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Twice as nice

While working with Kajol was a dream come true, Kareena was the entertaining one, says Arjun Rampal.

bollywood Updated: Aug 31, 2010 19:17 IST
Navdeep Kaur Marwah

Life often gives you second chances. Just ask Arjun Rampal. “When Kajol got married, I was heartbroken. I thought I would never be able to act with her,” says the actor. But, in his upcoming flick, We Are Family, he does just that.

“Though I had not known her before this movie, she is great to work with. After work, she likes to withdraw and spend her time reading.”

The actor, whose last film, Raajneeti, was a hit at the box office, is keenly anticipating his next release, an adaptation of the Hollywood classic, Stepmom. “Though We Are Family is an adaptation of Stepmom, it’s not an identical remake. Our script takes the movie forward…it’s a lot more youthful.”

Rampal is also all praise for Kareena Kapoor, his other co-star from the film. “You know, I got yoga classes from her instructor on the sets! For a song sequence, Kareena and I were supposed to be in a car for almost two days. I would have been bored to death if it wasn’t for her,” he recounts.”

Rampal, who will also be seen in Shah Rukh Khan’s sci-fi flick Ra.One, says, “Ra.One required me to be ridiculously fit.. It’s the most physically demanding film I’ve done.” He adds, “I’ve had a blast working with Shah Rukh. We share a special bond.”

Asked why he’s not a part of the sequel to Farhan Akhtar’s Don, which he was a part of, Rampal says, “My character was not blending well with the script.” So, no trouble with Akhtar? “Farhan is like a brother. I don’t know from such news comes about.”

Unlike other star kids, Rampal’s daughters Mihika and Myra have been deliberately kept away from the limelight. The doting dad explains, “They are leading a normal life and concentrating on their studies, as kids should. Plus, they hate coming to my sets. My wife (Mehr Rampal) feels they should make their own identity.”

As Rampal’s club in the Capital, LAP, nears its first anniversary, one wonders if he’ll have celebs over to party with him. “In mid September, we are going to have a bash. Hopefully, I will have my industry friends turn up then.”