Indian Bollywood actress of film "Tees Maar Khan" Katrina Kaif gives a press conference. (AFP)
This city holds a special place in Katrina Kaif’s heart; so much so that she would love to own a property here in the near future.
the Bollywood actress said: “It feels so great to return to Dubai every time, and the people here leave you alone when you go out.
“I would love to invest in a home here one day; but it would be even better if someone gifted it to me.”
The actress, who kicked off her Bollywood innings on the beaches of Burj Al Arab in 2003, is perhaps the most sought after female lead in the Indian film industry today, even though her debut film “Boom” was a disaster at the box office.
Yet, rather than mull over the immediate period post “Boom”, Kaif, who was here to promote her latest film “Tees Maar Khan” (releasing in UAE cinemas on December 23) , prefers to think that hard work, dedication and professionalism are the three ingredients that have bagged her the success that she commands today.
“I have worked 12 and 14 hour days. But rather than looking upon it like just another job, it is a passion,” she enthused. “I have always been a big fan of Bollywood musicals, so what you see today is that bearing fruit.”
The actress, who is already known for her dancing prowess, has taken that accolade to a new high with “Tees Maar Khan’s” now infamous number, “Sheila Ki Jawani” for which she even lost eight kilos and pulled off such “raunchy moves” as she says, that the song achieved cult status overnight.
Yet few people know that it was also the song that garnered Kaif the maximum amount of injuries.
“It is a brilliant song, but the injuries I sustained during the four days of filming it’s a story on its own,” she laughed. “First the bones in my hip started to rub against each other and caused shooting pain to course through my body; this was followed by pain in my knees. The worst was yet to come because at the end of the track, Akshay (Kumar, her co-star in the film) picks me up and flings me across his shoulder. During that stunt, I snapped my neck and was unable to move it for four days.
“In retrospect though, it was worth the pain.”
The song has also upped Kaif’s stakes in the live performance bracket, with hoteliers allegedly offering to pay her Rs30 million for a 15 minute performance on New Year’s Eve. But the actress has refused it all.
“I will be shooting at the time for Yash Raj’s “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan” at the time, so no, I won’t be performing anywhere, no matter what anyone says,” came her firm response.