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Subhash K . Jha

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If you  saw the bonding between  the two gorgeous Bollywood divas  Kareena Kapoor Khan and  Priyanka  Chopra Jonas  on  Karan  Johar’s talk show, you would  probably be wondering  if the  close kinship between the  two ladies  goes back a long way.

It doesn’t.There was  a time when  there  was  no love lost between  the ladies.  I  still remember  both Kareena  and  Priyanka  cribbing  about one another to me. Obviously I  can’t  reveal details. But they  somehow never  got along.I  remember once  they were both performers  at concert programme  abroad. When  Priyanka  tried to  say hello to Kareena  she got a  frozen  look.

Ouch!

All that  is  the  past  now. Karan Johar who is  Kareena’s sort-of  adopted  brother(Kareena  told me once, ‘Karan is  the brother  my sister  Karisma and  I had  never had’)  probably because Karan  is the  only  notable man  in  Bollywood who would want  to be  a brother  toKareena,  got the two ladies  to  share  the  conversational couch.

And  I must  the evening was  far more enlightening than anything I’ve seen  on Karan’s  show this season. Curiously, Kareena was more chatty, lively, spirited  voluble , funny and  anecdotal than  Priyanka  who seemed  to be  a bit in awe the  beautiful Bebo. Priyanka  is generally full of animation and  vitality. Here  she seemed a little  tongue-tied  by  her colleague.And why not?Conquering  the West is fine. But sitting next to Kareena  KapoorKhan is a  high on another level. Right?

The  one thing that emerged from the  seriously  engaging chat was Kareena’s complete disinterest in  conquering the West.In this she is one with the  other Khan  superstars ShahRukh, Aamir, Salman and even Saif. None of them is  keen on doing Hollywood films.

I remember  Kareena  wondering aloud  about Priyanka’s fierce  determination to conquer  the West. It was  more curiosity than envy. This was when Priyanka  had just started  out  in the West. Now when Priyanka is  a name  in  the  West and  a Missus  like Kareena  it was  good to see  them share  reminiscences and  thoughts as  two  extremely  attractive married women who are  so confident in their own space.

I  think someone  should cast Kareena and  Priyanka  together. They had done a film togetherAetraaz at  the  beginning  of Priyanka’s career. But they had no scenes  together. I’d like to see them cast as two  buddies  on a  pleasure trip letting loose their  most basic instincts. Two female  heroes showing the world that  the  boxoffice  can be conquered by them if  given the right script.

Priyanka  and Kareena represent star power at  its best. They don’t need  any  of the male A-listers  in their  films. They can drive the  boxoffice on their own steam. But for that they  need a director  like Zoya Akhtar  or Abhishek Choubey . We also need  to stop believing that  it’s the male superstars  who  run the  film business.

The  truth is, Kareena is  the  fifth superstar Khan of Bollywood.And Priyanka  the  first Chopra  to have  hit the headlines  as a   hero.So many Khans, Kumars,  Kapoors have made  it  to the top. I can’t remember  a single Chopra  (or for that matter Jonas) to have  conquered showbiz in India.

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