Joining cast of Wastelanders as Black Widow, Kareena says Marvel audio series is her attempt at doing unusual projects at this stage
Kareena Kapoor Khan
First things first, Kareena Kapoor Khan admits that she is not a Marvel fanatic. But the promise of playing the spirited Black Widow can lure the best of us. “Black Widow is fierce, powerful, intelligent, and calculative. She has a boss lady vibe. I resonated with it,” smiles the actor, who will voice the iconic character in the Hindi adaptation of Marvel’s audio series Wastelanders. Her excitement was only furthered by actor-husband Saif Ali Khan, who plays Peter Quill in the project. “Saif is a huge fan of this world. When I told him that I would voice Black Widow, he said, ‘You have to do it because no one else can.’”
Scarlett Johansson plays Black Widow in the MCU
Besides the duo, Masaba Gupta, Jaideep Ahlawat, Sharad Kelkar and Mithila Palkar will form the voice cast of the Audible series. Relying on one’s voice to attract an audience is presumably tough, especially for stars who are known for their visual appeal. Kapoor understands the challenge, but after over 20 years in the movies, she derives pleasure from risky opportunities. “We have a fabulous director [Mantra Mugdh] who will guide us in the process. This being a Marvel world, it has a lot of action. I don’t know how we’ll [convey it], sitting in a cubicle,” she laughs.
To Kapoor, Wastelanders is an attempt at expanding her range. At this stage, the actor doesn’t want to do it all; instead, she wants to cherry-pick projects. So, while she has a thriller in Sujoy Ghosh’s The Devotion of Suspect X, she also has a moody mystery in Hansal Mehta’s next. “Now, I don’t feel the need to be seen everywhere. [I have] been there, done that. In The Devotion, I was excited to work with Sujoy, Jaideep and Vijay [Varma] because they come from different cinematic worlds. In Hansal’s film, the cast is from the UK, and the film is in English. It’s about trying to do different things. [It’s not] about chasing success, but chasing the desire to get better with every film.”