Katrina Kaif - More of a star, less of an actor?
She is an outsider who walked into this industry with absolutely no ‘filmy’ background or Godfather to guide her, but nevertheless she managed to gain a foothold and make a mark for herself. Though some hold that it was her ex-beau Salman Khan who was largely responsible for big films to fall into her kitty, we cannot really count a lot on that argument. Yes, you got it right. We’re talking about Katrina Kaif, who has had an interesting stint in Bollywood so far from Boom to Dhoom(3), but still remains one of the most criticized actors amongst the A-listers.
Cinema buffs have been ardently following the hugely popular and arguably the most-talked-about celebrity chat show Koffee with Karan that has been going on-air for quite some time now, having reached its fourth season. Almost all the stars of the tinsel town who have been there on ace director Karan Johar's "famous" couch, some of whom have been Katrina’s colleagues as well, have rated her lowest on acting prowess. Though today she is one of the most bankable divas in the Indian film scenario, having delivered a huge number of hits in a relatively short career span, the audience and the industry insiders alike, more or less, opine that it is mostly due to her mesmerizing looks, a flair for dancing, or simply luck that have catapulted her to such fame and box-office success. Critical acclaim still elude her, rather, what is worse, when pitted against her contemporaries on the criteria of acting, she ironically occupies the last spot. She has completed a decade in Bollywood yet when it comes to the award shows, she is only seen performing her hit numbers and has hardly been a recipient of any award so far.
Most critics as well as movie-goers feel that her role in the movies, even though she is cast as the leading lady, is generally confined to being a prop, to just add glamour and oomph to the overall look of the film. She flaunts the best of costumes, looks gorgeous, lets her foot loose in a few peppy dance tracks or “item numbers” and romances the hero without lending anything meaty or substantial to her character. With the exception of a few films such as Raajneeti and Jab Tak Hai Jaan where she was a notch better, she has mostly been criticized widely for her “artificial”, “wooden” expressions and awkward Hindi diction. She is often touted as the “rising star”, but “falling actor”, something which does not spell good for her.
However, the actress remains unperturbed when questioned on her feelings about being rated the lowest in acting capability amongst the current crop of actresses. She has reportedly told the media that it is “okay” with her with what others feel about her. “People are entitled to their opinion, and I can’t have an opinion on someone else’s opinion.” That was her take on this matter, which has gained some widespread attention. Looks like Miss Kaif is happy with the work she is doing and with some big banner projects in the pipeline, and being cast opposite the top actors of the country, she is unperturbed by anyone who takes a jibe at her acting.
Apparently, she is enjoying her dream run at the box-office and her widespread popularity, irrespective of the fact that the commonly held notion about her as a poor actor sticks out as the sore thumb.
Maybe she does not want to prove anything to anyone and is simply going on with her work, and probably with time, she will evolve as an actor in the true sense of the term, to silence all her critics, and to wow her audience even more.