Shahid Kapoor has teamed up for the second time with Priyanka Chopra for Kunal Kohli’s Teri Meri Kahaani. He will be seen in three different roles as the film is set over a time period of 1910, 1960 and 2012. TWF correspondent Sreya Basu in conversation with the actor after the first look launch of the romantic drama
Your last release (Mausam) was a love story and your next release (Teri Meri Kahaani) will also be of the same genre. How much faith do you have in love?
I completely believe in love and this is the second love story that I am doing back-to-back (the first one being Mausam). So obviously, I have a lot of faith in love. I think love is the most beautiful thing in the world. It makes the world go round.
What is Teri Meri Kahaani all about?
The same two characters meet over three different times…and what happens in each lifetime with them…is what the film is all about. I don’t think I have seen something like this on the Indian screen or anywhere before.
How did the idea come up for the film?
The most exciting thing for me in Teri Meri Kahaani is that it’s about three different love stories of three different generations. Kunal (Kohli, filmmaker) and I were meeting for a long time discussing what to do and how to do. There were many ideas, we even discussed fully developed scripts. But batoon baton mein he one day told me about a thought that when we get married we take saath phere and people say we will stay together for seven lives. So how do we know who we meet, when we meet and how we meet and how our love story culminates! If the same two souls meet over different times, how will it be? I initially found it a very serious-type idea. But Kunal said he wants to make it a fun way.
How logical is finding love over different time periods?
Why not? Why is it not possible to find love? Why is it not possible to be happy? I believe love has various shades…you will find a little bit of all that in Teri Meri Kahaani…it’s happy, sad, exciting, stressful…but that’s what makes a great film regardless whether the love story comes true or not. When it’s set over three different time periods and you see all of them together, it makes an interesting contrast and makes you think how love has changed over the ages or it hasn’t changed and how it would be in three different time periods.
Of the three time periods, which one did you enjoy shooting for the most?
For me, it was exciting to see myself in Mumbai in 1960s with those trams going all around and I walking with that guitar on my back and if I were actually a struggling musician in the 1960s and was to fall in love with a woman, how would my journey be. Or if I were Javed in 1910, even before India became independent, and knew shayari like him and was to romance in a land that was ruled by the British, how would that be and how different it would be from Krish and Radha’s journey in 2012 in Britain!
Your character Javed is a dil phek ashiq and mouths shayari every now and then to woo his lady. How well-equipped are you with such verses?
I don’t know shayari but Kunal does. That’s why he has written all those in the film and seems to be in love with them. But I enjoyed enacting them. I was nervous because shayari is something which someone like Mr Aamir Khan has done it for Kunal (in Fanaa, 2006). I thought ‘God, I don’t want to make a fool of myself because he has done it so well’.
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