The Asian Age

‘Feels great to be ro­manced by Prem’

- NATASHA COUTINHO

Sonam Kapoor, who has been paired up with Sal­man Khan for the first time in Ra­jshri Pro­duc­tions’ Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, seems to be in awe of her new co- star. It was a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence for Sonam, who feels that the au­di­ence still con­nects with the old school of ro­mance.

Sonam Kapoor, who has been paired up with Sal­man Khan for the first time in Ra­jshri Pro­duc­tions’ Prem Ratan Dhan Payo , seems to be in awe of her new costar. Sonam says, “I have al­ready shot with Sal­man for 30 days for Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo. He’s ex­tremely pro­fes­sional and has a high emo­tional quo­tient. He’s never rude or tem­per­a­men­tal. He makes sure that ev­ery­one on the sets is taken care of. At the same time, he is an in­tel­li­gent ac­tor. Peo­ple think he doesn’t put in ef­fort but the truth is he is one of the most hard­work­ing ac­tors I know. He’s al­ways on time. He knows all his lines and the script from start to fin­ish.”

Be­ing a Ra­jshri hero­ine is nos­tal­gic for Sonam. She says, “I was in my teens when Vi­vaah re­leased. I grew up on Hum Aapke Hai Kaun and Maine Pyaar Kiya. It’s amaz­ing to be ro­manced by Prem.” The ac­tress feels that the au­di­ence still con­nects with the old school of ro­mance. “That’s why all the TV se­ri­als are work­ing. Mid­dle class In­dia is all about this. This is part of our cul­ture, this is who we are. We have be­come West­ern­ised but there is a ba­sic idea about men and women in cin­ema and tele­vi­sion. Fe­male char­ac­ters in all of Soora­jji’s films are strong

Sal­man is al­ways on time... puts in a lot of ef­fort

char­ac­ters. Also, it’s al­ways the men try­ing to woo the women, not the other way round.”

Sonam is also look­ing for­ward her next two re­leases, Khoob­soorat and Dolly Ki Doli. Her last film Be­wakoofiyaa­n didn’t fare as well as ex­pected. “I’m grow­ing with ev­ery film. Ran­jhanaa and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag has made my climb slow and steady. Be­wakoofiyaa­n did av­er­age business. It did what it was sup­posed to do. The film gave me a great re­la­tion­ship with YRF who are mak­ing very in­ter­est­ing films,” she says.

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