Since we are shooting video to accompany this text, I try hard to get Sonam Kapoor, star of the eagerly awaited Delhi 6, to do the entire interview in her character Bittu's earnestly Punjabi accent, but the striking 23-year-old refuses to oblige, even though she does do a bit of it for our cameras.
She does, however, speak quite a bit about Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's film, which pits her opposite Abhishek Bachchan. She's the current toast of Bollywood, her Masakalli song is a sensation, and things are looking up for Anil Kapoor's daughter.
And she doesn't look as visibly nervous as one might expect. Here are some excerpts from the conversation:
Okay, where does the Bittu voice come from?
You mean the accent? I have a couple of friends and family in Delhi and so I just kind of got the accent, the 'burgerchhap' and all that. I mean, it's basically acting, right? So you change your accent and your body language according to the character. So I spoke to my Dadi [grandmother] a lot, I spoke to my Bua [aunty] a lot, and I have a lot of friends from Delhi whose accents are like that. So I just kinda imitated them.
You've had a mixed Delhi/Bombay upbringing, spending enough time in both cities. How do you see the primary differences between the cities?
I guess with Bombay people are more casual. I think in Delhi they're also fun, but like in Bombay men are really cool, chilled out, comfortable to be with, in Delhi men are very gentlemanly -- they'll open your door for you, make sure they drop you home, stuff like that.
There are pros and cons to each side, because [in Delhi] they treat you a little better, and here [in Bombay] they treat you more equal, like any of the guys. As for the girls in Bombay, well you can wear a ganji and jeans and chappals and go to places like Zenzi, in Delhi if you go to Olive you have to be dressed up from head to toe. So there is a lot of difference.
Text: Raja Sen | Video: N V Reuben
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