“Imtiaz Ali Breaks Silence: How Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor’s Breakup Affected the ‘Jab We Met’ Shoot”

“Imtiaz Ali Reveals Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor’s Breakup Didn’t Affect the Shooting of ‘Jab We Met'”

Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali recently shed light on the breakup between actors Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor during the filming of their iconic romantic-comedy, “Jab We Met.” Speaking in an interview with Galatta India, Imtiaz emphasized that the personal turbulence of their split had no impact on the production of the film. Despite their relationship ending in 2006, the shooting of “Jab We Met,” released in 2007, remained unaffected by their breakup, reflecting the professionalism of the actors.

Imtiaz Ali praised Shahid and Kareena for their exemplary professionalism, commending their dedication to their craft. He highlighted that the breakup occurred towards the end of the film’s shooting, with only two days of filming remaining after their split. Despite this, Shahid and Kareena remained consummate professionals, maintaining a seamless working relationship on set.

“(They broke up at the) end of the film…. Most of the film was shot. There were two days after their so-called break-up that we had to shoot. They were absolutely professional. No blemish, nothing at all, whatever is happening in their personal lives,” Imtiaz Ali said.

“Jab We Met” narrates the story of two strangers, Geet Dhillon and Aditya Kashyap, who meet on a train journey to Delhi and find love. Alongside Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, the film also features Tarun Arora, Saumya Tandon, and Dara Singh, among others.

In the same interview, Imtiaz Ali disclosed that actors Bobby Deol and Preity Zinta were initially his choice for the lead roles in “Jab We Met.” He revealed that he had planned to make the film with Bobby Deol while filming “Socha Na Tha” with the actor’s cousin, Abhay Deol.

“He is one of the best friends I will ever have. So I was trying to make it with him. But it never got made to the extent that many years passed… Bobby was doing some other work, so I thought let it be, let’s not make this film together. We shook hands on that… That time Shahid and Kareena were not doing supremely well. But these ups and downs keep happening in the lives of filmmakers and actors. But as filmmakers we don’t have to speculate like stock market, judge what we think is right for a particular part and only that works. This is the learning of my life,” he said.

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