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31 May 2023

I don’t discuss marriage with Saif: Kareena

(FILE) Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor arrive at an event. (REUTERS)

By Bindu Suresh Rai

Strutting in slingback stilettos and a figure-hugging LBD by Burberry, Kareena Kapoor was all smiles to the press for a change, coming a long way from the one-time sullen girl who travelled to Dubai a decade ago for the forgotten film, “Jeena Sirf Mere Liye”.

This time around, the highly anticipated “Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu” brought the 31-year-old stunner to our shores, along with co-star Imran Khan to promote the joint venture by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and UTV Motion Pictures.

“Dubai is always fun to return to; I’ve shot many a film here; had “Ra.One’s” premiere too recently,” said Kapoor, referring to the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer that held a red-carpet event last October in the emirate.

But the focus quickly swings back to “EMAET” with Kapoor gushing about her character of Riana Briganza, saying: “She’s this fun-loving, vivacious girl who isn’t too tied down by norms.
“Do I relate to her? Maybe not so much, considering I wouldn’t go around spitting in my own car (referring to a scene where Kapoor is shown doing the same).”

While shooting for the romcom in Las Vegas, Kapoor recalled that spontaneity was paramount while filming some scenes, saying: “It was during the shoots of the title track and the song, “Gubbare” that we decided to go candid with hidden cameras and let the folks around be spontaneous in their reactions to us.”

She laughed, adding: “We fit right in, to be honest. I guess people are so used to seeing everyone drunk and crazy in Vegas.”

Finally addressing the rumours of her film being a rip off of Hollywood’s “What Happens in Vegas”, starring Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz, Kapoor said: “Come on, Vegas is pretty much known for such fiascos.

“Haven’t you heard the saying: When you are married in Vegas, you’re only married in Vegas? Every film shot in the city comes with a drunken marriage, so why should ours be any different?”

Naturally, originality has gone out the door in director Shakun Batra’s directorship in “EMAEK”, which narrates the story of two strangers who get drunk one night and find themselves hitched when they wake up the next morning. As the duo decides to get its marriage annulled, love happens.

While on the wedded bliss, Kapoor simply cannot escape yet another query on her impending marriage to beau, actor Saif Ali Khan.

Mention his name and the young actress immediately gets her guard up, saying: “The only people discussing my marriage are the press,” referring to speculation on when the real-life couple plan to tie the knot.

Dates that have been flung about in the recent past include a February 10 engagement and an April 2012 wedding; post the release of their film, “Agent Vinod”.

Quiz her though and the actress is quick to say: “Do you know me and Saif don’t even have time to discuss the wedding. Neither do our families. When it happens we will let the world know.”