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 and loyal.
“Saif is such a fine actor, that people are more accustomed to seeing him as a sophisticated gentleman,” she defends valiantly. The good wife comes to the fore yet again at a press conference in Mumbai —when asked which actor makes for the best cop, she promptly replied that it would have to be Saif.
At this stage of her life, Kapoor, admittedly is letting her hair down, striving instead to balance the personal and professional.
So given the signs, is it going to be quiet domesticity for the fiery and feisty Bebo who has pleaded off a few prestigious projects like Sujoy Ghosh’s next and Karan Johar’s mega production Shuddhi? Well, seems quite the contrary. It’s just that Kareena avers that she is merely being selective. “There is no point doing films that I have done before.” And she has done a lot. After all, wasn’t she the one to experiment with a film like Chameli that had her play a prostitute early on in her career? Only mother-in-law Sharmila Tagore had done that she points out.
The only films that she’s saying a yes to are those that she is absolutely convinced she wants to be a part of. Shuddhi, fell off the bucket list after it was clear that Hrithik was no longer a part of the project. But there are no regrets or problems with friend and producer, Karan Johar, thank you.
The biggie under her belt at this moment is Kabir Khan’s next, titled Bajrangi Bhaijaan opposite Salman Khan. And then again she has just a fleeting walk-in part in Happy Ending, hubby Saif’s next. She admits that she is looking at scripts from new directors because that, she says is the only thing that she hasn’t done so far. “Different kinds of content is being accepted by the audience so why not? But I won’t do a film just for the sake of proving a point. Besides, I would like to balance out my personal and professional engagements.”
After all, hubby Saif, she says was quite a sport when she was busy with back-to-back shooting schedules, so it’s now her turn to be there for him when he is busy with multiple projects. And no, the arrival of young lissome lasses on the scene is not giving her sleepless nights at all. After all, she’s already been there and done that. Now it’s time for her to move on to newer adventures.
Quite evidently, Kareena Kapoor Khan continues to live the dream on her own terms.