Love story: Shahid Kapoor in a still from Teri Meri Kahaani
ROMANCE being the most popular genre in Bollywood means it has been presented in pretty much every conceivable way. So this week’s big movie release Teri Meri Kahaani has tried to present the age-old format from a fresh, new angle. The episodic romance sees Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra playing protagonists in three unconnected stories across three different generations.
Clearly proud of the movie, friendly actor Kapoor took time out of his busy schedule to speak to Eastern Eye about the film, the three characters he plays in it and some truths about his personal life.
How does this compare to other Bollywood love stories? Most of the time when you make love stories, there is very little that you can do; it gets repetitive after a while by following the same screenplay and pattern. Then it just gets boring. The film will be exciting for the first 45 minutes, where you see new characters and hear some funny dialogues, but after that you will know where it is going. With this film there are three stories, so it keeps you occupied and interested. I think the biggest strength of the film is that it’s just a two-hour film. It’s very short, snappy and has different episodes, and I like that about it.
Is it about reincarnation? Although it felt like a film about reincarnation, it doesn’t deal with that at all. Each love story is done in an episodic manner. The genre of the film isn’t dramatic or serious at all, but a romantic comedy. It was in a light space and different to what Mausam was. The most exciting concept was having these three different eras where you see these 'same' people in different lifetimes, how they met and what happened to them. Each story is different from the other and I thought it was an interesting idea.
Are all three stories quirky? Yes, they are all pretty interesting in their own way. I think that (director) Kunal (Kohli’s) strengths have always been that he is very good with moments and with one-liners. If you remember, he used shayari in his film Fanaa really well. The poetry in this is very colloquial, it's not heavy duty or serious or intellectual stuff. It is the kind of thing someone walking down the street would say, which I think is a lot more relatable. There is an element of fun in all the stories.
Teri Meri Kahaani is in cinemas now
The full interview appears in this week’s edition of Eastern Eye, out now
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