Q&A with Alia Bhatt
Question: Please tell us about your film Badrinath Ki Dulhania? How is related to Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania?
Answer: The film is not a sequel, it’s not a continuation. It’s a franchise. It’s a different story; it has another person and dulhania with a common thread that’s a love story.
Question: How do you see 2017 for you? Will you be under radar this year?
Answer: No, I don’t think I will ever go under the radar. I feel, strategically, [not going under the radar] makes sense right now. I had three releases in 2016, and this year, I will hopefully have one more release apart from BKD. Nothing is confirmed yet, but it seems BKD will be my only film in 2017 as of now. It’s a very different and biggish film. What I mean by ‘biggish’ is that it’s a very mainstream film, which I haven’t done for a while now. So I am really looking forward to that.
Question: Please tell us about your character in the film?
Answer: Vaidehi – the character I play – is not a shy girl at all. She’s domesticated, she’ll make for a good bahu, like Varun mentioned earlier, but she’s not shy at all – she’s very outspoken.
Question: Alia, would you like to be wooed like Badri woos you in the film?
Answer: Of course, yes! A part of me really related to Vaidehi’s character because she is very passionate and ambitious and at the same time, she is very sensitive. I feel I am like that as well. Also, I feel that a relationship and two partners have to be equals. I don’t feel that one has to be less than the other. Like the way, maybe not exactly the same, but the tone with which Badri approaches her. He’s very gentle towards her and that gentleness is always loved in a guy.
Question: How was it recreating Tamma Tamma? And how was it stepping into Sanjay Dutt’s and Madhuri Dixit’s iconic dance number?
Answer: I didn’t try to step at all, I was standing many feet away, it was almost like a tribute, when you are in a club, a party or when that old song plays you get so excited, ‘Oh yea, that’s our song’. It’s literally that, we are not trying to recreate it, we are so happy that this song ever existed.
Q&A with Varun Dhawan
Question: What do you have to say about working with Alia again?
Answer: Alia has never looked prettier than she has in this film. The one thing that is commendable about her is the fact that she gets into the skin of the character to the core. Vaidehi is the best girl in the world. If Vaidehi would have existed in real, I would have married her and given her my everything!
Question: Tell us something about your film and how do you see this journey?
Answer: Badrinath Ki Dulhania is going to be my first release of this year, so this one is really close to my heart. This Journey has been a journey of ups and downs; I will say it in the best possible way because my character goes through a lot of changes as the film progresses. It has been more emotional as compared to other films of mine which are more light- hearted in vain. There is a lot of fun, frolic, everything. There was a certain intensity and change the character goes through. There are times I have been angry on set snapping at Aliaa and Shashank. We got a chance to go to Jhansi, Kota to shoot – No Dharma Production fil has been shot in Jhansi or Kota.
Question: You are the only actor in the new generation of actors today who has not delivered a flop. How confident are you about this film?
Answer: Honestly I am never confident and I believe in one thing and that’s what my father has taught me – It is hard work. There is no substitute for that like I said what you will see in the film is all from our hearts and not brains.
Question: What do you have to say about the film? Is it a conscious decision to masala films?
Answer: It is a conscious decision for me (to do masala films). We need our films to do well. And commercial films don’t only mean masala. Commercial films also mean that they are films that everyone in the country can watch – people in Bihar can watch it, people in Maharashtra can watch it, people all over the country can watch it.
Question: As you name is Badrinath Bansal in this film–are you more daring or more brain?
Answer: Badrinath has no brain, he is all about heart. He does something first and then later thinks of the repercussion. He doesn’t think much and does what he feels.
Releasing through Fox Star Studios this Holi on 10th March 2017
This Holi let the colours of love fill your screens with India’s first love franchise ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’, releasing on 10th March 2017 through Fox Star Studios.
Produced by Karan Johar and Fox Star Studios, Badrinath Ki Dulhania is billed as a romantic comedy drama. The sequel to the vastly popular Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Badrinath Ki Dulhania is a hardcore “desi romance” which takes fans on a roller coaster ride of emotions from fun, love and laughter to heartbreak, angst and tears.
Starring India’s next-gen superstars Varun Dhawan as Badrinath Bansal and Alia Bhatt as Vaidehi Trivedi, audiences will watch them lock horns and melt hearts in a film that is more than just your average ‘boy meets girl’ love story. It’s the coming together of raw and refined with a touch of ‘desi-pan’ and a ‘hatke’ definition of ‘pyaar’, which is sure to win hearts the world over.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania is written and directed by Shashank Khaitan (Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania, Ishaqzaade), whose directorial ventures have garnered praises from both critics and audiences alike.
The music for the film has been composed by an eclectic mix of directors including Amaal Mallik, Tanishk Bagchi and Akhil Sachdeva. Taking Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt’s crackling chemistry to new heights is a special twenty-first century re-boot of the super-hit 90s track Tamma Tamma Loge.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania is a story of Badrinath Bansal from Jhansi and Vaidehi Trivedi from Kota and what happens when the two of them meet.
Even though they both belong to small towns, their mind-set about gender roles in society and about life in general are diametrically opposite.
This leads to a clash of ideologies, despite both of them recognizing the goodness in each other.
Will they be able to overcome circumstances to accept their love for each other? Will they be able to surpass the expectations and pressures of their small-town families to be together?
Answers to these and many more such questions make for an interesting journey of love, laughter, emotions and madness called Badrinath Ki Dulhania.
Join Badri in his search for his perfect dulhania in Badrinath ki Dulhania, out in cinemas in 10th March 2017.
Badrinath ki Dulhania is the first festive (HOLI) movie of the year and is produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and Fox Star Studios.
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