'I've won the bet with Katrina'


By Hindustan Times

NEW DELHI, Sept. 24 -- His first film, Tere Bin Laden (2010), was a surprise hit. The second one, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (MBKD), is an expected hit. And Ali Zafar is on a high. "It's a flying start for me and I'm really grateful that I've been so warmly accepted. Now I just have to ensure that the success doesn't go to my head," says the Pakistani pop star-turned-actor.

However, despite its commercial success, the film got the thumbs down from critics. Ali, though, came in for praise for his role. Admitting that it's hard to make both critics and people smile, he says, "Now the aim is to grow from an okay actor to a better one. Yes, the offers from Bollywood have doubled now. The real challenge is to not get carried away by stardom and choose wisely."

In an earlier interview, he had said that if MBKD gets the kind of box-office numbers he had predicted, Katrina Kaif (above right) would keep her promise of starring in his video. "Well, I've won the bet as far as the first weekend figures go. Katrina is shooting in Dublin, I'll write to her. It's entirely her decision but if she agrees, I'll write a new song for her," says Ali.