Mumbai, Jan. 14 -- Last year gave Shahid Kapoor what is being considered "the best performance of his career". Critics and industry folk showered him with praise for his performance in Vishal Bhardwaj's Haider (2014).
Yet, when you ask him about his success, he credits his contemporaries for inspiring him. "Barfi! (2012), Kahaani (2012) and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), among others, inspired me to go out there and make a film like that. I'm sure somebody else felt inspired when I did Kaminey (2008), and that's how the fraternity works. It's important for all of us to inspire each other to make the right kinds of films," says Shahid, who seems to have come a long way since he made his debut with the romcom, Ishq Vishk, (2003) over a decade ago.
Today, however, he feels that young actors are far luckier. "When I made my debut, there were no new directors, no new heroines and newcomers never used to get opportunities. Actors today have no idea how lucky they are," he says, adding that, unlike 10 years ago, the opportunities for "everyone to be seen" are limitless today. "Everybody also has a chance to express themselves, even if you talk about social networking sites - Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. It's a great time."
The other advantage that Shahid feels young actors have nowadays is that they're yet to confine themselves to a particular genre or role. He explains, "There's a new generation of actors out there and they still need to find themselves." As for actors who have already established themselves, they tend to get limited by the audience's expectations of them, he feels. "In 10 years, for instance, you'll be too committed to who you will have become," he adds.