Actor Namik Paul made quite an impression on his leading lady Nikita Dutta with his towering height. In fact, it is the obvious height difference between the two that broke the ice between them. And ever since, there’s been no looking back for the duo. Their off-screen camaraderie has managed to make their on-screen chemistry look convincing. In a free-wheeling chat, the leading pair tell us what makes them a hit on the tube.
So, how did you two get talking when you met each other for the first time?
Namik: We did a bunch of workshops together so we were comfortable by the time we got to the shoot. Since then our friendship has gotten better with time — we are almost inseparable on the sets now.
Nikita: I was taken aback by his tall frame. In fact, his height is a good enough topic to get talking! It wasn’t tough for us to start a conversation since we had a lot of script readings together. This helped us get to know each other better.
What makes your on-screen chemistry work?
Namik: Nikita is a thorough professional on the sets. This makes it really easy to just focus on the acting. Plus she’s funny and intelligent — it always helps in building the chemistry. The close friendship we share off-screen also helps a lot.
Nikita: Since we get along well off-screen, it helps in getting our chemistry right.
Who is a better co-star among the two of you?
Namik: Me! Nikita is very lucky to have a good co-star like me (laughs).
Nikita: Obviously Namik. He always goes out of his way to make me feel comfortable.
How many times have you burst out laughing while filming a scene?
Namik: This happens every day on the set!
In fact, I am known to get Nikita laughing hysterically.
Nikita: Quite a few times in a day! Namik has this hilarious way of talking, which gets me cracking uncontrollably.
So, who takes more re-takes?
Namik: Probably me. Though Nikita’s hair has a life of its own, so I have some tough competition.
Nikita: I guess it’s me. Namik is a one-take actor.
Is there any particular scene that has made its way to your heart?
Namik: I really like the car ‘stealing’ scene. I would love to try something similar in real life as well. It will be quite an adventure.
Nikita: The scene where Namik insults me after the reunion party. It was special because I had to channel a range of emotions for that one scene.
Is there any scene that’s made you go ‘I wish I had done it better’?
Namik: There were a few scenes that had to be finalised when we were short on time or had other issues. I think I could have done those scenes better.
Nikita: There is a scene where the goons attack me. The scene was shot late at night. Since I am an early riser, I cannot handle late night shoots. I really wish I could get another opportunity to perform it all over again.
Tell us one thing you like about each other and one thing you dislike?
Namik: I like that she’s a sport and has a good sense of humour. I dislike that she has a temper.
Nikita: He is fun to be around while shooting. There is nothing I dislike about him but his height makes me feel short all the time!
What’s your off-screen equation like?
Namik: I think it’s pretty great. We can easily pass off as best friends for
Nikita: We have a lot to talk about off-screen. We are both gym freaks so we bond a lot on fitness.
Any interesting fan comment on your jodi?
Namik: A lot of people have commented on our height difference. Some of these comments are sweet.
Nikita: A fan called us Amitabh and Jaya! What a nice thing to say!
So, who among you is the jagga jasoos and gets all the gossip on set?
Namik: Definitely me.
Nikita: It has to be Namik! I’m generally clueless about the masala happening on sets.
Are there any annoying habits/secrets you would like to reveal about each other?
Namik: I can’t risk annoying her otherwise I’ll have to face the music!
Nikita: I’ll have to keep my lips sealed on this.
Your favourite corner on the sets:
Namik: My room.
Nikita: My room.
Your favourite food on the sets:
Namik: Maggi, toast and Coca Cola!
Nikita: Still figuring out.
Things you cannot do without on the sets:
Namik: Water. I drink ridiculous amount of water.
Nikita: The script.
Your favourite line on the sets:
Namik: “What’s the scene?”
Nikita: “Camera rolling and action!”
Your stress buster on the sets:
Nikita: Eating peanut butter.
Your first crush:
Namik: It was my fifth grade teacher who was also a model.
Nikita: Hrithik Roshan, when I was six.