Kareena Kapoor, who's had a good run this year with successful films like Bodyguard and Ra.One, is all set to start work on another high profile project soon. From November 25, she starts shooting for Madhur Bhandarkar's Heroine.
The ambitious project has finally found its bearings and will be shot at one long stretch to preserve continuity. That makes Heroine Kareena's only film on the floor for now.
A source says, "Madhur Bhandarkar and UTV need Kareena to be her character throughout the shooting so she can't be distracted with other projects. The role of the actress needs to go through various phases and the transitions must not appear abrupt. For this, she needs to be with the project till the very end."
The source also added that Kareena will not just be going through physical transformation, she'll also attend rigorous reading sessions and workshops. "The character's language also changes with her physicality as she grows older and decline sets in. It's a role modelled on a particular actress who reached legendary proportions and then drank herself into oblivion at a young age," the source adds.
The target is to get Kareena a National award for her performance. Earlier, Tabu and Priyanka Chopra have won National awards for their performances in Madhur's Chandni Bar and Fashion respectively.
Kareena has not been told to model herself on this actress. But the role has been written following certain guidelines fashioned after another legendary actress. Although no one will be named publicly for fear of attracting the wrong kind of attention, there will be enough hints for the audience to know who it is.
It's a first for Kareena as she has never attended workshops for films and wants to fully concentrate on her character. Siddharth Roy Kapoor of UTV, producer of the film, says, "We start shooting from November 25. Script discussions and pre-production are on in full swing. I think Kareena is fully into it."
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