Style to substance
Katrina Kaif on playing the fiery Indu in ‘Rajneeti'
ON A NEW PATH Katrina Kaif
More than Prakash Jha, the producer-director of Raajneeti, Katrina Kaif had made news for her “non-glamorous” role in it. “It's a misconception. I think glamour comes from a woman's strength of character, the fire in her, and ability do something rare, and not by wearing a mini skirt. I think the role of a ‘domesticated' woman is rather more unglamorous than the one I am playing in Raajneeti.”
As Indu in Raajneeti, she plays the daughter of a political financer; she is spoilt, wears trendy clothes and lives life on her conditions. “Indu is very outgoing, fiery, brash, and wants everything in life. She is quite shameless in love — in that, she goes to the person she loves, and pushes him to love her back. When it doesn't get reciprocated, she's jolted and realises she can't get everything she wants. That way, my character is pretty glamorous. The so-called unglamorous part comes only when I am pushed to live a politician's life.”
Speaking “straight Hindi” has been one of the hardest practices for the film. She admits: “I've pushed my boundaries to do better; I hope I am accepted by the viewers. Incidentally, Jha had minced no words earlier that the film is on one of the first families of politicians in India, a statement he now refrains from.
Says Katrina: “I think I'm to blame, as I come from a foreign land and speak accented Hindi. This has made the media think I'm portraying Sonia Gandhi. It's not her biography. I come pretty late as a politician in the film.”And to portray one, Katrina spent a lot of time with Jha, who is familiar with the politics of Bihar. She also watched videos of several women politicians.
Katrina's frankness seems to have come from the life she lived with her mother, who, as a single parent, nurtured her along with her six sisters, and taught her the virtues of living a privileged life. She agrees. “I feel privileged that if I worked hard, I got returns too. So many people work hard, get frustrated for not achieving what they worked for.”
Films are not the only thing on her mind. She wants to set up an orphanage in Mumbai. This would be an extension of her mother's orphanage which she runs in Hong Kong. “
RANA SIDIQQUI ZAMAN
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