Following the commercial success of last year's Band Baaja Baaraat, Sharma adopts the 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' approach, reuniting exactly one year later with co-star Ranveer Singh and director Manish Sharma on Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl. Digital Spy gets the hustle from Sharma on all things 'rom-con'.
In the last year your profile seems to have exploded. Would you put this down to the Band Baaja Baaraat effect?
"Yes, it's been a great year for me. Band Baaja Baaraat right from the outset was close to my heart. I'm happy that it got the success it deserved."
Working with the same director and co-star as that film, do you feel audiences will have certain expectations of Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl?
"Band Baaja Baaraat is like a monkey on our backs right now, or for everyone who is expecting a Band Baaja Baaraat. So if people are coming to watch it they are not going to watch Band Baaja Baaraat - they are going to watch a very different, good and exciting film. It's a very stylised film and one which has intelligence, yet with emotions and a lot of freshness."
Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl sees you reunite with Ranveer Singh. Did working with him differ from your first film together?
"Yes, for sure. Ranveer has grown tremendously as an actor. He was good from the very first shot we took for Band Baaja Baaraat. Yes, the equation with Ranveer has evolved. It's Manish, Ranveer and me working together so there is a sense of familiarity and newness, as it is a fresh script and story that we are working on this time round.
"I think Ranveer has relaxed a lot as an actor since Band Baaja Baaraat. I think me and Ranveer have, over the past two years, also got to know each other better even on a personal level as friends. So you know there is a little bit of understanding that we have for each other.
"I think we have worked better as a team in this film than in the last. So Ranveer and me have this certain undefined chemistry which even I don't understand you know but it's there and I think most of the time it happens because of the writing."
What will make audiences fall in love with Ishika in the same way that we have with Tani in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Shruti in Patiala House?
"My attempt has always been not to repeat the character I play. Ishika is a complete contrast to Tani and Shruti. I hope she goes on to become as iconic as the other two characters I have played. Ishika is a very strong girl and she is a very intelligent girl and adventurous girl.
"She loves life and she seeks pleasure in life, and at the same time she has her head on her shoulders and she is carefully guarding herself. She is street smart, quirky and intelligent and I think these qualities make her very relatable."
Although you are from Bangalore, you have developed a reputation for your performances in North Indian or Punjabi roles. What character traits do you put across when playing these parts?
"I take each character as it comes and try to stay true to what has been scripted and what the director wants of me. The Punjabi culture is a very dominant one, so it's been relatively easy for me to pick up references around me from the people that I know."
Uday Chopra has just launched the Hollywood branch of Yash Raj Films. Any plans to cross over and work in an international project?
"A good film is what I want to do. As of now I'm rooted to the Indian Film Industry, but if I get a good offer or script from abroad I would definitely consider it."
You worked with Just Dance judge Vaibhavi Merchant on the track 'Fatal Attraction'...
"Yes. It was supposed to be a sort of like a trance party in Goa with these psychedelic colours and these neon lights and UV lights and it was just so amazing that just being on that set made you want to party. I was thinking that I am in a party so for the three or four days that we shot there it was like a party, and the music is so amazing.
"It's the best set I have ever seen and I love the music. Choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant has very effortlessly made this whole thing and it was just like these are moments that have been captured along with the dance but the balance that she brought about never overpowers the emotion - it's so lovely."
This is your second 'con' film; what's the biggest con you have ever played on someone?
"Not cons, but I have played little pranks on people, sometimes on sets. Little pranks like skipping school."
What has been your favourite Bollywood release this year?
What are you working on next after this project?
"As soon as Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl releases, I'll start working on Vishal Bhardwaj's Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola with Imran Khan and will move on to a Yash Raj film next year."
The movie comes out December 9 - your third release to arrive on this weekend. Does it make you feel like a Shah Rukh Khan or Salman Khan to have a weekend that audiences equate with your new release?
"Yes, this weekend has been special for me there's no denying that and I hope it continues that way. You have seen a lot of rom-coms but if you are really interested in seeing a rom-con please come and watch Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl releasing on December 9 at a theatre near you."
Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl is scheduled to release worldwide on December 9.
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