Imran Khan and Sonam Kapoor on “I Hate Luv Storys” releasing this Friday.

“She is blind... She cannot see anything beyond this table,” chuckled Imran Khan referring to Sonam Kapoor when she complained she could not see some people while addressing because of the strong lights facing her. The two actors and debutant director Punit Malhotra were in the Capital recently to address a press gathering.

True to the spirit of cynicism that Imran's character Jai in Punit Malhotra's “I Hate Luv Storys” exudes, he was at his notorious best. Shy damsel Sonam Kapoor stars opposite him in essence too. Asked to define their respective characters in the film in one sentence, Imran said with a wicked grin, “One sentence? I can define it in a word! And actually requires just a four letter word to do so.” Sonam explained, “I play a romantic and crazy girl in the film.”

The chemistry

The chemistry that Imran and Sonam share in the film was evident in this informal interaction too. While Imran playfully interacted with the fans and the media, Sonam charmed with her effervescence. Wearing a black dress, she made a pretty picture. While Imran kept cracking jokes and pulling leg of both Punit and Sonam, the two did not spare him either. Punit said, “Sonam is an angel to work with and Imran is a devil. Don't go by his sweet looks!”

But isn't this role similar to the one Imran played in “Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na”? “I like doing different roles. If it's the same, I'll get bored. I want the roles to challenge me a little bit.... In ‘I Hate Luv Storys', I play a womaniser...more and more young filmmakers are coming forward today and we actors have more choices.”

The film is produced by Karan Johar's Dharma Productions which is known for love stories. But isn't the trend of romantic films very old in Indian cinema? “Romantic films in Bollywood have changed with time. Earlier the conflict used to be social, like a rich girl falls for a poor boy. Nowadays, the protagonists have ideological differences, like in our film,” explained Imran.

Talking about her character, Sonam said, “She is a romantic in real life too but not so much as Simran (the character she plays in the film).” She confessed, “I like girls to be pampered by boys but I don't believe in perfection as I won't like to say my life is perfect.”

Both the actors claimed that the film releasing this Friday is youngsters' take on a love story with the right amount of entertainment but most importantly, “they'll identify with it... it's realistic,” Imran signed off.