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Katrina's not a glam doll any longer

The Bollywood actress tells Diganta Guha that she has enough films in her kitty to prove her mettle.

india Updated: Mar 14, 2007 18:54 IST

If you make a list of the top five glamorous heroines in Bollywood now, her name should figure there.

But Katrina Kaif deliberately went for a not-so-glam look in her forthcoming film, Namastey London, where she stars with her Humko Deewana Kar Gaye hero, Akshay Kumar.

It’s a role she can identify with closely, in terms of history. She plays Jazz, an Indian girl born and brought up in London. Katrina, too, was brought up in London. “I could actually incorporate lots of my own experiences into my character,” she says over phone from Mumbai.

Born to an English mother and a Kashmiri father, Katrina arrived in Bollywood with Kaizad Gustad’s Boom. Unfortunately, the film did not click.

On her look in Namastey..., she says, “I wanted a non-filmi look. I did not want to get stylised and glamorous. People in London don’t do that. Yes, they are always very groomed, pay attention to what they wear, but it’s not that they sport heavy make-up.”

Namastey..., which is slated to release on March 23, is a romantic comedy and, according to Katrina, it’s “a slightly more zesty and youthful version of a romantic comedy.”

She had a lot of fun shooting for the film. What about the on-screen chemistry with Akshay, which we are told her boyfriend Salman Khan doesn’t quite take sportingly?

Pat comes the safe answer, “He is a person whom I have grown up and worked with. His concentration is so strong. I hope people like us in the film.”

Her critics say she is getting stereotyped in the image of a glam doll but Katrina says she has enough variety in her kitty to prove them wrong — Anees Bazmee’s Welcome, David Dhawan’s Partner and Anil Sharma’s Apne. “I need roles that I can not only identify with but which give me scope to add something to them,” says Katrina.

Talk about strong characters, what is the latest on prolific filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh’s Debi Chowdhurani, where she was supposed to play the title role?

Katrina says, “I don’t know when he is going to make it. He approached me with a quite a few scripts. Some didn’t work out, some got delayed, though I don’t know why. Let’s see what works out in the future.”