Kareena Kapoor is amused by reports that she features in a music video cut specifically for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup, with A-list Hollywood stars like Matt Damon and Jessica Alba.
“I have shot for an audio-visual but it’s not about song and dance. Actually, it’s about sport and the education drive for under-privileged children that FIFA has initiated.”
KK is the only Indian to be associated with the campaign. “Do you know that at least 72 million children in the world can’t afford to go to school?” she informs knowledgably, adding that education is one way of eradicating poverty. “It’s important for actors to be associated with such causes.”
The actress has suddenly turned sporty. Along with beau Saif Ali Khan, she was part of the consortium that bid for the Pune cricket team that makes its entry in IPL Season 4. Now, she’s a part of FIFA and insists that football is a more energetic and athletic game than cricket.
“Agreed that our country is crazy about cricket. Even Saif follows the game avidly thanks to his father (Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Patuadi, former Indian captain). But football is the only sport I enjoy watching,” she asserts and seems to be cued in on off sides and penalty corners.
Which team is she rooting for? “Brazil, of course. Also, I think Cristiano Ronaldo is a great player.”
‘Engaged? We’ll see after Agent Vinod’
Saif Ali Khan’s second home production, Agent Vinod, took off recently but you were conspicuously absent on the first day of the shoot.
My portions are all set abroad, in Russia, Somalia, Amsterdam, and about four other countries. The scenes shot on Day One only involved Saif and a new actor, with plenty of action thrown in. So there was no reason for me to be present.
You’re said to be playing a Pakistani spy. Does that mean plenty of thrills?
Saif gets to do plenty of thrills. But I have an interesting role too, though it is too early to divulge details. Wait to enjoy it, it’s nothing like any of the films you’ve seen before. It’s different from my earlier films too. And then Sriram (director Sriram Raghavan) is not your usual run-of-the-mill filmmaker. He’s a cutting edge director. He’d rather shoot me the way I’m looking now than wait for me to doll up. It’s a performance oriented role and though there will be action sequences, I won’t be flying or jumping through the air. Sorry to disappoint.
Reportedly, Kajol and you bonded big time on the sets of the desi Stepmom.
Even during Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kajol and I clicked instantly. The comfort level is high because both of us are completely focused on our performances rather than our looks. We look like sisters together and share a sparkling chemistry. I enjoyed working with her again. She made my role seem like a journey, from a young girl to a mother.
You’ve always pretty girlie. So were you surprised when Rohit Shetty came to you with the role of a tomboy who uses gaalis as punctuation marks in Golmaal 3?
Rohit confessed that he had written the character with me in mind. And after having completed about 70 per cent of the film, I think I’ve proved his confidence in me. Initially, yes, I was a little shocked and a lot nervous. I’d sit up till 2 am running through my lines. Saif told me to chill. “Don’t try rehearsing to be what you’re not, just go out there and enjoy acting the part,” he advised. And I did just that! The masses are going to love this film. The script is superb, the lines great. I’ve the most pivotal role. Golmaal 3 is my brand and will be a Diwali bonanza for the whole family.
Talking of Saif, you’ve changed a lot since you got into this relationship. Has his passion for books rubbed off on you too?
He has definitely got me hooked into reading. He keeps buying me books. I enjoy lights reads like P G Wodehouse. Saif is into the serious stuff, like art, religion, military… If I read the kind of books he does, I would pass out after one page.
(Chuckles) True. Saif is a man of the world. He can talk about art, history, politics and movies. That’s something I like about him. He’s taught me that apart from living, breathing, sleeping movies, there’s a lot more to enjoy, like travelling, reading and writing. He’s helped me discover the person I am and made me more interesting. He’s helped me discover the world around me.
Are you officially engaged now going by the rock on your ring finger?
Engaged? Not yet. Right now, our focus is on Agent Vinod. After Love Aaj Kal, Saif’s second production is our priority. We’ll see after the film releases, give a serious thought to engagement and marriage. We both do want to take our commitment forward.
Hello brother KJo
Karan Johar and I are very alike. We’re both passionate about movies and impulsive as persons. He’s like my elder brother.
Karan will never offer me just any role. Whether it was Pooh in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Avantika in Kurbaan or Shreya in the Stepmom remake, he’s always given me performance-oriented roles. He respects me as an actor and I respect him as one of the finest filmmakers in the country. Even though Kurbaan didn’t do well commercially, it’s one of the most respected films I’ve done.
There’s a deep-rooted understanding between Karan and me. It’s like an unshakeable bond. The fact that we fought over a little issue during Kal Ho Naa Ho has helped us know each other better.
I love him so much that I’m jealous if he casts someone else in his movies now. He also wants me to do my best work with him. Never mind if I haven’t done a film directed by him in a while. Whenever it happens, I’m sure it will be another memorable milestone.
No action please!
I don’t enjoy doing action. I’d do it only if it’s absolutely necessary. Otherwise, I think a woman should be portrayed as a woman.
I’m very feminine and you see that trait in my movies too. In Golmaal 3 I may be playing a tomboy, but my character still has a girlie touch.
A woman is known for her feminity, right? Leave the action to the men.
I don’t like jumping or flying around. Some actresses enjoy stuntbaazi but it’s not my cup of tea. I’m not interested in hardcore action thrillers.