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That's Kat!

The model-turned-actress, Katrina Kaif, speaks about why she was drawn to the silver screen.


DESPITE `Boom' dying without so much as a splutter, Katrina Kaif, one of the heroines of this Kaizad Gustad film, has reasons to smile. Not only because her "first love" modelling as she puts it, is giving her a smooth ride, but also because the gap between films and modelling is helping her in "relaxing and improving" in areas where she lacks in films: diction and executing sensitive scenes.

This London-born daughter of a British mother - a lawyer - and a Punjabi father has made efforts at polishing her Hindi, but she prefers to answer questions in English and does not move beyond "Main theek hoon" and "Ek minute".

This brand ambassador for Diamond Hut says she was once in love with Shakespeare. "My interest started dwindling as I began getting modelling offers," recount this "20-year-old" who does not regret her unfinished engineering degree. "I don't miss my college at all. My modelling life was more exciting, creative and satisfying."

The mention of `Boom' does not make her frown. "I don't count `Boom' among important happenings in my life. When I signed this film, I didn't know much about India and its film audience. I got to know later that the film had major flaws in terms of script and presentation. In fact I wasn't ready to join films those days. Now since I know something of India, I am working on my diction through Hindi classes. My background of Kathak training has also drawn me to India," says Katrina.

A smooth modelling career in India for brands like Lakme and Pantene, had Katrina on a high. "I don't understand why in India modelling is considered a stepping stone to films. As if modelling is a low-key, unsafe, insecure affair, and cannot be a career in itself, it has to culminate in films. See, in the West modelling is a very good career option. Cindy Crawford is no less than Cameron Diaz there. In my initial modelling days in India, people here provoked me to join films and I plunged into it in a hurry," Katrina admits. Then again, she did want to join films, but "a few years later, maybe on my own decision."

Presumably now making more independent choices, she is currently working in David Dhawan's yet untitled comedy film opposite Salman Khan. "I did only a day's shooting at Filmistan with David. I still have to get into its mould to tell you more," is all she divulges about the Sohail Khan production.

RANA SIDIQQUI

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