Kareena Kapoor on rejecting ‘Ram-Leela’: I confess that I’m mad

Kareena1Deepika Padukone is busy – number crunching and collecting compliments coming her way after her impressive performance in Ram-Leela; her fellow actor Kareena Kapoor has had to defend her decision of walking out of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film and opting to do the tepid ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’ instead.

In a recent interview, Kareena Kapoor said: “I confess that I’m mad. There have been times when I’ve signed a film and then felt it was wrong. Yes, I was supposed to do Ram-Leela but I changed my mind. I decided to do Gori… instead. With me, it’s all about the mood. There are no regrets. I’ve worked with some really good directors. I’ve missed the chance to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali but there’s always a next time. I’m the only actress who can boast of giving films to other actresses.”

New Delhi, INDIA:  An Indian model presents a creation by Indian designer Deepika Gehani on the opening day of the Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week in New Delhi, 05 April 2006.  India Fashion Week runs from 05-09 April showcasing some 40 shows from 80 Indian designers.   AFP PHOTO/ Manan VATSYAYANA  (Photo credit should read Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images)Grapes are sour? Or plain honesty? Kareena’s dig about giving films to other actresses has a ring of truth in it. She began her career with this spirit of generosity after all. She was the original choice for Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai before it ended up launching Ameesha Patel in Bollywood. Kareena also famously left Kal Ho Naa Ho and, in the process, gifted Preity Zinta with a role she will be most remembered for. Of course, Preity also got to return the favour when she didn’t do Imtiaz Ali’s Jab We Met — a film and role which turned around Kareena’s career.

When we talk of star power we somehow always end up talking in terms of tangibles — money, endorsement deals, TV show deals and more deals. But the true power that a star possesses is his/her decision to say yes or no. A ‘yes’ makes the star’s career and a ‘no’ makes someone else’s career. It’s all about the choice. And it’s a loaded choice.