Kareena Kapoor-Khan’s 14-year-old Bollywood career has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride. But in an industry where an actor gets written off after every film that doesn’t work at the box-office, Kareena has managed to hold her own. Starting with the critically acclaimed Refugee (2000), the actor gradually evolved from being just-a-pretty-face to a performer, who knows her craft, as is evident in several films like Chameli (2003), Omkara (2006) and Jab We Met (2007). But of late, Kareena has been seen in more commercial films.
While the actor admits the same, she expresses her desire to now take on projects that offer her author-backed characters. “Yes, I have been doing only commercially viable films for some time now, maybe because I wanted a break. But I know that many people want to see me in performance-oriented roles, and I am now looking forward to doing them,” says Kareena.
The 34-year-old reveals that, currently, she is very impressed with the kind of 'realistic' work that young film-makers are doing, and would love to team up with some of them. She says, “I am interested in working with new directors, and look forward to doing something that I have not done in the past. However, I will only choose films that suit my personality. I am not keen to drastically change my career graph. I think I have done enough to prove my potential.”
Putting things in perspective, Kareena says, “At this phase in my life, I want to select films that really interest me. I will soon start shooting for a film with Salman (Khan), and I believe that it will be something that will attract the attention of film lovers.”
Kareena Kapoor Khan, who has been acting for over a decade now, isn’t keen on venturing into any aspect of film-making in Bollywood. Her husband, Saif Ali Khan has produced a few movies, but Kareena says she has no plans of getting involved. “Production is not my cup of tea. To become a producer is to do the toughest job in this industry, and I don’t have that inclination,” says Kareena, adding, “Plus, I am too busy with my personal and professional life as an actor to venture into anything else. I want people to remember me just as an actor.”
Although many films starring Kareena and Saif — Tashan (2008), Kurbaan (2009) and Agent Vinod (2012), among others — haven’t performed well at the box-office, she is still keen on working with her husband. “Our films haven’t worked in the past, but I feel that had nothing to do with our pairing. We’ll appear in a film together again if there’s a spectacular script available,” says Kareena.
The couple recently celebrated their second wedding anniversary at Saif’s ancestral home in Pataudi. But Kareena admits that they are in no hurry to expand their family just as yet. She says, “Right now, I am not prepared for motherhood. Saif and I are giving each other more time. We both are working a lot and keeping ourselves busy. I want to be a mother, but the time is yet to come.”