Actor Shraddha Kapoor, who is riding high on the success of her latest release Ek Villian that recently crossed the INR 10 million mark, is really excited about her upcoming film Haider hitting the screens alongside Hrithik Roshan’s Bang Bang on October 2.
Haider is helmed by Vishal Bharadwaj and is an adaptation of William Shakespeare`s Hamlet. The movie also stars Shahid Kapoor, Tabu, Irrfan Khan and Kay Kay Menon and is set in the backdrop of Kashmir. Both Haider and Bang Bang are big banner productions and it will be interesting to watch them fight it out for glory at the box office. In an interview, reported by the Hindustan Times, Shraddha is looking forward to both films doing good over the extended weekend.
Your film will be competing with Hrithik’s. How does that feel?
I can’t believe I’m clashing with my idol. I’m definitely going to watch his film. I’ve been told that it’s a great weekend for films to release (the four-day extended weekend, October 2-5). The trailer of my film has been received well and I’m looking forward to watching Hrithik’s film too. I hope the hype around the films continues to stay and I hope both do well.
Hrithik often speaks highly of the young lot of actors in Bollywood today. How does that make you feel?
He has been very sweet. He had sent me a message after Aashiqui 2 (2013) released. When I read it, I almost died. I had to be brought back to life to respond to it.
Has it been a conscious decision on your part to choose films that are the usual song-and-dance sagas?
I take my decisions from the heart. I’d love to do a song-and-dance film, but I have to be convinced about the project. I’m not averse to commercial cinema.
How does your family feel about your recent success?
They’re very happy and thrilled. They’re also proud of me and if you ask me, it is lovely to see their smiling faces. In fact, it was my dad who told me that my film had crossed the `100 crore mark. He always keeps himself updated. I am even planning to organise a dinner with my entire family to celebrate, but that will depend on everyone’s availability. It will be a small gathering and I’ll have to take permission from my physical trainer because I’m on a strict diet for my upcoming film.
So, will you be losing weight?
No, please don’t assume that it’s a random diet to lose weight. It is, in fact, one to gain some muscle.
Varun Dhawan has said that you’re his only costar he has grown up with. Now you’ll be romancing your childhood friend. How does that feel?
Romancing Varun will be very amusing. It’s going to be insane amount of fun. I think working with a friend will be great. Though it will be very funny, but we will have to figure out a way to develop chemistry and to do romantic scenes with each other.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 20th, 2014.
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