It’s flattering and scary to be in power list: Kareena Kapoor (Interview)April 9th, 2009 - 9:01 am ICT by IANS
By Subhash K Jha
Mumbai, April 9 (IANS) She admits that no position in the film industry is permanent but at the same time Kareena Kapoor is excited after replacing Aishwarya Rai in Filmfare’s power list. The actress says the position is both flattering and scary as it comes with a lot of responsibilities.
“I think Aishwarya has had a great innings. I think it’s a great honour to be where she was in the power list. Power equations in the entertainment industry change minute by minute. I’m definitely going to try my best to hold that position,” Kareena told IANS.
Kareena, who was seen in last year’s hit “Golmaal Returns”, admits the power comes not just from the movies, but also the products that one endorses.
“But I make sure the products reflect my personality. I’m endorsing 10 brands. Saif and I are endorsing just one brand together. We’re going easy on signing together,” she said.
Q: It’s quite an honour to zoom to the top 10 of the power list and to be the only woman there.
A: It’s flattering. And it’s scary. Lots of responsibilities. My power comes from my honesty to myself and to my work. I’ve always done things that come naturally from my heart. It’s amazing that I’m in the power list although I’ve never applied much thought to the process of getting there. I’m all heart, as you well know. At the end of the day, being true to myself is very important.
Q: Earlier Aishwarya Rai was in the Top 10 list.
A: Yes, I know. Everyone has a chance to be in a certain position. I think Aishwarya has had a great innings. I think it’s a great honour to be where she was in the power list. Power equations in the entertainment industry change minute by minute. I’m definitely going to try my best to hold that position.
The position makes me feel very responsible. I want to keep doing the kind of work that will keep me in that list. Last year I was seen in a successful film ‘Golmaal Returns’ where I didn’t have a pivotal role. Strangely audiences expect me to take centre stage all the time.
Q: How much of this power comes in a package with beau Saif Ali Khan?
A: We can’t deny he’s also one of the hottest actors in the industry. I think we are blend of looks and spirit. Saif and I are very alike. He also follows his heart and is very honest in what he does. Whether it’s his professional or personal life, he comes clean.
Q: The power comes not just from the movies but also the products that you endorse.
A: I agree. But I make sure the products reflect my personality. My products are young, zestful, fun and classy. Yeah, I do a lot of endorsements. I’m endorsing 10 brands. Curiously Saif and I are endorsing just one brand together. We’re going easy on signing together.
Q: So will you continue to be known as Kareena Kapoor after marriage?
A: I haven’t thought of it. Kareena Kapoor Khan sounds good. I leave the decision to Saif.
Q: Did (close friend) Amrita Arora’s marriage make you wishful for your own?
A: I am with Saif constantly. For us, marriage is just a piece of paper.
(Subhash K. Jha can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)