She has played a sex worker, a bubbly girl-next-door and the ultimate glamour queen in her almost decade-long career, but Kareena Kapoor says “Kurbaan” has given her the opportunity to sink her teeth into one of the best roles in her career.
“I am confident that, in ‘Kurbaan’, audiences will take to my character in a big way,” said Kareena, who looks forward to playing a variety of roles across different genre. “Especially after ‘Kambakkht Ishq’, they will see a different me in the film.”
A Karan Johar production, “Kurbaan” is directed by first-time director Rensil D’Silva and has terrorism as its background. “The girl’s role is very strong in ‘Kurbaan’ and I have worked really hard on my performance. I’m expecting a lot from the film,” said the actress, who has won critical acclaim for her performance in “Dev” and “Omkara”.
Kareena is paired with boyfriend Saif Ali Khan in “Kurbaan”, which also stars Vivek Oberoi, Dia Mirza, Kirron Kher and Om Puri. The actress says she expectsaccolades from critics for her performance. “Well frankly, this is one film where I expect both box-office success and huge critical acclaim. It’s extremely well made and quite topical,” she said confidently.
With music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Salim-Sulaiman, “Kurbaan” is slated for a November release. For Kareena, the rest of 2009 will also be eventful, as her line-up includes Rajkumar Hirani’s “3 Idiots”, (opposite Aamir Khan), and debutant director Prem R. Soni’s “Main Aur Mrs. Khanna” with Salman Khan.
After being in the industry for close to a decade, doesn’t she aspire for more awards? “See, ever since I began my career, I have always maintained that I want to be a star actress. Filmmakers should be comfident that I can carry off any role. Whether it is a Geet (‘Jab We Met’) or a Dolly (‘Omkara’), Simrita (‘Kambakkht Ishq’) or the character I play in ‘Kurbaan’; I am mixing it up all. For me, work is a passion and when I do a film, I don’t really think of commercial gains or awards. What is most important for me is to be engaged in some quality stuff. I sign a film because I like to enact the character that I have been offered. If box office success and awards come then, well, it’s great,” she said.