One of the best things about Aanand L Rai’s Zero is Katrina Kaif’s performance. Katrina, who has rarely been praised for her acting skills, is getting a lot of acclaim from most critics who have otherwise panned the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer. But Katrina has pulled out all stops to play the heartbroken alcoholic superstar Babita Kumari it is with reason. Katrina has channeled her inner heartbreak to play the character.
Close friends say the role was cathartic as it gave her a chance to play out all the anguish and bitterness that she suffered when she broke up with Ranbir Kapoor with whom she had a long relationship. Says a source in the know, “Katrina was thinking of giving up her career, and setting up a home to have Ranbir’s children. Yes, that’s how serious she was in her relationship with him.”
Then it all fell apart, Katrina’s world crashed when she was left stranded in the relationship. According to sources when she was offered the role of a deserted actress in Zero she saw it as an opportunity to heal her broken heart. In the film, Katrina is shown as a nervous wreck after she is jilted by philanderer Abhay Deol. Incidentally, Abhay’s character’s name in the film ends with Kapoor. Co-incidence or deliberate? But whatever be the reason, finally Kat is being known for her performance and that too in a film that has seasoned actors like Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma. “She dived into her own grief and hurt to play the role. This is why she seems so credible in this film. The tears are not faked,” says a source.