Posted: 10 December 2007 at 6:45pm
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The 3.5 cr babe!
Personally, her love boat is rocking ever since she hitched up with Chhote Nawab Saif Ali Khan, but professionally too — actress Kareena Kapoor's on the rise.
After she delivered the hit Jab We Met with 'ex' Shahid Kapoor, Kareena has regained her status as the No 1 actress in Bollywood and is now drawing a whopping Rs 3.5 crore per film.
This is the highest amount being paid to any Bollywood actress. Kareena's future projects include films like Tashan with Akshay Kumar and Saif, Kambhakht Ishq with Akshay again, Golmaal Returns with Ajay Devgan, Agent Vinod with Saif, another with John Abraham and Karan Johar's next.
"I have always dabbled and experimented with various kinds of roles. Be it in Omkara, Jab We Met or Chameli , I have experimented. Guess my patience and hard work paid off," laughs Kareena adding, "but honestly, I don't believe in this numbers game. The industry does it. I am happy doing what I do best, giving 250 per cent before the camera."
Kareena disagrees that the new high in her profession has anything to do with the love of her life. Everyone says Saif is proving to be her good luck charm, but Kareena said, "If people believe that — it's great. But personally, I feel love has got nothing to do with it. By saying this people discount the hard work put in by me and the entire crew and cast of the films I have done. I would say all the risks and challenges that I have taken as an actress have paid off. Encouraged, I shall venture into newer zones in my work area now."
She swore that it's work and her career that drive her more than anything. "I am highly ambitious. My strength, my confidence and everything else stems from my ability to work hard in my career which is the pivotal point of focus in my life. It's beyond everything," Kareena stated.
Even beyond love? "They are two different compartments," she retorted. Has she thought about marriage? "Every woman dreams of marriage and having children. I am no exception. But at this point I am too young to think about it. We will take each year as it comes, not each day as it comes."
But, yes, she does credit Saif for being extremely supportive in her career. "Both Saif and I met at a time when we are comfortable in our respective careers. We have put in so much hard work and he understands that. He is a wonderful guy. He is not only supportive of my career, but he supports me in everything I do," she said with pride. Has she met his family? "Not as yet. When the time comes, I will do it."
Exceptionally busy with work, Kareena plans to go on a long holiday after she wraps up the shoot of Golmaal Returns . "I badly need a holiday now. I am planning to take one, when I am done with the shoot. But my family says, I should work when the time is ripe, holidays can wait."