Dubai Shahid Kapoor may have had to promote his film Teri Meri Kahaani without his co-star Priyanka Chopra, but he couldn’t have chosen a better city to do it in, he said on Wednesday.
Kapoor said he was “happy” to be in Dubai as “it’s the first place all our movies are released and this is where we get the first responses,” said Kapoor at a press conference. “UAE has really grown as market in the last three-four years”.
Chopra had been scheduled to join Kapoor, director Kunal Kohli and producer Vicky Bahri, but cancelled her appearance to be with her brother in Mumbai, who was hospitalised with chest pains the same day.
Teri Meri Kahaani is their second pairing, and Kapoor considers it “a refreshing love story with a new concept”.
“It’s like three stories in one and all those who believe in love should be able to connect to the film. Priyanka and I are doing a ‘triple’ role. Kunal had a very interesting take: ‘What would it be like if I’m supposedly in love with the same girl for the past seven lifetimes, without even knowing it? What would the story be like in my last life or my next life?’ It is a story of soul mates. Other actors could have played the characters but we wanted to do all three and Kunal obliged.”
‘A lovable flirt’
The film sees the actors as a couple in 1910, 1960 and 2012.
Krish, Kapoor’s modern day character, “is the one I can say is the closest to what I am. But I love Javed, my character in 1910. He is a poet and a lovable flirt,” said Kapoor. “I think the three time zones really help because it’s three different clothing, different people and different thinking”.
Kohli said he always loved making “different” films.
“I always believe in challenging myself. Hum Tum, Fanah and Teri Meri Kahaani are all very different from each other.”
Kohli, Kapoor and Bahri all say the film is not about reincarnation.
“What’s interesting is Kunal is not trying to force a connection between the stories,” said Kapoor. “We just want you to see three different stories that connect quite seamlessly to each other because it’s basically about two people in love. It’s a romantic comedy”.
Teri Meri Kahaani is released on Thursday.