Katrina Kaif: I’m in a tran­si­tional phase

The ac­tress is back on the movie scene next month with Jagga Ja­soos, but says she’s still look­ing for a fo­cus in her life

Friday - - Personality -

Bol­ly­wood ac­tress Katrina Kaif has been off movie screens for a while now, but re­turns next month with Anurag Basu’s Jagga Ja­soos, which she de­scribes as ‘fan­tas­ti­cal’ and genre-de­fy­ing. But first, Katrina – the face of Dubai-based Splash – came to the UAE to meet fans and show­case the spring col­lec­tion. She sat down with Fri­day to an­swer ques­tions sent by read­ers via our Face­book page (keep an eye on the page for the next op­por­tu­nity). It won’t be long be­fore she’s back – she is due to shoot the se­quel of Tiger in Abu Dhabi this year.

Would you stand up for women’s em­pow­er­ment through so­cial me­dia, as you have mil­lions of fol­low­ers? – Farasha Jab­bar

It’s some­thing you need to con­nect to in a per­sonal way. I like to do some­thing when I know the specifics of a case. Re­cently I spoke at a func­tion with the UN about this, about a spe­cific topic about crimes against women, about mar­i­tal crimes es­pe­cially. [She spoke at the ‘WeUnite’ con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber 2016, telling the au­di­ence, ‘the world has largely been led by pa­tri­ar­chal so­ci­eties and women have, through the years, largely re­mained quiet in the face of atroc­i­ties rather than speak out against them.’] When some­one comes with a spe­cific cause, [and] I un­der­stand what it is they are cam­paign­ing to­wards, then it’s some­thing that I think is im­por­tant to do. I’ve not branched out there yet [on so­cial me­dia]. To do that, you have to have a team, all that is kind of a work in progress [Katrina con­firmed she does all her own so­cial me­dia posts].

What val­ues and be­liefs are you com­mit­ted to? How did they in­spire you to achieve all your suc­cess? – Dheerja Mankani

Wow, that’s a ques­tion that you can write a book on. That’s a tough one. As life changes and as you change in life, I think your pri­or­i­ties and your val­ues also change. The per­son you are when you’re 19 or 20 is not the per­son you are later in life. I think you have to take ev­ery stage in life as a phase. That’s the magic and also the chal­lenge – adapt­ing to each phase and mak­ing sure you’re happy and ful­filled. I would de­scribe this phase as tran­si­tional. There are a lot of things that are up in the air, but the ex­act pin­point of my fo­cus is a bit un­clear in my head.

Would you give up all your lux­u­ries to live the life of a com­moner for a day? – Khushbu Gandhi

There’s no such thing as the life of a com­moner, I think life is life. I don’t live in a palace with ser­vants to at­tend to me. My life is ac­tu­ally quite nor­mal. I re­ally don’t see that. Life is not about ex­traor­di­nary priv­i­leges and the life of a com­mon man, as you say; ev­ery­one is unique. You can have a per­son who is very for­tu­nate or well-known who goes home to an empty house. And a per­son who, has a more or­di­nary life, if you can say that, and goes home to a very full life, very abun­dant. It’s all a mat­ter of per­spec­tive. What is it you want? To go home to a fam­ily, to lov­ing kids who jump on you as soon as you walk in the door, that’s price­less, you can’t put a value on that.

What’s the one thing in life you would trade star­dom and fame for? – Le­neeza B Ahmed

I don’t know if you have to give it up, but if we’re say­ing that, I think it would be to find con­tent­ment and peace, which I think is what ev­ery­one is search­ing for in the end.

What’s best about spring fash­ion? – Rhina Rosario

It’s about be­ing easy and breezy, it’s not too con­structed , not too many dark solid colours. It’s about be­ing floaty and bo­hemian and fairy-like.

Katrina spoke at a UN women’s con­fer­ence in In­dia last year, en­cour­ag­ing women to speak out about mar­i­tal crime

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