An interview with SHAHID KAPOOR on his next film

Once again you are paired with your girlfriend, Kareena Kapoor. Aren’t you apprehensive about it ending up as Fida the last time?
Remember Kareena and I are only part of a film. The script, the characters, the music; all contribute to a film’s success. In that way, I am very confident about Chup Chup Ke. It’s shaped up really well.

What is the film all about?
Chup Chup Ke is a romantic comedy by Priyan. I play a dreamer who takes loans to make ends meet, but can never repay them. In a bid to raise money I pretend to be deaf and dumb and land up in a Gujarati household. By a strange twist of fate one of the girls (Kareena) in the family is apparently deaf and dumb. How I land up in situations and try to wriggle out of them forms the crux of the story.

It is for the first time you are working with Priyadarshan. What was the experience like?
Priyadarshan’s forte is comedy, which is not loud or slapstick, but situational. Since it was something I had never attempted before, I was so nervous on the first day that I was actually sweating. It’s my first film with him. It took me a few days to adjust to his style, but after that I was fine and started enjoying working with him.

How different is Chup Chup Ke from Priyadarshan’s other films?
You’ve seen Priyan’s successful comedies – Hulchul, Hungama, Malaamal Weekly, etc. But this one is a romantic comedy. It’s a love story with loads of comedy.

You seem to be enjoy playing comic roles…Action, romantic, I love doing all types of roles. Each is challenging in its own way.

Tell us about the music of Chup Chup Ke…
Himesh Reshammiya has composed it! That says it all! He’s rocking! The soundtrack has some really nice numbers – Dil Vich, Ghoomar, Aaya Re, etc. My favourite is Shab e Firaq.

Tell us about Sooraj Barjatya’s Vivaah and Ahmed Khan’s Full And Final?
Vivaah is a quaint romantic film while Full… is an action flick. I think I am lucky to be working with so many big names and so many genres so early in my career.

What do you look for when selecting a film?
The script has to excite me! Then comes the set-up. It is important at this stage that I work with established filmmakers, and co-stars and technicians I can learn something from.

Kareena and you are quite open about your personal life…
Why not? We are both young and single. We are lucky to be doing films together as that way we get to spend a lot of time with each other. But our careers are still priority, as both of us want to excel in our work.

What do you love most about Kareena?
The way she wears her stardom and success… very casually!

And is marriage on the cards?
Presently I have only work on my mind!

What is the real Shahid like?

I am a very simple and down-to-earth person. I’m a vegetarian who loves to gorge on Mumbai roadside food!

How do you find the audiences abroad?
I have done shows in the UK, USA, South Africa, Malaysia, etc. Since the people there do not get to see us so often they get very excited and are terribly enthusiastic. It is very gratifying to perform for them.

What is your message to your fans abroad?
Enjoy all my films!

(U T V ’ s CHUP CHUP KE releases in cinemas on June 9.