She might be a Bollywood megastar, but ironically, not many in the film fraternity rate Katrina Kaif even moderately, when it comes to her ­acting skills. From being called ‘eye candy’ in hero-centric films to being considered ‘non-existent’ in her latest, Dhoom: 3 – she’s heard it all.
Ask Kaif about it, and she says unperturbed, “It’s okay... I mean, if that’s what they feel, that’s what they feel!” Prod her further about whether it upsets her when most guests on Karan Johar’s ongoing chat show, too, rate her the lowest in terms of acting abilities, and the 30-year-old calmly says, “No, it doesn’t. People are entitled to their ­opinion, and I can’t have an opinion on someone else’s opinion.” When asked if she feels that people pull her down because she’s competition for them, Katrina responds with a cheeky giggle, saying nothing.
Criticism on her ­acting skills apart, the actor is also a favourite when it comes to rumours. Ask her how she has been dealing, of late, with ­constant ­speculations around her personal life and relationships, and she sighs before breaking into a ­giggle, saying, “Oh, yes! These speculations… I’ve kind of started to expect them now. As an actor, you eventually learn to accept such things as a part of your life.” So, what is it that she misses the most of a normal life? “Not ­having to worry about other ­people’s opinion!” pat comes the reply.
Most of her contemporaries might regard her as competition but Katrina Kaif (above) says that she isn’t in Bollywood to compete with ­any one actor. “Anyone who does good work is competition. And I think it’s important to be challenged because that’s what pushes you to do ­better,” says the 30-year-old, who debuted in Bollywood over a decade ago, and is often regarded as one of the top stars of the industry.
Ask her how it feels to be seen as one of the best, and she smiles. “It’s good… it’s a mixture of a lot of things. It’s extremely exciting, but yeah, there’s always a pressure and that often takes a toll on you, because there’s only so much you can do,” says the actor, who recently unveiled L’Oréal Paris’ 6 Oil Nourish Haircare as the brand’s new ambassador.
And, who among her contemporaries is her favourite? “I don’t have any favourite in particular. I think everyone does a good job in different films so it depends on every different film I watch,” she says.