With Happy New Year, you are back with the dream team of Om Shanti Om…
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Today, when we were driving up the road of Film City to reach the helipad, I told my manager that my first shot for a film happened here. I said my first ever dialogue, ‘Kutte, kamine, Bhagwan ke liye mujhe chhod de!’ here.
So life has come full circle.
Clearly, today it has. Shah Rukh (Khan) and Farah (Khan) have shot at the helipad before, I’ve also shot but today we are all shooting together at the same place after so many years. I have to tell Farah this, she’ll feel happy. It feels nostalgic to work with them. Whenever Shah Rukh, Farah and I are together, we tell each other ‘yaad hai yeh hua tha, yaad hai woh hua tha.’ There are so many fond memories. Farah is like a proud mother. She keeps talking about how I was before and how I have become today.
Wouldn’t Farah scream at you?
Farah just yelled at me once. And that was the time I cried also. But Farah spoilt me, which is why I felt lost later. I assumed all the directors would be sweet like Farah. Alas! I realised every director is different and I had to take care of myself.
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Deepika-Padukone left Fast and Furious 7 for Happy New Year?
Yes, I did. Well, it didn’t work for two reasons. I had already committed to HYN. Also, a major part of the movie was supposed to be shot in November in Abu Dhabi when Ram-Leela was releasing. And it would have meant not promoting it. Hence, I gave up Fast And Furious 7.
Considering Farah’s last film Tees Maar Khan bombed, didn’t you have any apprehension signing HNY?
I signed HNY not knowing what the script is. We were towards the end of Chennai Express and they were still looking for a girl.
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And my dates opened because Imtiaz’s (Ali) film shifted. So they asked me to be a part of it and I said yes instantly. I would never bat an eyelid for Farah and Shah Rukh. I’d never think twice.