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
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