Even as Milenge Milenge lines up for a July release, gossip mills are buzzing overtime about how once good friends, Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, are playing hard to get. Seems despite the superhit Jab We Met, the duo is wary about coming together for this long-delayed love story, producer Boney Kapoor to take the decision of letting his lead pair promote the film, ‘alag alag’ (separately).
Kareena who has just finished dubbing for the film insists that she will promote it for sure. “Just let them set the date. I was the one who after seeing the film while dubbing for it, urged the producer to release it,” she argues, adding. “I’m a professional actor and both Shahid and I are mature individuals.”
Shahid echoes her words, pointing out that he’s even shot for the promotional video and is ready to promote the film whenever called upon to do so. “Milenge Milenge is close to my heart because Satish uncle (director Satish Kaushik) was one of the first directors to tell me that I had a lot of potential as an actor and a promising career ahead of me,” he recalls. “What’s more, he followed up on his prediction by offering me this film. His confidence in me at a time when I was just starting out was a major boost. I’m hoping for his sake, actually for all our sakes, the film does well.”
Milenge Milenge was earlier scheduled for an April release but with two Shahid starrers—Paathshaala and Badmaash Company—already lined up, it was pushed back by a couple of months. It will be the actor’s last film of the year with his father Pankaj Kapoor’s directorial debut Mausam coming up in 2010.
Earlier in April, Shahid had gone out of his way promote good friend Ahmed Khan’s Paathshaala that had him making an extended special appearance. Buzz is that the role kept getting stretched to the point where Shahid even sat in on the editing.
Laughing off the rumours as “absurd”, the actor says, “No one can make me contribute to a film more than I want to or vice versa. I did Paathshaala not only because Ahmed is a friend but also because the film had an important social message and I thought it would make a bigger impact if it had a know face promoting it,” he explains.
He insists that he wasn’t expecting the film to be the next blockbuster. He says, “It was a Rs 8 crore film and it was enough for us if it recovers its cost and got across its message.”.