Looking at Katrina Kaif ’s near-perfect figure, it’s hard to imagine that the model-turned-actress eats much, besides salads and other health foods, that is. But chatting to her on the streets of London, in between shooting for Vipul Shah’s Namastey London tells us a different story.
It’s one o’clock when the actress, who plays Jasmeet in the film, and has lived in London for a few years herself, spots her favourite eatery — PrêtA-Manger.
Her manager knows exactly what to get her — sushi and a banana cake. “I like the food here because it’s all natural, fresh and healthier. I almost always have the same things —sushi, smoothies (a fruit drink) and banana or carrot cake,” says Kaif, in between bites of sushi. Her other preferred restaurant is the funky, canteen style Japanese noodle bar Wagamama, which she says is great for “quick eating”.
It’s a warm summer’s day, and sitting out on a cobbled shopping street, watching the world go by is quintessentially European. “England is especially beautiful when you get out of London. But you need time and patience for that,” shares Kaif who spent four years in England and whose mother and sister still live there.
“I spent most of my time around Queen’s Gate and Finchley,” she reveals, adding, “I really recommend that people visiting the UK should get out of London — there is so much more to England than London. Though I lived in England for four years, I’ve now spent more time in India,” says the Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya actress.
She’s currently thrilled to be a part of Namastey London, as the “girl’s role is amazing, something you don’t get often.” And working with Shah is another distinct attraction. “He’s got a strong theatre background and is a very good director so I’m glad this project worked out,” she says, relishing her banana cake.
When she returns to Mumbai, Kaif has Anees Bazmee’s Welcome to complete, Anil Sharma’s Apne and David Dhawan’s Partner. “And I’ll be going to Punjab to shoot for Namastey London,” she adds, rising from the table.
Lunch is done and it’s time for to move on to the next appointment — a meeting with a dress designer across London. “It’s a surprise aspect of the film, so you can’t come along,” she says, with a disarming smile.