His film “Jab We Met” enjoys a cult status in Bollywood’s romcom space, but director Imtiaz Ali says he would have loved to make some changes in the film. Shahid Kapoor’s introvert nature and Kareena Kapoor Khan’s high-spirited avatar made the audience fall in love with their characters of Aditya Kashyap and Geet Dhillon.
Imtiaz adds he would rather not reveal the changes he wanted to make as the film continues to be a fan-favourite.
The director tells PTI, “There are lot of things that I would like to change. Now that 10 years have passed and people are still loving it, I would resist myself from doing that, otherwise I will get beaten up by fans for doing that.” “Jab We Met” completes 10 years on October 26 and it will air on &pictures channel.
Talking about why he thinks the film was able to connect with the masses, Imtiaz says it was not the usual love story where the boy meets girl and they fall in love.
“I feel elated that people love the simplicity of the movie. It is a bit different. It is about positivity, it gives you hope, makes you smile, especially that part when Geet, on the terrace of her building, tells Aditya – ‘Life is a game. Let’s enjoy it.
“Getting stressed about it doesn’t make it easier’. I think that was the icing on the cake in the film.” Both the characters were poles apart from each other and happened to meet when their paths intersected on a train journey. In the second half of the film, both Geet and Aditya undergo drastic role reversals.
Talking about the chemistry between Kareena and Shahid, Imtiaz says it is not about the stars sharing an equation. “… Else it will be the same for every film. The chemistry is between characters of a story… The actors are playing those characters, that’s why they look interesting together or not,” he adds.
Apparently, Bobby Deol and Ayesha Takia were initially considered for the lead roles. “They (Shahid and Kareena) worked very hard to deserve the success that they got in ‘Jab We Met’. It turned out very well, in that way they consider themselves very fortunate,” says Imtiaz.