Ever since they started shooting for Vishal Bhardwaj's Kaminey two years ago, Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapoor's off-screen association has always been a subject of speculation. The actors have never denied or admitted to being together, yet rumours of their alleged relationship continue to flourish.
Sources say that the two recently decided to avoid coming face to face because of the reported bad vibes between them. To the extent that Priyanka shot for an ad of a coffee brand that she and Shahid endorse together, all alone.
But she laughs off the reports saying, "We're both brand ambassadors. And most definitely, there is no bad vibe between Shahid and me. He's such a fun colleague and our previous ad worked really well."
On being asked why she didn't shoot for the ad with him, she explains, "The officials at Bru wanted us to do some commercials alone to promote the variants," she rues, adding, "No one checks with us and the reports that eventually come out are extremely demeaning. By the way, we're shooting an ad together in the next two days. That I'm sure will lead to another set of speculations… that we've patched up and buried the hatchet and so on. Don't you guys get tired?"
While one set of recent reports claimed that Shahid was upset with Priyanka for planting negative stories about him in the press, another stated that he wanted her back in his life and was following her around. But despite excessive efforts, Priyanka refuses to clear the air on their relationship. "I don't want to clarify any speculations," she says. "If I put an end to one rumour, another one is raked up. It makes no sense to continuously answer people whom I'm not answerable to. I have never spoken about my personal life and equations, and I choose to maintain that throughout my life."
Meanwhile, the actors have begun shooting for Kunal Kohli's love story, tentatively titled Janam Janam Ka Saath Hai Hamaara Tumhara. "If the producers don't like the title, they will change it. But it's on floors; we've started on the date we thought we would," says Priyanka, adding that Shahid and she have had several script reading sessions together and independently.
"We've been paired opposite each other. We're supposed to emulate various forms of love on screen. If there's any bad blood and we don't get along with each other, do you think we'll be able to play a romantic couple on screen convincingly?"
Who is spreading gossip about Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra Published: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 11:47 IST | Updated: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 11:47 IST BySoumyadipta Banerjee| Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra are caught in a game where the interests and money of too many people are at stake. Some of their close friends in the marketing industry admit that it is the “need of the hour to keep the Shahid-Priyanka link-up alive”. The two have ads and films together. So in spite of the two stars not knowing about the developments and their publicists distancing them from it, stories about the pair’s break-up and make-up continue to float.
“The couple have already signed a movie together, and are in talks about doing two more.Besides, they are also endorsing a brand together, and have been approached by two more companies to be their brand ambassadors. It is but natural that some of them would want them to be the mosttalked about couple in B-Town,” says a marketing professional, who’s dealing with the stars’ brands.
What’s working in the favour of those trying to capitalise on the stars as a couple is the fact that Shahid and Priyanka apparently made a decision to not talk about their relationship in public. “They have never clarified the status of their relationship – whether they are a couple or not. In fact, they publicly declared that they’ll not react to whatever is written about them. This is where they have gone wrong,” says the source.
A former publicist of one of the stars admits that Priyanka had strictly instructed them not to entertain any queries about their relationship. “The publicists are free to say that Priyanka wouldn’t talk about it without even asking Priyanka. Ditto with Shahid, who has not bothered till date about what is being written about them. We used to look the other way every time there was a rumour and not inform Priyanka,” says the former publicist, who believes that this led to rumour mills working overtime to keep the couple in news.
The worst part is that there are rumours that some small-time publicists are being paid to circulate gossip about the stars. “They know it is a vicious process. Gossip will be created which will lead to Shahid and Priyanka being asked about it at public events, who’ll deny it and the process will continue,” says the source.
While their off screen love story has hit rock bottom, Shahid and Priyanka will romance each other in four different avatars on the celluloid. Buzz is that Kaminey's hit jodi will don the role of four couples across four cities depicting four different facets love.
Accordin g to sources, "When Kunal Kohli came up with the idea of depicting four different facets of love based in four cities with Shahid and Priyanka, the first step was to make each couple look different. It's not only the look that will change either. "Their body language and their speech will also undergo drastic change in each of the four segments," reports Mumbai Mirror.
With the film's shooting starting soon, the ex-lovers will end up spending more time together. "They have to constantly meet these days and stay connected to build the characters," revealed a source to the tabloid
Lets see if their reel chemistry can once again transform into real love.
Shahid Kapoor blasts Priyanka Chopra for planting stories
Shahid Kapoor is pretty annoyed with his ex-flame Priyanka Chopra for planting stories about him trying to woo her back. When Shahid confronted PC, the matter went out of hand resulting in a big argument, and Priyanka ended up crying.
Shahid and Priyanka broke up a long time back but stories a bout him chasing PC haven't stopped yet.
Shahid is disturbed by stories that talk about him desperately chasing Priyanka to woo her back into his life. He has moved on and so has Priyanka. But the stories didn't stop. The actor refused to take a stand though friends suggested that his ex might be behind the stories. When he'd bring it up, she'd vehemently deny it or start crying. The actor would take her at her word and leave it at that," a source told Mid Day.
Shahid was called a 'stalker' by a section of media which he couldn't tolerate.
"Shaks was extremely upset at being called a stalker. He decided to get to the bottom of the matter and confronted PC. The logic was, if he had to contact her, he would do it in seclusion and not in front of 50 people at a party," added the source.
When Shahid confronted her, teary-eyed Priyanka explained that she's not the one spreading false rumours about him.
"She kept telling Shahid she had no clue why people were talking like that. That night, a nervous PC called Shaks again to reassure him that she would sort the matter out and give a clarification denying that he was chasing her, if necessary," informed the source.
Priyanka again called up her ex-beau and assured him to give a statement.
"Shahid did get a call on Monday from Priyanka. She was upset and told Shahid that she will give a statement to say that there were no calls to her and that Shahid was not stalking her. She assured him that she wanted to clear the air. Shahid was very disturbed by the false claims that he is stalking Priyanka. He meets her very often for readings of Kunal Kohli's film and doesn't need to chase anyone," stated Shahid's spokesperson.
Priyanka finally gave a statement denying reports about Shahid pestering her.
"I am appalled by these reports. This is completely untrue and is just a figment of someone's overactive imagination. Shahid and I are friends and are soon to be co-stars in a new film. These are baseless rumours and frankly, very demeaning to both of us," PC told the tabloid.