Look who inspires Kareena!


By Hindustan Times

It’s an open secret that Kareena Kapoor is playing a “hard-headed TV reporter” in Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha. But not many know that Bebo is also likely to be seen as a strong female Prime Minister — post her character’s metamorphosis — in the multi-starrer socio-political drama.

And for the same, the actor wants to go all out.

We have heard that she plans to imbibe the “sturdy body language and temperament” of real-life leaders like the late Indira Gandhi (former Indian Prime Minister), Benazir Bhutto (former Pakistan PM) and even Margaret Thatcher (former PM of the UK).

“Bebo’s character isn’t based on any real life person. But since her role is of a strong and opinionated woman, she wants to watch some documentaries, films and hear fiery speeches to get the hang of what really goes on in the mind of a powerful female personality,” says an insider close to her. Apparently, films such as the 1975 hit Aandhi (supposedly based on Gandhi) and Meryl Streep-starrer, The Iron Lady (2011), are also on her list.

After Heroine’s release, Bebo plans to start doing as much research as she can. It’s believed that she has already asked her friends and team to source whatever material is available on these three who are among the strongest female PMs of all time.

“She won’t be copying them, since the role isn’t based on any particular personality. The idea is to understand their mannerisms because she wants a very realistic performance,” adds the insider.

While Bebo couldn’t be reached for a comment, Jha says with a smile. “Do you want me to reveal the entire storyline? I can’t talk about her character right now.”

Interestingly, Jha’s Raajneeti (2010) saw Katrina Kaif also playing a politician Congress chief Sonia Gandhi apparently inspired her role, but neither Jha nor Katrina ever said so.