Kareena Kapoor feels Vidya Balan is the hero of 2011 and her performance in The Dirty Picture "has changed the game". The actor, however admits she would most likely not have taken up the film.
"I don't know if I would have taken the risk but even if I did I would have balanced it out by making sure there is a Salman or Shah Rukh in the film so that even if the film flops there is some thing that will balance it."
When posed with the question, Kareena paused a bit and said "I don't know, may be I should ask Saif this. He hasn't even watched it. Everytime I ask him to watch it he says yeah yeah, perhaps he's afraid that I'd want to do something similar."
While awed by Kahaani performance the astute observer pointed out, quite correctly that The Dirty Picture had its share of masala moments which pulled the crowd to the theaters - in terms of costumes, make-up and the "fake orgasm".
Asked if she's the fourth Khan today, Kareena, without batting an eyelid said: "Vidya is the true hero of 2011."
Kareena says though good scripts work, it is still the star power that rules the industry.
"There are a lot of director who come to me with brilliant scripts but don't have the money to finance it. But our industry sadly doesn't run only on good scripts, Bodyguard wasn't one of the best scripts but it earned so much because of Salman in it," Kareena said.
Actor Kareena Kapoor, who is busy shooting for Madhur Bhandarkar's Heroine, says she will get married to beau Saif Ali Khan by the end of the year.
Reports suggested that the Bollywood couple was planning to tie the knot after the release of Saif's home production Agent Vinod this March but Kareena says they are in no rush.
"I will get married hopefully by the end of this year... because I am busy doing Heroine and I have to finish the film first. We are not yet going to announce the date. We are in no such rush but it will happen this year," said Kareena, who was in the Capital to attend the India Today Conclave.
The 31-year-old, who has been dating Saif since 2007, says she does not consider herself as a "star" but just "a simple girl in love".
"I am actually just a simple girl in love whose dreams have come true. Ever since I was 9, I would see Karisma (sister) rehearse and I would go backstage and repeat the same things. I always wanted to act and I know nothing other than acting. I have no degree and so I hope to act forever," she said.
On her Heroine role
Kareena has done a variety of role in her career spanning over a decade. She has given hits like Jab We Met, 3 Idiots, Omkara, Bodyguard and RA.One.
Talking about her film Heroine, Kareena said, "It's turning out pretty well... It's an exciting journey of an actress, she is slightly schizophrenic and she has got these different mood swings it's very difficult for me to do...But I am glad there is a role like this. It is fun not to stand behind Shah Rukh and Salman in a movie but prove yourself as an actor."
On male-dominated Bollywood
The actor, who comes from a filmy background, says things have changed a lot in Bollywood except the fact that male actors are still paid more than their female counterparts.
"How much ever things change in Bollywood, male actors have always been paid more than females... when it comes to numbers I am no where close to any of the Khans. So for me it's not about replacing the men in our industry but doing the best I can.
"There are a lot of women-centric roles that I am being offered and not just being an eye candy in the film. I think Vidya Balan's The Dirty Picture has changed the entire game," Kareena said.