HT City Stars In The City, this time, was nothing less than a laughter riot, as Bollywood stars Arjun Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, along with their director, Homi Adajania, cracked jokes and took light hearted digs at each other.
What was the response of people in Goa while you were shooting ­the film?
One of the most ­amazing parts of the entire film shoot, other than the fun which we had, was that Homi took us to some amazing locations. As a kid I have gone to Goa so many times, but the places where he took us were new to me. This film has a bouquet of legends like Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple ­Kapadia and Pankaj Kapur.
What was the one big lesson which you got from them?
It was amazing that I got the opportunity to be a part of this film, but I think what I take back (with me), more than the artists and actors that they are, is the kind of people that they are. They are so relaxed, ­comfortable and extremely ­entertaining. You can have great conversation with them as they are such experienced actors, but are fun at the same time.
Is it tougher to deal with senior actors?
They don’t carry that baggage on the set that
hum ne itni saari picturein ki hain and hum tumko seekhayenge.
And that made it easier for all of us to work. The idea should ­always be the story which the director wants to tell.
How difficult was the casting?
When I wrote the script, I had Naseer in mind. Then I couldn’t get anyone else, so I decided on these two (laughs). There were two options for Deepika’s character ... I did not know Deepika at that time. I wrote Finding Fanny before Cocktail. I couldn’t get the money to make it because it was considered too off beat.
You two have been friends with each other for a long time now. Is it easier to work with a person who you know and share a rapport with, or does that make it more ­complicated?
Deepika: It could have gone ­either way. When you know someone from the past, then working with them becomes awkward and complicated. But fortunately in our case, our ­story is similar to our ­characters, who are friends from before and then they ­disconnect and meet again when the film starts.
Arjun: I think in Deepika’s and my case, I have seen her grow. I was really looking ­forward to working with her at this point in her career.