SRK on his ladies: Kareena Kapoor – quite a Kapoor
She is mad, speaks her mind and has a wicked sense of humour like Salman
Kareena is a little baby. I used to see her with Karisma all the time. For some reason, I remember her always wearing cream pants. She used to wear them really high. I spent some time with her in London recently and I found her very easy-going. She doesnâ€™t mind calling a spade a spade. Maybe thatâ€™s why her initial interviews made her sound somewhat pompous.
Sheâ€™s so very beautiful, awesome to look at. She reminds me of crystal, so pristine and clear. My mother used to describe beauty in the olden days as, â€œJab woh paan khaati hai to peekh gardan mein dikhti hai.â€�? (When she chews paan, her throat turns red.) Kareenaâ€™s beauty is of that kind.
As an actress, sheâ€™s uninhibited. Thatâ€™s why she is cut for comedy like she did in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. Like Salman, she has a wacky sense of comedy. And she has evolved as a dancer. Sheâ€™s a modern actress a la Pooja Bhatt, youngsters like her a lot. Her personality is so strong that even when sheâ€™s not giving hits, sheâ€™s a superstar. Everyone still thinks of her as a leading heroine. Now I feel sheâ€™s mellowing. Maybe because of her relationship with Shahid Kapoor. Sometimes relationships and friendships bring about maturity. Itâ€™s having a good effect on her. I feel her time has just come. It was there when she started. This was her learning curve now sheâ€™s going to burst on the screen with a huge amount of presence. Now that she has come into her own, the directors need to rise to the occasion.
For some reason, sheâ€™s very, very fond of me. And Iâ€™m very fond of her. Somewhere I feel her motherâ€™s had a very positive influence on her. Sheâ€™s really made the sisters gritty and tough. She single-handedly honed these two girls to face the world. And I think they face the world immensely well. Kareena doesnâ€™t mind asking for what she thinks is rightfully hers. I like that quality in a girl. I hope I remain in that league long enough to work with her more often.