Q. Judging by the music video of your new film Kismat Konnection, I guess you have donned the role of Justin Timberlake? A. No, it's nothing of that sort. The way I feature in the song is just a way to promote a song called Aye Barbie, which involves little bit of break dancing and things like that. Q. Apart from it also projects you as a rock star. A. Yeah, surely there is bit of element of it in the music video.
Rajan Singh met up with Shahid Kapoor at Fame Malad where Shahid was inaugurating a new music video for Kismat Konnection. Excerpts:
Judging by the music video of your new film Kismat Konnection, I guess you have donned the role of Justin Timberlake?
No, its nothing of that sort. The way I feature in the song is just a way to promote a song called Aye Barbie, which involves little bit of break dancing and things like that.
Apart from it also projects you as a rock star.
Yeah, surely there is bit of element of it in the music video.
Ok, before you signed this film, were there any apprehension in your mind that you would be paired with Vidya Balan who has a different image altogether?
Let me add few things before I say anything, I have great amount of respect for Aziz uncle (Aziz Mirza) and tremendous faith in his judgment. Aziz uncle was extremely clear that she suited the part. Apart from all this we were aware from the beginning itself that people were curious that how we two would look together on screen as Vidya has done Indian parts before and I have done many boyish roles in past. But I guess that was the challenge that was thrown to us and we all took it up and the end of it all I am very happy with the way Kismat Konnection has turned up.
Everyone knows that you are a great prankster and played many pranks on the unit. You also scared Vidyas mom instead of her. Tell us more.
I wont deny that story. Yes, its all very true. Our whole attempt was to scare Vidya out of her wits but in the whole process it was her mom who became the victim. After she opened the doors of her room, she freaked out completely and after that it took us a little while to convince her. For some time she never chatted with us only but later on everything became normal.
Tell us a bit about this film of yours?
Its basically a romantic comedy. Most of Aziz Mirzas films are lighthearted comedy and they have those beautiful moments in it. They all are feel-good films, where the protagonist is always the common man. They can connect with everybody and anybody. The music is pretty good and its fresh and young film.
The whole film was shot in Toronto, I am sure it must be fun all the way?
The shooting of Kismat Konnection was packed in a 60 days outdoor schedule. Once we reached there, everyone became good friends, we actually had no choice. We did not have anyone over there that we could interact with apart from unit members, so we interacted among each other a lot. Kismat Konnection is a young and fun film and that was precisely the atmosphere on the sets.
After the shoot for the film got over, now people have started calling you and Vidya as couple. How true is it?
I guess thats OK and one has to get used to such things. It all happens because of the kind of profession we all are part of and a lot of stuff does get written about which you prefer for it not to. But at the end of the day its part of someones job and you have to accept it.
Off late you have been linked to many actresses, is Shahid single and ready to mingle?
You know this that I am not going to talk about my personal life. I will try my best to protect it because at the end of it, its my own private space.
Ok, so how would Shahid Kapoors dream girl be like?
I guess when I was in my fifth standard, I had given up this whole dream of dream girl thing but I would like to come across somebody who likes me for who I am as a person rather than what I am personified on the silver screen. I like people who are themselves and are always there for me.
You have become very choosy off late; will this always be the case in future too?
To be very honest, actually I am doing four films right now. Quite contrary to the fact that, two years back I was doing only one film. The whole effort is to make the right selection because the most essential thing for me as an actor is to choose the right script. The whole exercise can be compared to playing on a good wicket, if you begin with a bad script, how far can you go and correct something that is essentially bad on paper. The exercise is always to choose the right script
Lastly why should people go and watch Kismat Konnection?
Because the film has me in it! I hope thats a good enough reason and contrary to rumours the film also has Aziz Mirza and Vidya Balan.
Thanks a lot.