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Kareena on a high note

Diganta Guha takes a stock of Bebo's upcoming releases. Kareena: Style icon

india Updated: May 03, 2006 18:09 IST

Kareena Kapoor has everything going in her favour. She has a host of releases this year,36 China Town, Chup Chup Ke and Othello. Vishal Bharadwaj’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello making it to le Festival de Cannes (Cannes Film Festival, which features a show reel, the release of the book on the film, a party and an interaction with the international media).

Kareena is currently on a world tour as part of the Rockstar team. She starts shooting for Ram Gopal Varma’s Time Machine with Shah Rukh Khan soon and has just finished the Helen act in Farhan Akhtar’s remake of Don.

Could Kareena have asked for more? "I wouldn’t say this is the best phase of my life but I am delighted," gushes the actor. She, however,rues the fact that she can’t go to Cannes due to her Rockstar commitments.

Kareena is ecstatic about Othello in which she plays Desdemona. "It is a role worth dying for. Vishal’s film is likely to emerge as a dark horse this year,” she says. Kareena feels that her character is quite like her- courageous and independent. "It was really brave of Desdemona to go that far in the 17th century," she says.

 

Her challenges in the film included "working with such powerful actors as Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Naseeruddin Shah and Konkona Sensharma." But so much of excellence all around raises the bar of the performances, feels Kareena, adding that she would like Bharadwaj to attempt

Romeo & Juliet

and

Julius Caesar

, too, on celluloid.

On her tour of UK, USA and Canada, she joins Salman Khan, John Abraham, Shahid Kapur, Zayed Khan and others. She performs a number from 36 China Town with co-star Shahid on stage. "The Aashiqui number is rocking and the music video was shot in one day," she says.

Kareena adds that the film is a murder-mystery-cum-comedy with Paresh Rawal and Johnny Lever pepping up its hilarity quotient.

There’s no denying that there’s a lot of variety in Kareena’s roles this year, though she rates her character in Priyadarshan’s Chup Chup Ke as the most difficult. "Playing a mute girl in a comedy is easier said than done," she reasons.

Doing the Yeh mera dil song from Don, a film that she has "seen a hundred times", is not easy either. "Working on something that has been done by a living legend is difficult. I have seen Helen Aunty since childhood as her family is very close to mine. I know I can never match her steps,” says Kareena. Then how did she take on the daunting task? "I’ve simply done it in my own style," says the actor with the poise of someone who’s been in the industry for six years.

First Published: May 03, 2006 23:00 IST