So if they have nothing in common, what’s the buzz about?
“I have no idea,” begins the very proper Ranbir. But Katrina is quick to chide him for being politically correct.”
“This man is too good to be true!” she says about Ranbir. “But to get back to the question, I guess it’s a matter of the kind of work you do. I have done some films that by god’s grace have been successful, and I think filmmakers see a lot of potential in Ranbir. So it works well. And perhaps we fit the demand of the time.”
That demand would be?
“Well, Katrina has given hits. Six hits to be precise, which she keeps rubbing into me every time I want to make point,” smiles Ranbir, while Katrina denies the accusation with all her might.
“That’s not fair,” she grins. “I don’t say it. Raj Kumar Santoshi (director of Ajab Prem ..) of our film tell him that when he tries to show off. Yes, he shows off. He thinks he is one big brand. A great actor who knows all about acting.”
So it isn’t a coincidence that they have been cast together in, not one, but two films .The filmmakers must have gauged their marketability and then made their decision.
“You mean my marketability,” says Katrina, giving Ranbir a teasing look. “Ya, sure,” he retorts!
“On a serious note, I think we both just fit the roles perfectly,” Katrina continues. “Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani is a different love story. I really think no one could have fit the roles better and I’m sure once the film is out you’ll say the same.”
“I agree totally,” says Ranbir.
“Wow! We agree on something!” says Katrina, giving him a high five.
“It’s a love story and though it’s the first time we are coming together, and in spite of all the differences that we have, I think we’ll rock,” says Ranbir.
What made the two of them agree to do the film?
“I signed it six months before Ranbir was taken on. And since I am a good girl who has complete faith in her director, I decided not to be nasty and create an issue when Ranbir was signed,” says Katrina with a straight face.
Ranbir nods seriously. “She’s right! She could have made an issue of it. After all, she is my senior and has six hits,” he mocks before continuing on a more serious note. “One of the reasons I signed the film was Katrina. Of course the script and the director who had given my father a film like Damini were bigger reasons.”
Both of you first met properly on the sets of Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani.
“We knew each other but were not pals. In fact we still don’t know each other properly. I have seen her work. She is good,” he says. “And the little bit of good looks she has just adds to the persona.” Ranbir added.
When Katrina first learned she’d be working with Ranbir, she says, her reaction was: “He’s too thin. Tell him to put on weight.”
“That’s because she’s used to working with brawny, muscular men,” Ranbir teases.
Katrina and Ranbir are perhaps the most
unconventional stars in the industry today. Yet, today they’re two of the most sought after stars in tinsel Ville. Are they the new face of Bollywood, or is it Bollywood that’s changed?
“Of course Bollywood has changed,” says Ranbir. “Bollywood is now smarter, slicker and more stylish. Filmmakers are ready to experiment and that has really expanded the scope not just for films but also for the people working in films.”
“Absolutely ten years ago, I can say with certainty that I would not have been able to be where I am today,” Katrina continues. “But times have changed and so have films and roles. Someone like me has tremendous scope now.”