Hot on the heels of Priyanka Chopra’s big win at the prestigious National Awards earlier this week, archrival Katrina Kaif too is yearning to be recognised as an ‘actress of substance’ and win the coveted award.
Sources on the set of her upcoming film Raajneeti say, “Katrina is very keen on winning a National Award. She doesn’t seem to hanker after the rest of the awards, but yes, on the sets she often mentions that winning the National Award would mean the world to her.”
She’s placing her bets on this political drama to turn the tide in her favour. Boasting of a super talented cast comprising of Nana Patekar, Naseerudin Shah, Ajay Devgan, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpai and Ranbir Kapoor – with whom she’s already notched up a huge hit in 2009, the film’s trailer released earlier this month to an extremely positive response and looks set to be on every cine goers ‘must watch’ list this year. Kaif seems all the more hopeful since she is the solo female lead of the film and it sees her in a completely different avatar — that of a saree clad politician (supposedly based on Sonia Gandhi — although both the makers and the actress herself have denied this).
Not willing to take any chances, Katrina is rumoured to have slashed her price and even requested the film’s director Prakash Jha to give her role more prominence so that she can share screen space with the film’s other National Award winner Devgan. Whether she proves her mettle or gets lost amidst a sea of talented actors remains to be seen — guess we’ll find out when the film releases in May this year.