When Alia Bhatt could shock The Devil
“Hi! Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor are coming to INOX, Quest Mall in Kolkata. Would you like to meet them?”, asked my dearest friend as he forwarded me the invitation of the promotional press conference of 2 States.
Well for someone like me (who had neither seen an Alia film nor an Arjun one) it was more like professional expansion. Bur for the person who invited me, it was a dream come true.
Same goes for our photographer friend and all young guys out there. After all, the sugar coated picture perfect heroine, with three super hits in her kitty, has become the heartthrob of many a human being belonging to the male species.
After showing us the trailer of 2 States four times, the lead couple was finally ready for the one to one questions. What is the story all about? In Arjun’s words, “In India, two people cannot marry when they fall in love. The boy must fall in love with the girl’s family. The girl must fall in love with the boy’s family. The boy’s family must love the girl’s family and the girl’s family must love the boy’s family. After all this, if there is still a little bit of love left, then the guy and the girl marry!”
Has Arjun actually read the book? “No, but I have read the script which is an adaptation of the book and we have tried to stick to the T,” he said.
Arjun speaking one the occasion
How was his experience working with Alia? Arjun seemed to be waiting for this question to be asked for his answer was spontaneous, “Alia started filming the movie before I did. Initially I was apprehensive but she completely blew me away. I was pleasantly surprised to film her unassuming and not looking at the mirror constantly but trying to work with the others actors so that we work toward making a really good film. She would focus on the matter and content and not her hair and makeup. I thing she is a mature person and a fantastic actress to work with. The credit for the success of the movie would definitely go to both Alia and our director Abhishek Varman.”
Nest question was to Alia. Chetan Bhagat’s 2 States is already a best seller, does it make the job tougher for you or easier? “I have read the book and being a fan I was nervous as I wanted the film to be an exact adaptation of the book. And when I read the script, I was very happy. Except for a few things which had to be cut out to save the screen time, we have kept as close to the book as possible, all thanks to our director Abhishek (Varman) who has kept the sensibilities same”, said the star kid.
Was difficult was it playing a Tamilian? “Initially I thought that playing a Tam brahm, I would need to learn Tamil and constantly speak in Tamil but she is a modern day Tamilian and doesn’t always speak in Tamil. Interestingly, she and her family were earlier based in Kolkata and later moved to Chennai. So she doesn’t have that Tamilian accent. I only had to learn Bharatnatyam and that pride and posture that you get when you are a Tamilian.” said the 21 year old.
Back to Arjun. The role of Krish was first offered to people like Shah Rukh. How does it feel to have bagged the role? “Karan Johar offered me the film fifteen days after Ishaqzaade released. For me that was a huge confidence booster. I was elated and very very grateful.” smiles Arjun.
The next two questions were for Alia. How does it feel to be in the A list of actresses when you are just three films old? “Am I?”, she pauses before flashing a heartwarming smile that was probably making my guy friend’s heart melt! “If you say so! Thank you! I don’t know where I stand and which list I am in. I just want to be loved yaar! It’s not that I am not loved by my family and friends. As an actress, I want to be loved unanimously and am trying to pick up such roles so that I remain fresh in people’s mind.”
Does the fashioniesta tag take away a bit of an actor’s credibility? Her answer is as perfect as her evening dresses. “Today for some reason you are not allowed to look bad. I am actually against that. There are days when I don’t look good or even look bad. Earlier I would dress to get noticed but now I dress for myself. And I feel that and long as you are doing roles that have an impact on the people in some way or the other, then you are good. But yes, fashion
is a very important part of the industry. “
Finally, it was time for the last question to be asked. And my friend nudged me to ask a question which he had made up for the occasion. I was happy at his generosity, little knowing what I was to receive. Casually, I asked Arjun: So with whom did you enjoy working the most; Parineeti in Ishaqzaade or Alia in 2 States?
All hell broke loose! Arjun quickly recovered himself and started to answer but the sequins fell off Alia’s angelic expression and she glared at me with clenched teeth! Even the Devil himself would pause to think what to do and I was so stunned at the public display of repugnance that I averted my eyes and looked straight and Arjun, mentally deciding how to thrash my friend who did not wish to be the object of his sweetheart’s displeasure (and hence passed the question to me!) Arjun came quick to the rescue and his diplomatic answer smoothened out Alia’s expression again. “The circumstances of both the films were very different. I had done a workshop with Parineeti and knew her before Ishaqzaade whereas I discovered Alia during the course of the film. Parineeti and I were fed up with each other as we had to work for three months without any break but with Alia I got a lot of breaks in between schedules. So different dynamics and emotions played but both are absolutely fantastic actresses and I consider myself fortunate that I am the first person who got to work with both of them!”
End Note: My most memorable moment was the cold blooded stare of the sugar coated Alia (no issues darling, you are still my buddy’s sweetheart and he will watch 2 States without me too.
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