Size Zero… Two words that are guaranteed to make Kareena Kapoor see red. Grousing that her weight has been monitored more closely than the national economy, the actor says that it continues to be the most talked about topic in the country, two years after Tashan (2008).
Tashan, for which she lost all those pounds, demanded a certain look, argues the actor, and went on to set a trend of sorts. “Today, all the leading ladies of Bollywood are down by a few sizes,” she points out. “It feels good to have been a role model but it’s impossible for anyone to remain that size forever. Personally, I wouldn’t want to be stuck in the gym all my life. Why would I want to anyway? I’m not getting into a bikini again for sure.”
Karan Johar’s next production, Short Term Shaadi, which pairs her with Imran Khan, along with Shah Rukh Khan’s Ra.One and Salman Khan’s Bodyguard, she informs, require a more voluptuous look. “I don’t have to be matchstick thin. I can show off my curves now,” she smiles.
So, it’s back to binging now? Not really, since she’s never been a chocolate or vada-pav girl. She prefers fruits, greens and lentils. “Being a vegetarian, I have few options. For the past seven years, I’ve been a healthy eater. And that’s the way it’s always going to be,” the actor asserts.
Dismissing rumours of her slimming down to a ‘size-minus’ to show off her all-chaddi wardrobe in Short Term Shaadi, Kareena says that the speculations started even before either Johar or she had uttered a word on the subject. “I can understand the curiosity but in this case the buzz was way off track. I’m playing a hairstylist settled in the US. She’s a Sunshine Girl who doesn’t need shorts or mini skirts,” Kareena argues heatedly.
Last Friday, Golmaal 3 opened in the theatres, and Kareena is elated by the overwhelming response it got, since she doesn’t play a typical Hindi film heroine in the movie. “My character Daboo is one of the heroes too,” she points out. “When Rohit (director Rohit Shetty) told me he wanted to name this gaali spouting tomboy Daboo, I was a little hesitant since it’s my dad’s nickname. But he was tickled by her too even though this Daboo is more Bebo than dad. Despite all the golmaal she creates, Daboo is a bold and responsible girl who holds the plot together.”