You are playing father to your real life daughter for the first time on screen.

Yes. I was waiting for such a project for many years and when finally Vidhu Vinod Chopra and his sister Shelly Chopra Dhar came to me with this script I was totally bowled over and gave my nod to the film which has a very progressive subject.

What is your role in the film?

I play Balbir Kumar Chaudhary, a family man to the core but a bit loud and loves his daughter played by Sonam Kapoor very much and helps her to sort out her life in a difficult stage of her life.

Your view on Shelly Chopra Dhar as a director.

I would have done her film even if she was not Vidhu Vinod Chpra’s sister but the preciseness and eloquence with which she narrated the subject of the film to me I immediately said yes to the film. And she has brought on screen exactly what she narrated to me. I would love to work with her in the future too.

Did the father in you have misgivings for Sonam doing such a bold role?

I am a very liberal father and freedom of expression is always what I have supported. I profess democracy and do not pass judgment and leave it to each to his own and I never stopped Sonam from doing this role as it’s a very nuanced role and my role as her father too is very good.

Did the title of the film bring in some fond memories?

Yes. 1942 –A Love story is a wonderful experience for me to have worked with Vidhu Vinod Chopra and the line from the popular song ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Lagaa’ was penned by Javed Akhtar and composed by Pancham da and is still very popular today.


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