Actress Kareena Kapoor, who is busy shooting for Madhur Bhandarkar`s ‘Heroine’, says she will get married to beau Saif Ali Khan by the end of the year. Reports suggested that the Bollywood couple was planning to tie the knot after the release of Saif`s home production ‘Agent Vinod’ this March but Kareena says they are in no rush.
“I will get married hopefully by the end of this year… because I am busy doing `Heroine` and I have to finish the film first. We are not yet going to announce the date. We are in no such rush but it will happen this year,” said Kareena, who was in the Capital to attend the India Today Conclave.
The 31-year-old, who has been dating Saif since 2007, says she does not consider herself as a “star” but just “a simple girl in love”.
“I am actually just a simple girl in love whose dreams have come true. Ever since I was 9 I would see Karisma (sister) rehearse and I would go backstage and repeat the same things. I always wanted to act and I know nothing other than acting. I have no degree and so I hope to act forever,” she said.
Kareena has done a variety of role in her career spanning over a decade. She has given hits like ‘Jab We Met’, ‘3 Idiots’, ‘Omkara’, ‘Bodyguard’ and ‘Ra.One’. Talking about her film ‘Heroine’ with Bhandarkar, Kareena said, “It`s turning out pretty well… It`s an exciting journey of an actress, she is slightly schizophrenic and she has got these different mood swings it`s very difficult for me to do…But I am glad there is a role like this. It is fun not to stand behind Shahrukh and Salman in a movie but prove yourself as an actor.”
The actress, who comes from a filmy background, says things have changed a lot in Bollywood except the fact that male actors are still paid more than their female counterparts.
“How much ever things change in Bollywood, male actorshave always been paid more than females… when it comes to numbers I am nowhere close to any of the Khans. So for me it`s not about replacing the men in our industry but doing the best I can.
“There are a lot of women-centric roles that I am being offered and not just being an eye candy in the film. I think Vidya Balan`s `Dirty Picture` has changed the entire game,” Kareena said.
And ask her if she would have taken up ‘Dirty Picture’ if she was offered, she says, “I don`t know if I would have taken the risk but even if I did I would have balanced it out by making sure there is a Salman or Shahrukh in the film so that even if the film flops there is something that will balance it.”
Kareena says though good scripts work, it is still the star power that rules the industry.
“There are a lot of director who come to me with brilliant scripts but don`t have the money to finance it. But our industry sadly doesn`t run only on good scripts, `Bodyguard` wasn`t one of the best scripts but it earned so much because of Salman in it,” Kareena said.