They say, love knows no boundaries. And this was precisely the point made by the charming duo — Pakistan singer turned Bollywood actor Ali Zafar and Yami Gautam in a freewheeling chat at the latest edition of Screen Preview. Dressed casually and oozing youthful elegance, the two settled down to a chatathon about their upcoming romcom, Total Siyapaa, sharing their personal experiences amidst much ribbing and laughter
Total Siyapaa is an interesting topic, keeping in mind the prejudices that people often carry about different cultures. Yami, your television serial, Chand Ke Paar Chalo was also on caste differences. Keeping your films aside, have you ever faced such stereotypes in real life?
Yami Gautam: I have not really faced it, but yes, it did cross my mind. It’s an interesting topic for each one of us, because we see such things happening around us. I remember we had such an example in our neighbourhood, where a couple struggled through their love life. It was so much like Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, except for the climax (laughs). They had that whole zamaane ko dikhana hain attitude. So, I think when a project on the lines of this comes your way, you are able to relate to it more. And of course, it does reflect in your work. You never know, but I hope I don’t end up being a part of all this in real life (laughs).
Ali,talking of prejudices and biases, you being from Pakistan and working in India, must have certainly resulted in people stereotyping you. Is it irritating sometimes?
Ali Zafar: Honestly, I don’t really blame the people. They gather their set of thoughts from all that they see and hear through different mediums, including television, the media and now even social media. The fact remains that social media has become a big thing now, and there is a crossover because of YouTube, Facebook and other platforms. Earlier, there was no such crossover of cultures. We only had access to Doordarshan or PTV and it wasn’t like Pakistani channels were shown here or vice versa. There was never a single source of communication, where we could understand each other’s point of view. I seriously believe that whatever perception people of each of these country have of each other, is because we hardly get any chance to meet one another face-to-face. And