According to rumours doing the rounds, Deepika Padukone has replaced Katrina Kaif in Aarakshan opposite Ajay Devgn. Director Prakash Jha denies having finalised anyone. "Casting will happen only after Diwali," he insists dismissing rumours that he got tired of waiting for Kaif.
The actor is supposedly in talks with Prakash Jha for a film about politics and religion, apparently titled Satsang. Jha insists that he hasn’t met Kaif after Rajneeti and is presently concentrating only on Aarakshan. "I do one film at a time," he says.
Kaif admits that during Rajneeti, Jha and she had discussed two ideas, one of which was Aarakshan. "But we both felt that the film was not right for me. So there’s no question of me stepping out. It was the other amazing story that interested me. Satsang is a film that has to be made and Prakashji will probably make it in a few months," she says.
Quiz her on Heer-Ranjha in which she has supposedly stepped in for Padukone, opposite Shahid Kapoor, and she says, "I’m flattered I’m being associated with so many films. I never talk about an offer unless it is accepted. If I don’t accept it, someone else will and there’s no grace in bringing that up. What works for you may not work for someone else and vice versa."
The one film Kaif is keen to talk about is Yashraj’s Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, with Imran Khan and Ali Zafar. She’s been shooting for it in Pataudi, Patiala and now Delhi. "Imran and I were offered many films but this one really works for us. I have a fantastic character and there’s so much positive energy on the sets," she smiles.
Hasn’t Ali Zafar been teaching her to strum the guitar so she can be a rock star too? She laughs, “I started with the guitar but then got sidetracked into cricket. I can’t bowl but I can bat and when I’m at the crease, I never get out.”
Kaif is also making a guest appearance, supposedly as Radha, in her hairstylist Promila Hunter’s film, Main Krishna Hoon. Hrithik Roshan is also expected to do a cameo for his spotboy. “Promila has been with me for eight years. She’s reported at 5 am to do my hair and tolerated my jaldi karos (hurry) since I’m not a morning person. I can spare one day for her,” reasons Kaif.
Meanwhile, she’s peeved by the media attention her recent visits to the Golden Temple and the Kali temple or even her holy dip in Haridwar have generated. “It’s okay if I’m at a public dinner or dance, the airport, gym or the sets, but I don’t like to be disturbed when I’m at a shrine,” she grouses. “What I pray for is only between God and me. I go with minimum security because I don’t want other devotees to be inconvenienced. Then, the media turns up and there’s all kinds of speculation.”