What is cocktail all about?
It's about love, relationships, sharing and giving more than anything else it's an emotional journey of three people.
You have been through your highs and lows in relationship yourself. Does your experience in relationship help you when you do such roles?
Definitely, any personal experience counts.Whether its relationship or some other experience that you have encountered in real life.
Tell us a little about your role in Cocktail?
When I was first offered the film, I had the opportunity to choose either the character of Meera or Veronica. I liked both the characters so much; I asked producer Dinesh Vijan if I could do a double role. I was really confused about which part to play. I asked Imtiaz Alli who has written the script of the film. He said I could play either of the characters. Ultimately I chose Veroinca because it was much more challenging.
Did you freak out when you heard that your character in Cocktail doesn't wear her underpants at home?
Actually, no! I think it was one of the highlights of the characters that made it edgier than any other female character written in recent times. She is the kind of person that everybody wants to be, but are not because they are concerned about being judged by society. That is what Veronica is all about. She speaks about her mind. She is brash in her behavior but when you get to know her you realize she is a very lovable person. It's one of the most edgiest characters I have ever played. She has had a troubled childhood and now she has found her comfort zone in her friends, Meera and Gautam. Just four days into the shooting of Cocktail I had transformed into Veronica completely. Director Homi Adajania told me that he didn't really have to tell me how to act and react, because I had already owned Veronica. It took me a while to get out of the character and come back to my normal self once the shooting was over.
Do you think an urban story like Cocktail will work beyond the metro cities?
Cocktail is primarily a love story, and that is one theme that has a universal connect, irrespective of the demographics. We have made a fun film and have worked very hard at it. We hope people watch and like it when it releases later this week.
We heard that you recommended Homi's name to the producers to direct Cocktail?
No, it would not be right to say that. The story of Cocktail was written by Imtiaz Ali and he didnâ€™t want to direct the film. They were looking for directors who could helm the project and we were discussing some names and we thought Homi would be the perfect choice. Once Homi came on board he added a lot of his personality to the film. He has a very global vision, whereas Imtiaz is very desi. I think Cocktail would have been some other film if Imtiaz had directed it. We are very happy with the way the film has turned out.
You have worked with Saif Ali Khan in Love Aaj Kal, Aarakshan, and post Cocktail you will be seen together in Race 2 as well. How has your chemistry with him changed over the years?
My chemistry with Saif is not tangible, and I like to work with him, as he is a wonderful actor. It is not a conscious decision for us to work together; things just fall into place. I have been a part of two of the three films produced by Saif's Illuminati Films, and I am grateful to them for giving me the opportunities. I think I bond better with producer Dinesh, as our idea of love stories is the same.
We heard that you did not like the Daaru desi song, and were not happy about having it in the film?
Personally I didn't like that song, and I was very sure that it would not work with the audience. I had also laid a bet of Rs. 10 lakh with Dinesh about it. But nonetheless Dinesh decided to retain the track. But the song has turned out to be a chart buster now. Now I have to pay Dinesh the money. I tried telling him to deduct the money from my fee, but he insists that I pay him after I get my money.
Tell us about your forthcoming ventures?
I am doing Ayan Mukherjkee's Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani with Ranbir. It's a love story again. Then there's this film with Ranjnikant. There are rumours that you and Ranbir are back together again? Was there any awkwardness now that you are working together again? No, let me for once clear it all. I am single and am in a happy space of my own. Both Ranbir and I are thorough professionals and there is no awkwardness working together. If I was not comfortable working with him I would have never agreed to do Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani with him in the first place.At first I was wondering how I would face him but we got over it in a few minutes. We are good friends now and we both share a similar passion for cinema. Once we wrap up our shoot we go our own ways. I don't care about what is being written about us.Please don't ask me if we are going to get back together - that will not happen
You are doing Kochadiyaan with Rajnikant how was it shooting with him?
Rajnikant is like a child in the candy store. I have never seen any actor so excited on the sets. His eyes literally glitter when he is on the sets. He would often come on the sets and greet his daughter who is directing him as if he was meeting her for the first time and also insist on another take even when it was Okayed.Rajnikant and Amitabh Bachchan are the only two actors who have that enthusiasm on the sets. We are shooting a new format called Capturing. Films like Tin Tin have been shot in this format. Our emotions are captured exclusively and the rest of it is done in a digital format. So I really couldn't see the actor in much of action. It was a new format for me. I can't explain the technique but I understood the technique only after shooting for it.