Thirteen years ago when Kareena Kapoor first lay her eyes on Bhuj, she was an absolute newcomer in Bollywood, shooting for JP Dutta’s Refugee. And now many years and several films later, Bebo is back in Bhuj to shoot her upcoming film, Gori Tere Pyar Mein opposite Imran Khan. Kareena talks about how her life has come full circle and more…
You live and breathe amidst journalists. Did it affect the way you portrayed a scribe in your recent film?
I know it’s a serious profession and journalists have a responsibility. After playing a reporter, I understood the job better. I am happy the audience is accepting of such films and not just run-off-the-mill movies.
You spent a lot of time shooting in Bhopal. Any fond memories?
Many. Bhopal has always been a special place for our family (Saif Ali Khan has family in the City of Lakes) and it’s one of the most beautiful cities in India. People talk about the African sunset but after staying in Bhopal, I can go on talking about Bhopal’s beautiful sunset. I met our relatives and had a chance to attend a family wedding as well.
Were you apprehensive about working with Prakash Jha?
His films always come with a message and I wanted to do a film like that.
Why so few films post marriage?
Life after marriage hasn’t changed. I have been working for over a decade now and it is not the be all and end all of life. I am not running in the rat race either. I got married on October 16 and started shooting within four days.
How’s it like returning to Bhuj?
Life has come full circle for me. I gave the first shot of my life here. It’s one of the most important and special places for me.