You seem to be the Queen of Big Budget films. After the super-duper Race and Singh Is Kinng, you have yet another biggie lined up for release- Yuvvraaj. How does it feel?
It feels great but I don't think budget has anything to do with the quality of a film. It's the content and presentation which matters at the end of the day. Namastey London for example was not a very big budget film. However, Yuvvraaj being a musical drama, it calls for grand visuals and a certain larger than life canvas.
The film seems like a complete entertaining drama. Could you tell us something more about the film?
Yeah...I would definitely classify it as a drama….a musical drama, so to say. Apne was the first drama film which I had done. I was very nervous about Apne but thankfully the audiences ended up liking it. At the end of the day, our audience still reacts to films that are correct emotionally and that's what Yuvvraaj also is.
It's a different kind of a film for me because I am more used to doing comedies. Initially I was a bit nervous but now I am glad that I did the film.
The music plays an integral part of the film. When you see the tagline of the film it says, 'Music binds love'. Some people may call it cliched but for me music does play such an important part in my day to day life that I could completely identify with what the film is trying to say.
Audiences are all excited to see you romantically paired opposite Salman Khan. How does it feel?
People often forget that Salman and I have done a couple of movies together before Yuvvraaj Yes I do agree that the focus was more on comedy than romance in films like Partner and Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya, which is why I guess people are looking forward to seeing us in a different role.
Luckily both my films with Salman have worked well at the B.O. so there is a certain amount of expectation even from Yuvvraaj.
Even though Yuvvraaj isn't an out and out romantic film, let me tell you that some of the most beautiful moments in the film are between Salman and me because what you see on screen doesn't come across as forced.
Salman is a great person to work with. He is spontaneous and his own way of improvising which kind of keeps you on your toes.
You seem to be having a dream run at the B.O. After a super successful 2007, all your releases this year Race, Singh Is Kinng and even Hello (in which you did a cameo) have raked in the moolah. How do you feel when people say that you are the lucky mascot for their films?
I hate that word 'lucky'. There is no such thing as luck. It's all destiny!!! I feel God has always been there for me. I work hard and then pray for my films to do well. There is nothing wrong in wanting to do well.
Some films work while some don't but as long as the industry is giving me interesting roles and I get a chance to work with some good directors, I am happy (smiles)
A lot of people say that the race for the No.1 Heroine is well and truly on between Kareena, Priyanka and yourself. Your comments on the same...
I think everyone is in their own secure space. Both Kareena and Priyanka are extremely talented actresses and I am happy to even be considered in that same league. As an actress, I just want to keep progressing and never want my audiences to get bored. Hence, in the next few months you will see me in a whole new set of roles.