It’s not a very happy birthday for Katrina Kaif ,what with Jagga Jasoos opening to discouraging collections. This is is her third thud in a row, and not quite the birthday gift she expected.
Her breakup with Ranbir Kapoor put her back ferociously on her professional commitments. Katrina has always been passionate about her career. This changed when she became serious about Ranbir Kapoor. She was ready to chuck it all for domesticity.
Alas God and Ranbir Kapoor(in that order) had other plans for Katrina.
But you will never catch her complaining about the karmic screw-up in her life. Katrina is a fiercely private person. Lately she has been trying to project herself as people’s person posting pouty housie–housie pictures on Instagramand what not.
But that’s not Katrina. Not really. The Katrina I know likes nothing better than being alone at her cosy but well-appointed home in Mumb
“There are days and days when I don’t even answer my mother’s calls. This business of show business saps you, drains you of energy. But you know what? There’s no other place I’d rather be.”
And while we’re on things that Katrina dislikes the way her unpar
“It’s not as if I was just lucky to be in successful films. Of course I’ve been lucky. But I’ve also worked very hard to get where I am. And please don’t forget I chose those films that went on to be successful. So please grant me with that bit of intelligence.”
Before one can react to that she quickly adds, “And by the way,I was advised by friends not to do many of the films that have eventually turned out to be hits.”
She admits she sought the help of Salman Khan initially to decide what films to do.
“Not just Salman, I also took the advice of people like Sajid Nadiadwala and
Katrina is the happiest when audiences see her as full-on desi heroine, often more so than the Size- O heroines who seem to belong to another hemisphere. “It’s because I grew up in a large joint family filled with seven sisters and brothers. The atmosphere at home was very Indian. We were brought up on values that are very Indian. I guess that explains why I’m so Indian in my outlook although I’m half-British and half-Indian birth.”
Katrina’s struggle started in 2000 when she arrived in Mumbai. “I came to Mumbai to be a model. I had no inkling at that point of
Ratnani’s photographs were circulated in the film industry. Soon Katrina landed with her first film project. “When I did Boom in 2003 I was clueless about my intentions, camera angles, language, the works. I’d say my film career started with Ram Gopal Varma’s Sarkar in
Katrina describes her early days in Mumbai as lonely. “To begin with I lived in a two-bedroom flat near Rizvi
What really bothered Katrina initially was not her lack of knowledge of Hindi. “In any case everyone in the modeling world spoke English, so that wasn’t a problem, except when I had to haggle with auto-rickshaws to avoid being cheated and to find addresses in Mumbai. That was tough.”
Also awkward were the gawkers.
Katrina now looks back on years in Mumbai with
There aren’t too many friends in Mumbai.Katrina finds it hard to get along with her female colleagues. “It’s not as if I haven’t tried to make friends with….whoever. It never works out. There’s always that edge of competitiveness. As far as I’m concerned I’ve the highest regard for Aishwarya and Kareena. T
As for the male actors even if she enjoys their company she has to keep a distance before tongues start wagging. The latest example of unnecessary gossip is her friendship with Ranbir Kapoor. Katrina
One of the main reasons why she wholeheartedly embraced Salman Khan’s family was because they provided her with a comfort zone in a city where she was all alone. Katrina’s bonding with Sal
Says Katrina, “Salman help
Katrina admits she often ends up subconsciously looking for a father- figure in her male company. “We sisters grew up without a father in the house. So I guess I do look for sensible wise male company. I get bored with giddy-headed guys my own age.”
Beyond that Katrina won’t talk about her personal life. “It’s very simple. I’m a friendly girl. I don’t like to offend anyone. But in pleasing others and not offending them I won’t compromise with my own inbuilt sense of right and wrong. I know what I want in life. And I won’t take any short cuts.”
And so what if we don’t speak any more. I will always wish you well, and not just on your birthday.
And you are smart enough to know who your friends really are.