Ikonz World spoke exclusively to Bollywood hunk Shahid Kapoor moments after the official press conference held in London for the release of his new film ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’, which stars Priyanka Chopra and is directed by Kunal Kohli. Shahid spoke to Ikonz editor Reena Combo and reporter Poonam Joshi about his hopes for the new film, and what it was like playing three different characters in three different generations – all in the same movie!
Ikonz: Hi Shahid, how are you finding the UK.
Shahid: It’s great. I’m a bit tired as we’ve been promoting the film for 7 days nonstop. However this is the first time a film of mine has premiered in the UK so it’s exciting.
Ikonz: And what do you make of the British weather?
Shahid: Ji barish mujhe bahot achi lagthi hain. I really like the rain. I hear this is supposed to be the London summer? The sun comes out for a bit, shows its face and the ndisappears again, but I love Lonon so love this city in the rain and I the sun.
Ikonz: What’s the best thing you like about London?
Shahid: Yaar, the Hindustani food you get here is great. You get great vegetarian food here also. I’m vegetarian so to get good Indian food anywhere in Europe is wonderful and to get so much of it here is even better.
Ikonz: So tell us about the film?
Shahid: It has three time periods in it, three era’s. It’s about people who technically are soul mates in three different generations. The genre of the film is more like a rom-com. There’s no reincarnation – no one dies, no one is born again – it’s a very interesting story that Kunal has put a lot of thought into. I don’t think films get cast on the people’s personal equations, I think directors have a little bit more credibility than that and I’d be pleased to think Kunal casted me and Priyanka because he thought we’d play the characters well.
Ikonz: So hmmm nobody dies and nobody is reborn in this film….so how does that work?
Shahid: It’s basically three different people with the same soul, but individuals in different time periods.
Ikonz: What’s your perception on love?
Shahid: I think love can be as simple as you make it and as complicated as you make it. It’s up to the two people in the relationship.
Ikonz: You’re lucky enough to play 3 generations in ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’ – 1910’s, 1960’s and 21st century. How do you rate today’s India cinema with the so called ‘golden age’?
Shahid: Well I think anything that’s part of vintage and history is beautiful and superb. But also think there are fantastic films made today too. As an actor there’s scope to do different types of films and there’s an audience for all kinds of films. Having said that though, I am a huge fan of films from the 60’s and 70’s – you know the days of Shammi Kapoor, Dev Saab & Raj Kapoor. I’m so happy ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’ has a whole portion made in the 60’s and I’m getting to portray a character of that time.
I feel very fortunant to be working in films today, and I’m very lucky to be working in a time where there is so much variety where an actor can choose from.
Ikonz: When a new film comes out how intense is the pressure to have a successful run, especially if there is another release on the same day?
Shahid: I think the pressure of success is always there regardless of what other films may be releasing on the same day for any actor. There’s always pressure to perform, it’s a very competitive field. It’s a very unpredictable field. Everybody wants every film they do to do well. I’m really looking forward to see how people respond to ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’ and I’m really happy with the way that it has turned out, it’s a nice fun & entertaining movie so I’m very positive about it and looking forward to it.
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