Kareena Kapoor: I do have great friends in the industry!

By Hindustan Times

Being called a ‘100 crore heroine’ is no small feat for Kareena Kapoor, and the 31-year-old actor feels her current phase is her career’s best. The Kapoor scion, who’s been part of hit films such as Bodyguard and RA.One in the recent past, has big projects including Agent Vinod, Talaash and Heroine in the pipeline.

“This is a great phase in my life. I am so glad that I am getting to work with the best of talent. God has been kind to me. I am thoroughly enjoying myself,” says Kareena, who was in the Capital to promote Agent Vinod at DT Cinemas recently.

Talking about the never-ending rumours about her impending marriage to actor-beau Saif Ali Khan, Kareena says, “Saif and I have become used to people speculating about our marriage. There are no plans at the moment. Both of us have never lied about it and never will. But the fact is Agent Vinod is more important than anything at the moment. It is Saif’s dream project. We all have worked very hard and it will be unfair to start talking about our marriage plans now.”

Kareena says she shares a great comfort level with Saif’s family. “Soha and I try to meet each other whenever we are in the same city. The fact is that we are all family and there for each other and I wish Soha all the happiness.”

When asked if she has any close friends in the film industry, Kareena says she is not in Bollywood to make friends. “Saif and I are very clear that we are not here to make friends. We are here to do our work and give our 100% to our projects. Having said that, I do have great friends in the industry, for example Karan (Johar). We do meet and talk beyond work. Also, I like spending time with Imran and Avantika,” she says.

One thing that seems to bother Kareena is the fact that she can’t work opposite cousin Ranbir Kapoor. “It is sad that I can’t be paired in a romantic role opposite Ranbir. Because of that, other girls are getting that opportunity to get cast opposite him. He is such a great actor. May be one day, we’ll work together as brother-sister. Who knows?,” she says.

Talking about her equations with the ‘Khans’ of the industry, she says, “Salman Khan is a sweetheart. He is the lifeline of the industry.

The charisma and energy of Shah Rukh are his trademark. So I would say he is truly a bundle of energy.

What can I say about Aamir, he is truly a genius.

Saif is versatile. He can play any character bit of a spy or of langda Tyagi will equal élan.

Imran is very charming and unconeventional. I enjoyed working with him during Ek Main aur Ekk Tu.”

There are reports that suggest that the RK banner will be revived soon. “I think it would be great if the banner is revived. It is one of the oldest production house and what can be better that having it revived.”

Talking about her equation with beau Saif, she says, “We are at a very comfortable stage of our relationship. We both understand each other very well. There is a great balance in our relationship.”

Kareena speaks

On size zero
I’ve had enough of size zero. I would never want to get back to it. I think everyone, including Saif, finds me better this way.

On Delhi
I love the winter season of the Capital. Coming here in October-November is the best. I find the people of Delhi quite grounded.

On TV projects
I don’t have so much time to devote to TV as it requires a lot of time. I am used to working 8-10 hours and working on TV requires much more.

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