The only thing I insisted on while signing RA.One (with Shah Rukh Khan) and Agent Vinod (with Saif Ali Khan) was that I don’t want to perform any stunts,” declares Kareena Kapoor, even as she promotes the stunt-a-minute Bodyguard that released yesterday. “I hate doing action. I won’t ever do an action film because that’s not me at all.”
The leading damsel-in-distress says she’s more of a “song and dance” girl, adding, “That’s why Chamak Challo… was made for me, and the action was left to Shah Rukh and Arjun Rampal.” Left to face the box-office results alone this time, since her co-star Salman Khan is currently in the US undergoing treatment for a nerve disorder, Kareena admits that being an actor isn’t as glamorous as it’s cracked up to be. “Honestly, during promotions, actors are like donkeys. You open the paper and read about how everybody is trying to outdo the other. But I think all this will stop in the next couple of years,” she opines.
Ask whether she believes the rumours that Bodyguard will outdo last year’s Salman money-spinner, Dabangg (2010), and she says, “I am certain this film will be a classic. We’ve seen Salman in the comedy and action genres before. But this film has soul and intense drama of love, which will have higher numbers. After a point, watching non-stop action or even comedy gets to be too much.”
Kareena admits that playing a student pursuing an MBA degree in the movie took her back to her own college days: “We shot at Symbiosis Institute of Technology, which is new and no one has ever shot there before. I’ve never seen a college that looked like that, and I marvelled at how much things have changed since the time I was a student,” she says, before admitting with a grin, “Though I didn’t go to college a lot. I just went to Mithibai (in Juhu) for a year, then ran away to America.”
Ask Kareena how much her character Divya, who she insists is the “soul of the film”, mirrors her in real life, and she responds, “They thought I would suit Divya’s bubbly personality, though in the second half of the film, she transforms into an emotional, mature character, which I thought was fun. I’m quite a romantic. I’ve always been the girl who really believes in love and will fight for it.”
‘Don’t need a real bodyguard’
“I think all the girls are jealous that I have such a good-looking bodyguard and boyfriend in Salman,” says Kareena, adding, “But in Mumbai, I’ve never felt the need for a bodyguard, because both Saif and I are relaxed and carefree. It’s only when we travel outside, that the crowds get quite crazy. This time, when we were shooting in Chandigarh and Ahmedabad, I had Shera (Salman’s Man Friday) there with me.”
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