She knows she’s India’s Gossip Item No 1 right now. “But why me?” she asks. Knock, knock, she’s a top heroine. Remember?
Those Kapoor colour eyes look back to say, “Yes.” She’s career driven, sure.. but has had her speed breakers. The Bachchans talk of professionalism but neither Sr or Jr do a film with her. Their loss..when the tables turn some day, who knows?
Anyway, she refuses to discuss the B’s or the S’s. She offers soya chikki instead.. and wants to know what I’ve been up to. Certainly not anything earth-shaking. So hello gal, sorry but I’m here on the 11th floor on a work day afternoon to stand in a q for her a’s . Answer right now KK.. which she finally does.. to the extent that she can without stepping on anyone’s heart:
Define your relationship with Saif Ali Khan.
There’s great chemistry between us.
What yes? He’s a great co star, a friend.. I’ve known him for a while of course.. but I got to know him really well only when we were shooting for Tashan in Ladakh..we hung out together.. today we hang out at coffee shops and restaurants. Is that a crime? So much noise was made about us being together at a Delhi discotheque. With my brother-in-law (Sanjay Kapur) there, what do you think we were doing? Eating dinner, laughing and hanging out.. <b1>
Didn’t you delete photos of Saif and you at this restaurant?
Sanjay was upset because we weren’t being allowed our privacy.. so he and I.. and the others asked the photographer.. to please allow us our evening out.
Is Saif Ali Khan boyfriend material?
What? (Pause) Ha, ha, ha.
What does that mean?
It means I just went ha ha ha.. give me a break.. Khaled.
It’s Khalid. What about Shahid Kapur and you now?
What about Shahid Kapur and you now?
We’ve been together for four and a half years.. and things between us are just not the way they are being reported. I will not say anything to anyone.. I am all set to promote our film Jab We Met .. it’s really a lovely romantic film.. but I’ll be making it very clear, “No personal questions please.”
It’s being conjectured that everything that’s going on is a publicity stunt.
Please Khaled.. do I need this kind of publicity? Am I nuts? Grandpa (Raj Kapoor) believed even bad publicity is good publicity. But that was another era.. I think all the rumours will soon become boring.
How would you describe Shahid Kapur?
He’s a fabulous human being, mature and stable. If a question mark is being placed over our relationship, he’s bound to be upset. It has to be sorted. <b2>
Ever been in love?
Yes. It’s a beautiful feeling which remains in your heart.. forever.. it’s someone you love forever.
Does this mean Shahid Kapur?
Have some chikki.. it’s soya .. good for you.
Okay, I get the message. I believe you’ve changed majorly.. stopped being a vegetarian.
Please.. I’m pure vegetarian.. no eggs even. Someone wrote that I was seen eating chicken pizza. How funny is that? The chicken must have been frying in the reporter’s head.
What! No way. I’ve seen men drink so much that I’ve no taste for booze.
You were spotted swimming with Saif at the JWMarriott!
Please! If I were to go around swimming in hotel pools.. it would only be at Las Vegas or St Tropez.
What’s your image right now?
You tell me. I’ve never been more serious about my career. I’m endorsing seven brands. If I don’t take on any old stuff that should be a plus point.. I’m really focusing on films in which I have something to do. I’m back at Yash Raj with Tashan .. and I’m in Golmaal 2 which should be fun. There are two strong projects under discussion.. (whispers - whispers into my ear) But wait, let them be finalised..Khaled.
Please Bebo, it’s Khalid.