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He adores Kajol and Kareena Kapoor and although Siddharth Malhotra felt like he was part of one big family while making We Are Family, both his "heroes" Kajol and Kareena have no time to promote the film now.
Kajol of course has a perfectly legitimate reason for her absence in this last crucial lap of the film's journey into release. To her credit this super-spirited diva has been giving interviews and building a bank of promotional activities before her maternity leave was to begin.
Now Kareena has left for a month-long schedule of Saif Ali Khan's home production Agent Vinod.
Trying to smile through this setback to his project, director Siddharth Malhotra says, "Earlier this month she was on a holiday with Saif which she said she had to take. On 26th night she had to leave for another shoot (Agent Vinod). She was back in India to promote the film from 23rd to 26th. And she really did her best. After that there are Karan -Arjun (producer Karan Johar and the film's leading man Arjun Rampal) to push and promote We Are Family."
When told that the time given by Kareena is very little considering Kajol's absence, Siddharth replies, "I guess Bebo is doing the best she can. For the rest, what can I do, except keep the faith? I guess these are the perks of working with super-busy stars."
Siddharth has no complaints about Kajol. "I can't say the same for Kadz. Even at this advanced stage of her pregnancy she has gone out of her way to promote the film in whatever way she can."
Siddharth attempts a feeble defence for Kareena. "Bebo is trying. But I guess her over-committed schedule doesn't permit her to give more time to We Are Family. In any case I've already stressed myself out regarding the marketing. Finally, it's the film that counts. And I know I've made my film from the heart. It's better to believe in yourself and your work rather than depend on extraneous factors."