The character portrayed by Kareena Kapoor in Satyagraha is an extremely honest and diligent journalist who thinks that it is her duty to make people aware of things happening in the country, even if it means putting her life at risk.
In an exclusive interview with Oneindia reporter Sonika Mishra, Kareena Kapoor said that after essaying the role of a reporter in Satyagraha, her respect for journalists has increased.
Read on to know all that Kareena shared during the interview on the personal and professional front....
Tell us something about your character in Satyagraha. After playing the role of a journalist in the film, has your opinion regarding them changed in any manner? Do you feel that it is wrong on the part of the journalists to publish matters related to an actors' personal life?
I play a very strong role in the film ...of that of a journalist who is a firm believer of 'truth'. I am aware that when you are a journalist, a sense of responsibility automatically comes in...especially among those journalists who truthfully and honestly do their job of 'Reporting'.
In the film, I don't play an Entertainment Journalist. However, I understand that they are only doing their job. What they write about our personal life and the various methods they adopt to get to know them is out of compulsion as they don't have a choice. I am not sure about other stars, but we completely support journalists.
If you were a journalist in real life and were to interview any Bollywood personality, who would it be?
I would definitely NOT be interested in interviewing any Bollywood personality because so much has been written about them by you journalists that everything about them has become 'boring'! But yes, if I were a journalist in 'real' life, I would have liked to interview a Hollywood star...especially Brad Pitt. By being a journalist, I would have liked to do some interesting interviews.
Satyagraha is your first film after your marriage with Saif Ali Khan. Though this may seem like a very common question, tell us whether you feel any different from how you felt before marriage?
I don't feel or see any difference. When I go to the sets, everything seems just the way it used to be. I am the same 'Kareena' that I used to be and Saif too remains the same guy that I knew before marriage. Our life is just the same even after marriage. When an actress gets married, the media's opinion about her changes. I get surprised when people ask me how I feel after marriage. Saif and I were in love and got married. But nothing has changed after that.
Most girls complain that their husbands are not the same and have changed after marriage. Did you notice any such change in Saif's demeanour after marriage?
Saif is the same what he used to be while we were dating. Even today, I feel the same (as compared to when we were dating) when we are together. Both Saif and I haven't changed post marriage. Perhaps that's the reason why we still love and understand each other. I pray that Saif doesn't change in future too.
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A lot of responsibilities you did not expect come in after marriage. Do you also feel that you are surrounded by too many responsibilities?
Since childhood, I have been thrust with a lot of responsibilities. First I had responsibilities of my mom and dad and then I had the responsibility of my sister Karisma Kapoor. Now I have responsibility of Saif on my shoulders. Saif is a mature man of 43 and has children. So, he is a responsible person anyways. Hence, I don't face any problem with him nor do I feel overburdened by responsibilities since my priority has always been my family and career. I have always been balancing by personal and professional life.
Have you encountered any problems balancing love and career?
There is absolutely no connection between love and career. I have no idea why people mix up and ask how love has affected my career! Love remains with you in some form or the other.
When you love your parents, the 'love' doesn't interfere with your career. Love is like breathing....I love my mom and my family, but I work as well! I feel free even though I 'had' and still 'have' responsibilities on my shoulders.
You have worked with Amitabh Bachchan for the third time. How was your experience working with Amitabhji?
We have worked together in two films - Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and Dev. It was a unique and wonderful experience working with him in these two films. It's not only Amitabh Bachchan...I also enjoyed working with other star cast of the film that includes Ajay Devgn, Irrfan Khan and Manoj Bajpai. I had a good rapport with all of them during the making of the film.
Do you think South Indian Cinema is on par with Bollywood films? Do you have any plans to work in South Cinema?
I wish that we stop seeing each language film individually and start viewing all films from a global angle. However, as far as I am concerned, I am not familiar with South Indian languages and hence do not want to venture into South cinema as of now.
Though I have got a few offers from the South industry, I have refused all of them since I do not speak or understand the language. If I take up those films, then I'll have to by-heart the dialogues and won't be able to give the required expressions.
You and Ranbir Kapoor have never worked together. Why is it so?
'Kapoors' are the finest actors in the Bollywood film industry and so I feel that we must work together. However, we haven't come across any such opportunity so far. I hope we get the chance to work together in the future.
Do you also feel that movies inspire and influence people and the way they think?
We are actors and our job is to entertain. Through Satyagraha, we don't intend to change people's thinking. Satyagraha is a film in which you will find many inspiring thoughts. All said and done, the film is made mainly to entertain people.