Kapoor & Sons is your fourth film with Karan Johar. Guess this is one liaison that is going to last?
Yes, of course. Everything that I have today is due to Mr. Karan Johar. This interview also that we are doing is because of him. Varun (Dhawan), Alia (Bhatt) and I are Dharma's talent. It is a premium production house and I am ecstatic to be a part of it. They signed us up for a reason. We are happy that everyone wants to work with Karan and because of that we are getting better and better opportunities. We are getting great content to play around while exploring varied genres. We have to be grateful for what we are getting and I am truly respectful towards Karan Johar for making me stand where I am today.
After a rather intense Brothers, making Kapoor & Sons would have been a breeze.
(Smiles) This is the quickest film that I have done. We shot mostly in Coonoor. It is an ensemble family drama with several light hearted moments and comedy. There was a lot of outdoor shoot involved and it was clearly one of my best ever as I was with Fawad (Khan), Alia, Rishi (Kapoor), Rajat Kapur and Ratna Pathak Shah for an extended period. The whole crew got along really well. The whole set up was the kind where we had to bond as there were no distractions out there. There was nothing much to do except spend time with each other.
There are two restaurants so we used to frequent that. Then, we also used to get the whole crew together to play cricket and poker or go out for a drive into the tea estates. I also did horse riding. Shakun and I knew each other from the past and hence we went along quite well. As a character, it was a lot of fun since I am being someone much lighter and softer, who by the way talks a lot (smiles). It is a special film.
How is it going on Baar Baar Dekho, your love story with Katrina Kaif?
Before starting the shoot, we did a lot of workshops and readings. It is a light hearted love story and has a fun journey to it. It spans over a period of time and while the premise is quite interesting, it is not a film about time travel. It is not a science fiction and has nothing to do with any tales in the future. It is predominantly a love story and how the relationships between the two characters unfold over time.