Over 1,000 fans travelled to Blackpool from all over the country for the chance to meet Bollywood superstar Kareena Kapoor as she came face to face with her brand new wax figure at Madame Tussauds.
With her mother by her side, Kareena unveiled the £150,000 figure at a huge launch on Thursday 27th October and UrbanAsian brings you an exclusive interview with the in-demand heroine.
First of all tell me about your waxwork. Was it anything like what you were expecting?
I think it was so much more. They made it so perfectly got everything so right, all the intricacies from the toenails to the fingernails to the eyes. They just got everything so right.
How much input did you have in terms of the costume?
Of course we all discussed it. Thousands of measurements were taken and finally we decided that we would go with the Jab We Met look because somewhere I think Jab We Met is of course one of the most iconic characters and iconic films of this generation.
What was everyone’s reaction when it was unveiled?
I think everyone was expecting the Chameli avatar and obviously when they saw Jab We Met it was great and just the whole feeling was great. My mum was also with me and she doesn’t really go out anywhere, but she came to the UK just for the unveiling and that was the most special thing for me.
Your release Ra.One is on it’s way to breaking all sorts of records. How does this make you feel?
I think it’s an overwhelming experience because everything’s just happening at one time, whether it’s Ra.One or Madame Tussauds. It’s great and I’m on cloud nine at the moment.
Were you always secretly confident that the film would do well?
Well I think so. It’s like India’s biggest film; it has great music, special effects and has everything going for it. I think people are always looking for something different. Then there’s Shah Rukh as well so yes of course we were anticipating that it would go on to be a huge success.
If you are put in charge of choosing the next Bollywood icon to be honoured with a waxwork at Madame Tussauds who would you chose and why?
Well like I said in the morning I think I would like my sister to be here because I think I’m incomplete without her. I think both of us were partly responsible for taking the Kapoor tradition forward, so standing there alone is a little lonely.
I believe you are in town to shoot for your next movie, can you tell us a bit about the film?
I am shooting for Aamir Khan’s next film, which is being directed by Reema Kagti’s. The film is still untitled and go on to release on June 1st. This is the last bit of the shoot, which we’re shooting here in England for three to four days.
What other projects can we look forward to seeing you in?
In February for valentines there will be Karan Johar’s home production with Imran Khan called Ek Main Aur Ek Tu and then there’s Agent Vinod with Saif.
For all the girls that look up to you can you tell us what’s your secret for looking so good?
The truth is I just eat and drink everything and do yoga.
With you’re busy schedule I’m sure life’s always hectic – what do you do to wind down and get away from it all?
Of course I enjoy spending time with my family and friends but I do enjoy travelling to Europe and just getting away from it all.
You’ve been in the industry for a long time. What advice would you give to some of the newcomers?
I want to tell everyone that dreams do come true so keep dreaming big.
Aside from yourself – which current actress would you say is at the top of her game?
I think it would be unfair to just pick one because everyone’s doing great work. There’s enough work out there for everyone.
Will we ever get to see you and Karisma on screen together?
There’s nothing planned right now but of course I’d love to work with my sister. She has been a complete inspiration for me.
Finally, do you have a message for all of your fans?
I just want to say thank you for all the love and the warmth and reception the audience gives. I think that’s the reason I am in Madame Tussauds – it’s because of my UK fans.