Katrina Kaif, who has been in the industry for almost a decade now, is glad with the way things are going for her. She is delighted to be finally paired with Shah Rukh Khan in Jab Tak Hai Jaan. In a candid chat, Katrina shares her thoughts on SRK, Yash Chopra and lot more...
Question: There's always a great deal of attention paid to your personal life...
Katrina Kaif: I'm very used to it now bar a few exceptions when things get way too personal. I believe that the media has learned to provide me the space I need. As a public figure, I try to maintain that distinct line between professional and personal life.
Question: There were speculations that you finally bought a new pad in Mumbai...
Katrina Kaif: It's bizarre because I have only one property in Mumbai and that's my apartment in Bandra. Even my mom laughed when she read that report suggesting that I've bought a place in Lokhandwala. Yes, I have been looking for something spacious but I haven't pined on anything yet.
Question: All the people you work with keep calling you very hardworking. Is that true?
Katrina Kaif: (Laughs) I don't know how to describe that word. It's a very conscientious decision to stick with the film from its very beginning till its ultimate release. I prepare myself thoroughly for a role and try not to make people wait outside my vanity van for a shot. Maybe that's why they call me hardworking.
Question: How do you remember Yash Chopra?
Katrina Kaif: He was one of the most genuine people from the Hindi film industry. Just by looking at your face, he'll figure out what's going on in your mind - whether you're sad or happy. I also remember him for his tendency to crack jokes and make you laugh. Even if he asked a simple question like 'how you are?', he meant it. It wasn't for formality's sake.
Question: Were you nervous shooting with SRK for the first time?
Katrina Kaif: At first, it was slightly intimidating because I haven't interacted with him for too much before this film happened. We haven't socialised at parties either. It was almost like working with a stranger but as time passed by, the comfort level eventually built up.
Question: The fact that all the three leading actors paired opposite you - be it Salman or Shah Rukh or Aamir - are shorter than you bother you?
Katrina Kaif: (Pauses) I'm going to pretend that I didn't understand that question (laughs).
Question: Are you fine with intimate scenes - if at all - on the big screen?
Katrina Kaif: I don't see a particular scene in seclusion. To me, it's part of the entire movie. Being an actress, I'm supposed to look at it that way and I expect others to do the same. If an intimate scene is an integral piece of the story, then it needs to be done.
Question: Lastly, would you say that you're comfortable talking in Hindi?
Katrina Kaif: I genuinely believe I've passed that stage now. I'm quite fluent in the language and I can hold a conversation in Hindi without much conscious effort on my part.