|Shraddha Kapoor at the HHI poolside. Picture: Rashbehari Das
The pressure is building... thodi bahut nervousness toh ho rahi hai,” Shraddha Kapoor confessed to t2 when she was in town last week to promote Friday release Aashiqui 2. A chat with Bolly badman Shakti Kapoor’s daughter.
Aashiqui 2 has managed to create quite a buzz...
I am really looking forward to the film. It’s something we have worked very hard for. It’s such an intense story and we have put in a lot. Our director (Mohit Suri) made sure we worked very hard.
Weren’t you supposed to do another film with the Bhatts before Aashiqui 2?
Yes. And that would have also been directed by Mohit... but it didn’t happen. Then when they decided to make Aashiqui 2, Mohit met me on a day I was wearing glasses and had my hair in a bun and later he told me that he actually chose me because of that! They wanted that kind of simplicity in my character Arohi. It’s great being a Bhatt heroine because they present their women so beautifully.
What can you tell us about Arohi?
The story is completely different from Aashiqui (1990), although I do play a girl from a small town who arrives in a big city all alone. Unlike Anu Agarwal’s character in Aashiqui, I play a singer. I actually don’t have too many memories of that film. I think I was just about born when it released (smiles) and it was only when I was in the eighth standard that I saw the film. I really loved the songs. Even the songs in our film have become very popular. So, that’s a similarity.
You have said that this has been a very challenging role...
There were days when I really had to push myself emotionally. The love that we portray is very intense and I had to dig deep to get those emotions out of me. The days we shot a particularly emotional or dramatic scene, Mohit made sure that we stuck around and partied after pack-up. So that kind of balanced things out.
Your chemistry with co-star Aditya Roy Kapur is crackling...
We became very good friends and that kind of shows on screen. I am very happy that people are noticing the chemistry between us because we worked very hard to make sure that we looked like a couple intensely and insanely in love (laughs).
You have been a fixture on our fashion pages so far. Will Aashiqui 2 make people see you as a serious actress?
I think love stories are remembered in Bollywood much more than any other kind of film. Look at Maine Pyar Kiya, DDLJ (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge), QSQT (Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak) or even Aashiqui. My first film (Luv Ka The End) was kind of an anti-love story, but Aashiqui 2 is true romance in the traditional mould and I seriously feel that this is the film that will get me noticed.
Your brother Siddhanth makes his debut with Shootout at Wadala next Friday...
My house at the moment is like a paagal khana (laughs). More than Siddhanth and me, it’s my parents (Shakti and Shivangi Kapoor) who are super-excited about our films. We just hope both our films are able to live up to the hype and expectations.
Considering that you started out before him, does Siddhanth come to you for advice?
No! (Rolls her eyes) If you think he considers me a senior, then that is something that he clearly doesn’t feel (laughs). We do discuss our films off and on, but Siddhanth has got his head on his shoulders and he pretty much takes his decisions independently.
Jeet Gannguli on why Aashiqui 2 was a big risk for him
When I was very young, Aashiqui released. I never thought that one day I would get to score the music for the sequel. I did work on Raaz 3 for the Bhatts last year, but Aashiqui was a musical hit and Nadeem-Shravan’s songs are still so popular. When Mukeshji (Bhatt, producer of Aashiqui 2) told me that I was doing Aashiqui 2, I was speechless for a moment.
I first recorded the climax song called Bhula dena. It’s a passionate song sung by Mustafa Zahid. Thereafter, we kept locking songs and scouting for voices. For this film, I have heard at least 40 voices. It was very important to get the right voices because this is Aashiqui 2 we are talking about. We zeroed in on KK for a song called Piya aaye na. Tulsi Kumar has also sung for me in this film and that was actually very emotional because her father Gulshan Kumar had produced Aashiqui. One new talent that we have introduced here is Arijit Singh and he’s sung four songs for me. We have also introduced a singer called Palak (Muchhal).
The brief to me from the Bhatts was that this is the story of a music man like me. Our ups and downs, our love and our life. I am grateful to the Bhatts to have given me such an opportunity and I am also thankful to Shrikant Mohta (of Shree Venkatesh Films) who gave the rights of two songs from his films free to the Bhatts.
The process may have taken some time but we really enjoyed the music sittings. This is a huge project for me, a kind of risk but I was always sure that I could do a good job of it. Now that people are liking the songs, it’s a huge boost for me.
(As told to PR)