Katrina ecstatic to be most googled name

Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) "I really didn't expect this," says a surprised but delighted Katrina Kaif on being voted the most searched name on the Internet, which also means she is more popular among the net-savvy youngsters.

"I'm very surprised. I really didn't expect this. Google is the only thing I know on the Internet. I'm not too Internet-savvy. Who doesn't want to be recognised and loved? I think it's really sweet because it means I'm a little more popular with the younger generation. People between 19 and 30 go to the Internet more, I think. And that's the audience I want to connect with," Katrina told IANS.

This in spite of the fact that Katrina doesn't think she's sexy.

"Maybe the way I define sexy is different from the general definitions. Maybe the people who have voted for me think differently from me... thank god for that! The beautiful thing about this world is that there're so many different opinions."

The actress was earlier judged as the sexiest Asian woman by Eastern Eye, a leading British publication for the South Asian community. She bagged the highest number of votes for the Sexiest Asian Woman title.

"The important thing is to enjoy this moment. I smile about these things. Such momentary honour makes me want achieve a lot better. They help me take the next step."

Katrina has taken over from Aishwarya Rai as the most googled Bollywood girl. Both actresses have a more wholesome image than the term 'sexy' generally suggests.

"I can't be compared with her... She's iconic. I like that word... wholesome. I like being wholesome. Maybe today being attractive has more to do with the relatability factor."

Genelia d'Souza is also in Google's 2008 India Zeitgeist List.

"So maybe too much in-your-face appeal is no longer that much in favour. Maybe finding the balance is important. Otherwise one appeals to only a section of people. Me? I didn't project myself in any one way. I've projected myself the way my projects have allowed me to. I've been fortunate to be accepted in spite of not being conventionally sexy."

Katrina, who featured in this year's biggest hit "Singh Is Kinng", says she's ready to play characters that are not straightforward.

"I play more intricate characters in Yash Raj Films' 'New York' directed by Kabir Khan, Raj Kumar Santoshi's 'Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani' and Prakash Jha's 'Rajneeti'. They are challenging, but I need to go to another level. After watching me in these films no one, not even me, will say I'm just being glamorous," she said.

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