Interview: Neetu Kapoor talks #JugjuggJeeyo

Bollywood veteran actress Neetu Kapoor is making her comeback on the big-screen with Karan Johar’s production Jugjugg Jeeyo. It is also the first time the actress will be seen paired opposite Anil Kapoor. 

Presented by Viacom 18 and Dharma Productions, Jugjugg Jeeyo stars Neetu Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Anil Kapoor and Varun Dhawan in lead roles. Directed by Raj Mehta, the film is set to release in UK cinemas on 24th June 2022.

What was it about Jugjugg Jeeyo that made you agree to the role?
When I heard the script, I just fell in love with my role. Although it’s not a very lengthy role, it was very, very impactful. I have a few wonderful scenes, wonderful dialogues and I immediately said I have to do this movie. It was love at first sight. In particular, the strength of my character made me feel this way. The script is absolutely amazing, it is so well-woven. I also feel that every character is very well-woven and that every character can be identified with. The story is beautiful and different. The emotion portrayed by the film is such a common, universal feeling that everyone has that it will draw cross-sectional audiences.

Neetu Kapoor - UK

What attracted you to this movie?
What attracted me to this movie was firstly the producer Karan Johar, the director who was absolutely outstanding, and the cast – everybody was so well known to me – Anil Kapoor, Varun, Kiara and everybody so there was kind of a comfort level. And the script was amazing. There were so many things that attracted me to this movie.

How much preparation did you have to do for this role?
There was a lot of preparation because firstly I had to look like a very ordinary housewife which I am not, so the hair preparation, the makeup, the clothes had to go in a very different zone, which is not my zone, so for me to even get used to that was a big deal. Also, I was coming after a long time so to think about how the character would act and say their lines, I had to prepare how I was going to do this role.  

Neetu Kapoor in Jugjugg Jeeyo

Tell me about your character
My character is the strongest character in the movie, she does what she stands for, her strength is amazing, which is what attracted me to this movie. She is the main person in the household. When you see this movie, you will understand what I mean. 

What was it like working with Anil Kapoor?
Anil Kapoor is a riot, he is such a funny guy and he is so hard working you feel you are not putting in even 1 per cent of what he is. He is obsessed with his work. He also looks very young, we were always comparing with each other who looks younger. I had good fun working with him. Also I’ve known him for many years from when I got married because our families are so connected so I knew him as a person which was great fun. 

Neetu Kapoor - Jugjugg Jeeyo

What was it like working with Varun and Kiara?
With Varun and Kiara, it was gel. Nowadays, you have to change, you have to become that person, you have to become young and I became one of them. They were talking their language and we were chatting on the sets and we were having a riot throughout the filming. 

What would your message be to the audience?
My message to you all is that you will really love it, there is something there for everyone, for all generations – older, younger, everyone has an issue in the movie, and every issue you will identify with. I really enjoyed playing my character and I think my character is the best.

Varun Dhawan and Neetu Kapoor


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