Divya Khosla Kumar's 'Sanam Re' is all set to hit the silver screens this Friday and lock horns at the box-office with Aditya Roy Kapur-Katrina Kaif's 'Fitoor'.
With the film's release date inching closer, in a fun chat, the lead actors Pulkit Samrat and Yami Gautam talk about the film, their shooting experience and their much talked about 'link-up'.
Excerpts from the conversation-
Q. What was the best thing about shooting for 'Sanam Re' in those nice beautiful locales?
Yami: I think shooting for 'Sanam Re' was the most unromantic experience. It is because they had taken us to all those stunning locations. But the way I said hi to him (Pulkit) for the first time, I was almost under four layers of blanket and just a hand comes out waving a hi, which he says I never said a hi to you..I was in a different direction.
Pulkit: Divya used to call me on the sets at 6 am. I used to be clueless about what was happening around. So I don't know whether she said a 'hi' or not.
Yami: It was very difficult to travel to those locations. There is a location called Kalpa which is 9 hours ahead of Shimla. To reach there is a big task.
Q. So despite all these difficulties what made the shoot exciting?
Pulkit: The end result. The moment you see how nicely the scenes have been shot on the monitor, it's all worth it. I have shot for the shirtless scenes in extreme cold. Divya used to wait for the temperature to drop to minus degrees till the time she used to ask me to take off my shirt.
Q. How was your experience working with Divya Khosla Kumar?
Yami: She is very strict.
Pulkit (cuts in): She is a Hitler.
Yami: I have worked with directors like Shoojit Sircar and Sriram Raghavan, Prabhudeva..they are very calm as compared to her. I think she is very passionate about film-making and she told us that just trust me..I am going to take this story much higher than what you are reading at the narration point. I think she has done that because 'Sanam Re' is a kind of amalgamation of the emotional love story and a visual treat. She has done full justice to the film.
Q. Yami, what do you have to say about doing a full-fledged role in 'Sanam Re' after doing films like 'Action Jackson' and 'Badlapur'?
I don't come from a filmy family nor do I have a filmy background. Whatever I have learnt or am learning, its totally here. So when I get to work with someone like Prabhudeva at the starting of my career, at least when you read the script or hear the narration you don't know how it would shape up to be or how it would work. You just know what you have been narrated and when you get a chance to work with such big names, why would I say no when I know I am the only one who is solely responsible for the choices I make. I think after 'Vicky Donor' that was my third film and so I would never say that I shouldn't have done those films. I did those films because I thought I should do them at that point of time. 'Badlapur' was supposed to be a special role. It turned out to be much more than that for which I am thankful to the director and his team. The love story part really worked. I want to work with Sriram again. I have always said that either I will love the role or the character or script or just because I want to work with a certain director even if it's for a little while. I would love to do a full-fledged movie with him. I am just a newcomer and have a long way to go.
Q. Pulkit, your last two films didn't work well at the box office so where do you think it went wrong?
You never know what works and what doesn't work. It's only about with how much effort and honesty you are working you. I think that is what has made me grow with the industry. I am very happy with so far how things have shaped up and finally I have reached a stage where somebody thinks that I can take a full-fledged love story on my shoulders. So that's a great compliment for me as well as challenging.
Q. Along with the compliments how do you take the criticisms?
Firstly I don't read reviews. So I don't know what was written and what was not be it for 'Fukrey' or 'Bangistan'. You do get a certain reaction from the audience like the live feedback that you get on social media these days. That's much more stronger than what maybe written in the few lines on the paper. And that is what holds the truth for me. If they say I have done sometime wrong I will learn from it. If they say that I have done something really good, then I will try to polish it even further.
Q. When someone compares you to Salman Khan how do you take that?
Ask Salman Khan about how he feels about it.
Q. Along with 'Sanam Re' there is one more film releasing 'Fitoor', do you think that will somewhere affect the business of your film?
Pulkit: Not at all. I think with the amount of films that we make these days it is very difficult to find a solo release. So if not this Friday, before or after we would have still clashed with some of the other films. It just happens to be that our film is clashing with 'Fitoor'.
Yami: Our release date was quite decided way before..I think even before we had signed the film. The makers were very clear to have it as a Valentine's release since it's a love story. Finally the audience today are very smart and clearer about what they want to watch and we wish all the best to team 'Fitoor' as well.
Q. What is that one thing that you two found out about each other during shooting for 'Sanam Re'?
Yami: I found out that he really talks. Not many people know that we have worked together on a music album before. It was just a 2-3 days shoot and we spoke only on the last day during the last shot and it was just a 'hi'.
Pulkit: Before that we didn't even talk. It was a romantic song.
Yami: So now I have realised that he really talks and secondly he sings pretty well.
Pulkit: When I first met Yami I thought that she is a 'khadoos'. So I didn't even think that we will break the ice and talk. It was a revelation for me that she has a great sense of humour and I really appreciate when girls have sense of humour. It's a rarity. And also she is a big foodie.
Q. There was reports about your link-up being a publicity stunt. What do you have to say about that?
Pulkit: We see these kinds of things happening every day. You know two people work together and then people start writing about something or the other.
Yami: And we have been working on two films back to back. Before in fact going on board for 'Sanam Re' we had already finished one schedule of 'Junooniyat'. So this is weird. I wouldn't ever endorse such publicity stunts in capacity of an actor.
Pulkit: Just the idea of promoting a film connecting two names would be very wrong.
Yami: So much hard work goes into making a film. It doesn't deserve to be overshadowed by even a single question something like that. I am genuinely saying this. Nobody wants to be questioned for something which is totally rubbish and which doesn't deserve even an ounce of attention.
Q. Yami, how would you like your real life love story to play out?
It should be something like they show in movies. I have grown up watching Rajs, Rahuls and Prems. I haven't found one till now.
Q. Is it difficult to find one from the industry?
I think when it's a serious relationship it's about the person more than the profession.
Q. What about you Pulkit?
I would love to make my partner feel really special. I would respect her the way I respect my family and really take care of her.
Q. Pulkit, 'Fukrey 2' is also happening. Tell us something about that.
The film will go on-floors this August. 'Fukrey 2' is crazy to the power of 10. We are very excited about the film.
Q. Is that the genre that you really love doing?
I love entertaining, be it in crying, laughing or romancing on-screen.
Q. Have you two become more conscious about talking to media?
Pulkit: Ya..because a couple of misquotes happen. Eventually it affects the families. It's not about just me or her. You can't explain to people that we spoke about a thing with respect to a particular context.
Yami: It's just that it's happening a bit too much. And the kind of person I am and the background from which I come, I don't believe in saying that oh..I didn't say that or say this is wrong and make another news out of it. You can easily do that. But then I am not here for that.