Actors Ranveer Singh, Ali Zafar and Parineeti Chopra indulged the winners of HT City’s Stars in the City contest when they visited the HT City office to promote their upcoming film Kill Dil. They also entertained questions of the winners, danced, sang and strummed the guitar. Oh! Ranveer even kissed a fan.Ranveer, how do you think Parineeti Chopra has changed from Ladies vs Ricky Bahl (their first film together) to this film?
Ranveer: She is a beautiful girl, a lovely soul, a darling. Earlier, she used to be like a baby, like OMG movies! What is this person here for? What is this machine for? She used be like a new born baby. Now she knows and understands. She knows about the business (of films) too. She is still exploring, she has grown as an actor and as a star. She has given incredible performances, one after the other. She has even won a National award for Ishaqzaade and won every debut award for Ladies vs Ricky Bahl – the one she debut in opposite me, she was the only good part of the film. Then gave another killer performance in Shuddh Desi Romance, Hasee Toh Phasee and Daawat-e-Ishq as well. In Kill Dil, people are gonna be like, "Wohoo! Hello, Pari, how you are you!’ I mean, it’s really wonderful to see the amount she has grown. I really think amongst all the young actors male or female, here's the one who has the potential to become a legend.
Parineeti, does Ranveer bring you good luck right from your first film to this film?
Parineeti: Aww! Mera good luck charm..See, I know Ranvir since he wasn’t an actor. Because I used to work behind the scenes on Band Baaja Baaraat. I would order Ranveer’s lunch, would organize his security, and even if he wanted to get his clothes ironed, I would have that done. Then a month later, I became his heroine in Ricky Bahl. That went well, of course. So this is like my third film with RV and the good thing is that he hasn't changed at all. He has always been this very motivated, very enthusiastic and very affectionate person, which has not changed at all. And that’s amazing. The only thing that has changed is that he has become a big star now. He has become a really great actor. And like, I said, the beautiful thing is, he is still the same. I feel really proud of him.
Ali Zafar, how difficult is it to break stereotypes in Bollywood or back home? And, why do you think this film will do the trick?
Ali: Stereotypes bohat se hote hain, lekin break karna unhe mushkil nahi hota agar aapka dil sahi jagah par hai. And like we have a lot of stereotypes between the two nations (Indai and Pakistan), everytime we have an opportunity to sit together and know each other, those stereotypes give way to a better understanding. To break the stereotypes himmat toh chahiye, aur thodha risk lena padta hai, I feel mujhe risk lena acha lagta hai. Jahan tak meri art ka sawal hai aur mera sawal hai, mujhe safe khelna acha nahi lagta. I want to keep doing diverse roles, aise jo mai khud se bhi expect na karun. Because that keeps me going. Aur jahan tak baaki stereotypes ka talluk hai, main chahunga ki jo hamari nayi generation hai, media hai – everyone can play a great role in breaking those stereotypes. I feel our generation deserves to co-exist peacefully.
And at this point, Parineeti interrupts, saying: I would like to confess that both of us ( Ranveer and Parineeti) have a strong crush on Ali Zafar. Ali is Ranveer’s true love, aur mera ‘truest’ love.
Parineeti, do you google yourself?
I google myself at least three times a week, to see kuch interesting photos aayi hain? You know what, I used to google myself up even before I became an actor. And there was no actor with my name then. So, when I would type my name, it was actually me, either like Priyanka Chopra's cousin or me on facebook, etcetera. So, I have always looked up myself on the internet and that hasn’t changed even after I became an actor.
Ranveer is so obsessed with himself. After every 5 mins he will go on the phone, read about himself, see if some interesting photo is there, it’s only about himself.
Your cousin Mannara has also entered films, after Priyanka and you.
