Imitiaz Ali’s movies are favorites of us all. It has something that connects with youth quite well and it pulls the crowd to the theatres like anything. Just recently, his 2009 movie Love Aaj Kal turned 8 and we happened to stumble upon an interview of Deepika Padukone, Love Aaj Kal Female Lead, in which she openly took a dig at Kareena Kapoor Khan and her alleged fight with Saif Ali Khan on the sets of Love Aaj Kal.
All this began when Imtiaz chose Deepika Padukone over Kareena for playing the female lead in Love Aaj Kal. When Imtiaz was asked during an interview whether this action of his made Kareena upset with him. Below are his words,
“The reason I did not cast Kareena in Love Aaj Kal because I am of the opinion that just for the sake of working with your favorite actress, you should not make a mistake and spoil the film, if you feel as the director that an actress does not suit a particular role.”
Saif also was expecting Kareena to play his love interest in the movie. Saif even said it in open during an interview.
“I think she (Kareena) was quite keen to work with Imtiaz Ali again and I think he promised her his next movie. Her (Kareena) boyfriend being the producer of Imtiaz’s next movie and being in the situation that she was, she was wondering and finding it hard to understand why we had cast Deepika, I think.”
Later when Deepika was asked for a response to all this hue and cry over the casting process. She said to Filmfare,
“I don’t know about that. I never had this conversation with Saif, I never brought it up.”
This was her response on being chosen over Kareena for playing female lead in Love Aaj Kal.
“But I do know for a fact that Imtiaz was always keen on working with me for this particular film. And it happened. He asked me if I wanted to work with him. Of course, I wanted to work with him. He gave me a narration and I loved the script. And the dates worked out.”
She further spoke,
“And I know as an actor I will have to work with different kinds of people. A director knows the kind of characters he wants in his film and the kind of actors who can play those characters. So it would be a bit ridiculous to expect that my real life boyfriend will be my co-star in every film of mine.”
This statement of hers could be interpreted as Deepika taking a dig at Kareena. When she was asked whether she and Saif had fights on the sets of Love Aaj Kal. This was her response:
“I read reports somewhere that Saif and I used to fight on the sets. That is absolute rubbish. I’m not saying that we were overtly friendly but we were warm with each other.”
She further added,
“We shared a very cordial working relationship. He’s a nice guy to work with. With him what you see is what you get. I think he’s one of the finest actors we have.”
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