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BHUMIKA K.
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CHAT Kareena Kapoor on why she likes to keep her personal and professional livesapart

She’s candid and breezy to the point of being a pleasant surprise from Bollywood. Whether it’s talking about her film’s failures, her relationship with husband Saif Ali Khan and mother-in-law Sharmila Tagore, this lady has got to be the queen of cool.

Kareena Kapoor Khan is back, this time in a genre people love her the most in — romcoms. Gori Tere Pyar Mein , which released yesterday, brings her back together with Imran Khan after their first film together Ek Main Aur Ek Tu that released last year.

“I haven’t done a romcom since Jab We Met . I love watching romcoms. It’s not like it has to be a big-budget melodramatic film always. Romcoms are clean entertainers you can take your family to. And that’s what I wanted to do,” says Kareena, on a promotional tour for Gori Tere Pyar Mein . Kareena says it’s a simple rule she follows when picking a film to act in: “If I enjoy the narration — I like narrations more than reading a script — I just jump at it. I should enjoy what I hear, and think that the audience will connect with it.”

Despite having done over 40 films in her 14-year career, with a rather long phase of unsuccessful films behind her, Kareena insists she could not have asked for a better career.

“Success and failure are all a part of it. I’m proud of my failures as much as I’m proud of my successes. If there was no failure, there would never be a high. I can never regret any decision in my life because they are all my decisions,” she emphasises. “I have no one to blame.”

With an older sister, Karisma Kapoor, having taken the Hindi film industry by storm in the late 1990s, does she see her career as very different?

“Every era is different. Both films and directors are different. Now of course things have changed for the better. But she (Karisma) definitely paved the way. Everyone knew me as Karisma’s younger sister. Even today when they refer to me that way, I have the biggest smile on my face. It’s the proudest thing for me. I love it.”

While we would like to believe marriage has somehow affected the kind of roles she’s choosing — she played a journalist in Satyagraha earlier this year and now she’s a social activist in Gori… — Kareena will hear none of it. “In my mind I don’t even look at it like that. Saif and I don’t discuss our work. I never ask him about his roles. I’m an actor and my passion is acting. And that’s what I’ve always been doing.”

Kareena says that’s something she’s always been doing is keeping her personal life and work in two strictly different spheres.

“Even before I was married, I gave my personal life priority over my career. While I was working with the biggest of Khans on the biggest of films I was very focussed on the fact that I have a relationship and I’m in love. I like taking holidays. I like going out. I like to work a certain time of the year. I don’t like to work during Christmas and New Year. I’ve always been that kind of actor and it’s worked for me.” she adds. Marriage hasn’t changed equations in her life one bit, she claims.

“I don’t see the change! Everyone’s been asking me…what could possibly be the change? I’ve lived with Saif for the last six years. We got up one day and decided to get married. But everything still stands the same. And I hope things won’t change,” she concludes.

She says she knows her responsibilities as a daughter-in-law because she’s a responsible daughter too. “She (Sharmila Tagore) gives me all the space. We respect each other, there are no questions asked. It’s just understood — the kind of love and bond that we have. In fact she’s encouraging each of us to work — whether it’s Soha or me. That’s what I love about her.”

BHUMIKA K.

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