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Kareena Kapoor: Ash would have done Heroine differently

Over to her: In Heroine, you play superstar Mahi Arora. Since you are a superstar in real life, was the role a cakewalk? On the contrary, Mahi was one of the toughest characters I have played. Mahi is completely imbalanced and she’s a grey character all the way. In real life, I’m very balanced. I know exactly what I want out of my career and my personal life. In my 12 years in the industry, I have learnt how to channelise and compartmentalise my life. Actually it is very important for a heroine to get her priorities correct. I like spending time on a set, because movies are my passion. But believe me, I also equally enjoy spending time at home with Saif. Coming back to Mahi, normally characters in Indian cinema are either black or white. According to me, no one has played a mainstream grey character because grey is considered a villain. But Mahi is grey all through the duration of the film and yet, in the last 25 minutes of the film, Madhur Bhandarkar and I have been able to successfully get her to connect with the audience. Or at least I hope we have.
You have adopted a really aggressive marketing strategy for this film; one has never seen you so involved.? I agree. In a career spanning a decade Heroine is one of the films I have felt very close to. I have invested so much in this film emotionally that at the end of it, it has left me drained. In fact Mahi is someone who has stayed with me…and in the coming days I need to exorcise her. The film is such an obsession with me; it almost feels like my first born.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was cast in the same role before you stepped in. Tell us who according to you is really the better choice? Ash is an icon; she is a beauty. She would have done the film differently. And I have approached the role very differently. I don’t think I can make any comparisons.
After playing arm candy to the different Khans in the last couple of years, was it an ego trip to have a film titled Heroine and have all the attention focussed singularly on you? It is always a great security to have one or the other Khan with you. The three Khans-Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir are spectacular. All of them have given me 100 cr films. But I needed to do something different. I wanted to take on a challenge. I did a Chameli very early in my career and here I am trying something challenging again. I don’t know why but I just wanted to play this part.Honestly it is not an ego thing but I’m flattered that UTV felt that I was the perfect choice to play the title role.
Since The Dirty Picture and Heroine are both female-oriented films and have the Indian film industry as the backdrop, comparisons will abound. Are there any similarities between the two films? Only a daft person will compare the two. Heroine is based on the life of a superstar.

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