Abhishek Kapoor, who started his career as an actor, is directing Fitoor which has Tabu and Katrina Kaif. He talks about the complex character that Katrina has to play and also about Tabu who joined the sets as a late replacement.
There are reports that Rekha opted out of your film because of the similarities between her and the character. True?
It is unfortunate people carry news like that; it is not fair to the lady. When we started Fitoor, Rekhaji was supposed to do the film and she is a wonderful, gracious and loving lady. But during the course of the film, we saw things a little differently so we felt it’s best that we do not do this film together. We can work on something else in future. She is a reserved and private person. She is not going to stand up and say things to safeguard her own interest. We should be conscious. It is downright cruel to say this. For whatever reasons, we parted ways ...
Was it difficult to get Tabu to step in as a replacement?
We are glad Tabu came on board. This character would have taken months for an actor to prepare as it is so layered. We are thankful to her for coming on board in three days and rescuing us.
Did you change the character in anyway after Rekha had stepped out?
The track has not changed. She (Rekha) would have done it in her style and Tabu has played it beautifully in her own way. Tabu is like water...you put her in a container and she assumes that shape.
Does Tabu’s character have an association with Pakistan?
A bit...but it is not an anti-Pakistan film. There are moments in the film when the character behaves in a certain way.
Katrina’s character is complex. How did she tackle the role?
The film is based on Great Expectations but we have made changes. Katrina’s character is complex; to understand any girl’s mind is difficult. Katrina was willing to push the envelope and I am happy with her work. In real life, I think Katrina has a fitoor for work... the way she works is amazing. She is very dedicated.
Why have you chosen to show her as red-haired in the film’s posters?
Kashmir is full of maple or chinar tress and in autumn, the leaves become dry and fall and take on a fiery red colour. That’s what sets the tone of the hair in the poster.