Katrina Kaif on Jagga Jasoos promotions: ‘There is no malice between Ranbir and me'
Whenever she has a release around the corner, Katrina Kaif is a bundle of nerves. Sans make-up, dressed in a simple yellow dress with her hair tied in a bun, I meet her in a hall in suburban Mumbai, where she is rehearsing for an upcoming awards night. I mistake her oily skin for radiance and she corrects me, “No radiance is happening right now, it is only oil and cream,” she laughs heartily.
“I am feeling good about the film (her upcoming Jagga Jasoos releases on 14 July), I am feeling positive about it. I am trying to tap into the feeling where I teach myself that there isn’t any point stressing,” she says.
But why is she so stressed? “You’re worried about the outcome, right? But it is going to be whatever it is going to be. Me stressing is not going to change anything,” says the actress, further adding, “I was nervous about the release date but I was never nervous about the shoot taking time.”
Even as Jagga Jasoos has taken about three years to make, the film is looking far from jaded, and what catches our attention is Ranbir and Katrina’s goofy avatar in the trailers and promos. “That is honestly more of who I am. I can do glamorous roles, I can also play traditional characters but all these don’t come naturally to me. Being a little bit more quirky, more off-beat, that is who I am. Those are the roles I enjoy more and do better at.”
Katrina plays an investigative journalist in the film. She says about her experiences, “It is the way that Dada (director Anurag Basu) has told the story, the uniqueness, the subtleties, the emotions, complexities — it is a new way of story-telling. It is a film in the same milieu as Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast, but it is not for kids. Beauty and the Beast would make me cry, it would speak to me. Jagga targets and speaks to everyone and that is what we are all hoping from the film.”
In a recent interview to Firstpost, Ranbir had said that Anurag “was a pain in the ass to work with because he works under extreme chaos”.
Adding to that Katrina says, “Dada has a certain madness in the way he works. He is always searching for some magical moment, something off-beat. He doesn’t like things that come predictably or off-the-cuff."
Meanwhile, Ranbir and Katrina have constantly been bickering and goofing around ever since they have started the promotions, and one wonders if it is a planned strategy of the former lovers. “I don’t think there is a single soul in this world who could plan a conversation between me and Ranbir. It is impossible for any human being on this planet to duplicate and replicate these conversations. This banter between us has been happening since day one, from the time we met on the sets of Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. We have a way of speaking to each other in a work sphere which amuses us," she says, adding, "There are times I tell Ranbir that he has said a bit too much and he turns around to say that he is enjoying it. I can see the amusement he is getting, so why would I want to take it away from him? There is no malice behind it. It is not a personal platform for us to project our history or equation together."
After giving about 15 hits, Katrina had had a brief lull in her career with films in the recent past not working for her. Around the release of Baar Baar Dekho, last September, she had not signed a single film, but today she has three films opposite all three Khans – Aanand L Rai’s untitled with Shah Rukh Khan; YRF’s Thugs of Hindostan with Aamir Khan and YRF’s Tiger Zinda Hai, sequel to the 2012 release Ek Tha Tiger, with Salman Khan.
“There are bound to be ups and downs for every actor who has been in the industry. There will be moments when you feel insecure, or you feel very satisfied. That is part of an actor’s career. One day, in a space of few months you sign four films and technically in everyone’s eyes you are safe. We don’t know the outcome of the films and we just have to try and do our best,” says Katrina.
"But definitely,” she continues, “the social media entrance has made me more accessible to the media, which is a good learning because such a small thing for me can make such a big difference to other people. I am just having fun, sharing funny moments. But it has made people understand that I am accessible and not so shut off.”
Talking about her project with Shah Rukh Khan and Rai, she says, “Anand sir is one of the best filmmakers we have and it is my second film with Shah Rukh. He is one of the best people to work with. Everyone becomes a team on his film. The script is amazing. Anand Sir has been speaking to me about it for more almost two years. It was a great role and he held on to that. When he started the film the title was — Katrina Meri Jaan, so he told me that he can’t make this film without me.”
It may be recalled that Deepika Padukone was approached for the film but apparently things didn't work out between then. Now it’s Anushka Sharma reuniting with her Jab Tak Hain Jaan co-stars.
Coming to Tiger Zinda Hai, it’s heard that the clash between the YRF film and Sanjay Dutt’s biopic (with Ranbir Kapoor) has been averted, and Katrina says, “I am not a producer or director so I don’t know anything about it. But instinctively they are both big films and I don’t think two big films should ever try and clash with each other.”
Katrina signs off by saying she's still in a transition phase with her complete focus is on work. "You never know what can happen. That is the magic of life, anything can happen.”