'Praise makes you feel good, criticism pinches'
Katrina Kaif was bombarded with questions about replacing Priyanka Chopra in 'Bharat' but now that the film is a box office success, the actor says it is a great validation for her work.Katrina said she has always believed in doing her own thing rather than constantly looking over her shoulders to check what her contemporaries were working on.
"So, taking that into consideration, yes, it's a great validation and feedback. But I've always tried to maintain a philosophy in my life, which is, I'm not really looking over my shoulder to see what another person is doing," Katrina said in a group interview."I just have to be able to answer the question to myself everyday on set: 'have you done everything that you could've done to prepare you for what happens today?' If the answer is yes, I feel content," Katrina added.
The actor's casting in the film was overshadowed by the controversy over the sudden exit of Priyanka. With 'Bharat' and 'Zero', Katrina has been receiving a lot of love from fans as well as the critics and the actor is mildly surprised by the praise. "Our memory is short lived, especially in the film industry because there's so much constantly happening. Right from the start of my career, I have tried to strike a balance. 'Namastey London' was my third film which had a female-driven part; the girl was strong and feisty.
"Then I did 'New York'. I've always tried to experiment with the best of what is offered to me. I try to take up what I perceive would be a challenge that suits me, that has the right synergy. I took the same approach with 'Zero' and 'Bharat.'"