Kareena has been quite choosy of late when it comes to films she picks. Was she immediately game though when you offered her Ki & Ka?
Kareena and I had spoken earlier and had expressed that we wanted to work together. She was shooting for Bajrangi Bhaijaan in Kashmir when I wanted to meet her to narrate Ki & Ka. She wanted to come back to Mumbai and hear out the narration. When we met, she got the idea immediately. She is very today's kind of person and we both connected on a mutual ground. That really worked.
In the film, she has the part of a corporate bigwig to play. Given her personality and demeanor, have you attempted to mould her into something else, or do we get to see Kareena as before?
What you get to see on screen is basically Kareena! What you hear is the tone and language which is very much her. She understood the script even before I finished the narration. She is a fantastic actor and was very comfortable turning into Kia. Also, I can say this confidently that even if Ki & Ka would come her way 5-10 years back, she would still have played the part with utmost understanding and maturity. Her marital status today has nothing to do with how fantastic she is in the film.
Guess it was her inherent talent and experience over last decade and a half that did the talking.
Indeed. Kareena is so spontaneous. She is a sparkling actor and someone who is as feminine as it gets. While watching the film, no one will say that she is half a man because of the part that she plays. She uses her talent and then looks the part. She can do histrionics, she can be candid, or she can be comfortable in the usual song and dance avtar. Actually, it is casting that has worked out wonderfully well for the film.
Yes, Kareena and Arjun had to look comfortable together.
Exactly. Both of them had to look like a couple. Arjun is so comfortable with Kareena and vice versa. I had a ball working with both.