Director Kaizad Gustad, who launched British-born actor Katrina Kaif in Bollywood with his 2003 directorial venture Boom, is happy with her growth and success and wouldn’t mind working with her again.
Though Boom was a box office dud, Katrina’s presence in the movie was noticed by the film industry. However, she truly came to the fore as a result of her controversial relationship with superstar, Salman Khan. Ever since her debut, the 30-year-old has given numerous hits including, Namastey London, Welcome, Singh Is Kinng, Raajneeti, New York and more recently, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, among others.
“Today, she (Katrina Kaif) has become such a big star, reaching to number one position in the industry. It feels good. This shows that hard work and perseverance can get you in right place,” Kaizad told reporters.
Talking about working with the ‘Sheila’ girl, he said, “Why won’t I work with Katrina? Definitely I will. If I get the right script, I will.”
When asked whether he is in touch with his discovery, he said, “Not really. If I have a movie in mind, I will get in touch with her. It’s like that. I don’t like to stay in touch just for the sake of it.”
Kaizad, who is returning to direction after nine years with Jackpot, met Katrina during her modeling days in London. Remembering that time, Kaizad said, “When I met her, I said, ‘You come to Mumbai and you will be a big star’. But it took her six months to come to Mumbai because she didn’t know how to speak Hindi at all.”
“I knew that when I cast her, she will leave an impression... I was just the catalyst, the rest is her hard work,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 7th, 2013.
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