Dale Bhagwagar, film publicist to many Bollywood stars including Shilpa Shetty and Hrithik Roshan, said recently in an interview with the BBC radio station BBC Asian Network that he felt the hoopla surrounding the Bebo-Shahid breakup was too much.
“It might prove to be good for the film’s publicity, but the hullabaloo is quite unnecessary. Our entertainment media is simply aping the West by trying to peep into the personal lives of stars 24×7. Bollywood doesn’t really need this. If the films are good, they are bound to run. And as far as Jab We Met goes, it’s a well-packaged product. Both Shahid and Kareena have matured as actors, though it would have done the film some more good, if their onscreen chemistry was still better, and if they looked less like siblings.”
Adding, “Kareena Kapoor actually looks like Shahid Kapoor’s elder sister! Saif Ali Khan is a better bet for her; looks wise, as well as career wise!”
Earlier in his PR column Bhagwagar said about Shahid, “From an imaging point of view, after his split with Kareena, Shahid can either play cry-baby and portray himself as a bechara attracting public sympathy, or he can say that it doesn’t bother him if Kareena left him. But Shahid is toeing a better line right now. He is saying that he is moving on in life. Even if he is being diplomatic in the way he is handling the media, there’s no denying that given the situation, it’s the best path he can take at the moment.”
Getting back to Kareena the actress, Bhagwagar went on to say, “In fact, with this film, Kareena has risen to be one the best bets Bollywood has for the future. She might be direct competition to Rani Mukherji and Aishwarya Rai now.”