OK Jaanu brings the Aashiqui 2 co-stars, Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor back together after three years and this time as a carefree romantic couple. The film directed by Shaad Ali is an official remake of Mani Ratnam’s Tamil film O Kadhal Kanmani.
A week before the release of their film, Aditya and Shraddha got candid about OK Jaanu with media in a group interview. Excerpts:
The original film O Kadhal Kanmani was appreciated and was a blockbuster, do you all have any apprehensions that OK Jaanu would be compared to that film?
Shraddha: Absolutely, the comparisons have already been started to O Kadhal Kanmani, so I think that is unavoidable. That movie had made a very strong connection with people, it was loved. So, we are hoping that our film is able to make a connection with people and loved as well.
Aditya: I think remake is something that’s been appreciated and loved. This is something you already know and you are signing up for. You know there’s going to be people who loved it and sometimes no matter what you do, you would be compared, so there is no reason to lose your sleep over that. What you have to do is try and make it to best of your ability and realize the reason for you making the film and that gives you confident more than a pressure.
Is OK Jaanu a complete rip-off or have you taken some creative liberty and introduced changes?
Shraddha: Yes some few changes, I don’t think Shaad (director) wanted to change anything because the story was so good and everything was so amazing about the original film. It’s just been adapted to the Hindi audience, other than that there are no changes.
Were you able to identify with your characters?
Shraddha: To a certain extent, I feel Tara has rubbed off on me a bit now like I really love how she is so fearless about what she wants in life. She is not apologetic. She wants to be in live-in (relationship) and she openly says that. I like the honesty about her. She is very passionate about what she does, she has got the fire in her. I hope I can take more from her.
Aditya: The character that I am playing is younger than my actual age. He is at an age where he has big aspiration. He does not want to commit to any relationship. I feel he is not taking anything seriously, taking one step at a time and enjoying life. Even when I was younger, every romantic relationship didn’t mean marriage. I could definitely relate to what he was feeling at that time.
Would you opt for a live-in relationship or you belong to the old school thought of love?
Aditya: I have never done it before, so I can’t speak from experience. I don’t know what the pros and cons are, only when you have experienced then you can do something on that. But I definitely feel that it’s something that I am not close to. If I felt I am in a relationship with someone and I want to live with them for a while I don’t see any reason why it can be a negative thing. Many of my friends are going through live-in relationships. Some are successful and some are not but it gets you closer to understanding the person that you are with, you get to know their habits. Sometimes, it ends the relationship quicker than it would have dragged longer. It quickens the process either way.
Shraddha: I believe in live and let live. If anybody believes in live-in-relationship and if they are happy in their relationship then that should be it. I feel that nobody should get hurt in this bargain. Our film is very interestingly showcasing two perspectives about live-in relationships. I think people will be entertained by it.
There was news that AR Rahman wasn’t happy with the modified version of The Humma Song?
Aditya: I am not aware of this news. This is the first time I am hearing this.
Shraddha: Neither did I.
Was it difficult to dance on The Humma Song?
Aditya: Last year, I went for the Dream Team tour, that was my first stage dance performance. I had never done before that, so I rehearsed a lot and I had a lot of fun. We did six shows and it really got out of my system and I really enjoyed it and it was well received also, so I came pretty warmed up to The Humma Song. So I had some practice before I came in. I had fun.
Shraddha: Some of my friends are going crazy about him in Humma Humma, especially his pelvic moves. They are like ‘Oh My God he is so hot‘…
Did you also feel that he was really hot in the song?
Shraddha: Yes, even I felt so. I think he brings his own charm to anything that he does and that is his USP.
Deepika Padukone’s film XXX- The Return of Xander Cage is releasing on 14th January one day after your film is releasing, how do you feel about that?
Aditya: Well, it seems like a very different film. It’s an action film and it appeals to a different audience. If you have seen before in many clashes if the films are good, they both do well. What’s heartening is that there is a capacity and enough audience to go. If a film can do Rs 30 crore in one day, that means there are that many people who go out and watch. So if your films are good and appealing enough, both the films will do well.
Shraddha: I hope that both the films do well. I hope the beginning of 2017 is good for movies overall.
Recently there were reports about you moving in with Farhan Akhtar and your father clarified regarding the same. What do you have to say about that?
Shraddha: I think this time it went overboard. Publishing a story as fact is wrong. Especially when it involves my family. This gossip tabloid journalism has to stop. In fact, I wanted to take action against the person but then I didn’t. But you can’t paint a picture which is incorrect.
Aditya: Yes, it is incorrect. You cannot post a false report as fact.