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Shah Rukh Khan
'Karan did my homework for me'
Kajol's recent releases -- Raju Chacha and Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi -- bombed at the box office.
Her latest film, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham is due for release on December 14.
The actress hopes for the best, as she speaks to Rashmi Ali.
What's your role like in K3G?
I am a typical Punjabi girl. She's loud, happy and generally talking nineteen to the dozen.
Similar to Hema Malini's role in Sholay?
Not exactly. The characters are very different but in relation to the film, yes, it does bear a similarity. In the sense, she is the only character in the film who talks non-stop.
Do you identify with the character?
Not really. She is just too Punjabi for me to identify with her. But the fact that she is loud and fun loving is very much like me.
I did not have to do any homework for the character. Karan was very good. He did my homework for me.
It has been two years since you last acted with Shah Rukh. There are a lot of expectations from a SRK-Kajol film. Does that pressurise you?
Not at all. The success of a film depends on the script.
If you enjoy working with the people around you, it shows on screen. I really enjoy working with Shah Rukh and Karan. They are my friends. That bonding is reflected on screen. It creates cine-magic.
What satisfies you most -- critical acclaim, box office success or personal satisfaction?
Personal satisfaction is most important.
Of course, box office success is important too in the commercial scenario, but what satisfies you most at the end of the day is the fact that you've given your best to your role.
Ten years from now, it does not matter if the film was a hit or a flop. The important point is whether you were satisfied with your performance. I'm definitely satisfied with my performance in K3G.
So another award on the cards this year?
I really don't know. It's upto the people to give me an award.
Has Karan re-worked the Kuch Kuch Hota Hai magic once again in K3G?
K3G is a much deeper film than KKHH. In my personal opinion, it's been a tremendous leap for Karan. You can see the growth in his directorial abilities. There is growth in every avenue of filmmaking -- be it execution screenplay.
You're sharing the screen with stalwarts like Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan. Were you nervous?
I'm not the kind of person to get nervous. I've grown up watching Amitabh Bachchan's films on television. Of course, sharing the screen with him is definitely an experience to remember and cherish. He is so professional. He has lived upto every expectation that we have had of him.
It feels good to work with the Bachchans.