Even when she isn’t working, Katrina Kaif is regularly in the news about her personal and professional life. But Katrina laughs off most of these stories, saying, “You know, this term — ‘It has been reported’ — is going to become one of the most commonly heard phrases of all time.” Here, the star talks about making friends in Bollywood, as she also tells us why she has finally made her social media debut.
In an interview to a fashion magazine in May, you had said that you “no longer make friends” in a way that makes you “too attached or dependent” on them…
That’s exactly what I said. If someone wants to read something between the lines, they can do so. Sometimes, in Bollywood, like any other film industry in the world, people’s personal and professional lives get mixed up. So, the directors you work with become your friends. But then you may not work with them. It becomes difficult to maintain your friendship. So, maintaining relationships is always going to be a tricky part to navigate for a director, an actor, a producer or anyone who is part of this industry.
You have also said that the film industry “is a place of work, and sometimes we mix the personal and the professional too closely (sic).” Is it not possible to make friends in Bollywood?
No, that doesn’t mean it’s not possible; it’s possible to have friendly relationships with the people you work with. But it’s a little tricky to navigate that path, as you are literally in each other’s pockets for three months, six months or a year. Then, all of a sudden, everything’s gone. An actor’s life is like that of a gypsy. You keep interacting with many groups of people, you work with them, you do amazing projects and then you disappear into another group. So, that’s what I meant by that [statement]. I hope it clarifies things.
You haven’t been doing too many films, and aren’t spotted at events often these days…
I have been right here, and you’ll see me much more once my next film is being promoted. I am excited about it. It’s a movie that I’ve approached differently. The film’s makers took me on a completely different journey with it. We were shooting for it in January and February. Then, in March and April, I was doing some work on Jagga Jasoos (it is being directed by Anurag Basu). Now, I am dubbing for my next film. In the coming month, I am going on a US tour. It’s an amazing group of people and we are going to have some fun shows, hopefully. Then, I come back to start the promotions for my new film, while wrapping up the Jagga Jasoos shoot.
You recently joined Facebook. What took you so long?
There are parts of you that you always want to guard. My heart is still my own, but there is a part of me that thinks about having my own voice now. I feel that there are certain things that only I can say; things that will come across in the right way only when they are presented by me. People [generally] see you through another person’s lens (in a film), and that’s great, since that’s what movies are all about. We get a chance to be a different person and become another character in movies, but I think this (social media) is a way to have a certain voice.
Since you are a shy person, do you think it will be easy for you to open up online?
I guess so. It is just a tool that you use to reach out to people who support you, follow you or who have been part of your career, watched your movies, and are interested in you and your work. It is just a way of getting to know them and put out certain truths [about yourself], because as much as we would like to live in a shell, a lot of people follow us and want to know more about us. It is in my hands to decide what goes out there and what doesn’t. It is going to be nice to put out some of the things that I like or that are close to me such as my various experiences, moments, etc. And that is what this is all about.