Much has been made about a possible link-up between Rani Mukherjee and Abhishek Bachchan, two of Bollywood’s biggest stars of the moment. As I’ve mentioned before, Rani is on a hot streak, having had hits with Black (a remake of the Miracle Worker) and the recent Mangal Pandey, as well as lighter fare like Hum Tum. Until recently, Abhishek has really only been known as Amitabh Bachchan’s son. But, he too has become an actor in his own right, most notably (for me, at least) in Bunty aur Babli, a Bonnie and Clyde-type caper that paired him with Rani. Their on-screen chemistry is incredible, a fact that has tabloids squawking about an off-screen romance between the two. (They haven’t even admitted to dating and already the film rags are discussing their marriage. Ah..the world of Hindi cinema…in which the only goal in life is to get married.)
Anyhow, lucky me, I recently got to attend a shooting for their up-and-coming Karan Johar film Kabhi Alviida Na Kehna (Don’t Ever Say Goodbye), to see if the rumors were true. All I could gather was that individually, Abhishek and Rani were extremely friendly, very gracious, and unbelievably good-looking up close (note that the above photo was taken between takes (set rules), and the two still look picture-perfect). Karan Johar was a sweetheart, even if he did look a bit overworked after more than a week of filming. All were very forthcoming about the film and the “craft” of acting, and were such generally nice, down-to-earth people that none of the guests on the set even thought of broaching such subjects as tabloid romances, insider rumors, etc.
So even though Abhi and Rani appeared to be very comfortable with each other, I couldn’t say either way that they were or weren’t together. They seemed like old friends. Sure, I have a few other candid photos that could easily be used as tabloid fodder. But, after meeting them and the other stars, I felt obligated not to share those on the blog. That’s the kind of person I am – one who gives stars their privacy. Of course, I am angling for another invite to the set when they shoot the dance sequences in December/January, so no use getting anyone angry.
And as for SRK (Shah Rukh Khan)? He’ll also be in the film as the love affair interest of Rani. He arrived after lunch, when most of the guests were leaving, but took the time to take some photos and chat. Two “secrets” that I will divulge about SRK (because they are pretty much in the open anyway): he’s a chain smoker (can you believe it??) and is slightly shorter than me. It’s amazing what the camera can do.