Even today, Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor's alluring chemistry in Aashiqui 2 holds a special place in our hearts. The film's chartbuster music soaked the entire nation in hues of romance and we couldn't stop drooling over this new on-screen pair.
Four years later, they are all set to weave magic yet again with
OK Jaanu which releases this week. We recently caught up with
Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor for a freewheel chat at a
Excerpts from the interview...
On The Pre-Release Jitters
Shraddha: Yes, there are pre-release
Aditya: (cuts in) We are very nervous and
excited. We are a bit anxious and want to fast-forward the week to
the release date. (smiles)
On Comparisons With OK Kanmani
Shraddha: Obviously there will be comparisons.
In fact, the trailers of both the films are already being compared.
I think that's unavoidable. OK Kanmani connected well with
the audience. People really loved that film. So, I hope that
our film too connects with the people and they love it.
Aditya: Every time you are remaking something
that has been appreciated and loved that's what you are signing up
for. You know there are going to be people who had loved it.
Sometimes, no matter what you do, you won't be able to compare.
There is no reason to lose too much sleep over that. The
only thing that you could do is try and make it to your best
ability and realize the reasons why you are making the
The reason why you remake a film is that it has been loved in
the past and you think that it could be remade again. I feel
that gives you confidence more than pressure because you know that
this format has been appreciated before. You don't get to test the
waters in any other film before.
The Reason Why They Signed OK Jaanu
Aditya: We had seen the Tamil film. In fact,
that's how we decided to do the film. Shaad called up and told us
to watch the original film as he was writing the Hindi version of
the script and said that he would like us to be a part of
it. We loved the Tamil film and the performances so much that we
wanted to do OK Jaanu.
Shraddha: There are only a few changes in OK
Jaanu. Shaad didn't want to change anything because the story was
so good and everything was so amazing about the original. But, this
has been a bit adapted for the Hindi audience.
Their Views On The Concept Of Live-In Relationships
Aditya: I have never been in a live-in
relationship before. I can't speak from experience so I am not
aware about the pros and cons. But ya, I definitely feel
that if I am in a relationship with someone and I want to live with
them for a while, I don't see any reason why it can be a negative
thing. I have a lot of friends who have been in successful live-in
relationships and unsuccessful ones too. But, it definitely gets
you closer to understand the person you are with. You get to
know their habits. Sometimes it ends a relationship quicker
than it would have might dragged on longer. So, it quickens the
process either way. (laughs)
Shraddha: I believe in 'live and let live'. If
anybody is in a live-in relationship and they are happy then that
should be it. If people prefer not to, then whatever makes them
happy. I just feel that nobody should get hurt in that bargain.
,Our film is very interestingly showcasing two perspectives of a
live-in relationship. I think people will be entertained by
Aditya: That's one thing that I really loved
about the original film. It dealt with this subject without being
too preachy and saying see how brash we are and show sex just for
the sake of it. It's neither damning either side. It's not saying
that marriage is a bad thing because you even get to see an older
couple in a successful marriage in the film too. The film is not
just about the two characters living in. Actually you are
belittling the film by making it only about a live-in
On Being Able To Relate To Their On-Screen Characters
Shraddha: I was able to relate to a certain
extent. I feel that my character Tara has kind of rub off on me
now. I really love about how she is fearless about what she wants
in her life. She is unapolegetic. I really like that honesty about
her. She is very passionate about what she does. She has got this
fire in it. I hope that I can take away more from her.
Aditya: The character that I play is little
younger than my actual age. He is at that stage of life where he
has huge aspirations, doesn't want to commit to any relationship.
He is just enjoying life. He is not taking anything too seriously
as far as relationships are concerned. When I was younger, every
romantic relationship didn't mean marriage. I could definitely
relate with that part.
The Humma Song
Aditya: Last year when I went for the Dream
Team concert, I had my first stage performance there. I had
never done that before so I had to rehearse a lot. I had a lot of
fun and enjoyed dancing. So, I came quite warmed up for Humma
Shraddha: Some of my friends are going crazy
about him in the song especially his pelvic moves. They are like
'Oh my god, he is so hot, Shraddha. Please tell him.' I too thought
that he was hot in the song.
Aditya: I had fun while shooting the
Shraddha: I think he brings his own
charm to anything that he does. That's his USP.
On Reuniting As Co-Stars Post Aashiqui 2
Shraddha: I guess there will be more
expectations this time. It's awesome to do another movie with him.
We had a blast while shooting for Aashiqui 2 and during this film
as well. OK Jaanu is different because it is not in that intense
love space like Aashiqui 2. Instead, it's more in the playful and
Aditya: That was what excited us the most. We
were getting to do a film which was making us explore a different
side of love unlike the deeper, darker side of it like Aashiqui 2
Shraddha: It's the first happy film of
On Things That They Are Yet To 'Figure Out Kar Lege'
Shraddha: There are a lot of things...
