Q: Let us start from the beginning. When you were first approached with this profile, what was your initial reaction?
Well when I first heard the script I thought it was something very different…something very new…I was shooting for ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ in Spain at the time…and I downloaded it from my email and I read it and I felt that it was something which had not been done before, something which had not been seen before…and I mean at the end of the day that’s the kind of way I have always tried to choose my films. I don’t have any great detail or logic or…exact point that I look for in a film. It’s just if I get a good sense from it and I feel that there is something interesting that we may be able to do with it then I just kind of go for it.
Q: This is quite a girl-driven film. The female protagonist of the film drives the movie. Was that something very challenging for you?
I don’t know if there’s ever been a female-driven film or a male-driven film. I don’t believe in that. I believe a film is a film - a movie can only work if everything about the film works. That’s why you know when people often ask me about my characters I play in films or I have done multi-star cast films, I always say that it doesn’t matter…for me I see the movie as a totality and for me the romance and the story and the chemistry I found in this film was very interesting when I heard about the film - I found that very interesting between Imran’s character and my character and I felt that after everything we had been offered there was still scope for us to have a new dimension between the two characters on screen rather than your more traditional love stories. So I think that was really the reason why both me and Imran were really happy and excited about the film.
Q: You were being paired opposite Imran Khan for the first time. What was your impression before you met him and what was your impression after you actually met him?
Well me and Imran were offered films before which for some reason or another they would just not work out. There would be something…something on a script level or something on dates…or it just wouldn’t work and I think that’s always been the way…it’s always been like that for me…where things have always seemed to fall into place at the right time when they were meant to be and I think we just both instantly liked it. I remember that I had said I liked the film and then they went and they spoke to Imran and the director told me that yeah… you know…he’s loved the film and it just happened very quickly…everything just fell into place and we probably started shooting the film three months after saying yes to the script. So that was a really quick turnaround process and I think me and Imran both come from very different worlds…different kind of school of films almost I would say. I think initially there was some awkwardness but in the end I think it’s really worked out in a very great way. I think we slowly got to really appreciate what the other person brings.
Q: You’ve known director Ali for a while. He was the first AD on New York…your first film with YRF. Tell us a little about yours and Ali’s relationship.
The director Ali was the first AD on New York… which was the first film that I did with Yash Raj and that was an amazing experience I think for all of us-it was something which we really remembered and everyone really, really had a great time on that film and the whole experience was just super positive and obviously I knew he was writing a script but I mean work is work and that’s very separate-I mean I really take my decisions very independently even if u know the person or don’t know the person. So I read the script with a very open mind and I instantly thought that this as I said was something that I just wanted to do…I don’t know the exact reasons but it was just an instinct I had that it would be good. I think that it has helped us in a certain way that everyone on the film is young - no one is conscious of each other and I think that enabled us to be very free…at least me in terms of the performance or what I tried to do with the character. You know I think there’s a lot of (probably) a certain personality or a certain side to me that most people wouldn’t normally see or have not seen before. I think that is something which could be good-I mean we have to wait and see for the result… but it’s something which I am also curious to know…whether that kind of being really free and that kind of being really not at all conscious… whether people will notice something different in the film.
Q: Let us talk about Ali Zafar, who plays the character called Luv.
Ali Zafar was somebody who I think none of us really had met before the film and he of course plays Imran’s brother in the film - when he came onto the sets…I thought he instantly added a really fresh and new dimension into the whole dynamics of everything…he instantly got the tone of the film. He is a really, really good performer…I think he is great at comedy and he just kind of brought a really fun vibe onto the whole shoot of the film and obviously he is also a musician…so in between the shots-we were shooting mainly outdoors in big spaces so we had a lot of space…a lot of time and he played his songs for the whole unit…you know playing on the guitar which was nice. It was just kind of a big bunch of group of friends…kind of all hanging together on and off the sets.
Q: Why should someone go and watch the Mere Brother Ki Dulhan?
I never have a reason why someone should go and watch a film. As I said, you take a film, you put in as much love, as much hard work as you can, you give it everything and then you put it out for the audience to see and judge. And then you just have to hope and pray that they do -that’s the way it works.