Shy and reticent, Katrina Kaif has a phobia of the media just like her boyfriend Salman Khan. She clearly has been instructed to give to-the-point answers. But her vulnerability manages to peek out once in a while even when she is doling out short, clipped and what suspiciously seemed like rehearsed answers. Ask her a remotely awkward question and she goes back into her shell, like a true Cancerian.
To get her out of it, one needs to broach the topic of her next release, â€˜Namastey Londonâ€™ where she co-stars with Akshay Kumar, which she is most excited about at the moment. Playing a role close to her own life of a girl who struggles to settle down in India after being brought up in a totally different culture in London, Katrina says, â€œI could identify quite a bit with the role. But the girlâ€™s character is not like mine at all. The situations might be similar but I might have not reacted the way the girl in the film does.â€ Katrina is hoping to be taken more seriously as an actor after this film. She says, â€œThis film is very important to my career in the sense that the role is etched out so well and I have had a great scope to perform. I hope to be accepted better after this film.â€ Tell her she is looking lovely in the promos and she doesnâ€™t look too happy.
She says, â€œI just hope people also see something beyond that. There is something much deeper than what you just see in the promos,â€ with eyes downcast, as if saddened by the fact that not many know the real Katrina.
She says she loves being a part of the industry â€” because â€˜if you are honest, you are readily accepted.â€™ But there is something about the industry which irks her too.
â€œI can do without people forming opinions and jumping to conclusions without really knowing me.â€ Ask her what kind of films she is really interested in, she says, â€œI donâ€™t understand new age cinema. All I know is good cinema and bad cinema, and I obviously want to be part of good cinema, small or big,â€ she says finally flashing a smile.
Since she is new to the industry, does she take boyfriend Salmanâ€™s help in choosing a film? Kat hastily retreats back into her shell and says, â€œNo, I do that on my own.â€