Getting connected

The Right Connection Kareena, full of poise, striking the right pose  

Kareena Kapoor says her career is on the right track

Even after a dozen ‘exclusive' interviews, Kareena Kapoor seems far from fatigued. That despite spending the first half of the day engaged in the promotion of Sony Ericsson's Xperia mobile, which she will endorse from now on. “I am not tired,” she says. Her hairdresser takes care that not even a single strand goes awry as she sits in a stately pose for the photographer.

“So far,” says Hirokazu Ishizuka, vice-president and Head of Asia Pacific region, Sony Ericsson: “She hasn't been social networking through her mobile or Internet but she expressed the desire to ‘connect' to one and all. That's why the new mobile she will endorse will work through the fusion of communication and entertainment.”

Like a perfect brand ambassador, Kareena chips in, “I always wanted to be into social networking. It will help me grow. From now on, I will be on Twitter and Facebook and I also want to make a fan base record. I think it's good to connect with those who want to know you more. Now I have decided that I will answer their queries, make an opinion poll and do whatever that comes under social networking.”

This is a new Kareena. The one, who did Chameli that gave her a tag of an ‘actor' and won her awards, was different. She would answer in monosyllables and take time to warm up to the interviewer even for a regular question on her film or role. Not that this Kareena doesn't cover her fence and dole out diplomatically correct answers, but she is much more confident and knows how to parry an uncomfortable question with a smile yet not leave it unanswered!

Her being on Twitter or chat with fans may just load her with people of different temperament, and many may just be interested in asking personal questions, “But I will not entertain personal questions, she quips adding; “II know I am at a place where people see me from their own perspective and not what actually I am. I would rather like to tell them what constitutes Kareena,” she smiles.

Adventurous actor

So, what constitutes Kareena as an actor? “An adventurous actor who does different genres of films and roles and not tread the same path,” she says laughing. And that's why she accepted 3 Idiots, which largely is an Aamir Khan film.“Don't forget that I was the only female actor among three to four able actors . I think people still can't forget the bespectacled Priya especially when she decides that she wouldn't change her surname after marriage. It stays with you. Doesn't it?”

For now, age and stardom are by her side and she can be choosy about roles. But Bollywood still walks at a snail's pace when it comes to creating adventurous roles for women…“Why blame them? It's for women to ‘demand' stronger roles now. Unless they raise their voice, why would anyone care? I chose to do films such as Omkara, Chameli and Jab We Met to break the mould,” she says.

You attempt a sneak into her personal life and the expression changes. She becomes cautious. Her beau, Saif Ali Khan, comes from a family where a woman, when ‘accepted' in marriage, has to change her religion and name. Sharmila Tagore did it and so did Amrita Singh. Will she consider that?

“We have very ‘contemporary' thoughts on religion and marriage. Both mine and his families are liberal. As for changing name and religion are concerned, we have never discussed that issue,” she says.