Parineeti: Mannara is a ‘Handa’ not a ‘Chopra’ (referring to Mannara’s official name Barbie Handa)! But, yes, we all are cousins. Actually, she is the one who always wanted to be an actress. Even as a kid, she used to look at the TV and keep dancing. And I used to be the one who was like ‘chi yuck! How can you think of being an actor! It was so beneath me then. Now, I am so glad that she has got this film, she is looking damn hot in the trailer and I hope that this film really does well for her. But I guess my sister Priyanka has kind of inspired all of us to come to Mumbai and become actors. I am very happy for Mannara and I hope she does really well, yar.
Ali, what’s the most indecent pass that a man or woman has made at you?
Ali: Yar, ladkon ke jo hai voh toh main bhul hi jaata hun (laughs), bas yoga karta hun ki mere system se voh nikal jaaye ki yaad bhi naa rahe. Ladkiyon ke jo passes hain ek dafa kya hua tha ek ladki ne kaha ke dekhiye yeh meri best friend hai. And we always do everything together and it’s my friend’s birthday today. So, can the three of us celebrate the birthday together? Maine kaha main koi gift thodhi hun ke jaise marzi khol ke istemaal kar lo. Bas phir ek group hug hua aur maine kaha sorry. That was quite an obvious pass ek toh thik hai lekin 2,3,4,5, ...
And Ranveer adds: Ladies from all over the world send Ali envelops. Uske andar jo material hota hai uska hum business kholne vaale hian – voh hogi chaddi ki dukaan. Oh sorry! a lingerie store of used and unused material (laughs)! He is a rockstar, an international rockstar, after all! I have had the privilege of knowing more than what Ali would like to reveal and the levels of indecent passes that people have made at him. Someday he is going to come out with his memoirs, his biography. It’ll be a bestseller. What do you say, Ali?
Ali: Jis din doctor ne kaha ki ‘I am sorry. This is the last day of your life. Uss din, jaate-jaate woh kitaabh likh jaunga. Well, honestly, it’s been a great journey and people have been very kind, especially women, so, thank you.'
Ranveer, would you please tell us about your first kiss?
Ranveer: My first kiss? It happened by fluke! Ho jaata hai, yar. Basicallly, table tennis ki coaching class chal rahi thi. I bunked it. There was this girl, my senior, hum hang out karne gaye the bachchon ki tarah. And before I knew it, she had her tongue in my mouth! I was like this is great, definitely better than the tennis coaching. And that day I discovered a few things about my physiology. That was great. Later, I joined a new gym. I happened to meet the same girl there. It was great to meet her after so long, and she has still got it!
Parineeti, styling differently for each film has become a norm, which is rather healthy, because it’s not just about looking the same in every role that you do. Is there anything special that you have done for Kill Dil’s character?
Parineeti: Oh, ya! A new wardrobe, a new stylist... everything. Though I had done Ricky Bahl.. and Hasee Toh Phasee, which was about western attire, but they were not really glamorous. Here, I had to be really heroine-like or glamorous or whatever words you want to use. I was dying to do that. So, I am glad that Kill dil came at the perfect time for me. In the posters and in the film you will see a new side of me, whether you like that or don’t, it is definitely going to be different from the usual! I am the very nervous about the review my new look will get. I just hope I’d get some consistent reviews for my performances, and I hope it goes well.
Watch: Kill Dil trailer
Ranveer, how important is it for an actor to strike a balance between doing a big banner film and supporting independent filmmakers, which you have been able to achieve quite well.
Ranveer: It’s the responsibility for every actor to support and promote not just banners but also filmmakers of smaller films. Ultimately an artist’s decision is based on a lot of factors. For me, like I did Lootera when the banner was still venturing out, they had made a small film Udaan (before that). I chose to do Lootera with them because I believed in the director and the film. It worked well and I would like to continue doing that. This new wave is about making films which have something to say. It started in my debut year (2010) when there was Band Baaja, Love Sex aur Dhokha. It was a fantastic year for films. It went a long way in changing the cinema. That wing of Indian cinema is going to grow. (Compiled by: Shreya Arora)