He’s smiling hard from the posters and hoardings all over the city. And he sparks news about his romances (now is it Sania Mirza.. or Vidya Balan?). So, here’s Shahid Kapur talking about women.. just friends actually.. with Roshmila Bhattacharya.
The buzz is that Kismet Konnection is a remake of Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman.
Untrue. Kismet Konnection is not Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman. But since all of Aziz Mirza’s films revolve around a real, believable common man’s struggle for success, there may be some parallels at a basic level.
What’s with the Vidya Balan connection? You’ve been picking her up from the studios, taking her for long lunch dates.. you even came for the Kismat Konnection music launch together.
I’ve never picked Vidya up. Yes, we have gone out for lunch a couple of times. But we came for the music launch separately. Since we were told to be there at a particular time, we arrived together.
Two hours late.. and the press walked out.
I was told to come at 10 pm. The traffic was bad, I was late by half an hour. When I arrived I was told the press had been there since 8.30 pm. There was obviously some miscommunication. To make amends, we organised another event. (Smiles) And this time I was there before time.
So you’re not dating Vidya?
Vidya’s a good friend, and nothing more. I’m a regular guy who likes his space. (Sarcastically) When I get into a relationship, I’ll announce it in the newspapers and television.
Did you catch the Wimbledon tournament?
Yes, I watched the men’s final till 5 am even though I had a 7 am shoot.
And did you watch Sania Mirza’s matches?
Yeah, I saw both her matches.
Disappointed by her early exit?
Considering the fact that Sania was coming back from an injury, she played well.
You injured your neck too and Sania is supposed to have visited you often.
You guys have a camera installed in my house or what? My neck injury put me out of action for three weeks but I’m fit and fine now, thank you.
So you’re doing bike stunts on the road, without a helmet?
I haven’t even sat on a bike in the last three years. Today, all my moves are restricted to the dance floor.
You mean Ken Ghosh’s Star.. the remake of Kumar Gaurav’s Star?
That’s only the working title. And the only similarity is that it is a musical too. We’re trying to get Justin Timberlake’s choreographer down.
Apparently, you didn’t like your co-star Jiah Khan messaging you..
(Laughs) So I tried to get her dropped, that’s the rumour.. right? Come on! The initial confusion was because of date problems. My injury messed up the schedules, and Jiah had her Gajini commitment.
But you were keener on Katrina Kaif.
Katrina was the first choice but there were date issues. Yes, I want to work with her. She’s looking her best and going through a good phase professionally. Both girls suited the role but Jiah’s doing the film.
Finding a suitable girl for you is a problem. Katrina and Priyanka Chopra are too tall..
(Cuts in) Hey, I tower over Priyanka.
And Vidya and Rani Mukherji with whom you’re doing an Yash Raj film look too old.
Wait and see how we look on screen before taking a call.
You looked good with Kareena Kapoor but haven’t cashed in on Jab We Met. You aren’t even grooving to a Mauja hi mauja at award functions?
I was supposed to at two award shows, but I injured my neck. I love dancing for a ‘live’ audience. As for cashing in, I’m only 27. I have 20 years to go. May be when I’m 45, I’ll start thinking money. I’m not insecure. I sat at home for six months after Vivah and got Jab We Met which took me five steps ahead.
Aren’t you upset with Imtiaz Ali for choosing to do Saif Ali Khan’s home production next?
Why should I be upset? Two people work together not because they are friends but because the script suits them. Before the release of Jab We Met, I’d told Imtiaz that in seven days his life would change. It did.
(Laughs) No comments. It wouldn’t be professional.
Does it hurt to see Saif and Kareena together?
Not really. You may have been in a relationship with someone.when it’s over, you have to learn to accept that things have changed and move on.
You miss being in love?
(Laughs) No, I’m happy.
Why did you turn down Pocketmaar? Apparently, you wanted double of Amitabh Bachchan’s Rs 3 crore.
Ravi Chopra wanted to narrate the subject to me but since he already had Amitji’s dates and I was committed till next July, I didn’t want to restrict him. If he starts next year we could work things out. Money isn’t a criterion. I charge a fee that producers are happy to pay me.
Tell me about Vishal Bharadwaj’s Kamenay?
We had an acting workshop and have just started shooting.
Your father Pankaj Kapur’s film?
That should start by the year-end.
And your mother Neelima Azim’s film?
I don’t want to talk about that.
Any reason for your new longish-hair look?
I’ve been growing my hair since Jab We Met. My stylist, Dilshad, wants it longer and longer. I’d be quite glad to cut it.
Why you don’t want to be a dude with an attitude?
Ha, ha. No, I’d rather be a nice guy.