I can’t rewind myself to play a 21-year-old girl in a short pink miniskirt: Katrina Kaif
Katrina Kaif says one would be insane and a megalomaniac to not understand the nature of time or the nature of the universe.bollywood Updated: Jun 13, 2017 15:29 IST
It has been 12 years since Katrina Kaif hit the big league with Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? (2005). The actor, who sizzled in a recent photo shoot by celebrity photographer Mario Testino, says that “evolution” will always be of paramount importance. Katrina chats with HT about competition in the industry, friendships, and more.
When you see new faces in the film industry on a regular basis, do you ever feel pressurised?
It’s a bit of a complicated answer because one would be insane and a megalomaniac to not understand the nature of time or the nature of the universe. Time does not stand still for anyone and with time comes evolution; and that’s exactly what you should be doing. I can’t – and shouldn’t – think that I am going to rewind myself and play a 21-year-old girl in a short pink miniskirt. Of course, there are other new actors and they will always keep coming, so that [evolution] is the challenge.
You are pally with a lot of them.
Yes, and I am proud of them, though I don’t know everyone. Some of them are my friends. But there isn’t a moment when I feel envy in a bad way. And this is the correct way too because that’s the process of every industry including the entertainment world.
What’s been your biggest learning in the same context?
As time goes by, you have to evolve to keep yourself — more than anything else — motivated and ‘current’ as a performer, regardless of whatever industry you work in. Whether you are an engineer, doctor or an actor, you need to be ‘current’ and have to constantly evolve yourself as life goes by.
But the film industry has always been considered very ruthless…
It’s a game of survival. It’s a process that I came to understand quite early on [in my career]. And that understanding isn’t about looking around you and trying to compete with people who are 20-21 [years old], because that would be insanity, and, in fact, illogical (smiles). I have to look at it like: “This is me and this is my space, and how I can be the best for this much, that role, or how I can improve on what I am doing.” That’s honestly what I am looking for and looking to enjoy.
So, is there no sense of competition?
The sense of competition comes along when you’re like, “Am I doing good work, or are we all doing good work?” That healthy competition should always be there, because that’s what drives you. You need to look over your shoulder and be like, “Wow, people are coming up with some really good performances and good films.” You need to have that information about the industry that you work in. Healthy competition is obviously there, but there is no sense of envy for people who are at different stages of their career. They are at a different stage, while I am working on a different timeline.
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