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‘I am here!’
Shraddha Kapoor in Teen Patti

With her first film Teen Patti not setting the box office on fire, Shakti Kapoor’s daughter Shraddha Kapoor has now become the face of Yash Raj Films’s new youth banner Y Films. She plays the vengeful leading lady in their first film, Luv Ka The End, releasing on May 6. t2 caught up with the latest Kapoor.

Do you regret debuting with Teen Patti, given that the film was a disaster at the box office?

No, not at all. I believe you should do the wrong things and stumble and fall rather than not do those things and not experience the different phases of life. My first film didn’t do well? That was that! I am over it now. I have got an amazing second film which I am extremely excited about. Ask any newcomer or budding actor and they would give their arms and legs, blood and sweat to work for the new Y Films banner from Yash Raj Films. I am here!

You look at Luv Ka The End as a relaunch for you?

Honestly, I didn’t take my first film, Teen Patti, as a launch or something. The whole hoo haa of star kids getting launched... I didn’t want all of that. Frankly I consider myself to be passionate about acting. That was my first film and now Luv Ka The End is my second film.

Y Films looks like a budget banner from the Chopra house. What makes you so excited about it?

The most appealing part of Y Films to me was that it was a branch of Yash Raj Films. I have always wanted to do a film with YRF, and here it was. They gave me a very extensive audition. I worked really hard on it and and luckily they liked my audition. Luv Ka The End is the first conscious effort to cater entirely to the youth. It is a young film by a young team for the young audience. It’s an anti-rom-com and definitely a first of its kind. To be part of such a revolution is amazing. It feels awesome.

Tell us about your role in Luv Ka The End.

I play Rhea Dialdas. She is a typical girl next door and she is in love with this guy, who is presumably her first love. She is head-over-heels in love with the boy but he turns out to be a pathetic jerk. She is heartbroken and her world comes crashing down. Then she thinks that rather than her world coming to an end, she would rather have his world coming to an end. So, she goes after him and how!

Shraddha with her Luv Ka The End co-star Taaha Shah

Is working in a budget banner like Y Films different from working in a big production house?

Teen Patti took three-and-a-half years to finish. For Luv Ka The End we started shooting in October and within these seven months we are actually releasing the film. That is really, really remarkable! You can imagine the pace at which we were working. It was completely chaotic and maddening on the sets of Luv Ka The End. We all had to really work beyond the regular working hours but nobody complained. As if the film belonged to all of us.

You have a three-film contract with Yash Raj Films. Is it only for Y Films or can you work for the mother banner? And what about films outside?

Oh, according to my contract I can do my next film with either Y Films or with Yash Raj Films. And I can definitely work outside, too. It’s a non-exclusive contract.

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