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‘Heroine is my movie’

Kareena Kapoor insists Madhur Bhandarkar’s film was always written with her in mind, admits to looking at the script among others, but won’t sign any project till October...

bollywood Updated: Jul 24, 2011 14:53 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya

Ever since a pregnant Aishwarya Rai Bachchan opted out of Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine after shooting for 10 days, speculation has been rife about who will step into her shoes.

The latest buzz is that Kareena Kapoor has consented to do the film.

Reportedly, Madhur flew down to Hyderabad where the actor was last week, gave her a script narration and got the nod from her. Quiz Kareena on this and she admits that she is looking at three-four scripts, but hasn’t green-lighted any of them yet.

“I was there to meet Saif (beau Saif Ali Khan). I’ll let people fantasise over what we did there, but let me tell you, I don’t listen to scripts in my personal time,” she says, pointing out that this year’s been hectic as she was shuttling between five big movies starring the Khans—Bodyguard (with Aamir), RA.One (with Shah Rukh), Agent Vinod (with Saif), An Act Of Murder (with Aamir) and Short Term Shaadi (with Imran).

“It’s an enviable position for any actor, I feel like I’m the luckiest in the world to have big-budget films lined up for Eid, Diwali and December, and two more to follow next year. But it’s also been a lot of hard work and my health is suffering… My whole being is suffering. Now, I want to be really sure before I commit to a project. I don’t have any dates till January next year, so I’m not going to sign any movie till October. I’m keen to work with Madhur, but you’ll have to wait for an official announcement.”

However, Kareena is quick to point out that the film was offered to her first.

“The whole world knows that Heroine is my movie, that it was written for me and Madhur was in talks with me. I couldn’t do it because of date problems, so he moved on. What happened in between is not my concern,” she says.

Prod her on script changes that she’s reportedly insisting on, which include ‘toning down’ intimate scenes, and she denies that it’s ever been an issue.

“I liked what was narrated to me the first time. If the director is open to discussion, we’ll talk more. But I know what kind of movie Heroine is; what kind of movies Madhur makes. He brings out a different side to an actor in an explosive fashion, and I’ve always liked to experiment, rather than just be a singing-dancing, glamorous star. I made my debut with the offbeat Refugee (2000) and did Chameli (2003) when I was only 22. I’m open to all kinds of cinema.”