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Of love, food and all that

Katrina Kaif has a better understanding of Indian emotions and food now


When I first came to India, I found the food too rich with just too many flavours. Now I have developed a liking for tandoori food. KATRINA KAIF



FAIR BREW Katrina Kaif loves tandoori food PHOTO : R.V. Moorthy

Her face moves a million, her smile raises great expectations. When Katrina Kaif agrees to meet you over lunch, hunger takes many names.

Alas! She has got an ear infection, the doctor has advised her to skip lunch. Still she keeps the promiseShe opts for Enoki, the Japanese restaurant at New Delhi's The Grand. The tranquillity of the place is a medicine in itself, a welcome relief from the hustle bustle of city.

Light and tasty

The herbal remedies that Yakitori cuisine offers charm Katrina. Ocha tea wins her nod. Usually enjoyed with meals, the yellowish tea made out of staining Ocha leaves is not like English tea.

In fact, cha means tea in Japanese. It is a unique experience for somebody who tries it for the first time. It tastes salty.

"Oriental cuisine has always been my favourite. It's light and tasty. I love sushi," says Katrina.

Born in London to a Kashmiri father and an English mother, Katrina spent her growing up years in Hawaii, which explains her accent and love for sushi. But she hasn't missed her Indian connection either.

"When I first came to India, I found the food too rich with just too many flavours. Now I have developed a liking for tandoori food. Reshmi kababs are my favourite."

Katrina was an upcoming model in London when Kaizad Gustaad spotted her and signed her for Boom. The film took time in the making and eventually bombed at the box office. Meanwhile, she became one of the top models of the country, but Katrina still has starry dreams in her eyes.

"This is a crucial year for me. David Dhawan's Maine Pyar Kyon Kiya is ready for release. The film's performance will decide my future."

Criticised for her accented Hindi and lack of emotions, Katrina says she has learnt Indian emotions.

"People should give me time. I have done two South Indian films. Now I have a better understanding of Indian emotions. I can't take the accent out completely, but I have worked on my diction and I am dubbing myself in Maine... "

On the personal front, Katrina still misses her parents, but maintains she has become more mature.

"I am not a party person. I have made a few friends and have got a good manager. Media pressure doesn't get to me any more."

Talking about her statement that going for the uninhibited look in Boom was a fault, Katrina says she stands by it. "I have realised, in India actresses have to carry a certain image." Even on the ramp she has stayed clear of the dare bare image and interestingly, of late has put on some weight. Does the love for Indian cuisine have professional reasons?

"You need a slightly different figure for films. I am not doing exercises this year. I have done everything on ramp. It's time to move on. I will keep on doing television commercials, though."

Somebody who hasn't moved beyond boiling eggs in the kitchen, Katrina is enjoying her favourite chocolate desserts. Some controls still remain though

"No oily stuff, lots of salad and yoga routine to maintain the calmness."

ANUJ KUMAR

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