"Adi and I are good friends. I have sat in on the music sessions of the film (Mohabbatein). But he hasn't told me that I am being cast in the film yet. I think the rumours started because we move around together a lot. But Adi just has to say he wants me in the film and I'll be there.
"They (the Chopras) are looking for fresh faces and Uday (Chopra) stands a better chance because he always wanted to be an actor. I am not sure about anything else about the film. They might be looking for some new actresses too."
Mid-1998. Hotshot director Aditya Chopra, basking in the super-success of his debut film Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, is fine-tuning the plans for his film. Jugal Hansraj, his close pal, is offered a role in the prestigious project.
Shrouded in secrecy, all that is known is, it is a love story of three youngsters. Condoned by one man -- a romantic. Frowned at by another -- a non-romantic.
Diwali 2000. Two days before the release of Aditya Chopra's Mohabbatein.
The wall of secrecy around the film remains unbreached. It still remains, for the world at large, a love story of six youngsters. Condoned by a romantic, frowned at by a non-romantic.
The hype surrounding Mohabbatein has as much to with people's curiosity about the film, as it is with the speculation whether Aditya Chopra will be second time lucky.