What was it like working with Aki Narula?
Aki has worked with us in Bunty Aur Babli so it was wonderful to reunite with most of his team this time around. Aki as a designer is very colorful, he loves style and he loves to make things look larger than life. And this time he got a film in which he could really freak out and thus he's done a wonderful job. He was so much in tune with what Shaad wanted and they together have managed to come up with a look which was really needed for the film. The look is unique, very special and something which aided the performance of the actors a lot. So when you wear the right clothes with the right accessories, hair and make up, it helps you become the character completely. I always believe that looking the part is fifty percent of the job and in JBJ it is possible mainly because of Aki Narula. I really think JBJ has the finest costumes designed in Hindi film till date.
Which is your favourite outfit from the film?
I like all of them. All the clothes for Jhoom Barabar Jhoom were wonderful. It allowed me as a human being and as an actor to do things and wear things that I would have never dreamt of in my life. I don't think I would ever don the kind of clothes Aki has come up with in this film but they suited the character. Rikki Thukral was that kind of character and such costumes suited him brilliantly and it was just a pleasure to get into somebody else's skin and be so loud and get away with it. The wonderful thing about the costumes is that whenever we used to shoot on the streets of London, people actually used to look at us actors and really wonder why we wearing such clothes and we used to become conscious at times. I think Preity was the most sober of the lot followed by Bobby, then Lara and I was the maddest. Though we were very conscious while shooting, I think once you see the film the costumes don't seem to jump out on you. Because of the fitting world created by Shaad, Bose-our cinematographer and Aki, you don't pay attention to the costume. It takes you to a different world of Jhoom Barabar Jhoom and I think every technician working on the film helps and manages the audience to transport themselves into a different world-the world of the movie.
What was it about the script that made you decide to do the film?
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom was a story that Yash Raj had told me while we were shooting for Bunty Aur Babli. It was then called Sangam Mein. It kept evolving from Delhi station to King's Cross Station. It grew in stature, style and scale; so it's something that I can very luckily say that I was blessed to see it from when it was a germ of an idea. So it happened over a period of time. I knew of the script and the idea right from the inception stage and this helped me a lot because it helped me to get acquainted with the script and the character. So it was a lot of fun for me to see it grow and finally become a great film that's to come.
How have you grown as an actor from Bunty Aur Babli to Jhoom Barabar Jhoom?
I think the main aspect is confidence. When I started with Bunty Aur Babli there was a huge confidence problem because I wasn't sure whether I would be able to manage that level. I tried very hard to maintain a very high pitch and the level of performance which is something Shaad really likes. Shaad is a believer that anybody can do that to carry off a character which is very high octane and to carry it off with ease is very tough. I thought Bunty was one such character that was very tough to do. After I completed Bunty Aur Babli and saw the film, I had confidence in Shaad. In the sense that he always believed in me as an actor and I was happy that he managed to extract good performance from me.