Sexy siren

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - By AK­SHITA NANDA Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is play­ing in se­lected TGV cine­mas.

BOLLYWOOD ac­tress Ka­reena Kapoor says her lat­est film left her cold, lit­er­ally.

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (One Me And One You, in Hindi) in­volved 12-hours of overnight shoots in freez­ing Ne­vada as di­rec­tor Shakun Ba­tra wanted to cap­ture the bright lights of Las Ve­gas.

“It was ex­haust­ing,” the ac­tress re­calls over the tele­phone from Mum­bai. “Act­ing is not re­ally dif­fi­cult for me be­cause I en­joy do­ing it, but I pre­fer do­ing it in the warmth.”

The film is a ro­man­tic com­edy about two peo­ple who marry on im­pulse and spend the next few weeks won­der­ing what to do about it.

Kapoor, 31, plays quirky hair­styl­ist Riana Bra­ganza, who weds a staid boy-next-door type, played by Im­ran Khan. “She’s very pos­i­tive, knows her mind, but she has this mad streak,” the ac­tress says of her char­ac­ter.

“She knows what she wants out of life and that is nice. It’s a lovely char­ac­ter to play be­cause it’s quite sim­i­lar to the way I am.”

While she has re­ceived crit­i­cal ac­claim for play­ing char­ac­ters from pros­ti­tutes ( Chameli, 2004) to un­will­ing step­moth­ers ( We Are Fam­ily, 2010), her lat­est role fits into a repet­i­tive se­quence of bub­bly, ro­man­tic-com­edy leads: In last year’s Body­guard, op­po­site Sal­man Khan, she played a rich girl who woos and wins the heart of her stoic pro­tec­tor, while in last Oc­to­ber’s, she was the chirpy foil to a geeky com­puter pro­gram­mer played by Shah Rukh Khan.

How­ever, she bris­tles at any sug­ges­tion that these roles are one note. “I play a very dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter in ev­ery film. In, I was mother to a nine-year-old child,” she says. “Most di­rec­tors know that I can morph my­self into dif­fer­ent roles.”

In fact, for the 2008 Tashan (Pas­sion), she lit­er­ally ate and ex­er­cised her way to a size zero – “though I’m a lit­tle rounder now”, points out the strict veg­e­tar­ian and yoga prac­ti­tioner.

“I don’t think there’s any­thing in terms of act­ing that could be dif­fi­cult for me. I was born to act, there is noth­ing else I know,” adds the scion of the well­known Kapoor fam­ily.

Her great grand­fa­ther, Prithvi­raj Kapoor, starred in silent films while grand­fa­ther Raj Kapoor made it to the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val with films such as Awaara (The Tramp, 1951). Par­ents Rand­hir Kapoor and Babita are both ac­tors, as is older sis­ter Kar­ishma, 38, who is plan­ning a come­back film af­ter a six-year sab­bat­i­cal.

Ka­reena hopes for a chance to act with her sib­ling, whom she calls “an in­spi­ra­tion” but has no con­crete of­fers yet.

She has two other ma­jor re­leases this year, Talaash (Search) op­po­site Aamir Khan, and Agent Vinod, with her long-time boyfriend Saif Ali Khan. – The Straits Times Sin­ga­pore / Asia News Net­work

Lucky lass: Ka­reena Kapoor is one of the very few peo­ple who is lucky

enough to have found her call­ing, ded­i­cated her en­tire life to it

and loves it!

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