What you think about the music of Jhoom Barabar Jhoom?
The music of JBJ is rocking its very nice. Its the second time I am working with Shankar Ehsaan Loy and they have always been different in their sound in whichever film they have done and Jhoom is completely different from what they have done earlier and also because the movie is directed by Shaad who has his own mad side to him and he gets that out in his music as well and he has his sense of humor which everyone has seen in his earlier films and because itís a musical film the situations are handled with songs so the songs are amazing especially the title track Jhoom Barabar Jhoom which is going to rock this year. I am not saying so because itís my film buts its just such a great song even the promo brings out the energy of the film because this film is completely over the top. It is a romantic comedy and it deals with all situations and ofcourse the music plays a very important part.
Which is your favourite track?
I think all of them are required for the situation they have been used for and I think all of them are great but the faster version of Jhoom was quite a killer because we were dancing to it. My favourite song is the title track of Jhoom. I think all the songs are good but more close to me is the song Kiss of Love because itís my song.
On Vaibhavi Merchant as the choreographer.
I call Vaibahavi Chinku thatís how I have known her right from the time she was assisting Rekhaji and Chinniji during Gupt. At that time she was a very shy girl but now sheís a completely different person but the same at heart. Sheís a wonderful person and I really get along well with her. I am working with her for the third time now but this time we really worked hard for a film for all the songs and she was amazing not just giving great moments or dance steps but also getting the emotions right with the steps and thatís very important for us all especially when you are playing a character which is very different and everybody is different so she was really good at that.
Can you tell us a bit about your character in the film?
Usually I do get roles which are always more connected to Punjab because I am from Punjab and so my character is of this guy called Steve who is half British half Punjabi and I think when I heard the script it felt like as if the character was written with me in mind because it has a lot of similarities. It made it easy but then at the same time it gets more difficult because its so you, so you have to be slightly different in different ways but it was good fun.
What was it like working with Shaad Ali Sehgal?
Working with Shaad he makes it so easy. Heís a cool dude he gets along with everybody he mingles with the whole unit and I think I believe in that because I love coming to my work and not just sitting in one corner and having an attitude. I like to mingle and get to know everyone so that when you are working itís a very friendly environment so I think that really made us gel together and it was fun.
What was it like shooting in London?
I shot in London and we were there for quite a few days and it was good fun. After a long time I have actually shot for a film where everybody knew what was going to happen on which day so they were days off in the middle which was really required for anyone and everyone working and you had your own time off in London so it was good fun.
What was it like working in a multi star cast film?
I think the star cast was ruled by Aquarians because Abhishek, Preety and me are all Aquarians so I guess they all love each other. Abhishek and me worked for the first time together and it was good fun I have known him since he was a kid and we have always got along before he and I started work so it was very chilled out and Preeti as I call her Pritam Singh she did her first film with me and we go a long way back from even before she started working and with Lara I have done quite a few films so everybody knew each other so well so it was like really comfortable and everybody has done a great job everybody was totally into the script and into their work.
What was your reaction when you first read the script and what made you decide to do this film?
When I read the script I felt like the role was written for me and even Adi said that to me even before he mentioned the subject to me and I was like let me hear the script because there are so many people in the film and them when I heard it I was like dude itís a great role I mean I didnít expect to hear a great role and then I read the script and its such a funny script when you are reading it you start laughing and thatís what every script should be. Everybody has worked hard and itís been written really well. When we were shooting the scenes and when we were doing the workshops everything was just falling in its place so itís a very well written film.
What was it like working with Aki Narula who has created the look for the film?
The look is very important because itís a musical and music plays a very important part there was a lot of clothes required. The character that I am playing is of this really big lawyer whoís one of the big shots there to give him that Anglo British kind of feel. This is the first time I am working with Aki and he is very creative, very talented I mean heís given us the clothes which I would love to wear but itís like a little over the top. They were really amazing they just went so well with the characters. The clothes said what they were and thatís how it should always be. The clothes spoke and made it so comfortable for the character to come across in a right way.
What according to you was the highlight of shooting for Jhoom Barabar Jhoom?
It was more like a big picnic though we worked really hard. We shot the title track for 25days in a row and that was like non stop work been done and we were dancing the whole day but the thing is because we got along so well we really enjoyed doing everything and everything was nice the script was so good and the music so everybody just enjoyed being on sets and that really was one of the most unique thing of doing the film.
Any memorable or unusual incident that comes to mind during the shoot of the film?
The shoot schedule was very hectic and I fell ill while I was shooting for the climax song of the film. I think the work got to me because I was working everyday and before this I was shooting for some other film. I have never ever fallen ill and had to cancel work and luckily the last day when I was feeling the worst (healthwise) I didnít realize it and I finished the film shooting and I had one more day to go but to my luck that day the shoot got postponed for the next day for some technical reason and I got a days break and was feeling ok to work the next day.
This is your first Yash Raj film? What was the experience like?
They are such an organized company their production house is completely equipped and there is not a single stone left unturned to get the best .The songs were shot in London with so much emphasis on the look and the sets were so well done. Also we were very well looked after.
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word Jhoom Barabar Jhoom?
The first thing that comes to my mind is madness, crazy people, over the top. Itís a moment where you are on a different planet all together. Itís about love where your emotions run wild.