Something beyond ‘Tiger’ to pair with Salman again


A lot was expected of the Salman Khan-Katrina Kaif pairing in Ek Tha Tiger, and the rumoured ex-couple did deliver. The film raked in big money and a super-hit status, but now, it’s also made the lead pair cautious of signing films together. “If we’re a successful pair, why won’t people want to cast us?” asks Katrina, admitting she’s always getting plenty of offers to star opposite Salman. “But we won’t work together unless something is a step above Ek Tha Tiger.” In this interview, Katrina discusses her upcoming projects, fabled house hunt and a fashion magazine cover. Jab Tak Hai Jaan is nearing release. What can you tell us about the film?pWe’re almost done with the film. There’s only one song left to shoot. I can’t talk much about my role, but the film is an intensely romantic love story. It’s been hard work, but a lot of fun too. I don’t get it when people ask me if it’s a ‘typical’ Yash Chopra film. I’ve always thought he makes a range of films — love stories, social dramas, and lots more, so it’s not just one genre. Every day, we hear you looked for a new house or bought one somewhere. Have you? Not at all. I don’t deny that I want to soon, but I haven’t even started looking. I’ve been living at my current residence for a very long time now. The rumours are complete rubbish. The worst was one about me buying a place in Lokhandwala. You barely got to celebrate the success of Ek Tha Tiger (ETT) because you were busy shooting for your other films.pShooting schedules are always like that. Around the time of its release, we promoted the film the best we could. After that, we just had a small get-together at Kabir’s (director Kabir Khan) house to celebrate its success. I’ve never been a very vocal person anyway, so I prefer focusing my energy on what’s next. After two back-to-back hits — New York (2009) and ETT — does Kabir consider you his lucky mascot now?pI don’t know about that (laughs). He’s finalizing his next idea right now, but I’m not sure what it is.