Ex-lovers get back together onscreen

In an aberration from the likes of Shahid Kapoor-Kareena Kapoor and Salman Khan-Aishwarya Rai, who did not work together ever after their breakup, times seem to be changing in Bollywood, with actors putting professionalism ahead of personal equations.
By Neha Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2012 01:23 AM IST

On Thursday evening, former lovers Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapoor launched the promo of their upcoming film, Teri Meri Kahaani in Mumbai. The same day, reports emerged that Bipasha Basu, who split from John Abraham last year, had signed his film, Shootout At Wadala. As we write this, ex-lovers Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone are hitting it off in Manali, shooting for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.



In an aberration from the likes of Shahid Kapoor-Kareena Kapoor and Salman Khan-Aishwarya Rai, who did not work together ever after their breakup, times seem to be changing in Bollywood, with actors putting professionalism ahead of personal equations.



Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in a still from Bachna Ae Haseeno.
Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in a still from Bachna Ae Haseeno.

“Bipasha agreed to do the item number in Shootout At Wadala without even thinking about the ‘John factor’. Why would she have a problem? She has maintained that if a good script comes along, she wouldn’t mind working with John. They are both professional,” says a friend of the actor. “I am open to working with John. I don’t dwell in the past,” Bipasha told us. In spite of a much publicised breakup and war of words, Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor’s chemistry in Manali is creating a buzz, and sources close to both say that they are being professional, the way co-stars should be.



“They are working together, so yes, they will be hang out together and be cordial,” says a source. Deepika too, told us in an interview, “I have no issues working with Ranbir. We moved on. I think the media didn’t.”



Bipasha Basu is doing Ekta Kapoor’s Shootout At Wadala, starring John Abraham.
Bipasha Basu is doing Ekta Kapoor’s Shootout At Wadala, starring John Abraham.

At the promo launch of Teri Meri Kahaani, while people couldn’t stop raving about Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra’s onscreen chemistry, they were a little cold to each other on the stage. “They are not on very good terms but are being sporty and promoting the film together,” says a source from the film’s unit. The two were last seen together in Kaminey in 2009. Last year, the two had refused to give joint bites to the media during an ad shoot.



The film fraternity says that this is a sign that Bollywood has grown up. “This is a very mature step. Relationships start and then they sour. There would be a lot of sanity all around if actors can overcome their personal issues,” says filmmaker Boney Kapoor, whose film Milenge Milenge was not promoted by lead pair Shahid and Kareena as they had split by then.



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