The star talks about his new venture and clears the buzz about his professional and personal life Is it that true that you have been approached for a YRF film with Deepika Padukone?
Yes, but I can’t tell you which part of it is true (smiles enigmatically).
On working with Sonam Kapoor
I really admire the fact that she is comfortable in front of the camera. She is spontaneous and energetic. She is also intelligent and knowledgeable – apart from being an actress, she is aware of the world around her.
Any particular memory of working with Sonam?
It is the second time that I am working with her. It was a joyful experience. Sonam has a 100-watt smile. Ahmed had to distract us because we were laughing half the time. She always has a smile on her face and that is what Sonam brings to a set. It spreads across on the set.
This is the first non-film music video you are part of. What attracted you to the song?
This is celebration of love and is a very powerful story. When Bhushan Kumar came to me, I was touched as he said he wanted to do this song as a tribute to his father, Gulshanji, who was the son of a juice stall owner and then went on to become a music baron. I think very few can achieve that. It is an inspiring journey.
Do you remember listening to the original song from Aashiqui (1990)?
I had the entire album of the film since it was the rage at that time. I remember ‘Dheere dheere se meri zindagi mein aana’ was one of my favourite songs at that point of time...it kind of became a phase in my life.
The video shows you riding a small bicycle. How did that happen?
I think it was a very cute and endearing thing to do in a suit. I thought if I ride the bicycle, girls will like me more if they see this.
Who would you like to dedicate this song to?
As of now there is no one in my life to whom I can dedicate this song.
How do you react to the buzz about your link up with Kangana Ranaut?
Oh my God ... what should I say about it!
Any other song that you would like to recreate?
Maybe ‘Kal ho na ho.’