After successive hiccups in her career and personal life, people gave up on Katrina Kaif. But, the actress seems to have risen like a phoenix from the ashes and has three back-to-back films with the Khan triumvirate. There’s Tiger Zinda Hai with Salman Khan this Christmas, followed by Thugs of Hindostan opposite Aamir Khan next Diwali and the Aanand L Rai film alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma coming up next December. Kat asserts it “wasn’t a planned move”. “There wasn’t any sense of planning. These are films that happened organically. There were discussions and these are wonderful filmmakers, who were doing films I wanted to do. There’s no point in trying to recreate the past or trying to be nostalgic,” says Katrina.
While Kat reprises her role as Zoya in TZH, ask her about Thugs of Hindostan and she is hesitant to divulge anything. “I cannot talk about anything related to Thugs right now,” she rues. While Tiger and Thugs are more action-oriented projects, her film with Aanand L Rai caters to the pan-India audience because of its hinterland connect. Kat tells us there were several reasons that drew her to the project. “It wasn’t about the space or the VFX. Honestly, Aanand sir has been discussing this film with me for the last two years. It was originally titled Katrina Meri Jaan, which is probably why people keep asking me if I’m playing myself in the film. But it’s a very different film now since there have been a lot of changes in it. Aanand sir is one of the finest directors we have and I believe in him. He really pushed me and fought for it. So I felt that if someone’s fighting so much for it and has that much belief, then let’s see where we go together.”
The Jagga Jasoos further actress adds, “The last year-and-a-half has been, at many times, extremely rough and trying for me. I think I’m still in the transition period till I find myself and learn a lot more about myself. I’m happy in this phase, I’m working hard and understanding the joys of a film set. But I’m still in a phase where there’s a lot of uncertainty.”
Needless to say, it will yet again catapult her into the big league that she was always a part of. Katrina is aware of her position in the industry and despite the few misses, always puts in her best. It’s difficult to see a heroine having a proper role in a superstar film. But, except for Dhoom 3, Katrina has always managed to bag a meaty part in all other superstar flicks. She reasons, “You have to have a good role in a film you’re doing. And the film has to interest you. I’m just grateful for the work that I do. Yes, no doubt, I work as hard as anyone possibly can. I don’t classify roles like that. If something interests me, I will do it, regardless of the screen time.”
Kat quickly adds, “But we are also living a life alongside all of this. I go to work and you need to know how to give your best and come home and disconnect. You can’t base your entire existence on it because it’s not healthy and I have done that for a long time. Then, I shifted my focus to my personal life and now, it’s back to work because of the turn life has taken. You have to know how to balance things. Obviously, work should be done with passion and obsession. But you also need to learn to not get your validity or sense of self, just from your work.”