Gastronomic love stories are a rarity in Bollywood and Daawat-e-Ishq is one of those rare films on the subject and the film's lead actress says the movie is all about celebration of food and love.
Praising the plot, she said: "Though food plays an important part in Daawat-e-Ishq, it is at the end of the day a love story."
"I'd say Daawat-e-Ishq is a celebration of love and food, love for food, love over food, and what have you," the 25-year-old said about the film, which has been produced by Yash Raj Films and directed by Habib Faisal. It will release Sep 19.
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Being a foodie did you enjoy doing Daawat-e-Ishq?
Yes, all three of us - Anupam (Kher) Sir, Aditya Roy Kapoor and I, love food. I'd say "Daawat-e-Ishq" is a celebration of love and food, love for food, love over food, and what have you.
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We love food. But strangely we don't have too many Indian films about food?
It all happens in good time. We can't have films about food just for the heck of it. There has to be a proper story to tell because it stretches to a two-and-a-half-hour of playing time. Though food plays an important part in "Daawat-e-Ishq", it is at the end of the day a love story.
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Did you eat a lot during the film?
Oh, we were constantly eating. Every other day there was a sequence showing us eating and the scene would go on the entire day, so you can imagine. We ended up eating all the time.
Did that mess up your metabolism?
No. I think my body was quite happy with all that food (laughs).
Daawat-e-Ishq is your second film with Habib Faisal. How was the comfort level this time?
I think we have begun to understand one another to the point where we understand one another implicitly. I am very proud to be working with Habib sir again.