If you thought 2008 was the year of Kareena Kapoor then wait till you hear whatâ€™s in store for this stunner in 2009.
â€œFor starters, â€ she begins as she packs for her much-awaited week-long vacation in Europe with Saif Ali Khan, â€œIâ€™ll finally be moving into my new home in January. Itâ€™s just a hop and skip away from where I stay on Hill Road in Bandra. I canâ€™t give up being close to my mom and living in Bandra.â€
The home in a building called Queen will also have a new apartment for Kareenaâ€™s mother. â€œOf course my mother is moving with me. I canâ€™t live breathe or take one step without my mother. The only difference is sheâ€™ll now have a separate apartment. But weâ€™re still on the same floor.â€
As for the home that Saif is preparing for the two of them, Kareena shrugs, â€œThat wonâ€™t be ready for another two years. Thatâ€™s how long itâ€™s going to be before we get married anyway. Right now my diary is filled up till 2010. Thereâ€™s no space for even a runaway marriage.â€
Kareena has in fact decided to gift her mom much more than just a new home. She has made her mom a New Year promise.
â€œNo more bikini shots for me. I mean Iâ€™m very happy with the kind of attention and adulation I got for getting into a bikini in Tashan. And I wasnâ€™t uncomfortable wearing it. Why should I be? Iâ€™ve the physique to carry it off. But thatâ€™s it.
My mother didnâ€™t like me in a bikini. Also the kind of work that Iâ€™m doing now in 3 Idiots or Renzil dâ€™Silvaâ€™s film doesnâ€™t require that kind of exposure.â€
With her super-star daughter being extremely busy with her career and Saif, mom Babita has a lot of time on hand.
â€œShe now does a lot of charity work with charitable institutions like the Mount Mary Old Age Home in Bandra and other places. Sheâ€™s a very giving woman. I should know. She scarificed her own career and joys to bring up my sister and me.â€
Not too many people know Babita is half-Christian.
Reveals Kareena, â€œHer mother was a Christian and father a Sindhi. So we are as fond of the church as weâ€™re of the temple. Christmas is a big event for us.Thatâ€™s why I needed to rush home at this time from Philadelphia to be home for Christmas before taking off for my holiday.â€
Surprisingly Kareena is full of praise for her supposed arch-rival Priyanka Chopra. â€œI donâ€™t know why so much is made of our rivalry. Weâ€™re in totally difference spaces. She does her own films. I do mine. Whenever we meet sheâ€™s really sweet to me. I donâ€™t understand why weâ€™re made out to be two squabbling sirens. Please, weâ€™re grownup women.â€
As far as conducting a career goes Kareenaâ€™s role- model is Aishwarya Rai. â€œI love the way she carries herself and the roles sheâ€™s choosing after marriage. Iâ€™d like to follow that pattern when I get married.â€
But thatâ€™s a long way off. At the moment Kareena is just happy being with Saif.
â€œHe may appear to be very volatile and undecided, just like me. But actually he takes all the right decisions on my behalf. Heâ€™s totally into his books while I love films.
I keep him clued in to whatâ€™s happening in the industry.Right now we both want to see Ghajini before we leave for our holiday. Weâ€™re both Aamir fans. After Ghajini I think the next film Saif will see will be my 3 Idiots. And this time it wonâ€™t be for Aamir.â€