The new `it' girl is brushing up on her Hindi, but says films are not
the only thing on her mind
It would not be wrong to call Katrina Kaif the `Pied Piper' of the glam
scene. As of today, she has the world at her feet. Twenty-something, with
a well-toned body, clear-complexion and a winning attitude. She knows
it and she flaunts it. It's no surprise then that the model from London
who came for a short stint in India has photographers, choreographers,
directors making a beeline to her doorstep.
And this even before Boom, her first film has been released.
So what has the girl in question to say about the furore she has created?
"You never know why one is successful and why one is not," says
Katrina, absolutely at ease with herself. "I guess once a look catches
on, it just grows on people. Here, people want a new face. Also, there
was that international angle to it. I guess, every once in a while people
find a face they like and luckily I clicked."
She may have said it in all modesty, but fashion photographer Atul Kasbekar
has another view on Katrina's booming success. "There are models
and there are models. Some project and some don't. A supermodel is someone
who is adept at all aspects, be it ramp, television, press ads, films...
They have that IT quality. You cannot put your finger on it. But you know
there is star value instantly."
Going a step further, Kasbekar puts it in proper perspective. "There
was a sudden dearth of supermodels and the entry of Yana Gupta and Katrina
livened things up."
Katrina, however, has her feet firmly on the ground. Even though the hype
around her is huge, she is sensible enough to admit to her shortcomings
and has refrained from signing any film projects. For her Hindi surely
is a hindrance. Point it out to her and she laughs. "That is definitely
one of the reasons why I haven't signed any films, even though producers
and directors have said it's not a problem. My Hindi is manageable but
I want to make sure I'm ready with everything, even my frame of mind.
A movie takes a lot of concentration. It's damn hard to do a film. It
is not like modelling. Your mind has to be there."
Right now, things are hunky-dory for this doe-eyed beauty. The modelling
assignments are rolling in thick and fast and she does not want to upset
her applecart by signing a movie just for the heck of it.
Way to go, Katrina!