Maine Pyar Kyun.. was my most special film with Salman: Katrina
I am told that the first success is a lot like first love. You can't forget it. But for me, my first hit - Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya, is like a blur. All I remember is that we had loads of fun while shooting. The scenes were so funny that we'd be laughing our heads off between shots and try to keep a straight face while shooting.
Thankfully for us, the audience also found the film as funny. And it went on to become a big hit. My first success didn't sink in. Actually, I've never stopped to consider a hit or a flop. To me, moving forward and trying to do the work I believe in, is the key to my existence. I'd rather keep moving ahead than count my success ratio.
But I can never forget the amount of fun I had while shooting for the film with Salman Khanand his brother Sohail. I was relatively new to the industry. They made me feel comfortable.Meri Hindi itni achchi nahi thi. But they never made me feel like a newcomer.
Sohail was playing my friend and neighbour. Some of my funniest scenes involved him and Salman playing cat-and-mouse around my apartment. It was hilarious.Frankly, I wasn't surprised that the film worked. David Dhawan is the master of comedies. He wanted to try out a new language of expression. I was happy to be a part of that change. I think he even got new technicians on board. The film looked different from his earlier movies.
Farah Khan became a close friend while shooting for the Just Chill dance number. I think I was shooting for Raj Kanwarji's Humko Deewana Kar Gayi when the news of Maine Pyar KyunKiya's big opening came. Though I just continued with my work, somewhere inside me, it meant a lot. I wanted to be told that what I was doing was okay.
Acceptance was important for me. I was still the outsider with no knowledge of Bollywood.Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya was important to me.Though later Salman and I came together for other projects, Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya was special. Perhaps because it was our first time together. Everyone associated with the project was very happy for me. Though Sushmita Sen and I did not have too many scenes together, she was very sweet and supportive.
It's very important to make a newcomer feel at home. Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya did that for me.
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