Directors make their actors go through all kinds of training and workshops to get into the skin of the role. But what Pankaj Kapoor got Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor to do was really astounding.
Pankaj Kapoor wanted Shahid and Sonam to stop using the phone, SMS, BBM, or any other electronic communication. He wanted them to write handwritten letters to each other to communicate for two months before they started shooting with each other, since a part of the story has period romance. Initially, both Shahid and Sonam hated the idea.
Today's generation is very keen and communicates with 140 characters on SMS or BBM and for them to write a note was cumbersome. So, Pankaj Kapoor put a strict rule that unless and until they go through this exercise, he will not start shooting the film.
Both wrote really bad notes for two weeks which left the director Pankaj Kapoor fuming and baffled. Pankaj felt that it was very important for them to be able to write their thoughts down. And also since Pankaj Kapoor belongs to theatre, he applied all mythologies of theatre. Finally, the two got used to it.
Pankaj Kapoor says, "I belong to different school of acting. Everything that my actors do has to be contextual. I made Shahid and Sonam go through this extensive exercise so that they could start feeling like the characters they play. It took sometime as first we need to break inhibitions, then develop new habits and then fall in love."
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