Arjun Kapoor and Athiya Shetty
You have to admit, their chemistry in this pic, is quite evident. The Mubarakan co-stars open up...
Upala KBR (DNA; May 8, 2017)

In her second film, Mubarakan, Athiya Shetty has been paired with Arjun Kapoor. Although there have been rumours of a link-up between the duo, they have never been clicked together.

In these exclusive pictures from the film, the comfort and chemistry that they share is evident. They developed a fab working equation with each other during the London schedule and have become great friends. Arjun has a double role in the film and this character Charan is a Sikh and wears a turban, while the other is Karan, a London boy, paired with Ileana D’Cruz.

Arjun: She’s a strong girl
Arjun says, “It’s the first time that I am being paired with Athiya. I do know her from before, though. It was during the London schedule that I got to know more about her personality and the madness in her.”

He adds, “Despite being her second film, I think she is very prepared, sorted and truly has the courage to take on roles out of her comfort zone.”

Recalling her dedication, he says, “I remember she had lost her grandfather on the day she started filming for Mubarakan. She completed her work, took a flight back to Mumbai, then came back to London and continued working. This just shows what a strong girl she is and that she is here to stay for that reason.”

Calling his co-star “super-spontaneous”, he reveals that the photo collage you see alongside are taken by her. He shares, “Athiya started fooling around on the sets and this is how we got the pics. She made us shoot and they ended up so good that we are using it as the first look.”

Athiya: He sees the bigger picture
Athiya agrees, “At least he gave me credit for these pictures!” and adds, “Rather than having a typical ‘romantic’ picture as a first look.. I just thought this was more fun and closer to the feel of the film. This picture perfectly depicts the madness, confusion and fun of these two characters.”

She admits to having “an absolute blast working with Arjun on Mubarakan”. She lists out his qualities. “Apart from being a great actor, he has an impeccable comic timing. He is very selfless and always focuses on the bigger picture. Another great quality of his is that he ensures everyone is happy on the set. People feel he’s very serious, but he’s also fun and very chilled-out to work with and very knowledgeable about the production part of it.”

Of her other co-stars Ileana D’Cruz and Anil Kapoor, she says they were fun to work with and that they would all hang out together. Addressing rumours of her link-up with Arjun, she says, “If there were rumours about Arjun and me being more than good friends before we started shooting, I didn’t pay heed to it. I don’t let such things affect me as I always keep an open mind. It was a fun, happy family atmosphere on the sets.”