“If I had superpowers, I would have loved to read people’s minds. Most of the time people don’t say what they think,” she says. Here are excerpts from an interview.
My favourite super hero
It has to be Batman. He is the dark knight, a character with so many dimensions to him. Plus, he has some really snazzy toys like the Batmobile and Batcycle. And the best thing about him is his butler. I love butlers (flashes a smile). In real life, it was my dad. He was my friend, protector and someone who pampered me.
Work comes first
I work like a robot. My work has been my biggest solace in the past couple of months. I forget everything when I am on a set or in a recording studio. Working makes me oblivious to every other thing around me. I am happiest when I am working.
On the same plane
I have done the maximum number of films with Hrithik. He is my most consistent co-actor (laughs out loud). I think he’s a phenomenal actor and someone who always inspires me to give my best. We are great friends and have respect for each other. I guess that transcends into a good working relationship.
Masala vs substance
As an actor, I want to portray versatile characters. That's been my idea right from the beginning. I am glad that I have been able to achieve that in the past couple of years. In 2011, I had 7 Khoon Maaf and Don 2 while in 2012 it was Agneepath followed by Barfi! I love all kind of films and it's always good to explore yourself. I love to kick butt.The two total action flicks that I have done are Don and Drona. My upcoming films too have a lot of action though they don’t belong to the genre per se.
On a song
I feel my singing career has enhanced my acting. I never neglected acting or my Bollywood career for singing. The past one-year was a truly testing one, and I had to really race against time to complete my projects. But I do get a high when I look back and think about how I did it all. And I thank God for that.
Looking at the West
I am not exploring any avenues in Hollywood. In life, I have grabbed whatever opportunities I got and gave them my 100 per cent. I am not someone who believes in creating opportunities for oneself. As far as my music career is concerned, I am glad to have such a huge label supporting me. The fact that I got to work with some great artists and make music with them was in itself a huge thing. I couldn't ask for more.
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