Sen-se and sensibility

Read on as Karan grills Konkona about her link-up with Ranvir; Ritesh admits being chatted up by Chunky Pandey and Anupam Kher on the sets of Apna Sapna Money Money while Kunal Kapoor plays mediator...

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Published: Sat 7 Jul 2007, 11:07 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 12:10 AM


Karan: Does it bother you that you are not in the consideration for all the matka jhatka movies?

Konkona: No, it actually takes a lot of pressure of me, because if I was perceived like that, then I would have to live up to that, which I won't be able to.

Karan: But you know, to be in those big mainstream films, like a mainstream love story with a big hero with songs and dance, do you never want to do films like those?

Konkona: No, you know, I am doing this film, where Kunal and I are going to do a song...

Karan: Like an item song?

Konkona: Not an item song. We won't be doing matkas on table hopefully! But we will be doing a song and I have lip synced also for Pradeep Sarkar's film.

Karan: Lip syncing is a big deal for you ..

Konkana: For me it was... I never had to do it so far and with Rani can you believe it. I was so nervous


Karan: Did you regret doing Meenaxi?

Kunal: No, not really

Karan: You danced for free...

Kunal: Now, when I look back, ya I danced for free

Karan: But, seriously, when you look back do you think Rand De Basanti should have been your debut film?

Kunal: I have never looked at things like that. I have a very strong sense of destiny and I know that things will work out. I don't questions things.

Karan: So did you think that people were going to perceive you as this new pin-up boy — this new sex symbol.

Kunal: Honestly that disturbs me a lot.

Karan: So you actually don't like this tag you have?

Kunal: No, no I love it. I am joking. I am just like this regular intelligent, good looking, sensitive type of a man!

Karan: Konkana, do you think Kunal is sexy?

Konkona: He is very sexy and he is very sweet and I am doing two films with him and all my friends are so happy. They are like wow you are working with Kunal Kapoor... he is so hot...

Kunal: And all my friends are really happy and are saying she is going to kick your ass!


Karan: Your father when he saw you in Apna Sapna Money Money, what was his reaction?

Ritesh: He was like: 'Is that you? What's wrong with you?'

Karan: But tell me when you were on the sets, was there any man who hit on you?

Ritesh: Yeah...

Karan: There was! Who?

Ritesh: Anupam Kher. Chunky Pandey asked me what are you doing after the shoot? Will you join me for coffee?

Karan: So, Chunky Pandey and Anupam Kher actually hit on you ?

Ritesh: As in...they asked me for coffee.

Karan: All full support from the family always?

Ritesh: Absolutely. My mother was the first in my family who said, 'you just go and try it out. If it doesn't work fair enough. You don't have to do everything for success.

Karan: You have been very close to Hrithik Roshan. You have grown with Duggu, you have known him for how many years now?

Kunal: About 17-18 years

Karan: Tough act to follow

Kunal: It's just very annoying, because I call him up every day. I tell him how much I hate him because every time you feel you are doing something good and he sets the standard a little higher and then you have to make double the effort... so I call him every day and tell him how much I hate him... I love him as a person but I hate him professionally and I make sure I tell him that.

Karan: Now, Konkana, do you regret not doing Mira Nair's Namesake?

Konkona: Regret is not the right word. I wish I could have done it. Even today I would still do 15 Park Avenue, it's like my home production.

Karan: You chose your mother's film over Namesake.

Konkona: Obviously, I choose my mother's film. Salaam Bombay and Monsoon Wedding are such lovely films. I would have loved to do Namesake. But, Tabu is brilliant!

Karan: Were you intimidated by the huge and successful star cast of Omkara?

Konkona: I was, but they were all amazing

Karan: Was that because they didn't consider you a threat?

Konkona: I hope that they are nicer people than that. Specially Kareena is so warm, gracious and lovely.

Karan: An actress praising Kareena... that's a first!

Konkona: Because one has read about Kareena in the past and all, but she is so lovely,

Karan: That's fantastic. I love her and adore her. But have not known another actress praising her...

Karan: Tell me Ritesh, you have been part of these mainstream masala movies. Does it sometimes worry you that you have not done credible efforts like Omkara or Rang De Basanti?

Ritesh: Not really. Someone recently asked me which one film would you have loved to be a part of and I said Rang De Basanti. Apart from that I think that there are certain films that entertain and thankfully I am a part of them be it Masti or whatever.

Karan: You may not have been a part of a Rang De Basanti or Omkara... but have made a mark and hats off to you.

Karan: Yours' is not even an alleged link up , you are with Ranvir.

Kunal: No, they are just good friends.

Karan: It's not a rumour. It's a publicised fact. So, are you dating him?

Konkona: I can't say now who I am dating and who I am not. I think that Ranvir is a brilliant actor. I like him very much and I love working with him and he's a great guy.

Karan: I never expected this level of diplomacy from you Konkana.

Konkona: Just because we are friendly and chatty, he is trying to hypnotise us and get everything out...

Karan: We heard of this alleged break up, that we read about ...

Konkona: That was hysterical. They wrote a story with all kinds of, forget breaking up, other women and all kinds of things.

Karan: We have hear this time and again and you have never come on record to say this — your first co-star Genelia, you have been paired with her for I don't know how long? Is it true?

Ritesh: It's not true. It's a rumour.

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Karan: You have no woman in your life?

Ritesh: As of now, no.

Karan: So, Genelia is dating who?

Ritesh: I have no idea.

Konkona: That was clever.

Kunal: Ritesh has this very honest look about himself.

Ritesh: When you are honest, you will look honest!

Karan: You know there was this cover which said you were having a gay relationship. Do you get irritated when people question you about your sexuality?

Ritesh: I think you know if you are not linked with a girl then they will link you with a guy.

Karan: Did that bother you? Did you get back to that journalist?

Ritesh: No, I feel bad for them. They don't have anything, so they will make up stories. Let it just die its own death.

Karan: You don't feel upset.

Ritesh: I have gone beyond it.

Karan: Are you waiting for the parental sanction? You will finally land up with a girl your parents want.

Ritesh: No, eventually I will marry a girl whom I like. But obviously she has to come into the family. So she has to be approved by the family.

Karan: And she is not Genelia?

Ritesh: No.

This interview appears courtesy Star Middle East Ltd. Episode 9 of KOFFEE WITH KARAN featuring Konkana Sen Sharma, Kunal Kapoor and Ritesh Deshmukh .Tune in to the exciting episode tomorrow @ 9pm on Star World

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