Kareena Kapoor is reigning supreme after her superlative performance in Jab We Met. The No 1 heroine was in high spirits on the location of Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd’s Golmaal Returns on Colva Beach in Goa
How does it feel to have got such a tremendous response for your performance in Jab We Met?
It feels great. It gives a new high for every actor when his or her work is appreciated by the masses. For me, it was a challenge to do the film as it had two phases in the character’s life. I enjoyed doing the film.
Do you think the performance will fetch you an award?
I am told that I have done well in JWM and that I shall bag some awards for the film. So I am keeping my fingers crossed. Unfortunately I shall be away in Greece since January shooting for Tashan. I will not be in Mumbai for any awards ceremony. And yes, I shall be a disappointed if I didn’t win for JWM. (laughs).
What if you win?
Then I shall ask Lolo to collect the trophy for me. It shall make it even more special for me if she receives it on my behalf.
For an actor who has always dabbled and experimented with her roles, what was the idea behind accepting Golmaal Returns, an out-and-out laugh-riot?
I have never done a comedy and I am having a blast doing this film. It is a chilled-out atmosphere here in Goa. It has been complete madness on the sets since the last ten days that we have been here. We cannot get the scenes right in a couple of takes as all of us burst into laughter each time. This is a new experience for me and I am enjoying it. The film is a sequel to director Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal that was a complete comedy. Believe me, Golmaal Returns is going to rock as well.
What did you think of Golmaal?
I have seen it and that is why I am here. Rohit is fabulous when it comes to comedy. I am fortunate to be a part of this gang. I loved Tusshar in the role of a mute guy in the film.
The two of you are coming together after a gap of almost six years. What is the equation today?
I guess we are still the same as people I have always liked Tusshar. He is a sweet person. In Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai and Jeena Sirf Tere Liye, he was my boyfriend and in Golmaal Returns he is my brother. This time too he plays a mute guy and again, has done his best.
Your character in Golmaal Returns is of a hard-core Balaji buff. Are you one in real-life too?
Not really but I have managed to watch some serials whenever there was time. My character in Golmaal Returns is an avid watcher of Balaji soaps, always glued to the television watching Kyun Ki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kasautii Zindagi Ki or Kahani Ghar Ghar Kii . She is always suspicious of her husband and like the leading ladies in the serials she too adorns herself with sindoor, mangalsutra and bindi. But she is a modern girl, not a saree-clad bahu. What is interesting is that her name is Ekta, like the boss of Balaji Telefilms (laughs).
After Omkara, this is your second film with Ajay.
I guess we have a good chemistry between us. There is an understanding and a great comfort level as well. Ajay is a thorough gentleman.
You are a fitness freak, so much that the entire unit has taken after you. Is it true that you have started a yoga camp here?
I am completely into yoga and healthy diet and I guess looking at my perseverance, many decided to take after me. Amu (Amrita Arora) is now religiously into yoga and diet. We do a lot of cardio and weights during our free time. And then every evening, we decide to skip our strict diet and binge at the Lobster Shack at Hotel Taj Exotica where we are all staying. They serve some mouth-watering seafood. We go there and after a lot of contemplation I end up eating something light like a paneer tikka or a salad. (laughs)
What is the motive behind so much effort?
I am looking after myself because I have to look good for Tashan and I promise that after JWM, people will collapse again watching me in the film. It is totally action-oriented and you will see me performing some mind-blowing stunts. Moreover, the three heroes in the film Anil Kapoor, Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan are hot. I have competition there , you see.
Is Karisma also a fitness freak?
No. Lolo is genetically thin and beautiful.
Isn’t she planning to make a comeback to films?
Contrary to what people think, Lolo is not interested in coming back. She is happy travelling and being with her husband and little daughter Samaira.
Each time you do a film, what does the actor in you feel?
I get excited about every project that I take up. I have always experimented with my characters and honestly, I don’t believe in this number game. I am happy giving my best each time.
Is it true that things have changed for you post-JWM ?
Yes, to a certain extent. All my hard work and perseverance has finally paid off. This boosts me to take on more and more challenges in life. For this I give credit to the entire cast and crew of my every successful film.
What are you looking forward to in the new year?
Besides this laugh-riot Golmaal Returns and Tashan, the role in Kambhakht Ishq with Akshay Kumar is to die for. I play a high society girl in it. Then I also have a three-film contract with Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd.
There were talks about a film with John Abraham as well. Are you doing it even after what you said of him on Koffee With Karan?
I too have heard about the project but honestly no one has approached me yet. I would love to work with John. I think even our fans are waiting for a fresh pair. As for the show, I am sure John didn’t mean what he said about me and Karan Johar’s show has to be taken in the right spirit.
What about RK Films’ home production that is to be directed by your dad, Randhir Kapoor?
Dad will only be producing the two films that we are planning to make and he has left it to me to select the subject. The one that I shall be doing will have a female-oriented theme just like most RK films and the other one will star Ranbir Kapoor.
It is the trend now of remakes. Is your banner planning anything on those lines?
No but I would like to remake Prem Rog and Ram Teri Ganga Maili. I love them as they were way ahead of their times.
When you look back today, how does it feel?
My first film Refugee comes regularly on TV and I get nostalgic each time I see it. Even today I get sms-es praising me for that film. I think I made the right choice when I did and I have always been content and happy with all my work. I don’t regret doing certain films either. But I guess every good actor does bad films too.
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