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Katrina Kaif: I have given Baar Baar Dekho everything I had

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How important is "Baar Baar Dekho" since your last two releases "Fitoor" (2016) and "Phantom" (2015) didn't do very well?

Every film since my first one is important to me, no matter how big or small in scale. The fact that it has not done well probably puts extra attention on me. At this point, it would be great to get some positive feedback.

You've had back-to-back successes with "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara," "Ek Tha Tiger," "Dhoom 3." When something doesn't work, how do you take to it?

Of course, it bothers me. No one wants to make movies for empty cinema halls. I am fortunate that majority of my films have been successful. There have been very few hiccups such as "Yuvraaj" (2008) and "Fitoor." But that’s the way the film industry works and no one is exempted from it. This makes one check if you are working with as much passion and focus as an actor should.

So you have pushed yourself more for "Baar Baar Dekho?"

I took up "Baar Baar Dekho" at a time when I was getting my focus back. In life, you go through different phases when your priorities keep varying. I was not sure if I gave my 100 per cent to my previous two films ("Fitoor" and "Phantom"). I went to "Baar Baar Dekho" sets with a certain kind of determination, conviction and passion. I am happy that my focus came back for the right film and character, with the backing of a good director (Nitya Mehra).

Describe the character you play in it.

Divya is an upper middle-class Delhi girl. She is free-spirited, very expressive and jubilant. Joy and jubilation were probably suppressed to some extent in my last couple of films. Nitya made me realise that to be able to play the role of a girl who wears her heart on her sleeve, I have to project more joy. We went through several workshops with Nitya and Atul Mongia (acting workshop director).

How demanding was it to play the character?

Happiness and carefree attitude are easy to portray. But along with that one has to emote. That has to come from a very honest place. I have always been open to different genres — be it a serious political film or a thriller. I have given "Baar Baar Dekho" everything I had. A character like this can be as memorable as that of a serial killer.

What kind of relationship do you share with your director?

An actor needs to believe in the director’s vision. In the case of Nitya, I grew to like her. More importantly, I respected her process. She knows how to handle people and get the best out of them.

Some believe that Indian filmmakers should make more love stories.

Absolutely, we should have more love stories. There can be so many different kinds of love stories, it offers such highs, low and joys. Our scripts and writing should be better though.

Katrina Kaif on Baar Baar Dekho: We should have more love stories. There can be so many different kinds of love stories, it offers such highs, low and joys. Our scripts and writing should be better though © Provided by Indian Express Katrina Kaif on Baar Baar Dekho: We should have more love stories. There can be so many different kinds of love stories, it offers such highs, low and joys. Our scripts and writing should be better though

What are your favourite love stories?

I have been watching a lot of television shows and my favourites are "Girls" and "Peaky Blinders." The first is a casual take on relationships while the latter is much more intense. They have some very beautiful moments — from passionate love, which you yearn for, to the casual and complex emotion, one can relate to. Love to me is the most powerful driving force. No matter how career-minded we are, this is the most important emotion people experience in their life.

Which films of yours have depicted love well?

The most realistic portrayal of love would be in "New York" (2009) as well as "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara" (2011).

How was it travelling with your industry colleagues for the recent Dream tour?

It was an amazing two weeks and a departure from the life we lead in Mumbai. It was lovely to see so much unity and to find everyone so much at peace with each other.

What are your next movies?

I will resume shooting for "Jagga Jasoos" and will decide on my next projects soon.

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