Actors Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif made sure their break-up did not affect the shoot of their upcoming comedy-drama Jagga Jasoos, director Anurag Basu has revealed.
Ranbir and Katrina parted ways earlier this year after a long courtship. Gossip mills have since been abuzz that their split had made it difficult for the filmmaker to finish the shoot. Refuting the rumours, Anurag said the actors became more professional post the break up, in order to not let the filming get hampered.
“Rather they (Ranbir and Katrina) became more professional so that the work doesn’t get affected. They were more concerned that the their personal equation or relationship doesn’t become a hurdle for the film. We were shooting and were amazed with the stories that used to come about them (Ranbir and Katrina) and the delay. Also, reports that they are not sharing vanity van came out but they were never sharing vans,” Anurag said.
Anurag was, in fact, surprised the way Ranbir and Katrina behaved on the sets: “I was surprised... They acted as if nothing is wrong and they are absolutely fine. I was concerned with what was being captured on camera and not with what happened between them.”
“They are so professional. In the past (also), we have seen actors, who have broken up and still worked together. The focus (during promotions of the film) will be on their personal life and I can’t help it. The film will be marketed and they will go out to promote it and questions about their personal life will be raised. I don’t know how they are going to face it and how will I do it. (But) it disheartens me. I think audience is smart. By bringing or focusing on all these things (personal life) you can’t bring audience to theatres. It doesn’t happen,” he added.
Moving on to the subject of his upcoming film, Anurag said, “When screening of Barfi was going on, everybody was happy. And when the trial was going on, I thought everybody would like the movie. But my younger daughter didn’t understand the movie and she was not very impressed. I was upset. So I thought of making a film for children and now Jagga is for children.
Jagga Jasoos is a comedy-drama film which features Ranbir, Katrina Kaif and Adah Sharma in lead roles. The film tells the story of a teenage detective in search of his missing father. The film is scheduled for release on April 7, 2017.
Watch: Katrina, Ranbir shoot Jagga Jasoos song
Anurag is one of the judges on the dance reality show for kids, Super Dance, along with Shilpa Shetty and Geeta Kapoor. About judging the show, Basu said, “I am more of a viewer than a judge. I give my opinion as a viewer. For technical portions, I take help from Geeta (Kapoor). Otherwise, I go with my feeling. Dance is an emotion. If dancer feels the dance I also feel it as a viewer.”
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