God only knows the cacophony that arose at Ex headquarters when we roped in the handsome Shahid Kapoor to be the face of our first ever AR cover that allows fans to take a picture with the Shaandaar Shahid in the virtual world if not in the real world. And honestly, which techier actor other than this ‘to-be Royalty’ who speaks of tech with grit and chills in his automated home like a boss?
For someone who harvested the Bollywood dream long before fantasy met reality, Shahid Kapoor has done outstandingly well for himself. When he started out right at the threshold of adulthood as he mentions, Shahid Kapoor was all things inexperienced and unaware. His heart-winning debut as the dreamy, lover boy in Ishq Vishq led to a series of roles; some hits and some misses, but one truth sustained – he is unimaginably loved and charming to the extent that we can’t handle. Then came a turning point with Kaminey that signified that SK (like he is fondly called by his team) holds serious grounds as an actor. Over a career spanning 15 years and many movies in his repertoire, Shahid Kapoor emerges an unabandoned conqueror who, despite a few misses and longpending recognition, proves that he is in the B-game for the long haul. We shoot with him right when he is knee-deep immersed into Padmavati, a movie he says was tiring but inspiring all at the same time, and his passion for his craft is starkly visible (or rather audible as I take him through my many questions over a hurried yet inexplicably entertaining telephonic interview).
In a free-flowing interview with the gentleman that he is, I discovered certain facts and facets- righting his wrongs and leaping through milestones, the doting father (yes, his fatherly love comes right through the phone too, n’importe quoi), Shahid Kapoor, is truly at a Vantage point and life looks good he points out.
THE MOVIE STAR
Ishq Vishq was the first film of your career; you were a heartthrob then and you are a heartthrob now. What has changed?
Oh, everything! I’m a very different person than what I was at 21 which is when I did Ishq Vishq. I was literally entering adulthood at that time and taking my first few steps on a journey I didn’t know would take me where. I was a complete newcomer, I had no experience and very little understanding. I was all things new and inexperienced. Even though my parents were actors, I lived the first half of my life in Delhi and lived with my mom who was a single parent when I came here. I didn’t have that much exposure into the film industry so it was this huge opportunity in front of me. I don’t think I was very formed as a personality; about the kind of work I wanted to do. I wasn’t very clear about the ways of the industry or how was everything was supposed to function because the film industry was a cocoon at that time; you cannot gauge what it’s like from the outside and when you enter, it’s a lot to deal with. I was just this guy who always wanted to be an actor and there I was doing this film so it was like living a dream. Today, I’ve been working for 15 years and I’m much more defined as a personality, lot more experienced as an actor, more aware about my strengths and weaknesses, the kind of journey I want to take as an actor, and the experiences I want to take to the audience. So, it’s a very large question but I’ve tried to answer it as well as I could.
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