Shraddha and I are slapping buddies: Aditya Roy Kapoor
Aashiqui 2 co-stars Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapoor have more than a surname in common. The two work, play and joke together, finds Itee Sharma
Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapoor share some great chemistry in their forthcoming film, Aashiqui 2. Off screen, the two seem to bond on a different level. The duo is rather rumbustious -- neither is Aditya as grave and intense as his onscreen character, nor is Shraddha as sedate.
The two definitely have more than a surname in common. Shraddha missed the mark with Teen Patti and Luv Ka The End. Aditya, too, misfired with Action Replayy and Guzaarish. Now both hope to be third time lucky with Aashiqui 2.
You were strangers before shooting for a love story as intense as Aashiqui 2. Was it difficult to break the ice?
Aditya Roy Kapoor: We had a workshop before we started shooting, so that broke the ice. People tell me we have good chemistry, so I think it was a good thing that we got to know each other beforehand.
Shraddha Kapoor: Yes, we rehearsed a lot before shooting and were in sync with each other's style of working. We were comfortable with each other.
And you bonded over…?
Shraddha: I love to sing; and Aditya is a guitarist who sings as well. At times, he would bring his guitar over to the sets and we would sing together.
Aditya: I liked the fact that Shraddha is very committed, focussed and wasn’t worried only about herself.
Choose three adjectives that are most descriptive of your co-star.
Shraddha: Handsome, creative, spontaneous.
Aditya: Honest, punctual, large-hearted.
And what would you say is your co-star’s most annoying habit?
Shraddha: We both irritate each other. I have seen so many of his moods. Sometimes, I think he can be quite lazy.
Aditya: Shraddha takes her time to be annoying. She is forgetful and tends to procrastinate, which she is very conscious about.
What is the weirdest thing you two have done?
Shraddha: We are both pranksters and there wasn’t a single moment of boredom on the sets. Once, while we were rehearsing for one of the shots, he tried to trip me over, hoping I would fall flat on my face. But that didn’t happen--I almost fell but saved myself at the last moment. He got punched very hard in the bargain.
Aditya: We are slapping buddies. I have given her many fatkas but she has never shouted at me.
Shraddha: We are actually like Timon and Pumbaa (the meerkat and warthog from The Lion King). He calls me Pumba. I am so much smaller than him -- he is 6’2” and I am barely 5’6”. When he slaps me on my back, I stagger four-five steps ahead. I am ahead of him all the time.
Aditya: She eats ridiculously slowly. Though it is good for health, Shraddha is still chewing away long after everyone at the table has finished.
Who bullies whom?
Shraddha and Aditya: It gets balanced out eventually.
Aditya, did you and director Mohit Suri pamper Shraddha?
Shraddha: None of them pampered me at all. But that’s because I wanted to be one of the boys. I was always intrigued by what these boys were up to.
Mohit spend more time over Aditya’s hair. He had an Afro haircut earlier but his wild hair was tamed and a lot of effort went into it. Now it is kind of coming back and he will have to chop it off completely. His Afro cut made him standout, though.
Aditya: Shraddha is not tomboyish; she is a lady in many ways. But she was part of the gang. I am not there to pamper her. I had other things to worry about. I focused more on pampering myself.
Who has the best moment in the film?
Shraddha: The Aashiqui moment in which both are below the raincoat is really good.
Aditya: Yes, that moment is really magical.
Your favourite song from the original Aashiqui?
Shraddha: Saason ki zaroorat.
Aditya: Same here.
And your favourite from Aashiqui 2?
Shraddha: Tum hi ho.
Aditya: Now you are copying me.