, that time is not there.
Shah Rukh Khan once said that he wanted to go cycling on Bandstand, and Salman Khan and he did do that. Do you have something like this on your mind?
Not right now. There are many things that perhaps, I would want to do one day. But right now, I don’t know… there are many things I don’t know, but there are thoughts and feelings in my mind. Right now, my interest is in working on my craft. My focus is on what I can learn and do in performing and in my acting, so my energies are focused there even in my off time. I still do some workshop training which has to do with acting or dialogue rehearsals. In my time off, I work towards that.
What is that one tip you gave your sister Isabel, who is making her Bollywood debut soon?
I told her, don’t come with any expectations. The only thing you can do is put in your best, the outcome is unpredictable. And be patient. Watch what happens slowly, don’t be in a rush.
You’ve been patient and persistent, and you have a film each with the three Khans. Your recent releases didn’t impress the audiences, but your work was appreciated. How does failure affect you, and how do you deal with it?
You feel bad because you’ve put in a lot of hard work, everyone has put in so much of hard work… especially after the kind of hours I had put into the films, I felt very bad. I felt very low for two days… then you have to accept that what you did, did not resonate with the audiences. It didn’t work for some reason, so you pull yourself up and try and do better the next time.
So, no introspection?
I don’t think anyone knows what failed in the film. It just didn’t work with the audiences.
After Zero, your next is a project with Salman. Were you the original choice for the film?
Well, Priyanka (Chopra Jonas) was doing the film earlier, but once she slipped out, Ali (Abbas Zafar) sent me the script. For me, it was a clear decision. I immediately fell in love with the character and thought it was a good opportunity for me. I am happy doing that film.
Ali has always considered you to be his lucky mascot, has he not?
He has done a wonderful film Sultan without me. I think we just work well together. He knows me very well, he knows how I operate, and he has become very good at what he does. He has really grown as a director, and doing a very good job for himself.
You seem to have become comfortable with yourself, and also more vocal?
But I always speak from my heart. And honestly, it all depends on how much time one spends with that person.
So what kind of person is Katrina – how do you describe yourself?
I am a very inquisitive person. I like to learn and acquire knowledge and information about things. I am very curious in knowing, and learning about life and the world.
What do you expect from a relationship of any kind?
Every relationship has a different dynamic. So you expect something different from each one of them. And I am someone who just responds to who is in my life very organically. There is no equation in my life on a personal level, so everyone in my life is there in their own capacity.
Your mother runs a school in Madurai and you’ve often asked us to visit the place for its philosophy. Do you have any spiritual leanings?
Spirituality is a personal thing. Everyone develops their own interpretation of God. I definitely have my own beliefs on that.
Every actress with a presence on social media talks about getting affected by trolls. The sheer viciousness is a menace for the industry. Your experience?
Not really. All is good and peaceful, shanti hai. (smiles)
Of the top three leading ladies of Bollywood – Priyanka and Deepika (Padukone) are now married. When will we see you donning the bridal gown?
Shaadi sochne ki baat hi nahin hai. You can think about it all you want. But shaadi karne ki baat hai. And wo kisko pata hai? How do you know and ek insaan ka decision thodi hai. Do logon ka hona zaroori hai – toh saamnewala toh hona chahiye na? Woh jab aayega, tab aayega. You don’t know what is in store for you. Aage ka prediction kaun kar sakta hai. You have to see what happens.
Bollywood shooting locations with Ridhima Pathak. Watch new show on Zing and ETC!
Bollylands.com – Bollywood ka Global Connection, anchored by Ridhima Pathak features international locales where Hindi movies have been filmed
Bollywood plays a major role in attracting Indian tourists to lands far away. In the course of years we have grown up watching films with beautiful songs and scenes shot abroad – and seeing countries we have never been to. Bollylands.com – Bollywood ka Global Connection is the new show anchored by Ridhima Pathak, which airs on Zing on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 pm. It also airs on ETC on Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30pm. Ridhima Pathak while talking to CineBlitz, speaks about the show, her career and many other interesting things.
Tell us something about how you began your career in showbiz?
I always liked to be on stage and have the spotlight but I never thought I could make this a career. I am an engineer by qualification and topper of my university, I was a nerd but one who loved to be on stage. I participated in a lot of debates and extempore and literally made those competitions as a source of income during my engineering days. I was good at it and won most of them; the prize money was good and served as additional pocket money. I was campus hired and was working in the R&D department of a multi-billion dollar company, coding transmissions to automate trucks in the USA!
