You don’t have to wait for Friday to see Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapoor in their first film together — UTV’s eagerly-awaited Kaminey, we present Bollywood’s new hot and happening Jodi to you today. Not as stars, but as guest editors of our International Youth Day issue… because, well, they are role models to the young.
Check out exclusive pics of Priyanka and Shahid in the photo gallery below:
She’s 27, he’s 28, Miss World and Prince Charming, and if they are not the youth, then who is! They arrived together, but separately, two similar cars making the long journey from the same building in Versova, so that we don’t mistake them for a couple. She got out first, long legs flashing in a tight, short blue dress, he followed, in torn jeans and a check shirt; making a picture of sex appeal and charm, oomph and rippling muscles. Over coffee and sandwiches at the edit meeting —he carefully squeezing the cheese out of the brown bread, she eating without fuss — the agenda was taken up by them.
What were the problems facing the youth in India today? What advice did they have to date-rape, premature sex and unwanted pregnancies, stress at work, hatred for the neighbor, a lack of faith in leaders — life’s new pressures brought on early by the 21st century to the immature and inexperienced? Did they think youth in politics meant a better deal for the people and for India itself, on the global platform?
Priyanka and Shahid proved to be worthy role models to the youth. They had advice to give, experiences to share, hope to offer… all of which you will come across in this issue dedicated to International Youth Day. “India is a great place to be in for a youngster,” said Shahid, “I’m young, I’m new in my field, I’m finding my feet… and I can tell you, seize the opportunity… you can do what you want with your life.” “Yes,” agreed Priyanka, “it’s okay not to be perfect, it’s fine to have problems, but don’t give up… identify your strength, everybody is good at something, build on that.”
PS: They laughed, teased, fought, cracked jokes on each other, shared funny and intimate experiences, there was much friendly cut and thrust between them — she often didn’t let him get a word in edgewise, she playfully slapped him when he got bawdy; he solemnly revealed all her secrets and fears, he imitated her delightfully, and there was a young, happy and healthy buzz between the two. Does that make them a couple? Frankly, we couldn’t be bothered. Not even with him playing footsie with her beneath the table. Or was that her kicking him when he went too far?