Contrary to speculations that her role in Raajneeti is inspired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Katrina Kaif says that she watched election campaign videos of the UPA chairperson's daughter Priyanka Vadra to get the right look and body language.
"Priyanka is a young, strong, independent and modern leader with the right blend of values. My character is not based on her. I just watched her campaign videos to observe her body language and how she campaigns and interacts with the crowds," Katrina said.
The 25-year-old actress said that she is not playing Sonia Gandhi in Prakash Jha's political thriller. She said she has not modeled her look on any politician.
"Prakashji himself chose the sarees I wore as a politician. Every body knows I spent my early years in England and my mother is English and even Sonia Gandhi has a foreign connection. So the comparison was logical."
Katrina said she had her initial apprehensions before accepting the film as there was no song, dance, romance which she enjoys a lot.
"When I first heard the script during the making of New York, I made up my mind the refuse the film. I felt this was not my kind of space. Why should I do serious films which I don't enjoy. I had only heard about Prakash Jha's reputation," she said.
"When I heard the narration from him during our meeting, I realised that this film has as much excitement as any other film I am doing. I realised that I was being prejudiced towards Prakashji and did not like it," Katrina recalled.
Speaking about the film, Katrina said Raajneeti itself is a very popular subject. "Politics is not just about what's happening in the government or the Lok Sabha...it's about politics in life, families and relationships," she added.
Katrina said there was also a paradox between the characters of the epic Mahabharata. "The characters in the film and the epic share the same character traits and complexities," she said.
The actress said the political side of her character comes in much later in the film."My character refuses to accept that the person she loves does not reciprocate her feelings. She has no self respect in love," Katrina said.
"In real life, all of us experience rejections, sometimes in hurtful ways. I was honest to myself as I could while saying the character Indu. One has to find a connect to the character you are essaying," she said.