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Shah Rukh was slightly intimidating: Katrina Kaif

Diplomacy comes naturally to Katrina Kaif as she has a peculiar way with words. One can blame it on her command over the English language but you stop paying attention to her accent after a while. The actress who has been in the industry for almost a decade now is glad with the way things are going for her. She is delighted to be finally paired with Shah Rukh Khan for their soon-to-release film. In a candid chat, Kat shares her thoughts on him, Yash Chopra and lot more...

Katrina Kaif

There’s always a great deal of attention paid to your personal life...
I’m very used to it now bar a few exceptions when things get way too personal. I believe that the media has learned to provide me the space I need. As a public figure, I try to maintain that distinct line between professional and personal life.

There were speculations that you finally bought a new pad in Mumbai...
It’s bizarre because I have only one property in Mumbai and that’s my apartment in Bandra. Even my mom laughed when she read that report suggesting that I’ve bought a place in Lokhandwala. Yes, I have been looking for something spacious but I haven’t pined on anything yet.

All the people you work with keep calling you very hardworking. Is that true?
(Laughs) I don’t know how to describe that word. It’s a very conscientious decision to stick with the film from its very beginning till its ultimate release. I prepare myself thoroughly for a role and try not to make people wait outside my vanity van for a shot. Maybe that’s why they call me hardworking.

How do you remember Yash Chopra?
He was one of the most genuine people from the Hindi film industry. Just by looking at your face, he’ll figure out what’s going on in your mind - whether you’re sad or happy. I also remember him for his tendency to crack jokes and make you laugh. Even if he asked a simple question like ‘how you are?’, he meant it. It wasn’t for formality’s sake.

Were you nervous shooting with SRK for the first time?
At first, it was slightly intimidating because I haven’t interacted with him for too much before this film happened. We haven’t socialised at parties either. It was almost like working with a stranger but as time passed by, the comfort level eventually built up.

The fact that all the three leading actors paired opposite you - be it Salman or Shah Rukh or Aamir - are shorter than you bother you?
(Pauses) I’m going to pretend that I didn’t understand that question (laughs).

Are you fine with intimate scenes - if at all - on the big screen?
I don’t see a particular scene in seclusion. To me, it’s part of the entire movie. Being an actress, I’m supposed to look at it that way and I expect others to do the same. If an intimate scene is an integral piece of the story, then it needs to be done.

Lastly, would you say that you’re comfortable talking in Hindi?
I genuinely believe I’ve passed that stage now. I’m quite fluent in the language and I can hold a conversation in Hindi without much conscious effort on my part.

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