It is pretty much a mutual admiration society in play. ‘Heroine‘ has been promoted extensively by Kareena Kapoor along with her director Madhur Bhandarkar and one can see the two being visibly happy appreciating each other on many a public platform.
While the film has turned out to be a sensational take on Bollywood, as expected, Madhur feels that Kareena has turned out to be just an ideal ‘heroine’ to help him realise his vision.
“Absolutely yes. In fact ‘Heroine‘ has pretty much turned out to be a lethal combination for both of us”, beams Madhur Bhandarkar, “People wanted us to work together for a long time and it was pretty much a mutual decision that we come together for sure.
I felt right from the days of ‘Refugee‘ that she carried huge potential while she too liked my ‘Chandni Bar‘ so many years ago. In fact in the interim period we wanted to work together on certain films but that couldn’t materialise.”
What worked though was ‘Heroine‘ which had it’s own share of flip-flop what with Kareena Kapoor being the chosen one followed by Aishwarya Rai bagging it before falling the role fell into Kareena Kapoor‘s lap all over again.
“As we can see now, Kareena Kapoor has got the role really well. She has given very layered performance where she is being fragile to manipulative to edgy”, details Madhur, “Layers demonstrated by her character (Mahi Arora) are completely different from the ones that female protagonists in my earlier films boasted of.
The best thing I like about Mahi is that she knows how to survive the most volatile of situations. She is not someone who is one dimensional; there are different traits to her. Kareena Kapoor has played a girl next door in many films but never before has she played such a grey character.”