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Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan in “Bodyguard.”

MUMBAI — Kareena Kapoor Khan, who would love to star one day with cousin Ranbir Kapoor if a suitable script comes their cousinly way and who has worked with Sidharth Malhotra (through her item song in “Brothers”) and Arjun Kapoor (in the forthcoming “Ki and Ka”), was quite forthcoming about the secret behind why she has had repeated successful rounds with the big names, whether it is the three Khans, Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar or her husband Saif Ali Khan.

An on-screen pair should ensure that they never work together in the same environs film-wise, she maintains.

“Look at my films with Saif — they include ‘Kurbaan,’ ‘Agent Vinod’ and ‘Tashan.’ With Salman Khan, it’s been ‘Kyon Ki...,’ ‘Main Aur Mrs. Khanna,’ ‘Bodyguard’ and ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ and, with Aamir Khan, I have worked in ‘3 Idiots’ and ‘Talaash.’

“There is Ajay Devgn in ‘Omkara,’ the ‘Golmaal’ series and ‘Singham Returns.’ With Shah Rukh Khan, I have done ‘Asoka,’ ‘Don’ and ‘RA.One.’ All that makes a huge difference,” feels the actress, who also joked that the name Khan has been added to her original name Kareena Kapoor, as she has worked with all of them again and again (the list incidentally includes Imran Khan twice and Fardeen Khan thrice)!

She adds that the director becomes very important here, as the chemistry and how the pair looks depends upon him. For example, the same Rohit Shetty made her and Devgn look so different in the “Golmaal” franchise, compared to in “Singham Returns.”

Kareena also jokes about the discrepancy in payments made to female stars.

“That’s why one should work in Salman Khan’s films, as the budgets are high!” she quips.

When we comment on how exceptionally lucky she has also been with her music, she nods and points out that one of her favorites is “Fevicol” from “Dabangg 2.”

“The masses loved it, and I love what the masses love!” she grins.

Among her older films, she mentions that so many of them had great music but singles out “Asoka” (2001 / Anu Malik) as something really special.

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