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Katrina Kaif says one of Zero’s scripts had Katrina Meri Jaan as its name, was to star her and Shah Rukh Khan as dwarfs

Actor Katrina Kaif has revealed that just like Shah Rukh Khan, she was also supposed to play a dwarf in Zero.

bollywood Updated: Apr 30, 2019 09:05 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif on Zero poster.

Actor Katrina Kaif is all set to be seen as Kumud or Madam Sir in the Salman Khan starrer, Bharat. Her last film Zero, alongside Shah Rukh Khan, failed to impress the critics as well as the moviegoers. The actor has now revealed that in one of the uncleared versions of the film, she was supposed to play a dwarf just like Shah Rukh.

In an interview to Mumbai Mirror, Katrina said, “The original draft, which was discussed two-and-a-half years before the film started, had a version titled Katrina Merl Jaan. At that time both the boy and the girl had double roles. There were two dwarves. But that script changed and evolved, as it happens sometimes, and what came about was a film in a different space and genre.”

The actor had played an alcoholic superstar named Babita in the film. She said that she is still excited to collaborate with good directors on interesting characters and is looking for opportunities like Zero and Bharat.

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While the film failed to cross the Rs 100 crore mark and wrapped up at just Rs 90 crore at the domestic box office, Katrina said that she loved playing Babita. “Aanand sir (L Rai, director) who is a phenomenal director, was clear that my character was a struggling actress battling insecurity and heartbreak who used alcohol as a crutch to cloak her feelings and numb her pain. Despite the film not working at the box-office, I had the time of my life playing Babita. She was so cliched, so filmi! Who walks around in boxer shorts with a bottle of vodka in a hand? But as Aanand sir would point out, the challenge was to feel for this outlandish character and make her real,” she said.

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Shah Rukh had played a dwarf named Bauaa in Zero, which also starred their Jab Tak Hai Jaan co-star Anushka Sharma. The latter played a wheelchair-bound NASA scientist with cerebral palsy.

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First Published: Apr 30, 2019 08:27 IST