What kind of a storyline does the film follow?
I am a totally romantic person. I swear by love, especially at this point of my life. And so, obviously this film is going to be an out-an-out romantic flick. On a more serious note, we are trying to portray love in the past era and as it is now. Earlier, emotional attachment was given more priority but now it's physical relationship that is in the crux of most relations.
It's a romantic flick, so isn't it strange that Deepika Padukone has been cast opposite you instead of Kareena Kapoor?
That's the limitation of an actor-cum-producer. You have no option but to obey the director Imtiaz Ali's decision on the cast. Thankfully, Kareena had already worked with Imtiaz in Jab We Met and they are good friends. So, there were no problems. Besides, she will be doing Imtiaz's next under my company banner. In that film, she will be romancing Akshay Kumar and that squares the equation.
How is it like to be a producer?
I am pretty lazy, laidback actually. I hate rushing and running around just for the fact that the world demands that. But of course, I love my profession and that's where my mentality has changed a bit. In the beginning of my career, I was just having fun. Then I got married, had kids and settled down. I wasn't even trying to grow. It's only in the last few years that I've started enjoying the film business from my heart. As a result, it won't be wrong to claim that I have grown as a 'good actor'. Now here I am, all set to even make movies and invest in Bollywood.
We heard Kareena drops into the sets of your film whenever possible. Is it true?
Not always, but whenever possible. See, we remain so busy with our films that we hardly get to spend time with each other unless we forcibly do so. Only a few days back, both of us were shooting in San Francisco – I for this film and she for some other. Kareena used to drop in whenever she could and vice versa. But she is too professional to interfere during the shots and even refused to look at the monitor.
It has been almost a year that Kareena and you are together. How has the journey been?
Well, we started off like just another couple. But the constant media glare has grown louder with days. As for the personal front, I have got a friend and a dream lover in Bebo.
When are you getting married?
Generally, it's the media that decides the dates of our marriage and separation. Jokes apart, nothing is fixed till date. But one thing I can assure you that it's not going to be a hush-hush affair – everyone will be invited, as both of us want the grandest wedding.