On Katrina Kaif’s birthday, here is looking back at how she had reservations about Namastey London, the film that put her on the map. She initially thought that it would be a ‘disaster’.
Katrina Kaif turns a year older today (16 July). The actress made her debut with Boom in 2003 but received much-needed recognition with Namastey London. Did you know, the actress thought her film was a ‘diaster’ when she first watched it. Katrina even thought of finding an alternate profession as according to her acting career was over.
During Katrina’s appearance on Karan Johar‘s chat show Koffee With Karan, she spoke about feeling terrified after watching her film Namastey London. She said, “When I saw the film, I was terrified. Vipul (Amrutlal Shah, director) showed it to me and said, ‘What do you think?’ I didn’t call him back. You know, when a director shows the actress a film, you have to give him feedback. I took off home, shut the door, and didn’t give him a call.”
Katrina continued saying, she got a call from his assistant, saying that Vipul was upset that she did not give her feedback to him. She said, “I called him and I said, ‘Hi Vipul.’ He asked, ‘What do you think?’ I said, ‘Nice, very nice film. Okay, bye’,” Katrina said.
She continued saying that she felt that the film would end her career, “I just saw too much of me in the film and you start believing what people say. I was like, ‘No, no, no, people can’t see me in a film, they won’t watch the film, it’s a disaster. This is over, my life is over.’”
Katrina said “I was like, “I am packing my bags and I am going to find a new career. That was really nice, it was really important for me because I think it did change people’s perception. It was the first time I got so many calls even from the industry, from directors saying, ‘I think you did pretty well in the movie’,” she said.
After Namastey London, Katrina Kaif cemented her stardom with films such as Welcome, Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Ek Tha Tiger, Dhoom 3 and Bang Bang.
She will be seen next in Sooryavanshi, in which she will reunite with her Namastey London co-star Akshay Kumar after a decade. She also has Phone Bhoot with Siddhant Chaturvedi and Ishaan Khatter in the pipeline.