New Delhi, Jan. 31 -- Actor Kainaat Arora's happiness has no bounds these days. The 27-year-old is bagging awards for being the best female actor in a comic role, for her performance in the 2013-hit film, Grand Masti.
A small-town girl who rose to fame, Kainaat calls her journey "exciting and adventurous". Here's getting to know her more.
Did you always want to get into movies? All I knew was that one day I'd be popular. As a five-year-old, I'd tell my cousin that today we have boy-cut hair, so people think we are kids. But when our hair grows really long, then they would say 'wow', and we'd be famous. And that's what happened. Today, I have long hair that reaches my waist, and people do recognise me.
Tell us about finally getting into Bollywood.
I was judging a beauty contest along with Priyadarshan and Usha Uthup. That's where Priyadarshan saw me and said I look like Dimple Kapadia from 'Bobby' days. I was overwhelmed, because Dimple ji is so beautiful. That's how I debuted in Bollywood. He gave me the song Aila Re Aila (Khatta Meetha). Dressed as Dimple ji, I shared screen space with Akshay Kumar. Then, I got Grand Masti, which became a hit at the box office.
Considering your first movie as an actor was an adult comedy, would you call it a dream debut?
When I signed Grand Masti, I knew I was signing the sequel to a hit film, and I'd get to work with an amazing director, Indra Kumar. So, it was a dream come true.
Were you uncomfortable with the film's content?
The moment I got to know that I was working with Indra Kumar, who has worked with Aamir Khan and Madhuri Dixit in Dil (1990), with Anil Kapoor, Kajol, Juhi Chawla, Ajay Devgn and more, I was elated. He's one of the directors I had on my wishlist. As for mouthing those dialogues, actor Vidya Balan in Dirty Picture (2011) did that, Madhuri is doing that in Gulaab Gang. It's not something unheard of. Plus, I did it all very gracefully.
Did your parents watch it?
I told them they can watch it but not with me (laughs).