Talk a little about your role in Baar Baar Dekho
I play Chitra who is Jai (Sidharth Malhotra) and Diya’s (Katrina Kaif) best friend. She’s a funky, quirky, today’s girl… she’s like ginger in a masala tea.
What’s unique about the movie?
The USP of the movie is that you haven’t seen a movie where you can see 40 years of time span. It has been done brilliantly by our director Nitya Mehra. We had the best crew in every department. It’s not about time travel. It’s a love story where Jai can see back and forth in time. There’s a sense of redemption throughout the journey of the film. Plus, the look of the film will blow you away. While making the movie, every single day we felt creatively satisfied.
How was it working with Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif?
It was absolutely beautiful. I knew Katrina from before because we shot together in Anurag Basu’s Jagga Jasoos. We keep joking that now we need a third film together. Kat is lovely and so much fun to hang out with. Sidharth is genuinely sweet and a lovely human being. It’s very nice to know them both as people but once they are on set they’re both very hardworking. We became like a family and loved being part of this film.
The music of the movie has done really well. Which one is your favourite?
Nachde Ne Saare. It’s such a happy and uplifting song. I couldn’t stop listening to it when I first heard it. I was very happy that I could dance on it.
Any fun moments while shooting Kala Chashma? Everyone is talking about that song these days…
In my first movie Margarita with a Straw I had no song and dance sequences. So I was quite excited to be able to dance on Kala Chashma. I was upset that Bosco Martis didn’t make me dance even though he promised he would. I was rehearsing diligently every day. On the day of the shoot we had to sport an Indian look and I was given beautiful eye makeup. We kept the lip muted because of the heavy eye makeup. But the moment we reached set we were handed these stupid kala chashmas (Laughs)! I was so upset because we didn’t need any eye makeup at all.
And then what happened?
We were shooting in this hotel in Mumbai’s Goregaon area which has now shut down. It was a Victorian sort of an old hotel with high ceilings and with Michelangelo prints on the walls. It was freaky. The huge statues that you see in the song couldn’t be moved. So they had to be incorporated in the song! Bosco incorporated them very beautifully in the song by putting kala chashmas on them.
If you had a time machine, which era and city would you prefer time traveling to?
I’d love to go to the Woodstock Festival in New York, 1969 for sure.
What are the songs you have on loop in your current playlist?
Nachde Ne Saare (Baar Baar Dekho), Kabira (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani), Hello (Adele) and the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil title track.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
The constant honking on the roads.
Do you have any tattoos?
No, I don’t like tattoos. I’ll never get one.
What’s your idea of a perfect date?
(Laughs) A cloudy day with little bit of drizzle, on a mountain top with a nicely rolled joint and some hash brownies.
Do you think a man should always foot the bill during a date?
It has never happened with me so far! Every time I got out with any man or woman, I always end up paying for it. All my friends will vouch for it. I’m the man in the relationship.
Describe yourself in five words.
Balanced, sensitive, boring, unpredictable and moody.