Her last three films have tanked, and as we go to press, comes the buzz that she has demanded an astronomical Rs. 8 crore for a film opposite Prabhas – a lifeline, as it were, should her films on hand do not work. Sadly, we are in no position to ask Shraddha Kapoor if that was the truth and her reasons for doing what she did.
After “Haider,” “Rock On 2” and “OK Jaanu” were shown the door by the audience, Kapoor is set to release “Half Girlfriend,” an intense story of a relationship based on Chetan Bhagat’s book of the same name, and follow that up with Apoorva Lakhia’s biopic on a female don of sorts, “Haseena,” and then a biopic on athlete Saina Nehwal, who is also Kapoor’s friend. But first – let us discuss “Half Girlfriend.”
Excerpts from an interview:
Q: Have you read the book on which this film is based?
A: No, because Mohit (Suri, the director) had specifically told me not to do so.
Q: And what is your character like?
A: I play a high-society Delhi girl. Their mannerisms and body language were interesting things to pick up. I even interacted with several high-society girls and made notes.
Q: How much has your professional relationship with director Mohit Suri evolved over “Aashiqui 2” and “Ek Villain?”
A: I want to star in every film of his, and while “Hamari Adhuri Kahani” had no role for me, I would have been very angry with him if he had not approached me for this film! Every Mohit film has tapped a different facet of my talent. This time, he has projected my tomboyish side. I would like to be a part of each and every film of his. What more can I say about our bonding than mention the fact that we complete each other’s sentences when we discuss something?
Mohit is a very emotional man. He sits impossibly close to the monitor to overview the shots he takes. And if the scene is good, he is moved by what he sees and his expression changes accordingly.
Q: There is a lot of basketball in the film. How are you with the sport?
A: I am a sports enthusiast in real life. In college, in basketball, I was the best substitute player, whenever someone was tired or injured!
Q: How different was it here when the writer, bestselling author Chetan Bhagat, was also the co-producer?
A: Oh, Chetan is a very entertaining guy. He also is very inclusive. In any conversation, he tends to bring you in even if you are just a friend of his friend. But otherwise, there was no difference. Mohit was the one calling the shots on the sets.
Q: It’s been several times now that you have had a song wherein you get drenched in the rain, as in “Aashiqui 2,” “Ek Villain,” “Baaghi”…Why is that?
A (Laughs): Oh, it is just a coincidence. Maybe rain denotes romance, so they want them!
Q: You have always been friends. But now you are co-stars too. What is your take on Arjun Kapoor?
A: Arjun has such a great sense of humor. His Hindi and English are both so good, whereas my Hindi is not strong. He is innocent, very expressive in the way he talks and emotes, and in his house, I have had some of the loveliest ‘ghar ka khaana’ (home-cooked food). I have eaten, like their Jungli Mutton – that is so yummy! He’s a great friend of my brother Siddhant.
Q: As a star-singer, what do you feel about the tirade against Sonakshi Sinha by singers Kailash Kher, Sona Mohapatra and Armaan Malik?
A: See, I look at it in a very simple way. We are all from one industry, and many of us, even the singers, do other things they want to or like to try out. We must support each other and not pull each other down. Look at Parineeti Chopra – how beautifully she has sung in “Meri Pyaari Bindu.”
Q: How do you look at the bad run you have had since the last two years?
A: I can only quote what my mother told me: “Don’t let success go to your head and failure to your heart.”
Q: You are now doing two diametrically opposite biopics – one on a gangster’s sister who is also a law-breaker, and one on a famous sportsperson. Do you think it is alright to glorify criminals with films being made on them just for a meaty role?
A (Ponders): I don’t think we are glorifying a criminal by telling their story. Let us not judge the films that way. Do you think, for example, that “Godfather” glorified a don?
Q: We heard that when you do not want your father (actor Shakti Kapoor) to understand something secret, your brother and you talk in Marathi!
A: Yes, that’s true! And my mother (erstwhile singer-actress Shivangi Kolhapure) also joins in. And my father wants to know what we are talking about! (Smiles)
Q: Seven years into your career, how do you choose assignments?
A: With every film, I have to grow. And I also ask myself whether I will be happy and passionate while working on a film. And an inner voice gives the reply to this question.
Q: What do you miss in these seven years as a celebrity?
A: Obviously the privacy and the joys of going out freely! Like there is this superb paani-puri walla on 10th Road near my house. But that’s okay; I guess because we can always order it and have it at home.
Q: What about gossip about you? Does it hurt?
A: Not now. I get entertained by it!