Even though 'Masakali' girl Sonam Kapoor has visited Indore a couple of times before, it seems Indoreans can't get enough of her. Fans gathered to get a glimpse of the 'lady in red' and actor Fawad Afzal Khan.
They were in Indore to promote their upcoming film 'Khoobsurat' which is inspired by a film of the same name made in 1980.
The 'Khoobsurat' team, which includes a dozen people besides the two actors, landed in Indore at noon on Saturday. A large number of fans had gathered to see the actors.
Sonam looked elegant in a red gown while Fawad donned a beige Nehru jacket.
Sonam said she is a big fan of Hrishikesh Mukherjee films. She further said she had met Rekha at her brother’s marriage and interacted about the 1980 film which starred Rekha. "Rekhi ji is good friends with my aunt. It would have been really difficult to get into Rekha ji’s character but there are a lot of changes in the script. So, there is no point in comparing the two films. We have just taken inspiration from the film. The script is new," she said.
She was quick to mention that the music composer of the film Sneha Khanwalkar and one person from the production team belong to Indore. While talking about Sneha, Sonam said, "The best part about her is she touches old Indian tunes and culture in her music. She recorded a lot of tunes from Rajasthan folk for the songs of this film. She is very original."
Unlike other actors who are lending their voice to Bollywood films, Sonam doesn’t find her voice appropriate for the job. "I asked Sneha to record my voice but she advised me to stick to acting," the actor said in jest.
Sonam chose to speak in Hindi while talking to the media. Explaining why she was considered for the role Sonam said, "The film’s writer Indira Bisht, director Shanshanka Ghosh and producer Rhea (Kapoor) have known me for long. They thought I would connect to the character which they had penned. After narrating the script to me, they also tried to instil some of my traits in the character of Dr Milli. I am clumsy and straightforward in real life and that’s how you would see me in the film."
Appreciating the hospitality which he has received in India, Fawad said Bollywood films are widely watched in Pakistan. "The language is almost similar and that’s the reason people easily relate to Bollywood films. Hindi films are a big reason for people to go to cinema halls in Pakistan. They are more appreciated than Hollywood films," he said.
Earlier, Fawad had acted in a Bollywood movie in 2008. There is a lot to learn from Indian film industry, he says. Fawad plays a Rajput prince in the movie.