Ask her about Salman Khan and she breaks into a rash. Ask her about Akshay Kumar, ditto. Quiz her about the rumoured bad vibes with Bipasha Basu and she wants to throttle you then and there. All hazards considered, Katrina Kaif was interviewed by Hiren Kotwani who survived to tell the tale
Have you sorted out things with Salman Khan? It's said he was upset that you've signed on quite a few films with Akshay Kumar.
False. Nothing of the sort. I know exactly how he feels.
Do you mean Salman or Akshay?
You're not going to trap me into saying anything against anyone. (Frowns) I've wised up to media games.
Wonderful! There's a strong buzz that Salman Khan wants to marry you.
Wow! You have an overactive imagination.
Don't you always consult him before signing a movie. It's believed that he thinks of himself as your mentor.
(Cryptically) I consult people who have been with me for a while now. I have a very good manager, Sandhya Ramchandran, whom I feel closest to. And I also consult my director friends.
Trade talk is that Salman Khan wants to sign Deepika Padukone for his next home-production,
Main aur Mrs Khanna. Don't you feel left out?
Honestly, I don't think you guys need to be so clever.
Clever? Hey thanks!
(Harrumphs) We can be equally clever. But we don't because we respect the journalistic profession.
Will you stop going thanks thanks?
You got it. So, I asked you about Deepika Padukone.
I'm not insecure of anyone. She gave a good commercial performance in a film that's good commercial cinema. Whether the media likes it or not, I stand on my own.
Okay.. what about the goss that Salman is upset with you for signing a film with Shahid Kapur?
That film is not happening now. Rajkumar Santoshi is making another movie before that one.
Any actors you'd like to work with?
There are so many actors whom I can be paired with... like Hrithik Roshan, but there hasn't been an opportunity. Abhishek and I looked good together in
. And of course, there's Shah Rukh Khan, but I haven't been offered a film with him yet. I hope to work with them in the future, it's just a matter of time.
Don't you miss being a part of
Sarkar Raj, the sequel?
No, I didn't have much of a role in the first one either.
Talk is that a couple of heroines in the Yash Raj movie you're doing with Ranbir Kapoor, need to wear a bikini. Are you comfortable with that?
I think everyone knows that Yash Raj likes to keep its production details private. I respect and abide by that.
So what are you doing in a gangsta comedy like
I'm the heroine element. My brothers, played by Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor, are gangsters and want to get me married off.. but keep scaring off potential suitors. Akshay Kumar comes into the picture, we fall in love and plan to change Nana and Anil into good decent guys.
Mickey Blue Eyes.
It's very different. I love the sarcasm and wit of Anees Bazmee's movies.
Apparently, you didn't get along with Mallika Sherawat during the film's shoot.
I'm here to work.. not to like or dislike people. Neither am I here to win a Miss Congeniality competition. I maintain professional relations with my co-stars.
angreziaccent, aren't you being typecast as an NRI girl, as in
Singh is King.
I don't think so. My diction and pronunciation have improved. Although I do take time to dub, I'm much more comfortable now.
Who is your best friend in the film industry?
(Ha ha ha) My pillows at the end of the day.
No buddies among your female colleagues?
See, if anyone feels threatened and insecure, then it's her problem.. not mine. Preity Zinta is the exception to the rule. I've never worked with her, but she's an amazing person, very straightforward. If I'm uncomfortable with anyone, I draw a line.
Knock, knock. Like Bipasha Basu during the shooting of
Race? All that is of no significance to me. Elaborate.
What elaborate? No elaborate.
Like it or not, after
Om Shanti Om, Deepika Padukone is the Next Best Thing. Doesn't that worry you, since you're doing the Yash Raj film together?
Today, you can say what you want to. In another three-to-six months, you media guys will pull the Next Best Thing down.
Hey, and I thought you respected us journos.
(Darkens) I do.. can we end please? I have 10 more interviews to do today.