If only... yes, even Katrina Kaif has regrets. And she spelt out two on her zip-zap visit to town on Tuesday — if only she could have watched the India-England Test at the Eden Gardens, and if only she could walk like Mamata Banerjee... whoosh!
“I would have loved to have gone to the Eden and watched the match, if only my trip was scheduled for Wednesday,” rued Bollywood’s heroine no. 1, looking fetching in a peacock blue dress.
In case there was a doubt about where the cricketing loyalties of the born-and-brought-up-in-London stunner lay, Kat quickly laid it to rest: “I am sure the Eden will be lucky for the Indian cricket team!”
The only time Katrina had gone to the Eden Gardens, the home team had indeed won. Kolkata Knight Riders that is, even though she had cheered rivals Royal Challengers Bangalore, back in March 2010.
“Thanks to that association, now I know a bit about cricket. When I was really small, I knew of a few West Indies players and a few England players. But now I know almost all members of the Indian cricket team. Sachin (Tendulkar) I have met two-three times… he is a lovely, lovely person.”
While she missed what might well be Sachin’s last Test at Eden by a day, Katrina is open to an invitation for the KKR matches next IPL season. No, not from her Jab Tak Hai Jaan hero and KKR team boss Shah Rukh Khan. But from “Mamatadi”!
“She is just amazing... so sweet, so much love, warmth and energy,” Katrina said, recalling her meeting with the chief minister during her Calcutta Film Festival visit less than a month ago. “If she invites, I’ll come!”
And then came the other “if only” confession — the Mamata walk. “She does it in a sari... she goes whoosh...” Kats gestured with her hand. “I can’t walk like that in my heels!”
But the actress had managed fine in the garb of a politician by default in Raajneeti (2010), playing the ma-manush card to power. “Yes I was amazingly comfortable in those saris... they were really soft fabric and Prakashji (Jha, director) used to ensure that everything was covered up. I can walk fast in that!”
In a pair of hawai chappals to boot!