Actress Rakul Preet Singh has said that her reservations about the kiss scene for Kick 2 had been overruled by director Surendar Reddy, who has promised that the scene would be shot aesthetically and would not look ‘dirty’. Rakul was so uncomfortable about the shot that she even asked her mother, who accompanies her to the sets, to look elsewhere.
Rakul isn’t the first actress to express reservations about kissing on screen. Unfortunately or fortunately, the days when colourful umbrellas or convenient flower bushes suddenly appeared on screen at romantic moments, have gone. In 2012, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan had a no-kissing on screen rule for himself, saying “”It is very mechanical with 100 people telling you what to do. It’s very odd. I don’t even do photoshoots with heroines if it is not for my film and that is also rude, but I don’t want to waste anyone’s time. I find it very awkward taking my shirt off and posing. I can do it in character for film.” Actors ranging from Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Shilpa Shetty to Tamanaah Bhatia have at various times in their career, refused to do similar scenes.
Kissing on screen and comfort levels of actors have long been a topic of debate even in Hollywood. A then 11-year old Kirsten Dunst received a lot of flak for saying her character’s kiss with Brad Pitt’s character in the 1994 film Interview With A Vampire was ‘disgusting’. And fans probably didn’t want to hear about just what went into Tobey Maguire’s ‘romantic’ upside-down kiss in the 2002 film Spider-Man – added to the discomfort of hanging upside down with the blood rushing to his head, was the rainwater running up his nose.
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