She came, she talked and she floored everyone present. If anyone thought Bollywood actor Kareena Kapoor was unapproachable, she proved during her visit to Chandigarh on Monday, that she is, in fact, affable and forthright. At Hotel JW Marriott in Sector 35, the actor indulged in her first public interaction ever since she became Mrs Kareena Kapoor Khan, after marrying her long-time beau, actor Saif Ali Khan last month.
Looking content and pretty, Kareena seems to ooze confidence emitted from one who has come into her own. Ask her how it feels being married, and she replies in her usual non-committal stance, “I’ve been with him for five and a half years now. We had been living together before getting married to each other. I think I’m the only actress to go public about living in with someone, so I’m proof that live-in relationships work,” she laughs, adding that the country needs to imbibe progressive thinking, though she ‘isn’t out to change people’s perceptions’.
But was the stamp of being legally married to each other important for her and Saif? “Not for us, but I think it was for the world,” she says thoughtfully. Every bit svelte and glowing, Kareena says Saif and she are especially glad the media’s ‘chase’ for their impending wedding is over. However, when she is reminded that peoples’ curiosity about their family planning must only have begun, Kareena brushes it off with a sweep of a dainty manicured hand, “I’m just 32, there’s ample time for that. I could have married at 36, but I chose to give this relationship solidarity. It’s time for me to work now.”
The actor is unperturbed when asked for her views on the shelf life of married Indian female actors. “It’s the way you handle it,” she says firmly, though it’s easy to trace a hint of irritation for having been suggested the idea. “I was born to be an actor, and I belong to a family of actors. As long as I look good on screen, stay fit and act well, I’ll get good work. What I do in my personal life has nothing got to do with my body of work.”
In Chandigarh to honour a professional commitment to Limca, in the capacity of its brand ambassador, Kareena gave City Beautiful the credit for being special to her, saying, “I shot my film, Jab We Met, here — which made me what I am today.”
Lined up for release is her film with Aamir Khan, Talaash. Though upbeat about her role, which Kareena says is integral to the plot, the actor expresses confidence in Aamir’s choice of lying low for promotions. “That confidence can only be found in Aamir. In fact, I believe actors sometimes behave like monkeys— dancing and jiving to huge crowds to draw attention to their films.”
In a highly competitive scenario, Kareena has reinvented herself to stay abreast. Now that she has the liberty to choose projects for herself, what gives her personal satisfaction — commercial cinema or off-beat roles? “As much as I enjoy dancing and doing commercial films, I also enjoy doing an Omkara or Dev. Acting remains my first passion, so it’s tough to choose,” says the actor, whose almost flagging career saw a miraculous revival with films that bore her trademark spontaneity.