Monday, May 30, 2011

When Katrina met a shark

She developed a fear of that particular marine species during the shoot of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Katrina Kaif has a new-found fear. And no, it's not about never having a second chance at love. Reportedly, the actress has developed Selachophobia, fear of sharks. In Zinadagi Na Milegi Dobara, Katrina plays a diving instructor. Initially, she was very enthusiastic to indulge in the sport, until of course her first brush with a shark.

Our source told us, "Katrina had no idea what awaited her in the sea. When she was offered the role of Laila, the sexy diving instructor in Excel Entertainment's Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, she was very excited to start shooting. Closer to the start of filming, Katrina, had a private instructor, who trained her in deep sea diving, at Otters Club, in Bandra.

She was under the impression that 'this is easy' as all she had to do was practice to breath in the deep-end of the pool. But when she landed up for the actual shoot, she was in shock. During the shoot, the weather was acting up. There was a storm at sea. Two hours into sailing, the instructor asked her to jump into the sea.

When she looked up, everyone was frantically gesturing to her. She thought they were making fun of her. She swam around, mesmerized by the aquatic life. After the shoot, the crew confessed to her that when she took her first dip, a shark passed from above her. She was shocked that nobody told her to get out of the water. The thought of the incident alone was enough to mortify her."

When contacted, Katrina said, "When Zoya had told me about my character, I had to practice deep sea diving. So, I went to Otter's Club in Bandra with a coach. In the swimming pool, I ventured into the deep-end. I even sat there and practiced, but nothing prepared me for the big ocean.

We were shooting for three days to get the shot right and I lost about 3kg due to the mental strain and fear. I was really scared. In the shot, I am supposed to hold Hrithik's hand and walk, but if you look closely, I was clutching his hand because I was scared."

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