We caught up with Priyanka Chopra, Shahid Kapoor and director Kunal Kohli at the theatrical launch of the trio’s first film together. After scorching the screen with their blazing chemistry in Kaminey in 2009, the two stars – PC and Sasha – play a romantic couple once again with more razzmatazz (and perhaps less sizzle) in their forthcoming release, Teri Meri Kahaani
After seeking a quick apology for being a good half hour late Priyanka Chopra, who was looking gorgeous as ever in her tangy-orange evening wear, chose to sit right alongside her alleged ex-flame Shahid Kapoor. Just a minute ago the two had embraced each other, much to the delight of the camera lenses, but the hug looked pretty customary.
Nevertheless, the director of the duo’s upcoming film Teri Meri Kahaani - which bears a close resemblance to Mausam, Sasha’s last film and a complete disaster at the box office – Kunal Kohli was delighted to see PC and Shahid sharing the same platform to promote his new love story. After giving us a sneak peek of the film Shahid, Priyanka and Kunal fielded questions with ease, and indulged in (friendly) banter as they told us what Teri Meri Kahaani is all about….
Why another love story?
Kunal Kohli: Love is evergreen. Love is alive through ages. Jabse hum aur tum ho tab se pyar hain uske pehle bhi tha aur baad main bhi rahega. That’s why I think we should have a film about love blossoming not just through ages, but through various lives, and that’s why I have made this film.
Shahid and Priyanka, can you share respective love stories with us. Who do you love the most?
Shahid Kapoor: Well, at the moment, it’s a love story of Kunal Kohli and me.
Kunal Kohli: Don’t reveal our love story as yet. It’s not teri meri kahanni!( it’s not our love story)
Shahid Kapoor: You know that better, Kunal. It’s your film in the end. But on a serious note, I completely believe in love. This is my third consecutive film revolving around this beautiful emotion and I have immense faith in love. I think love is the most beautiful thing in the world; it makes the world go round. The central idea of this project – a love story through three different generations – simply thrilled me.
Priyanka Chopra: As clichéd as it may sound, love makes world go round. It is has become clichéd, because that’s what the reality is. I love so many people, but the list is not that long and it starts with my family.
How did the idea of this film come about?
SK: We ( Kunal and I) discussed many ideas. He had some full-fledged scripts ready, but this idea really got me kicked. Kunal told me that he had this thought on his mind for long and wanted make a film about it. The idea was, when we get married in India they say that two soulmates are coming together and they will stay together forever, even in their future lifetimes. So the story is about how two people meet, love blossoms between the two and culminates into a story. I loved the concept. The same two souls meeting in different generations and different lifetimes makes for a fascinating tale.
But this plot sounds very clichéd…
SK:Even I was bit apprehensive initially fearing that this is a very serious story, but Kunal told me that he wanted to have a young, funny and cool take on the concept. I don’t think anybody in Indian cinema – or for that matter anywhere in the world – has portrayed two souls meeting thrice in three different generations. This unique idea excited me and I decided to do the film. It’s a quirky love story.
Do you think the story is practical in today’s times when it is difficult to finish one love story in one lifetime? Here you have the same souls falling in love with each other three times over through three different lifetimes. Do you think the audience will relate to the concept?
SK:Yeah, I agree that it’s difficult to complete a love story in a lifetime. So I think this is our way to escape from reality. But I also think it’s not impossible to find love even in three generations. It’s possible for us to be happy by falling in love with the same person over and over again. I think love has all shades – it’s happy, sad, demanding, frustrating and disheartening – our film will show you all those emotions.
KK: The story is also about how love has changed over a period of time and what has changed and what has remained unchanged.
SK:It is exciting for me as an actor to portray a struggling musician (Govind) of 1960 and play Krrish of 2012 in London and Javed who is a great lover of shayari. All these characters are finding their soulmates in this story.
Kunal, tell us about the chemistry between your leading star-pair…
KK: Shahid and PC were together in only seven scenes in Kaminey and yet their chemistry was sizzling. In this film they are together for about 75 scenes..so you know what to expect!
PC: FYI -75 scenes for me and Shahid, and yet it is small film!
Priyanka, after sketching seven different characters in Visha Bhardwaj’s Saat Khoon Maaf and twelve personalities for Ashutosh Gowariker’s What’s Your Raashee?, once again you are doing a multi-character film. Tell us about the challenges you faced while doing the film?
PC: I think the most challenging part for me was to play Radha of 2012, because her scenes are very conversational, very real, for which your performance needs to be very subtle. You need to understand the nuances of the character. I also enjoyed playing the 1910 Punjabi girl who is very boisterous, rebellious, who gets scared of her father.
SK: Which is definitely not like you, Priyanka!
PC: In 1960 I played a girl with adaab and polished mannerisms…
SK: Which is highly unlike you, Priyanka!
PC: Then you tell me what is like me?
SK: No, hang on, on second thought I think you are like Rukhsar of 1960, who is a big star and behaves like one…
KK: Here’s an interesting anecdote: Everybody knows that Priyanka has played 12 characters in What’s your Raashee? and seven different personalities in Saat Khoon Maaf. When I narrated the script of this film to PC, where she had to portray three different characters, her reaction was, ‘Only three characters, are you sure?’ (laughs)
So tell us, how according to you has love evolved in today’s times? Has it moved beyond chocolates and roses?
PC: I think flowers and chocolates are boring.
SC: Hey, but they worked for me!
PC: No, I think romance has gone beyond that. Gifting chocolates and flowers are not interesting ideas any more. You just have to be happy in love and funny in love. I guess flowers don’t do the trick any more.
KK: But my film is more than just flowers and chocolates. It has shayari too. Maybe that combination can work. The film has a lot of shayari. I am a shayari fanatic myself; I wanted to be like Jagjit Singh while I was growing up. So you will see Shahid mouthing my lines and girls will love it!
Given a chance, would Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra date each other in three lifetimes?
SK: Oh, you mean Janam janam ka saath? You mean hypothetically? (turns to Priyanka)
SK: What do you think?