Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Katrina Kaif: A correct Bollywood delightfulness:

Katrina Kaif: A correct Bollywood delightfulness It was a lightning trip to India - the kind that foreign journalists take advantage of, and write travel pieces such as a "36 hours in India" or "A walking tour of Delhi".

I was about to embark on a fascinating journey - something I didn't quite grasp until I was staring at Katrina Kaif. The statuesque actress, whose latest sultry number, Sheela ki Jawani (Sheela's youth) has the entire Indian subcontinent (and possibly every expat in the world) drooling over the video, launched a global dance competition last week. Entrants visit the Next Stop Bollywood Facebook page, dance to the music that is hosted there, upload the video and wait for votes. The prize? Lots of money and goodies from Etihad, along with a chance to have lunch with Kaif.

My late-night flight to Delhi was packed with people not going to pay a Bollywood star a visit. In my years in journalism, interviews with Bollywood actors have always been somewhat precarious. If they are in a good mood, that's fantastic. Otherwise, waiting for one of them can stretch for hours. Sometimes, there are monosyllabic answers and there are also occasions when some of them can be outright rude and obnoxious, or simply unprofessional.

Most of Bollywood's actresses should thank their entourage of wardrobe people, make-up artists and lighting assistants because no matter how beautiful an Indian woman is, most of them were not born with the kind of allure that Kaif brings about naturally.

This, I have discovered is not proportional to their ability to rise from being a decent actor to a great one. In the latter category, Shah Rukh Khan comes to mind: humble, interesting and genuine. I'll refrain from naming the bad ones. It will spoil the fun of the guessing game.

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