Shaandaar connected Dad and Alia
Haider star Shahid Kapoor says his actor father Pankaj bonded so well with actor Alia Bhatt on the sets of their upcoming film Shaandaar that he felt ‘jealous’ when his son used to interact with her.
Director Vikas Bahl’s Shaandaar will bring together father-son pair — Pankaj Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor - on the screen for the first time, where the veteran actor plays Alia’s father.
The story of Shaandaar revolves around the wedding of Alia’s elder sister, where Shahid plays the <g data-gr-id="49">wedding</g> planner.
“Alia and my father had some connection. They used to have <g data-gr-id="59">long</g> conversation and they bonded over food. My father was jealous when I was talking to Alia...He was in his character from the film... In the movie he plays Alia’s father and thinks no one is good for his daughter,” the 34-year-old actor said.
The film’s trailer, which was unveiled on Tuesday, is being appreciated for not only the young on-screen couple’s great chemistry but also for a natural, quirky camaraderie between the actor and his father.
“While shooting, we both got along well. I had <g data-gr-id="63">great</g> time and it is because of ‘Shaandaar’ that I got to work with my dad. Even my sister Sana is there in the film,” the Jab We Met star said.
“There was a scene where we are doing bungee jumping and I got tired waiting for long, putting that harness. But my dad did not remove it even once ...I removed it twice,” Shahid recalled a scene with Pankaj.
The Vivah actor was directed by his father in 2011 romantic saga Mausam.
“He is a natural actor. When I first shot with dad there were <g data-gr-id="50">three four</g> retakes. I felt I was overacting. The most beautiful moment was that I got an opportunity to act with my Dad... standing in the same frame with him,” Shahid said.
Shaandaar, produced by Phantom Films, Dharma <g data-gr-id="55">Productions</g> and Fox Star Studios, will hit the screens on October 22. Shahid said it was he who convinced Alia to be part of the project.
“We were trying to make ‘Udta Punjab’ for a <g data-gr-id="58">year</g> but no one wanted to do it as it is a dark film. I told Alia that there is a role which in my understanding is one of the finest roles for a female actor,” Shahid told reporters here last evening at an event.
It was within two days when Alia gave her nod to the project which also stars Shahid’s ex-girlfriend Kareena Kapoor Khan.
“She (Alia) read the script and called me crying as she was moved by the film. She agreed to do the film and it is very brave on her part. There are very few actresses who like to step out of their skin and not worry about looking good and play the character. I was very proud of her that she said yes to the film. She has been making some brave choices,” he said.