Katrina Kaif’s younger sister Isabelle is all set to make her Bollywood debut with Stanley D’Costa’s dance film, Time To Dance. Following her star sister’s footsteps, Isabelle sounds confident and has been training hard to prove her mettle as a performing artist.
Talking about her debut film, Isabelle says, “It’s a Latin ballroom dance film and I don’t have much experience in that dance form, so we have been training a lot. But I am thrilled to be doing something new. There are a lot of new things — it’s my first film and it involves many new dance forms. But I love acting, and art in all its forms, so it’s great.” Time to Dance also stars Sooraj Pancholi, who was last seen in Hero.
“I was always interested in performing (arts). I started dancing when I was very young and then went to a drama school and a performing arts school. So, I fell in love with acting, theatre, and all the aspects of filmmaking. I even had my own theatre group in college. From a very young age, I knew I wanted to be a performer in some way or the other and then I guess Katrina made it seem more possible,” she adds.
Since Isabelle’s debut film is a dance-based one, and would require her to learn various dance forms, she informs, “We are learning about 12-13 new dance forms that are very technical. But it’s exciting too as it’s a very sweet love story with dance as the backdrop. What attracted me first was the story and then I thought, ‘I could also learn all the new dance forms, so let’s do it!’ Hopefully, our hard work pays off. I am also excited to see how the film is going to turn out.”
Talking about Katrina, she says, “I remember doing my homework on the sets of Partner (2007) and prepping for my exams during weekends on the sets of Namastey London (2007). Katrina is a massive star but for me, it’s hard to see her like that as she is still the same person that she was. It’s amazing to see her success and fame, but to me, she has always been my big sister.”
For Isabelle, things have come together quickly and unexpectedly. “I feel everything happens when it’s supposed to happen. I just kind of went with the flow. I became the face of a big cosmetic brand and my debut film also happened. Apart from that, one or two other things have also kind of fallen into place. I really do believe that things happen when they are supposed to, and not necessarily when you want them to. You just have to be ready to seize those opportunities and go for it.”