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STAR Plus’ new show Love U Zindagi is based on Geet from the super hit Imtiaz Ali film Jab We Met starring Kareena Kapoor.
Were you apprehensive about taking on a role that was already sopopular?
I didn’t think of the project in that manner when I took it on. Sure, everyone I meet has questioned me about the popularity of the film and Kareena’scharacter, but I don’t feel any pressure or competition as I am not competingwith Kareena. I am simply thrilled to have bagged this opportunity. I think Iam privileged to be working with STAR Plusand Imitaz Ali.
Is there a conscious effort not tocopy Kareena Kapoor?
Though Geet is a character from Jab We Met, our show is televised, so there is no need and no scope to copy Kareena’s acting style. I am sure STAR Plus and Imitaz Ali must have seen to it before signing me on and I know I can deliver. Moreover, Idon’t think the audiences are expecting another Kareena lookalike or even similar acting style in this TV show. There is no pressure to behave like her or dress like her at all.
Do you identify with Geet's character?
I identify a lot with Geet as we are both similar in many ways. I am totally bindaas and daring. Being full of life with a bold attitude I think I am Dabangg!![laughs]. I never get bogged down by life or problems that come my way. I can do anything and everything, I believe. Even when things aren’t going my way, I like to think I have a knack for handling situations and people to suit my needs without harming anyone’s feelings.
What sets Geet apart from otherserials and their characters?
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Did you get any advice or briefingfrom creator of Geet- Imtiaz Ali for this character?
Imitaz told me to be as natural as possible. He said that acting, being bubbly, or charming shouldn’t seem forced. They chose me as I am a vivacious person so I don’t have to try hard at being a cheerful person. He also said not to copy anyone.
What is Geet most passionate about…
Your idea of romance is…
I have a weakness for sher-shayari. If a guy serenades me, looking into my eyes, feeling the emotion of the song - I would be floored. My ideal date would be a moonlit dinner on the beach and my guy getting super romantic and proposing time. The sound of the waves and ambiance would be just perfect.
Your dream man should be …
Very romantic for sure. As I am 5’ 8”, I would want him to be taller. He should havea good sense of humour… someone like Shah Rukh Khan.
Which songs do you love shaking aleg to?
I like listening to the latest tracks but one of my favourites these days is a Punjabi song, Main Tenu Samjhavan Ki by Rahet Fateh Ali Khan.
What is the one mantra thatyou completely swear by?
You should love your self and your life. Live it to the fullest like me and totally love your zindagi.
Your message to all the STAR Plus fans.
Love U Zindagi is an awesome show with full on entertainment. I need your blessings and love. Do keep watching to see what happens with me as I adhere to STAR Plus’ motto of 'rishta wahi soch nayi' too. Check out my whole new take on life.
Watch Geet’s life unfold on Love U Zindagi, Sat-Sun at 7:00 PM, on STAR Plus.