The world of Bollywood as we know it may no longer be the same place. For, our top actors are out waving white flags in what seems to be the season to kiss and make up. The one person who has turned a patch-up favourite is actor Kareena Kapoor, 31, whose arch rivals are either praising or befriending her, putting behind bitter catfights that were in news not so long ago.
Among those out to make peace with Bebo are Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma, Freida Pinto and most recently Priyanka Chopra, who visited her on the sets of madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine.
Senior media expert Rauf Ahmed feels the cycle of jealousy, bickering and subsequent patch-ups between heroines is because of the “PR overdrive.” He says, “They understand the need to do these things. Sometimes they speak inappropriately, feign ignorance and then say sorry.”
He recalls the late Dev Anand’s words: “He used to say, never mind good, bad or indifferent reports. The important thing is that you are being written about.” Take a look at the public spats and the even-more-public praises for Kareena recently.
Her fight with Kareena hit headlines last year, but she told us in an interview, “We don’t fight like kids. We are not like that.”
The two shared cold vibes until last year. In a recent interview, however, Anushka said, “Kareena is a fine and talented actor.”
The actor praised Kareena recently for changing the pay scales of female actors in the industry.
Kareena Kapoor with Priyanka Chopra
How many times do I patch up, asks Kareena
Bebo, on her part, says nothing ever went sour between her and Priyanka Chopra, at least. “How many times will I patch up with her? I have never had any issues with Priyanka,” clarifies Bebo. “It was very sweet of Priyanka to come over. Honestly speaking, I have never looked at her as a competitor.”
Apparently, problems between the two started with a Koffee With Karan episode when Kareena made fun of PC’s accent. In retaliation, Priyanka said that she got her accent from where Bebo’s boyfriend Saif Ali Khan got his. PC had also said, “I don’t think people take Kareena too seriously.” Later, when KJo asked her what she’d steal from the computers of Bollywood superstars including Bebo, Priyanka mocked, “Does Kareena have a computer in the first place?” But back in 2010, some reports said the two had made peace.
PC denies SHE was out to make peace
Priyanka says she went to meet filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar on the sets of Heroine, and not extend an olive branch to Kareena. “I’m a very friendly person, but I never go out of my way to make friends. I never really had any issue with Kareena. I met her at Madhur’s set and Madhur is like family. I am very content in my space.”