By Joginder Tuteja
Mumbai, April 20 (IANS) Tusshar Kapoor says Prachi Desai, who stars opposite him in "Life Partner", was not comfortable doing intimate scenes with him and was too much into the "don't touch me" mode.
"She is just a 20-year-old girl yaar and a shy one at that," Tusshar said. "What could I have done other than wait for the passage of time? I tried talking to her and get into frequent chats. She was a lot into 'Don't touch me' and 'Don't get too close to me' mode," Tusshar told IANS.
"Even though she may not have said so all the time, I could make out that she was uncomfortable. I reasoned with her that though off camera she could be the way she wants, once the camera is rolling, there is nothing wrong if we get cosy," he added.
Tusshar plays Prachi's husband in the movie so it was near impossible for them to not have any intimate scenes. Ultimately director Rumi Jaffrey suggested that Tusshar to establish a friendship with her off the camera.
"This was during our very first schedule and a honeymoon sequence had to be shot. Looking at Prachi's discomfort, Rumi sir asked us to be at least friends off the camera as well. He made us have some dinners together so that we could open up further with each other," Tusshar said.
A crew member said on condition of anonymity: "For Tusshar, it was a precarious situation since he hadn't faced such situation before. However, in case of Prachi, he had to be extra cautious in front of the camera."
This comes as a surprise considering Prachi, who made her big screen debut as Farhan Akhtar's wife in "Rock On!", is quite close to his sister Ekta Kapoor and a regular visitor in their household.
Since his sister knows Prachi so well, isn't it natural that she shared a good relationship with him as well?
"This wasn't really the case", said Tusshar, "She did come to our house earlier as well but we didn't interact much. We seldom got into any conversations. I had to change my approach though once we started working together."
Did Tusshar's words work for Prachi? Well, that would be there for all to see once "Life Partner" releases in June or July.
Produced by Abbas-Mustan, it also stars Govinda, Fardeen Khan and Genelia D'Souza.