Except for a handful of public appearances related to the promotion of her upcoming film, Singham Returns, Kareena Kapoor Khan has been maintaining a low-profile for a while now. Her publicist, she says, is beginning to feel guilty. Be that as it may, the freshly minted Mrs Kapoor Khan is never away from public gaze, what with her photos at the airport, restaurants, ramp or television shows such as Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa— appear frequently enough in glossies, daily newspapers, websites and pretty much everywhere as reminder of her unchallenged star status, the hallmark of a superstar that regardless of the fate of their films, they continue to evoke curiosity.
It is therefore a no-brainer when yours truly gets an opportunity to hop across for a quick exchange of pleasantries to meet Kareena Kapoor Khan in her work space. The actor is warm and effusive in her greeting, making the trudge worth it.
Turned out in a simple churidar- kurta, Kareena looks every inch the glamorous diva that she is. But obviously she plays Singham’s love interest in the film (who is a hairstylist) and in keeping with the action-comedy genre, even gets to drive an autorickshaw!
In fact, when quizzed by a scribe on whether she had become adept at driving autorickshaws, she laughingly retorts that it is now her chosen mode of transport, sometimes even to a film shoot, making everyone burst into peals of laughter.
It’s a great fit, this display of humour, in tandem with the lighter vein of a Rohit Shetty comedy film. But there’s more. When Shetty remarks that the actress being a part of his film sequel always works well—Golmaal Returns that starred Kareena Kapoor Khan was an even bigger earner than Golmaal— she is quick to counter question whether he would now be making a sequel to Chennai Express starring her! The leg-pulling over, she moves on to convey to the gathering what a pleasure working with Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty is for her.
For starters, she shares a great comfort level with them and the process of shooting is always an easy-breezy affair with the camaraderie and laughter that accompanies them to the set. But more significantly she holds both of them in high esteem. Rohit Shetty, with his action and comedy blockbusters, she likens him to Manmohan Desai, the posterboy of masala films! It is better to be a part of a full-blown masala entertainer than a half-baked art film, she says, admitting that pulling off the former is tough, not a job everyone is cut out for.
Having dabbled in both, she should know. And when there is talk of different kinds of cinema, one can’t help but ask for her opinion on the debacle of Humshakkals starring hubby Saif Ali Khan. In characteristic Kareena style, she is unflinchingly honest …continued »
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