Since the beginning, Katrina Kaif has been showered with questions asking her whether she was cast as the female lead in Bharat only after Priyanka Chopra backed out at the last moment without giving any prior notice. But now, when the movie has made it big, her reply is that the box-office success of Bharat is a great validation for her work. She speaks in detail that her belief in her acting skills was always rock-solid and she has always believed in doing her own thing rather than constantly looking over her shoulders to check what her fellows from the industry were working on.
Her exact reply in a group interview was,
“So, taking that into consideration, yes, it’s a great validation and feedback. But I’ve always tried to maintain a philosophy in my life, which is, I’m not really looking over my shoulder to see what another person is doing.”
She further added,
“I just have to be able to answer the question to myself everyday on set: ‘have you done everything that you could’ve done to prepare you for what happens today?’ If the answer is yes, I feel content.”
Kat is not on the seventh sky by praises that Bharat is collecting for her. Because in the past, Zero’s box-office performance garnered a lot of critics love for her and now Bharat’s box-office success is garnering her love from the fans too.
Her reaction to all this change of atmosphere is,
“Our memory is short lived, especially in the film industry because there’s so much constantly happening. Right from the start of my career, I have tried to strike a balance. ‘Namastey London’ was my third film which had a female-driven part, the girl was strong and feisty. “Then I did ‘New York’. I’ve always tried to experiment with the best of what is offered to me. I try to take up what I perceive would be a challenge that suits me, that has the right synergy. I took the same approach with ‘Zero’ and ‘Bharat.'”
She further adds,
“I started to think why do people have this perception that positive reviews have only started to come now. I’ve come to a reasonable understanding, that while I got good reviews for my films, there were a few films in the middle, about three years ago, that didn’t do well. “We remember just that phase because it’s more recent. That’s what it’s like in the film industry, you really have to continuously deliver.”
This is her reaction to the success and slump in an actor’s career,
“When you have the low phase which will come for everyone when you have the misses, that sticks for a while. Then when something starts working, that sticks for a while too! You have the best of both worlds. “When you’re in that phase, you’ve to have tough skin, have to introspect, see what can be bettered, what’s going amiss. When you’re having a great phase you have to think what I’ve done here without getting too attached to the result… Praise makes you feel good, criticism pinches.”
An Ali Abbas Zafar directorial, Bharat features Salman Khan as the male lead with Kat as her leading lady.