I left that job to prepare to do my MBA as I wanted to go and study in Harvard but during the preparation period I also went and auditioned as an anchor in a local channel in Pune! I got the gig and started working for them as a freelancer, after which I did cricket commentary for a lot of local clubs in Pune. From there I got a break with Star sports and the rest is, as they say, history.
Tell us about your new show?
It’s a brilliant concept and so relevant. Our Bollywood movies have a huge part in promoting tourism within India and abroad. Europe has been Bollywood’s hot favourite which has given dreams to the masses of India of once visiting those locations shown in Bollywood movies. They wish to travel in trains the way Raj and Simran did or dance in locations where Govinda and Karishma Kapoor romanced. They might just think of going on a honeymoon alone the way Kangana did to find a suitable partner.
Films also make the audience curious to know more about those locations or how those iconic scenes were shot. Bollylands.com – Bollywood ka Global Connection is a show about this girl who is a Bollywood buff travelling the world through the lenses of Bollywood and is a guide for the audience – plus the show is loaded with Bollywood trivia.
According to you what is the one unique thing that this show will offer?
If you love TV and movies and are curious to know what goes into shooting at outdoor locations, then this show is for you. The thought and hardships that have gone into making an iconic song or scene, with the presenter at that location makes it all the more easier for the viewer to visualize, rather than just being a chat show. This show has plenty to offer, we showcase major attractions and landmarks that have been an integral part of our Bollywood movies.
Along with this, we also present a slice of the local culture, food, nightlife and shopping destinations of those locations. Plus, at the end of each episode, we have a special segment where we meet the cast and crew of the films that have been shot there to tell us about some trivia and fun facts about their time abroad.
What are some of the destination that the show will cover? Which of these are your favourites?
Austria, Germany, Hungary and many more have been covered in Season 1. My favourite would be Budapest. It’s culturally rich, beautiful and spectacular. While walking through the Charles bridge with a camera being pointed at me, I honestly felt that some where from the corner Sanjay Leela Bhansali was watching. He had used the bridge as a metaphor so beautifully in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam!
What is the best thing about being a presenter?
The best thing about being a presenter is that the world is your platter. If you are hungry for knowledge and know how to deliver that information in style, then you can have an opportunity to present! From spelling bee competitions to travelogues to food to sports to Bollywood to a show on manufacturing units to trucks to tigers to sharks to adventure sports to public affairs to politics to what women want to Mann ki baat… anything and everything under the roof and I have done everything mentioned above and more!
Tell us three things that people do not know about you.
I am a trained Kathak dancer; I am trying to loose weight but I have sweet tooth so it’s getting difficult; and I still want to go to Harvard!
Stay tuned to CineBlitz for more exclusive news and updates from the world of Bollywood.
Kunaal Roy Kapur confesses being scared of horror films
In a candid chat with CineBlitz Kunal Roy Kapur opened up about his break from the big screen, the web space flourishing and a lot more…
Kunaal Roy Kapur who rose to fame with Delhi Belly and Nautanki Saala also tried his luck in the web space. He was last seen in the TVF original Triplings. Now, Kunaal is heading on to try a new genre and doing a horror film titled Mushkil: Fear Behind You. The actor who is on a promotional spree right now, got into an exclusive conversation with CineBlitz and spoke about horror as a genre, how much he liked Stree, how he finds web space more inclusive and what scares him. Read on…
What appealed to you to do a horror film?
I met the director and he narrated the whole story to me. He had a very clear vision in his head. Also he comes from a film background but he has also done a lot of work in the animation industry on films like Bal Ganesha and few more. According to me when someone has done animation he knows what he or she particularly needs, how a story is told visually. Also, the character appealed to me. I have been always doing roles where I play the nice guy, or bad things happening to me. But in this one I got a chance to play a flirt, a little bit larger than life, he is a guide. He has his own ways with women, little bit outspoken and I had never done that which excited me.
How much of a fan are you of horror films?
Horror is a fun genre when you work in it. I cannot say that I am a horror fan or love watching horror films. I am scared of horror films, the most I can do is IT, more adventure horror say Stranger Things, that’s it. If you go towards Insidious,Anabelle, Exorcism of Emily Rose, are not at all my cup of tea since childhood. When I was a kid, I used to run to other room. But at the same time when you are making a horror film, the fun you have, no other genre has.
In the times where horror comedies are also making it big, what is the unique aspect you are bringing with this film?
I love horror comedy and I loved Stree, which did a fabulous job of cracking the genre. People had attempted in the past but didn’t reach the perfection maybe. I wish I was a part of that kind of a film as well, because, horror and comedy combination and it also had a nice social message in it. Having said that, there will always be a space for pure horror, ours is more of a pure horror film.
