Sunday October 21, 2018

Actress Kareena Kapoor Says She’ll Do What’s Right And Works For Her Personality

In the past, Kareena has featured in dance numbers like "It's rocking", "Marjaani", "Fevicol se" and "Mera naam Mary hai".

Come June 1, she will be seen in "Veere Di Wedding", which also features Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhasker and Shikha Talsania. Wikimedia

From slimming down to a size zero for her film to walking the ramp with a baby bump, the actress, who comes from Bollywood’s famed Kapoor family, has always made a statement.

Asked if she would rethink before signing a film or before appearing in a dance number being a mother now, Kareena told IANS here: “No really, I mean there is nothing wrong with song and dance. It is not derogatory. We come from a film family and our films are known for song and dance… So I will always do what I think is right, what works for my personality and my career.

“I might not be able to give time to a film like earlier; so I would want to work in a film that gets over within 50 days. So maybe not two to three films in a year, but I would rather do one film every year,” added the mother of Taimur Ali Khan, her son from actor Saif Ali Khan.

In the past, Kareena has featured in dance numbers like “It’s rocking”, “Marjaani”, “Fevicol se” and “Mera naam Mary hai”.

The 37-year-old has been experimental with her choice of films in the last 18 years of her career. Whether it is films like “Yaadein”, “Chameli”, “Yuva” and “Omkara”, she has also done commercial potboilers like “Jab We Met”, “3 Idiots”, “Golmaal 3”, “Singham Returns” and “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”.

Come June 1, she will be seen in “Veere Di Wedding”, which also features Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhasker and Shikha Talsania.

I joined the film industry to be known as an actress first, then a star. So I want people to remember my performance, even if the film does not turn out as expected. Wikimedia

“The idea is to challenge myself in whichever ways. See in real life Aamir Khan does not look like the way he looked in ‘Dangal’. But he did it for a film. I am always an actress who moulds herself according to the role that I play, according to the vision a filmmaker has for the character. That is really my way to keep going,” she said.

Having started her career with J.P. Dutta’s “Refugee”, she has also featured in movies like “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…”, “Asoka”, “Hulchul”, “Don”, “Heroine” and “Udta Punjab”.

“I joined the film industry to be known as an actress first, then a star. So I want people to remember my performance, even if the film does not turn out as expected. I love acting and I take my career quite seriously,” she said.

Of “Veere Di Wedding”, Kareena said: “I think I wanted to be a part of this film from the beginning because this is a very different film for me. I have always been a part of films where I shared screen space with heroes and I played the heroine. And here, I am narrating the story of a girl, along with three other girls who are her best buddies.

“Also, this is a story that captures various stages of love and marriage of girls. One wants to get married, one is getting divorced, one is commitment phobic… So it is a story of different shades of a relationship.”

In the movie, Kareena plays Kalindi, and the story revolves around her marriage.

The actress’s recent comment: “I believe in equality. I wouldn’t say I am a feminist”, was widely trolled on social media. Does she think the term ‘feminism’ is misinterpreted?

“I think so. I mean, on social media platforms many people misuse the word feminism. It is about equality and does not mean one is superior to another. It is about equal rights for everyone.

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“Today a man is working, a woman is working on the same platform with the same level of dedication, skill set — whether it is an entrepreneur, a journalist, a filmmaker, an actor, we all are doing everything with equality.”

In a way, “Veere Di Wedding”, directed by Shashanka Ghosh, seems like an attempt to shine the spotlight on the image of modern Indian women.

Kareena says the team is being asked a lot if they were trying to make a point on feminism and women empowerment.

“But the fact is we made a film on the story of four girls in a very commercial space. It is an entertaining film!” (IANS)

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Amritsar Train Tragedy Leaves Bollywood Industry in Shock

Here's how the celebrities reacted:

Anil Kapoor, Amritsar
Amritsar train tragedy: Bollywood shocked, calls for better safety. Twitter

The deplorable train tragedy in Amritsar in which 60 people were crushed to death and several others injured, brings the focus to how safety in public places needs to be taken more seriously in the country, say Bollywood celebrities who have sent out prayers for the victims.

The film fraternity expressed shock over the incident which took place on the festival of Dussehra on Friday. A 700 strong crowd was watching a huge Ravana effigy go up in flames amid exploding crackers when on the Joda Phatak track near Dhobi Ghat the Jalandhar-Amritsar DMU passenger train heading to Hoshiarpur from Amritsar came hurtling down around 7 p.m.

In just 10-15 seconds, it left behind a heap of crushed and dismembered bodies.

Here’s how the celebrities reacted:

Farhan Akhtar: Saddened to hear about the loss of life in Amritsar. Safety in public spaces has to be taken a lot more seriously. Deepest condolences to all families affected by this tragedy.

Alia Bhatt
Alia Bhatt. Wikimedia Commons

Anil Kapoor: A tragic incident that could have been avoided if only. Sending my thoughts and prayers to the families of the deceased and wishing a speedy recovery for the ones injured.

Alia Bhatt: The Amritsar train accident is heartbreaking. Terrible thing to have happened. This is just another example our extremely poor attitude towards caution and safety. Prayers for all those suffering.

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Shekhar Kapur: Absolutely horrific tragedy. Heart goes to the kin of those that dies and injured. Let’s not politicise this tragic event that has left more than 60 dead and huge numbers seriously injured… obviously there will be an inquiry later.

Diana Penty: Absolutely shocked at hearing the news of the train accident in Amritsar. I just cannot fathom how something like this could have happened. My deepest condolences to all the families that have lost their loved ones. Love and prayers. (IANS)