By Shama Bhagat
She has three films line up with the Khans, but Katrina Kaif says she is not just eye candy. "I have worked in different types of films and different genres," says Katrina. In an exclusive interview with in.com, the star talks about her upcoming films and her relationship with her co-stars. Following are the excerpts from the conversation.
It's your first film with Salman post the break-up. How much has he changed since then?
Salman is just the same. He was helpful and spontaneous on the first day in 'Maine Pyar Kyon Kiya' (their first film) and he was still the same on the last day of working on 'Ek Tha Tiger'. He had a lot of energy then and he has a lot of energy now. He has not changed at all. It's just that the reaction of people has changed towards him. His movies have done better and the industry's perception has changed. Right now, the audience likes the action-romantic genre and he is good in it. I feel that Salman can never be the hard-core romantic guy.
Do you have any action scenes in 'Ek Tha Tiger'? You are also doing action scene in 'Dhoom 3'.
I have a few action scenes in the film but even though I had never done it before, I did not train for them. I had some scenes which were shot in Cuba and I had a little training on the sets where it's like placing your hand here or putting your leg there. I had a good support team and they (the stunts) were very safe. The only problem came when I had to do it at a certain height. I don't like heights. I will be having a lot of action scenes in 'Dhoom 3'. I will start training for it after 'Ek Tha Tiger' releases. I am a little nervous about the training as it is going to be tiring. I will be hitting the gym everyday. I am trying to find a little motivation now.
You have done belly dancing in the song 'Mashallah'. How was the experience?
Yes, but we have not used too much belly dancing. I have just done two steps. It's a fun song and well stylized one. It's not a full-on dance number. I had learnt belly dancing for 'Sheila Ki Jawaani' before.
You have worked with Kabir earlier in 'New York'. He said that Salman recommended you to Kabir?
When Salman recommended that I work with Kabir Khan in 'New York', I was busy doing typical masala movies. I did comedy films and was in that space. Here was an offbeat film and Salman had seen some of his work and told me that it was interesting and different and I should try it out. I had never worked with John or Neil or the Yash Raj Camp, so it was all new to me. It was one of my best roles. I was very comfortable with him. I was sure he wouldn't give me a frivolous role if he ever signed me.
Is your performance in 'Ek Tha Tiger' going to be a career-defining role?
A role is a role for me. It becomes career-defining only when the film does well. I have worked in 'Rajneeti' which was very earthy. I got a lot of appreciation. You can never tell what works for you and what doesn't.
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