“By conventional logic, Rani is the leading lady in the film since she is playing Aamir’s wife. However, you can’t expect Kareena Kapoor, who is enacting the role of a hooker in the film, to be playing a second fiddle to Rani. She just had an author backed role in Heroine which was put entirely on her shoulders. Unlike 3 Idiots where she was fine with a relatively shorter screen time but still boasted of a solo heroine status, she can’t be expected to stay peripheral in Talaash,” comments an insider.
Though the promotion of Talaash began with Kareena introducing all the ‘suspects‘ via a promotional video, one waits to see how much further deep down she gets involved in the plot. Ditto for Rani who has been so far projected as a troubled wife, hence raising speculations around her overall involvement in the plot. Moreover, secrecy on the part of the makers is only raising all the more questions.
When asked about the presence and relevance of Kareena and Rani in the Aamir starrer, director Reema Kagti continued to be discreet. She said, “I would not like to speak about their roles. It is hard for me to answer without giving too much away. I can say though that both Kareena and Rani have unique roles and they played it to perfection. In any case, I don’t think that size of a role is very important as long as it is relevant to the film.”
Well, that doesn’t say much either!
Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder