WE NEVER HAD THE BEST CHEM­ISTRY

20 years af­ter their run­way hit — DDLJ, Ka­jol and SRK speak about their equa­tion and hit pair­ing

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sneha Ma­hade­van sneha. ma­hade­van@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

When ac­tors Shah Rukh Khan and Ka­jol did Dil­wale Dul­ha­nia Le Jayenge ex­actly 20 years ago lit­tle did they know that they would be soon known as Bol­ly­wood’s ‘most ro­man­tic cou­ple’.

How­ever, un­like pop­u­lar opin­ion, SRK never thought that they had a crackling chem­istry. At a time when we see a new ro­man­tic pair­ing with ev­ery film, we asked the ac­tor if he and Ka­jol looked best on screen. He says, “It is a lit­tle awk­ward to say that some­one can be the same level as Ka­jol and I. I never felt like we have the best chem­istry. We our­selves don’t know how we have this crackling chem­istry, so to judge some­one else is awk­ward. When I see e th­ese young­sters on screen, I find their chem­istry to be much bet­ter than ours.”

Now, the two are work­ing to­gether r in Ro­hit Shetty’s next and as Ka­jol says, “It is a strange co­in­ci­dence that t 20 years later, SRK and I are to­gether, r, work­ing in a film ti­tled Dil­wale.”

Ask them if there has been any change in their equa­tion and even be­fore we can fin­ish the sen­tence, Ka­jol quips, “I hope we have, it’s been 20 years, and we bloody well have changed. We have changed for the bet­ter. But I don’t talk any lesser. We are bet­ter peo­ple, bet­ter ac­tors to­day. I re­mem­ber SRK telling me, ‘you are go­ing to kill your­self some­day be­cause you have no tech­nique.’ I soon got burnt out and then I did de­velop a tech­nique. As far as SRK is con­cerned, he is such a tech­ni­cally su­pe­rior ac­tor, al­ways has been. Ev­ery time I work with him, I learn more.” SRK says, “There isn’t much change in our re­la­tion­ship. When two peo­ple work to­gether con­sis­tently, you have great re­spect for each other. Ka­jol will never do a scene if she isn’t con­vinced about it. That’s how real she is.”

He nar­rates an in­ci­dent. “I had worked with Ka­jol for two weeks in Baazi­gar, Aamir Khan had called me be­cause he wanted to work with her. I told him, ‘Bahut kharab hai, bahut bolti hai, you’ll never be able to work with her’. The same evening, we saw a few rushes of Baazi­gar and we saw that she could light up the screen. I re­mem­ber call­ing Aamir, fran­ti­cally try­ing to take my words back. I later told him that she is mag­i­cal on screen.”

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