We don’t get to see much of you on the big screen, is it a conscious effort to take long breaks?
It’s not like that; there are a lot of opportunities in the web space right now. I have been doing a few shows including one for Amazon prime and I did one for Eros now. So I am saying that to do good work is now not only limited to the big screen. Also, how the people consume it is not longer only a big screen. So, right now I am more on web than films.
So, what according to you is the difference between the web space and big screen?
I think writing is the main difference, with big screen you need to be able to cater a wider spread of audience so your writing has to be broader. With web you can target a certain bracket, whether age group, sensibilities or genre can be even more specific. It’s a capsule that you can consume anywhere, anytime at you leisure. That is the beauty of writing in web space where you can go specific. Also, the production value with the OTT’s is at power.
What’s difficult comedy or horror?
As an actor I would say, comedy is more difficult. If you are making the film, horror is more difficult. But both are enjoyable, have their set of challenges. But still comedy for me is difficult and challenging than horror.
For more updates and gossip, stay tuned to CineBlitz.
Nach Baliye 9: Madhurima Tuli opens up about her equation with Vishal Aditya Singh
Contrary to Vishal Aditya Singh’s claim of not being on talking terms with ex-girlfriend Madhurima Tuli, the actress has another tale to tell
Nach Baliye 9’s ex-couple Vishal Aditya Singh and Madhurima Tuli worked together in Chandrakanta. And the two even started dating each other, but a few months back the couple called it quits and as per Vishal they were not even on talking terms. But destiny had other plans and the exes are now participating in the Salman Khan produced dance reality show. Throughout the show’s promotion Madhurima’s identity was kept a secret, but now that it is revealed that she is Vishal’s baliye, we got in touch with the actress who spoke about their bittersweet equation, the reports of the same and her experience on the show. Read on…
How is the Nach Baliye experience?
Well, the rehearsals and everything is going fantastic, there is the ‘ex’ factor where there is a little bit of friction, but otherwise, everything is fantastic. Hope you will like the show, the first episode has aired, and tonight will be my revelation.
Reports state that there are a lot of differences and constant bickering between you two. What do you have to say about that?
Honestly, there are a lot of issues between us. But when we thought of doing this we thought let’s do it to win the show without getting any of our issues in between. We broke up a few months back only, the friction is very strong. Sometimes he doesn’t agree to what I say or I do not agree to what he says, so, it just gets very difficult to practice with someone who doesn’t understand you. But we both always wanted to do Nach Baliye, so I am just keeping that aside. If we have a fight, I come back home and try and forget the misunderstanding, the next day I again go with a very happy zone thinking I have to win the show and give my best. So it’s about thinking positive and not let anything negative affect you.
Before the show, Vishal got a lot of coverage, and he even spoke a lot of things about the equation between you two. Was this because your identity was kept a secret?
Yes, it was because of the secret factor. There is no such thing that he is getting more coverage or anything, in the end, it is only going to be both of us doing the show together. So it was just because of the mystery factor.
In one of the interviews, Vishal said that when was approached for the show with you, he wasn’t very keen. What was your reaction to all this?
I was quite shocked, at that time we were on talking terms and he saying this was very disheartening for me. We are talking; once in a blue moon we meet also, he used to come home also, so we were on talking terms and him saying this had really broken my heart. So, then I thought that now toh I have to do it (the show), if he doesn’t want to he will refuse. Let him say no then we won’t do it because they had approached me also.
Don’t you think the friction might affect your chemistry on stage during the performances?
That I don’t know. I am trying hard…I am thinking that he is my co-actor, and not thinking he is my ex or was my lover at some point, I just keep all that aside. Without getting involved I am giving my performances. Hopefully, that chemistry comes out…even in the friction that angst should also come out, that also looks nice. Depends on how the audience takes it.
What about your equation with other Jodis, who do you think is a strong competition and who is your favourite?
I love all of them, they are amazing people. They perform so beautifully, though Rohit Reddy (Anita Hassanandani’s baliye) is a non-dancer, he is doing great, he is working hard. They share beautiful chemistry, Prince-Yuvika are amazing, mostly all are. Aly-Natasha are fantastic, Babita-Vivek are good. It’s all about bringing that chemistry and content to your story. Kieth-Rochelle are also a lovely couple.
What is next on the work front, whether after Nach Baliye 9 or along with it?
My web-show will be coming out soon with Applause Entertainment. The dubbing is on right now, so after Nach Baliye 9 I will be promoting that show.
Well, we look forward to seeing this bittersweet equation get better on Nach Baliye 9 and we wish Vishal and Madhurima all the very best. Stay tuned to CineBlitz for more updates on the dance reality show.
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