'Omkara' will take me to another level: Kareena

May 23, 2006 Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, May 23 (IANS) Kareena Kapoor is charged up about Vishal Bhardwaj's "Omkara" and says it will take her to another level in her career.

"I just have a gut feeling about 'Omkara'. It is going to take me to another level," Kareena told IANS. She was planning to go to Cannes, where the film's producer Kumar Mangat showed an eight-minute show reel on "Omkara", but could not.

"I was definitely planning my trip to Cannes this summer. The producer Kumar Mangat has put up an entire 'Omkara' stall at Cannes. I think it'd have been a great experience, but I am in the middle of my world concerts.

"People are already so curious about this Indian version of Shakespeare that Vishal Bhardwaj has done. I am sure they want to know what I have done with Desdemona. It's about time I moved to another level in my career. I feel 'Omkara' will take me there."

She finds her role in "Omkara" quite challenging.

"Believe me, playing Desdemona in 'Omkara' has been my most challenging experience as an actress. There are very few roles that have given me satisfaction - 'Refugee', 'Asoka', 'Chameli', 'Yuva' and now 'Omkara'. I myself can't believe what I have done here."

Another exciting film is "Don", where Kareena shares screen space with her favourite co-star Shah Rukh Khan.

"I am going from Vishal Bhardwaj to Ram Gopal Varma. It's quite a journey, and one that I am thoroughly looking forward to. You know I have always been Shah Rukh's biggest fan. Even before I came into the industry I used to find him smashing. I think our chemistry in 'Asoka' was unmatchable. Now I am sure what Ramu will do with the two of us will be something else."

She talks enthusiastically about her new release "36 China Town".

"It is a nice, sensuous suspense film and my second with Abbas-Mustan. I have lots of interesting scenes with Shahid (Kapur) and Akshaye Khanna. It's a full-on commercial film.

"But I don't have any really romantic scenes with Shahid. I wish some producer would cast us in a truly romantic film," rued Kareena.

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