Katrina Kaif is keeping a full calendar these days, what with Ek Tha Tiger’s release next week, and shooting for her next film with Shah Rukh Khan. The first casualty of this hectic schedule has been her hairdresser, Promila Hunter, who has been replaced with a hairstylist from Greece. A source close to the actor reveals that she hadn’t taken Promila on her three-month shooting schedule for Yash Chopra’s untitled film opposite Shah Rukh. “Katrina was shuttling between Bangkok and London, shooting simultaneously and she hired local hairdressers in both cities,” says the source.
Promila has worked with Katrina for some time now, but her age is now keeping her from matching pace with the actor. “Promila has been with her for five to seven years now. She is in her fifties. She was slowing down and was taking a lot of time for simple tasks. It was delaying the shoots, but Katrina was keeping her patience, until now when she has finally given up,” adds the source.
When contacted, an upset Promila reveals: “I will be freelancing now that Katrina will be working with someone else.” She confirms that she was not with the actor during her three-month outdoor shoot abroad. “I didn’t go to London with her as she hired local hairdressers,” she says. Meanwhile, Promila has turned producer with a live action film, Main Krishna Hoon, directed by Rajiv R Ruia, where Katrina and Hrithik Roshan play cameos. But Promila is uncertain whether Katrina will now help her promote the film, since her’s was a guest appearance.
Katrina has now hired a foreign hairstylist, Gabriel, who is from Greece. “He is an efficient hairstylist and Katrina has hired him through an agency. She first met Gabriel at a photo shoot that had happened at YRF. He is very quick and finishes a two-hour job in 15 minutes,” says the source.