Director Madhur Bhandarkar’s most ambitious and eagerly awaited movie is on about decline of a superstar from her fame. Actress Kareena Kapoor, who plays Mahi Arora in the movie, said that not many actresses would accept to play such a role.
“I wanted to be a heroine since my childhood. I am happy that 'Heroine' has turned out to be my bravest role. Not many actresses would want to play the role of a declining superstar,” said Kareena Kapoor to PTI.
“Typically you see films where a star's journey is shown from rise to fall and then rise. In 'Heroine' that's not the case as from the very first frame you can see that this superstar is declining,” she added.
The Actress said that the main reason she accepted the movie is because she liked the challenge Mahi posed as a character.
“I always take challenges when it comes to performance oriented roles and 'Heroine' isn't something that I could have missed. I played a prostitute at the age of 22 when many people around me said that it was a wrong move and said I was way too young to pick up such a part,” she said.
“Still, I was convinced to play the part so I did it. Similarly when not many would have been courageous enough to take up the part of 'Heroine', I went ahead and did that. The character is such that you feel connected to it and really feel bad about what she is going through,” she added.
Madhur Bhandarkar wrote ‘Heroine’ with Kareena Kapoor in his mind. But when approached the actress refused to do the movie as she found the character way too bold. The director later turned to Aishwarya Rai who eagerly accepted the role. The movie was launched with Aishwarya Rai as the lead and even the first look poster with the actress was revealed. Later when Madhur Bhandarkar learnt that Aishwarya Rai was pregnant he decided that Aishwarya could no longer be a part of the project. He approached Kareena Kapoor again and decided to make the changes the actress had asked for in the first place.
“As I have always maintained, it was destiny coming into play. Moreover, every film comes with a 'kundli' of its own. I feel whatever happens, it is ultimately for the best,” she said.
There have been comparisons between the actress and her onscreen persona but the actress dismissed any similarities between them.
“I am not someone like Mahi though I could easily relate to the scenes as they take place in the film. I have given my 200 per cent to the film and the kind of reactions that are coming have reassured me that I have done something well,” she said.
Kareena Kapoor revealed that she was very apprehensive before playing role of Mahi and it was director Madhur Bhandarkar who gave her confidence to pull off such a tough role.
“Madhur has this perception that since he makes these hard hitting films, he would be considered very serious by people around him. However the fact is that in real life he is so much fun. He is so positive that it makes things easy on the sets,” she said.
“I may be doing a scene and he may compliment by screaming 'jalwa'. I got used to his vocabulary over a period of time. I have made a friend in Madhur and can proudly say that together we have taken this film a step forward over what we had envisioned,” Kareena Kapoor concluded.
The movie directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, also stars Arjun Rampal as the male lead.
The movie is all set to release on September 21, which is also Kareena Kapoor's birthday.