The director of Udta Punjab, Abhishek Chaubey, had narrated the script to Shahid Kapoor, and as soon as the narration was done, Shahid recommended the director that Kareena Kapoor has to be in the movie. Shahid Kapoor, was quoted as saying,
"Actually, I never wanted to recommend Kareena because I was scared thinking about how people will perceive that again. When I was narrated the film, I thought of Kareena even before Alia. The role that Kareena plays, I felt she was just perfect for the role. But then somehow, maybe Kareena was not free and it got a bit delayed. Then somehow within that month, Kareena heard the script and said yes to the film. It kind of happened and I felt really happy when it did."
When reporters questioned Shahid Kapoor about his Shandaar co-star Alia Bhatt's role in Udta Punjab, the actor was quoted as saying,
"Initially, when Kareena didn't have time for the narration, I told Alia that woh role ki casting toh nahi ho rahi hai, tu yeh role karegi kya? She read that role and she said she really liked it. Alia has an amazing role in the film. In fact, everyone's role in that film is incredibly good. But at that point of time, maybe I had just learnt to take risks with Haider paying off, I have become a little more fearless.
Shahid Kapoor, continued praising his co-star, Alia Bhatt as saying,
"A lot of people were not confident enough to take up a film like Udta Punjab and it required a lot of confidence as an actor and as a star because as a star, you are doing things to surprise the people and you don't know how they will eventually react. As an actor, all roles are very challenging. When I told Alia to go through it, I felt Alia is as much an actor as she is a star. So therefore she would understand what potential that content had and she did."
Udta Punjab, stars Shahid Kapoor in the lead along with Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Diljit Dosanjh. The movie would showcase the drug abuse happening in and around the state of Punjab.
Shahid Kapoor, says he badly wanted Kareena Kapoor to be a part of Udta Punjab, as soon as he heard director, Abhishek Chaubey, narrating the script.
Shahid Kapoor feels, that Udta Punjab is a very special movie, and immediately recommended Kareena Kapoor's name to the director, as soon as he heard the storyline.
Jab We Met
Shahid Kapoor starred alongside Kareena Kapoor in the movie Jab We Met, directed by Imtiaz Ali. The movie released in 2007, and went on to be a blockbuster hit.
Udta Punjab, stars Shahid Kapoor, Diljit Dosanjh, Kareena Kapoor and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles. The movie's storyline is about substance abuse in the state of Punjab.
Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt's Shaandaar, was a flop at the box office and could not survive for a longer time at the theatres.
Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, are looking for a comeback in the form of a successful film, through their upcoming movie Udta Punjab, which is directed by Abhishek Chaubey.
Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt
Alia Bhatt, had once informed reporters that she would slap people right across the face, if anyone asks uncomfortable questions to Shahid Kapoor about his married life.
Alia Bhatt, also faced online trolls after Karan Johar's, Koffee With Karan TV show. The actress, had also made a spoof video on herself laughing at the internet trolls.
A Shaandaar Time
Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt are close buddies and during Shaandaar promotions, both the actors saved each other's back, when reporters asked uncomfortable questions.
After Shaandaar, we're sure Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, would come out with a superhit in Abhishek Chaubey's upcoming film Udta Punjab.