“Delhi-6 symbolizes India and its people”
Saawariya was in 2007, Delhi-6 is in 2009. As a newcomer was it a good decision to take a year’s break right at the beginning of the career?
I will always think of quality over quantity.
In these two years, I have been working the whole time… have been doing lots of magazine covers, events, and then working on Delhi-6. I am proud to have worked on this film as they say, Bhagwaaan acchi chizon ko fursat se banata hai (God takes long to make nice things). Rakeysh has made Delhi-6 taking his time and it has shaped up extremely well.
So you are glad that you took the break?
Yes it worked… because I am happy. I am not answerable to anyone, I am glad to wake up in the morning and go the shoot. I am in love with the film industry and its people… good, bad, ugly. My father also guides me as far as these decisions are concerned. I would be dumb to not pay heed to his advice. After all he has survived for so long here.
What is Delhi-6 all about?
It’s an out-an-out family film. Every age group will identity with it. The film is about India. You’ll find Delhi-6 in every city of India. Chandni Chowk is just a symbolic representation of India and its people.
Your character Bittu in the film is already a hit, thanks to Masakalli promos.
All youngsters can identify with Bittu. It doesn’t matter if she is from Delhi, she has the same values that any other Indian youth would have. She is a good child, doesn’t want to hurt her parents but yet be rebellious. The inner conflict that every youngster faces is what has been shown through Bittu.
How different was it portraying a Delhi girl, considering you being a Mumbaikar all your life?
Delhi girls are jhatak matak, have certain coyness and nakhras. Mumbai girls are cool… they know what they want and with them you get what you see. It’s the accent, body language that I had to work on.
Abhishek played a lot of pranks with you in the film?
He used to tell me the wrong things and I actually used to follow him as I took him seriously! Jokes apart he is fun as he too is young and we have a great chemistry and timing. He guides me well too.
Your dad has worked with Waheeda Rehmaan in Lamhe and now you too have shared screen with her in Delhi-6.
I only have two scenes with her and I often complained to Rakeysh about it. Waheedaji is the most graceful, dignified and intelligent lady I know. I aspire to be like her.
Delhi-6 will battle it out with Tom Cruise’s Valkyrie at the box office.
Valkyrie is a Holywood film and thus a multiplex film. I have even heard that it has not done well abroad. I don’t think it will affect Dlhi-6 in anyway.