When Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor came to London to promote ��Gori Tere Pyaar Mein�۪, BizAsia were privileged to be invited to interview the self- proclaimed dynamic duo. The chemistry between the pair is undeniable and romantic comedy ��Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu�۪(2012) proved this with both the actors bouncing off each other�۪s energy in the film. Directed by Punit Malhotra, ��Gori Tere Pyaar Mein�۪ does hold great promise with some great dance numbers including Tooh and Chingam Chabake becoming runaway hits on the radio waves and also a fresh appeal for a romantic comedy with a difference.
Read on to find out what the duo exclusively told BizAsia about the forthcoming film which hits the screens this Friday.
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Can you tell me about your characters in ��Gori Tere Pyaar Mein�۪ and whether you identify with them in any way?
Imran Khan: ���Sriram is a very selfish and self- involved guy. He is a guy who doesn�۪t really care about anyone other than himself. He is a party boy, he wants to have fun and hook up with girls and that is it. There is not a lot of depth. I personally didn�۪t really relate to him but I think Sriram is a relatable because he isn�۪t pure, he is imperfect. Most of us know a guy like that, some of us will say yes that is me.�
One of things said about Sriram�۪s character is that he rejects his culture. Do you think this relates to the younger generation of today?
Imran Khan: ���I think a lot of people will see flashes of themselves in that. Sriram is a guy who is South Indian but he doesn�۪t speak the language or fit in with his family. He has no interest in his family or tradition and he is a guy who finds himself ultimately dropped into a village and we don�۪t romanticise it. He ends up there and says the place stinks, it�۪s dirty and dusty and what the hell am I doing here? This again is how most people would react. We see him grow, develop maturity and gain some depth.
Kareena, could you please tell us about your character?
Kareena Kapoor: ���I play a role of a social activist in this film. She is up to fight for any cause, be it corruption or pollution. Imran�۪s character Sriram have a lot of differences, they have completely different ideologies. She goes out to this village because she is doing some work for these people there and how her love follows her into village and what happens and how finally she does something for the people. She helps Imran�۪s character to come of age in some way or the other.�
For both of you, this is your second time working together since ��Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu�۪ (2012). Do you think romantic comedies are best for your Jodi or could you do a more intense film together?
Imran Khan: ���I think we could do anything together. We are like the dynamic duo.�
Kareena Kapoor: ���Let�۪s hope so come 22nd November.�
This film has quite a few dance numbers. How do you both feel performing them together or individually?
Imran Khan: ���It�۪s a little intimidating because Kareena is magic when she dances.�
Kareena Kapoor: ���Yes but I am not like a good dancer you know.�
Imran Khan: ���It�۪s the andaaz. I am going to tell the story now. When we were shooting the Tooh song, there was a moment where initially her character is dancing alone and mine comes in and is watching her and is like who is this girl. We are doing this shot where I am just standing there and she is dancing on stage and it is her shot. I am casually standing there watching there watching it happen and while she is dancing she does this moment where she glances at me and gives me a look. I literally fell backwards and was like oh my god, what is going on!�
Kareena Kapoor: ���I think I enjoy dancing when it is not choreographed. It is more about having fun as I don�۪t think I am a good dancer, I don�۪t know how I managed.�
Kareena Kapoor, yesterday you were honoured at the House of Commons. What was it like for you as an experience?
Kareena Kapoor: ���I think it was great. I am very happy and honoured that my fans in the UK have thought of me to be capable of this honour. I feel definitely a lot more pressure in the roles that I do, I have to be better than what I have done. I will always try and do my best.�
Imran Khan, were you jealous that Kareena Kapoor got an award and not you?
Kareena Kapoor: ���He has a long way to go. He has 30 more years. Another 10 more and I am sure he will be getting the same award.�
Imran Khan: ���I have done 10 films so far.�
Kareena Kapoor: ���I have done about 60 films.�
Imran Khan: ���Wow!�
One of the things fans of Imran Khan wanted to know is that will you be sharing screen space with Aamir Khan any time soon?
Imran Khan: ���This question has been popping up since ��Jaane Tu�۪ and we have been looking for good but the thing is that he and I are very aware. We don�۪t just want to do a film together so we have checked that box. It has to be of a certain standard and it has to be really good. We just haven�۪t found anything exciting just yet.�
Would either of you be joining Twitter any time soon?
Imran Khan: ���No.�
Kareena Kapoor: ���It is too much of a responsibility. It is a commitment to take one and your fans want you to tweet and expect you to tweet everything you�۪re doing like I am having a coffee at Pret. I don�۪t think I need to do that. That is the only reason why I don�۪t want to do that.�
What is your message to your British fans?
Imran Khan: ���Thanks for your support. The UK territory has been huge for me and they have been supportive of me even at times when the Indian territory has not been which is surprising. Thanks for being there and for backing me. ���
Kareena Kapoor: ���London and the UK is a place that is home and I hope that maybe someday, you never know, I might just settle right behind Selfridges!�
BizAsia would like to thank Khan and Kapoor Khan for divulging about ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’. The film also stars Shraddha Kapoor and will be releasing on 22nd November.