Ka­t­rina Kaif hopes that film­mak­ers keep see­ing ‘right spa­ces’ for her

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - Front Page - Prashant Singh

S he is clearly hav­ing a dream run in her ac­com­plished film ca­reer. Ka­t­rina Kaif, who rose to star­dom with Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya (2005), is rid­ing high on the block­buster suc­cess of Tiger Zinda Hai, co-star­ring Sal­man Khan. The film has made close to ₹350 crore in In­dia, and an­other ₹130 crore+ from over­seas ter­ri­to­ries.

“If I’m able to main­tain the qual­ity of my films and con­tinue work­ing with the kind of ban­ners and co-stars that I’m work­ing with, be­sides try­ing new things as an ac­tor, I would be more than happy,” says Ka­t­rina, whose next films in­clude Zero, with Shah Rukh Khan, and Thugs of Hin­dostan, along­side Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan.

“I just hope to be in a place where a di­rec­tor knows that I’m hard-work­ing and he/she gives me things to work on,” says the ac­tor. “I guess we all thrive in sit­u­a­tions where we’re re­spected and feel alive as well. That’s what I am also look­ing for,” she adds.

All ac­tors have their own USP, be­lieves Ka­t­rina. “All my peers and col­leagues have been in the [film] in­dus­try for some time now. So, in the au­di­ence’s eyes, we all have our own places and unique iden­ti­ties,” she says.

At the same time, Ka­t­rina is fully aware of the “re­al­ity” as well. “To­day, I can’t seek to be where I used to be at one point be­cause that’s not my age any­more. To­day, if you’re mak­ing Dhadak with Jan­hvi (Kapoor) and Ishaan (Khat­ter), I can’t be cast in that film and it (cast­ing me in that film) won’t be cor­rect ei­ther,” she says. “When I see the two of them to­gether, they look so lovely and sweet. And I feel re­ally happy.”

Ka­t­rina ad­mits that when she sees “a young, bright, beau­ti­ful and bub­bly spark” in Jan­hvi and Ishaan, she feels great. “But does that take away from me? No. I gen­uinely be­lieve that I’m where I need to be and am do­ing what I have to. Hope­fully, to­mor­row, too, I will be where I need to be. That’s all I have to hope for and that’s all I be­lieve in; and I don’t doubt that,” she says.

What the Dhoom 3 (2013) ac­tor hopes for is that “film­mak­ers see the right films and right spa­ces” for her.

Ka­t­rina says, “Tiger Zinda Hai was a unique and right space for me to be in. The same goes for Aanand L Rai sir’s film (Zero). As for Thugs of Hin­dostan, I don’t think we have seen such a well-crafted movie be­fore, as it’s a com­pletely dif­fer­ent vis­ual. So, that’s also the right space to be in.” n prashant.singh@htlive.com

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