x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Katrina Kaif: my best phase is yet to come

Plus, Salman Khan wants only to entertain the audience and Gurvinder Singh complains regional films don't get any attention in India.

Katrina Kaif in Ek Tha Tiger. Courtesy Yash Raj Films
Katrina Kaif in Ek Tha Tiger. Courtesy Yash Raj Films

Kaif: my career's best phase is yet to come

Salman Khan's Ek Tha Tiger co-star Katrina Kaif is also excited about the release of the film, which many are touting to become one of the year's biggest hits. "Everything in my life has happened unexpectedly," said the 28-year-old actress. "But I do hope the best phase of my career is yet to come." The UK-born actress has worked with Khan in three movies in the past: Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? (2005), Partner (2007) and Yuvraaj (2008). Asked what it's like to reunite with him on the big screen, Kaif said: "Salman, as a person and as an actor, is exactly the same – very spontaneous, helpful and fun to be around." – IANS

All Salman Khan wants is to entertain the audience

He's had four back-to-back blockbusters and expectations from his next release, Ek Tha Tiger, are enormous, but Salman Khan appears quite oblivious to the pressure. With his latest film, which will be released on Thursday in the UAE, all he wants to do, he says, is entertain the audience, regardless of box office results: "I don't feel the pressure. If a film doesn't do well, it doesn't do well. If a film is a hit, it's because it's a good film that the audience enjoyed. And the audience is always right. When I read a script, I just want to be entertained, so that when the viewers come out of the theatres, they will say, 'Wow, what a film'." Ek Tha Tiger is a romantic thriller directed by Kabir Khan that sees the 46-year-old actor sharing the screen once again with Katrina Kaif, a former girlfriend. Asked what he thought of being called the current biggest star in Bollywood, Khan said: "I'm a simple person. It's the people who have made me a star. It's just that I'm always in the right place at the right time." – IANS

Gurvinder Singh: regional films don't get any attention in India

His film Anhe Ghorey Da Daan has done the global festival circuit and even won three National Awards in India, but the Punjabi filmmaker Gurvinder Singh says he's still unknown in his own country. "Regional films don't get the coverage they deserve. No one wants to write or talk about us," said Singh. "It's difficult to get the media's interest if you're not a big name or have no stars in your film. All they write about is Bollywood or Hollywood." Singh's film is based on Gurdial Singh's award-winning novel of the same title, which portrays the plight of farmers in a village in Punjab. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year and is the first Punjabi movie to have travelled to 15 festivals, including the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury award. "I was not worried about what kind of reception the movie would get. I just wanted to make a film I believed in, to bring on screen my understanding of cinema and life," Singh said. "If you do something honestly, your work will be remembered for a long time." – IANS