Aditya: I am still figuring it out. (laughs)
You never know when you start a relationship that where it's going
to head. That's the beauty of it.
Shraddha: Sometimes you have to take one step
at a time.
Aditya: That's how young people are today. I
have a lot of friends who ain't commiting easily or want to be tied
down. They want to keep their options open. So, it was nice to do a
film revolving around that theme.
On Competing At The Box Office With Deepika Padukone's Hollywood Debut xXx: Return Of Xander Cage That Releases In The Same Week
Aditya: Well, it (xXx) seems like a very
different film. It is an action film and appeals to a
Shraddha: I hope both the films do well. I hope
that the beginning of 2017 is good for movies.
Aditya: We have seen in the past box office
clashes that when the films are good then both do well. What's
heartening is that there is a capacity for enough audience. It's
not as if you are fighting for the audience. If a
film can get an opening of Rs. 30 crores that
means that many people are there to go on that day. So, if your
films are good and appealing enough, then both will do
On Working With Shaad Ali
Shraddha: It was amazing. He was like a wild
fire on the sets. He has an infectious energy and is always charged
up. I have been a fan of his previous films- Saathiya and Bunty Aur
Babli. So, I was very happy when he thought of me for OK
Aditya: It was great working with Shaad. He has
got a great energy on the sets. He knows how to bring the best out
of his actors. He creates an atmosphere where as an actor you feel
that you can take chances without any fear of being laughed
upon and judged.
On Shooting In South Mumbai For The Film
Aditya: It was very nostalgic for me. I grew up
in South Mumbai. I haven't lived there since some last seven-eight
years. But, I do visit my friends who stay there. I also wanted to
shoot a Bombay love story. It was quite nice to use the public
transport and the trains. That was exactly how I was when I was
growing in my teen years and the small love stories that I had
during that time. (laughs)
On Their Last Box Office Failures
Shraddha: Of course it pinched when my last
release (Rock On 2) didn't do well at the box office. When you
really believe in something and give so much of your everything to
it and then if it does not do well then of course it does affect
you. But, I also think that if one just picks themselves up and
continues on..I had my next film to focus upon that was like an
Aditya: I was upset when Fitoor didn't do well.
Luckily, OK Jaanu came into my life just a month and a half later.
I had to come on the sets and be happy. That was like a therapy for
me. (laughs) It was therapeutic to go and play a happy character.
There is nothing like work to take your mind off things. I was
really blessed to have started shooting quickly for this film so I
could move on.
On Rumours About Shraddha Moving In With Farhan Akhtar
Shraddha: I think this time it went a little
overboard. When you are writing something that is so false and
presenting it as a fact without confirming... I feel it's extremely
wrong. Just for just the sake of gossips, tabloids, you can't take
such liberties. You can't say something has happened when nothing
of this sort has happened. I actually wanted to take some kind
of action against it.
But at that point, I felt really sad and wished that if
only some people (journalists) would be bit responsible in what
they write as so many people read it. So it's not right to paint an
The link up rumours has not affected me at all but this time it
did as it involved my family. If you paint a wrong picture and
involve family it's not fair. When you put so much hard work into
films and if the focus shifts to other things like link ups and
rumours it's not correct. I would want my work to be spoken about
Aditya On Reports Of His Link-Up With Shraddha Kapoor And Katrina Kaif
Aditya: We have been in this industry for so
long. Our personal lives are written about and there is conjecture
all the time. I have developed a very thick skin to these things
very early. The things that I read about myself don't really affect
me. I don't want to spend my time trying to control these things.
It's a vicious circle. As far as rumours about both of us (I and
Shraddha) are concerned, because we have been around for so
long, we know the truth between both of us. So, there is nothing to
speak about. We don't even bring it up with each other in our
conversations. Earlier,we would chat about it but not any more
That comes with the territory..I guess that happens with most of
the actors..They too end up being linked with their
On Aamir Khan's Dangal
Aditya: I loved it and went crazy about it. It
was an amazing film. It was so beautifully done. I felt everything
was just perfect.
Shraddha: Post reaching home after watching the
film, I went into my room and was like 'I have to call up Aamir
Khan'. I couldn't help myself from phoning him even if it was late
night. I just called him and he answered. I think it's so nice to
see a film like that. It gave such a good feeling.
Aditya On 'Conning' Salman Khan For OK
Aditya: After Bigg Boss, we were just hanging
out. There was this picture of him flexing his muscles in his
shally in Lonavla. We were discussing a workout and he said that he
wanted to do his part in helping us to promote the film. He is
big-hearted like that and he was like 'Come on, let's do this'. I
told him that I was working on my physique and he was like
'Chalo..let's show the world'. (laughs)