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Amrita the tease

Kai Po Che! is a big film for you…

It definitely is. There are so many big names attached to this film… UTV as producer, Chetan Bhagat, Abhishek Kapoor. I don’t know what Kai Po Che! will do for my career, but I am happy that I have been a part of a beautiful film. Let’s wait till Friday to see if the audience loves the film as much as we do.

How did you land the role of Vidya?

I met Gattu (Abhishek Kapoor) at a party and he asked me to audition for Vidya’s role. I went in for the audition and they liked me and I was on.

Is it true that you hadn’t read Chetan Bhagat’s The 3 Mistakes of my Life (on which Kai Po Che! is based) before the film happened?

I hadn’t. When I was signed on, I wanted to read it but Gattu didn’t want me to because he thought it would be better if I stuck to the script. He wanted my portrayal of Vidya to be independent of the book.

Now that you have read the book, how true is your Vidya to the one in the book?

They’ve changed some of my scenes but the nuances of the character remain the same, down to details like Vidya’s beauty mole on her upper lip which Govind (played by Rajkumar Yadav) is fixated on. We have really stuck to what Vidya is in the book, from her looks to her personality. It was a lot of fun to play Vidya.

Gattu and I chatted about how we needed to strike a balance… we didn’t want Vidya to come across as sexy or raunchy. She had to be playful, even bordering on being a tease. Even when she would be flirting, she had to do it in a charming way. We had to make sure that she never became a seductress, but stayed in the zone of a girl who knows how to get things done with a little bit of charm. Of course, this was also set 10 years ago and we had to keep that in mind. The Vidya-Govind love story starts with her taking tuitions from him and how the relationship develops is so beautiful.

Who did you bond best with?

By the time I started shooting, the three boys (Rajkumar, Sushant Singh Rajput and Amit Sadh) had already established a rapport because they had been workshopping together. When I started my workshops, we would spend three-four hours a day together and that’s how we got to know each other. In Gujarat we were shooting in the middle of nowhere and had only each other for company.

It was funny how Sushant (who plays Vidya’s brother Ishaan) and I actually started behaving like siblings… we would have serious fights on set! It was a love-hate relationship.... Raj is one of the best co-actors I have had so far. Both on the set and off it, we got along very well.

How was it being directed by Abhishek Kapoor?

Abhishek is really gifted, he knows how to make movies. His idea of a scene boils down to the minutest of detail... he’s so thorough. Even what he wants performance-wise is so clear. He chats with his actors, allows them to bounce off ideas…. He also has this talent for fine-tuning things. He has the knack of knowing what will work cinematically and go well with the audience.

Priyanka Roy

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