is the heartthrob of millions. This beautiful, talented,
bubbly and down to earth actress has offered tinsel
world many hits and has had a very chequered career.
With her debut film "Prem Qaidi" Karishma
entered this film industry but has not even once let
anything come between her way to success and in the
past twelve years earned a position, which she very
much deserves. Lets see what she has to say about her
future and most important about settling down in life
with her heartthrob Abhishek.
Excerpts from an interview by Seasonsindia Correspondent
First and foremost Karishma tell me how do you feel
having so much fame, success and appreciation.
Well I feel great. Who wont when I have put in so much
of hard work and labour. Initially when my films used
to do badly at the box office I used to feel let down
but then something in me used to tell me that if you
are talented you would shine some day. I just had to
concentrate on my work and pick the best movies. Rest
Why have you decided to do
off-beat movies of the likes of Fiza and Zubeida?
As an actress, I am happy I am getting to play diverse
roles. I am glad that directors like Shyam Benegal and
Khalid Mohammad offered me female-oriented films like
Zubeida and Fiza. But I am not ruling out commercial
films entirely. My desire as of now is to maintain a
balance between both the genres. I am keen on doing
those off beat films, which excite me and inspire me
and bring out the actress in me. However, to survive
in this industry it is not enough to work only in such
films and fail to provide audiences with what they desire.
So I will do some hard-core commercial films as well.
And I really enjoy working in off-beat films. I have
so much to offer as an actress.
Is it true that you are doing
a film with Shyam Benegal once again?
Yes. I am now all set to do a new film with Shyam Benegal.
Actually Shyamji had offered to cast me in two of his
films but I am working in only one. I hope that it will
be even better than Zubeida. I am playing the role of
a young girl who matures after she meets with a grave
accident, which changes her entirely, and the way she
looks at life itself. It's a very emotional movie and
the character is very intense.
Your recent release Haan Maine
Bhi Pyaar Kiya didn't do so well at the box office.
What do you think went wrong?
Well, this is one thing that we can never predict. After
all it's the audience who has to decide. All we can
do is to put in our best. But according to me it is
one of the best films I have ever done. I loved my character
in the movie. I play the role of Pooja Kashyap. It was
quite a tough role to play, and very complex, with various
layers within it. My character was very human and down
to earth and people, especially women among the audience,
have definitely been able to identify themselves with
her. But still I am satisfied.
What attracted you to the role when Dharamesh offered
it to you?
What I liked the best about the role when Dharamesh
offered it to me was its complexity and at the same
time purity and innocence. Although Pooja is romantic
and an idealist who's willing and ready to give up her
exciting career for the sake of true love, she also
forgets that there is a very thin line between ardent
love and maniac obsession and possessiveness. In short,
the role to me represents the maturing of Karisma from
a young girl who was being slot in standard romantic
roles to a mature actress who can be trusted to tackle
a complex and mature character.
How was it working with both Akshay Kumar and Abhishek
It was fun doing the film and I enjoyed working with
both of them. It was also great to get to do quality
work with Abhishek for the first time. He is the kind
of person who likes to have fun while working on the
sets, but at the same time concentrates on his work
and is dedicated to the core. For Abhishek, whether
it is a hit or not, HMBPK will definitely prove to be
a turning point in his career since he has tackled a
very mature role, which belies his age.
Rumours are that you are planning
to finally tie the knot with Abhishek this year?
What rubbish! Who keeps spreading these rumours? At
this point of my career, when the going is good as far
as I'm concerned, why should I spoil things by going
ahead and getting married? I am not against the institution
of marriage - getting married is wonderful. As and when
I decide to get married, I would be proud of the fact
and would not mind shouting from the rooftops. I am
a very honest person and would be the last on earth
to lie about something so important as marriage! But
as for now-it's out of the question.