Kareena Kapoor is leaving nothing to chance this time. Determined to match strides with the formidable scene-stealer Kajol in the Hindi version of Stepmom, the actress has been quietly attending acting workshops with the film’s director Siddharth Malhotra.”The last time I rehearsed for a part was for Vishal Bharadwaj’s Omkara. But that was a more unconventional film and role where I had to get into a milieu and character I knew nothing about. But Stepmom is urban and very contemporary.

I play a very normal metro-centric working girl,” said Kareena.Malhotra’s film is inspired by director Chris Columbus 1998 hit drama Stepmom, a heartwarming tale of two women – divorced Susan Sarandon and the new woman (Julia Roberts) in her ex-husband’s life – and the problems they face to find a common ground of understanding.And to attend the workshops, Kareena has been stealing time out of the rehearsals for a song she began shooting with Aamir Khan in 3 Idiots. Through the workshops Kareena is discovering how difficult it is to play a normal girl. “I walk, talk, dress like an ordinary working girl.

I’ll be using no makeup.”Bollywood’s ace designer Manish Malhotra too is having a hard time trying to bring down Kareena’s glamour quotient in Stepmom to look like an ordinary working woman. “I couldn’t cut my hair as planned because of continuity clashes. And I didn’t want to cut my long hair. But I’m going for a new hairstyle,” said Kareena.The two actresses start shooting together from the end of this month.Talking abour Kajol, Kareena said: “She’s always been one of my favourite actresses. We worked together in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. But this is something else.”

There will be a lot of dramatic scenes between the two women in the movie. “The desi version of Stepmom is very different from the original. My role is also a big departure from what Julia Roberts played in Stepmom,” Kareena said.