14 Mar 2016

Mesmerizing Bollywood Diva, Kareena Kapoor Khan Speaks with India Today

Kareena Kapoor Khan, fondly known as Bebo, was largely raised by her mother, Babita, who had parted ways with her father, Randhir Kapoor, eldest son of iconic actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor. Growing up in late 1970s and '80s, Kareena showed early signs of following in her parents footsteps as she mimicked moves from Hindi film songs. Sridevi was a favourite. "She is still the best," she says.

Nine years after lovely sister, Karisma hit the big screen, Kareena made her debut in JP Dutta's Refugee, 2000, opposite Abhishek Bachchan. She had the blessings of her mother and words of wisdom from Karisma: "Never misuse your success and never take it too seriously. People are going to talk about you personally and professionally. Put those blinkers on and gallop your way. Never try to be somebody else. Do what works for you."

Most of her co-stars in those days were actors who had seen her grow from a child to an adolescent. From Akshay Kumar to Salman Khan and Aamir Khan, she knew them all and it didn't take her long to settle into the industry. Her versatility took her a long way. She could fit into Govind Nihalani's realistic world, Dev, 2004, with as much ease as she could lose herself to Abbas-Mustan's larger-than-life movie Aitraaz, 2004. "I am as proud to be a Rajkumar Hirani and Mani Ratnam heroine as a Rohit Shetty one," she says. "I can be comfortable in both milieus. I am proud that a director can see a girl who does 'Fevicol Se' (Dabangg 2) also as a doctor in Amritsar (Udta Punjab)."

In a long-spanning career, she has done the work she always wanted to do; working with everyone, from Satish Kaushik to Mani Ratnam and acting opposite the three big Khans. Prod her on collaborating with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and she says, "We'll keep talking and making plans to work together but I think we are just jinxed," she says. "Inshallah. Something, someday will happen."

Now 35, the roles, she says, are still coming. But would things change if she opted for motherhood? She says, "If I become a mother and look as sexy as Malaika Arora Khan, then I am sorry I can give the young guns a run for their money." Malaika is one of her friends on whose Instagram she makes frequent appearances. But don't expect Kareena to get on Twitter or Instagram. "I don't think my opinions matter," she says. "What am I missing out on? It is time consuming. There will be nothing private about life."

Read full interview HERE.

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