Mumbai, Dec. 27 -- After a string of unsuccessful films and commercial entertainers, Shahid has upped his game, and he's glad that people's perception of him has changed.
"It's been four or five years since I got that recognition. I need to thank a lot of people, but the first ones are those whose performances inspired me. Ranbir Kapoor was fabulous in Barfi! (2012), and when I saw Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), I thought Farhan Akhtar really established himself as an actor. At an awards show, I just stood there looking at him and thinking that acting is more about your choices than your talent," says Shahid.
Having worked with Vishal Bhardwaj on Kaminey (2008) before Haider, Shahid is quick to admit that the film-maker is possibly the only one who brings out the best in him. He says, "I have an amazing bond with him, and I hope he makes all his films with me; I am very possessive about him. At the same time, I think every actor should get the opportunity to work with him. He's very special."