Sonam Kapoor talks on Delhi 6, her role and friendship in the industry with Rajan Singh
Well both are good. Masakali is a symbol of Bittus character, so I hope you will henceforth refer to me as Bittu.
But dont you think Masakali has become more popular than Bittu?
I only feel that the song has really caught up in a big way. Masakali is a symbol of what Bittu is, as a person. Well you are free to call me by any name - a rose is always a rose, whatever the name is. I think the name Masakali was coined by Mr. Rahman.
Now when the songs of the film have become a hit, do you feel half the battle of the box office has been won?
Obviously. Mr. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra always tells this to us that the music is the soul of a film. And when the soul is being appreciated so much, you can easily imagine about the rest of the body. The soul is always the reflection of a person.
Ok, whats your role in Delhi 6?
Bittu is a young girl and she prefers spending time with her friends. Her best friend in the film is called Suresh and Cyrus Sahukar has played the role, and she prefers spending time with him. She also sings and prefers spending time with her dad, which is played by Om Puri. She also plays with the pigeons in the film; She is a college goer and prefers seeing Delhi while traveling in Metro.
You must have also romanced with Abhishek Bachchan in the film?
For the romance part you have to see the film. I dont think I should reveal more than what I have already told you.
You shot for a major duration for the film in Delhi, its said that the set almost resembled like one big family. Tell us more?
Yes, Rakesh Ji wanted to create a very familial atmosphere on the sets. Delhi 6 is a family film. I think its been after many years that the audience will get to see a family oriented film. I distinctly remember that when I was eight or nine years old as a kid, every Sunday there used to be an event at our home. We used to go to Gaiety or Chandan to see some film. My mom used to purchase tickets in bulk. There used to be my chachi, chacha, nana, nani, dada, and dadi - just about everyone. We all went together to watch the films and everyone would identify with those films we watched. Delhi 6 is a similar film and people in the age range of 8 to 80 can identify with it. They will surely find some element or the other, which will appeal to them. Delhi 6 is all about the people of this country. Chandni Chowk is like a symbol for whole of India. Rakesh has tried to make it concise whatever happens in this country and put it in Delhi 6. If you were to observe closely, you will surely discover a Chandni Chowk in every city be it Mumbai, Hyderabad or Bangalore. Every city according to Mr. Mehra has a Chandni Chowk, which harbors variety of people. We all are one family and especially in this country after a while even your neighbor become a part of your family. They know very well as to whats happening in our lives and vice versa.
Delhi 6 is autographical and relates to Rakeysh Mehras growing up years. Tell us more?
The film must be autobiographical. He has made a film about this country. And about this country one really wonders that how this country is running amidst so many religions and so many languages. But for some reason the country just works. There is a dialogue in the film, which Abhishek says, and it goes like that India works because the people make it work. Rakeysh was familiar with the area of Chandni Chowk as he was born and brought up there. According to him the story of Chandni Chowk is a reflection of whole of India.
How was the whole experience of working with Abhishek Bachchan?
Well he did trouble me and giving him company were two kids, who play the role of my brothers in the film. But let me also add that he is an amazing person but prefers making life miserable for other people. It was fun and whenever I used to go to sleep, I used to laugh alone. It was all harmless fun and that included pulling my hair and other things. But I think he did all these only to make me comfortable because it was a very different chemistry that we were trying to create. I think whatever chemistry you will see on the screen between us was only because of the way Abhishek was with me on the sets. He prefers fooling around and laughing and making other people laugh on the sets. The special quality that Abhishek is endowed with is the fact that he is very young and that means that I could relate myself with him. At the same time he is also very experienced with 30 films in his kitty so far. He is also a very generous actor and has an amazing timing. The fact is you are only good as your co-star. Abhishek is a thorough gentleman.
Did you roam around the streets of Delhi?
Yes, I roamed around a lot. I used to go to Kareems for lunch and breakfasts. We both are meat eaters and besides we also gorged on Nan, roti, kali dal and other stuff. I just cant talk about food, its very tempting. We used to go there every alternate day. Then we also visited Bukhara on more than one occasion.
You have already spent more than an year in the industry; have you developed friendship with stars?
Well, Ranbir has been my friend from long. Rani Mukherji is like an elder sister to me and is part of our family. I have known her since I was 14 or 15 years old. I also know the whole Kapoor clan. I know Lolo, Bebo all of them, they too are like part of our family. I also get along with Priyanka and Deepika very well.
Deepika in one of her interview had named you as her best friend.
The thing being that she is Ranbirs girl friend and Ranbir is a very close friend of mine. Ranbir and myself have this very large group of friends with whom we hang around. We have maintained this group since our school days and this group has mainly boys in it. At that time, Deepika because of Ranbir met the whole group and then to me. And because we have common grounds we got along well with each other. We are in the same mental space at this moment. We started our career together, in fact on the same day. Its just easier for her to understand what I am going through and vice versa. But whenever we meet, we never discuss about our films.
Ok, then if its not films, what are the issues you talk about?
We both are young girls of the same age even born in the same year. Its difficult for me to explain but it relates to boys, clothes, and things like that. We discuss everything, which every normal girl does. We talk about our eating habits, what to eat and what not to eat but its never our films. We dont go into that space. But at the same time we both are different people, Deepika is a very shy and quiet person and I prefer having a good time. Mostly because of Ranbir we got know each other. She is a very simple person and not complicated at all. She is not bothered much about things.
Now Slumdog Millionaire is just about everywhere these day, talking about the film is it true that after your brother threatened your father, Anil Kapoor he agreed for the film?
There is poster hanging in my brothers room for the past many years and its that of Trainspotting. Papa never knew that its a film by Danny Boyle. One day my brother saw the script lying on the table and when he got to see that the film was to be made by Danny Boyle he became very excited. He finished the script in flat one hour and then he confronted my father saying that if he refused the film he will leave the house. I have never seen my brother behaving in such a stubborn manner and it was very unusual considering the fact that he is a very quiet boy. After that he met Danny Boyle but even by that time he was yet to go through the script. He had no clue about the plot of the film also he used to call him as David instead of Danny. Danny had seen his Taal and had absolutely loved him in the film. Danny told him that he couldnt visualize anyone else in the film except my father. He then signed the film and after he read the script he was bowled over. It was all about luck.
Lastly, do you now consider yourself as a grown up person?
I dont know but I think I have grown up. I am the same person. I have not changed. But when it comes to worldly matters I am a foolish person.
Thanks a lot.