Priyanka Chopra: 'The light was fading'

By Hindustan Times

NEW DELHI, Dec. 14 -- If 'reports are to be believed, actor Priyanka Chopra's friendship' with actor Shah Rukh Khan has taken a toll on her 'relationship' with actor Shahid Kapoor. The once-good friends refused to give joint bytes or even pose for pictures together during a recent shoot of a coffee commercial in Mumbai. The duo preferred to go solo and talk only about the brand they endorse rather than each other.

Ask Priyanka if what was reported was true and she replies with both a "yes" and a "no". She points out that since they were rapidly losing natural light, it was the director of the ad film who suggested the actors interact with the media separately.

"This way, he could shoot with one of us, while the other gave interviews and not lose a day's work," she reasons. "Please, there are no issues, Shahid and I get along fine," she adds. Prod her on SRK, who earlier this year had played peacemaker for the warring duo, on a flight from South Africa, and Priyanka, 29, says, "I don't want to speak about all these rumours. They're upsetting and make me so angry. Shah Rukh is someone I look up to."

Priyanka and Shahid are soon going to shoot a qawwali for Kunal Kohli's love story at a lavish set in Mumbai, designed to recreate prepartition Punjab. Though Priyanka seems relaxed about her next encounter with Shahid, she's quick to add that the film is not an epic love story and it's not titled Teri Meri Kahani. "It's a rom-com set in three different time frames 1920, 1960 and 2012 and we're still looking for a title. Shahid and I play characters from three different eras and there's no rona dhona (melodrama). It's a young, fun love story," she says.

And though the qawwali is from the '20s, they have already shot a number inspired from the sizzling '60s, with Shahid looking like a young, suave Shammi Kapoor and Priyanka resembling a modern-day Mumtaz. We wonder if this time they will be in sync, provided the light doesn't fade again!

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