Celebrity Interview: Kareena Kapoor ...

By Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service

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April 11 (IANS) Kareena Kapoor is excited about the "double bonanza" of

working in Mani Ratnam's new film "Lajjo" with Aamir Khan for a co-

star.

"I feel I'm in seventh heaven. First the amazing response to 'Omkara'

and now I've signed a formal contract for Mani Ratnam's film. He wants

me to prepare for the role until next winter," she said.

"To work with Mani sir again and Aamir for the first time... It's like a

double bonanza for me," Kareena told IANS.

On the success of "Omkara", she said: "I'm waiting for Vishal

Bharadwaj to sign me again. I'm hugely satisfied with 'Omkara'. I had

hoped it would be a new beginning for me. And that's exactly how it turned

out."

On the newly mellow and contemplative phase in her career, she said:

"You know, it can't be a coincidence that I'm doing two literary

adaptations one after another - first Shakespeare in 'Omkara' and now

Ismat Chughtai's story 'Lajjo'.

"I know Urdu is a long way off from Shakespeare. But literature is

literature, and I'm glad I've arrived at this new juncture in my career so

effortlessly."

"Lajjo" is Kareena's second period film after "Ashoka" and she has

already started reading Chugtai's period love story.

"I remember how excited I was when I had signed 'Ashoka' with Shah

Rukh Khan. Now it's with Aamir in 'Lajjo'. It's every actress's dream to

work with Aamir. When I saw 'Rang De Basanti', I was jealous. I wanted to

be a part of it," she said.

Kareena shares a very special bond with Ratnam. In fact, the director

has gone on record to talk about what a special performance she gave in

"Yuva".

"Is it so?" Kareena asked delightedly. "He is definitely one of the most

special directors I've worked with. When he contacted me to do 'Lajjo', I

couldn't believe my luck. This was just what I wanted to do after 'Omkara'.

I can't forget what fun I had shooting for 'Yuva' in Kolkata and

Chennai."

"Now I can't wait to start work on 'Lajjo' with Mani sir and Aamir.

You know, I came close to working with Aamir in Bharadwaj's 'Mr Singh

& Mrs Mehta'.

"That was a love story about two married people who aren't married to

each other. Now I'm doing another intense love story with Aamir and I

can't wait to start," she added.