Mumbai, Aug. 28 -- A fair amount of debate ensued after some quarters of the BCCI blamed the presence of actor Anushka Sharma for cricketer Virat Kohli's poor performance (the two are allegedly dating) in the recent test series in England.
Shahid Kapoor - who, incidentally, has worked with Anushka in the past - is no stranger to such debates, what with people having blamed his break-up with Kareena Kapoor Khan (around 2007) for his poor run at the box office.
Now, while talking about the low phase in his own career, the ardent cricket fan also hits out at the BCCI, saying such allegations are unfair.
Around the time your career went through a low phase, some said your break-up with Kareena caused it.
It doesn't work like that, and I've never used such a thing as an excuse. Some of the choices I made were just not right. But this is almost the same thing as the BCCI saying that, because someone's girlfriend went, we have lost the tournament. I wouldn't feel comfortable if [such restrictions] were implemented for me. Everyone's an adult, and they can meet whoever they want to. Also, to say something of this sort right after we've lost a series so badly is almost like trying to deflect the blame on to something that isn't a fundamental reason. We need to question the cricket, not people's personal time.
Do you think Anushka can be blamed at all for Virat's poor performance?
I don't want to specifically comment on that. But, like I said, I don't get the idea of creating restrictions.
Between your two hits - Kaminey (2009) and R... Rajkumar (2013) - do you think other actors, especially Ranbir Kapoor, have gone ahead of you?
Ranbir has done good work. He deserves to be where he is. In the last three-four years, from all the films I can remember, a couple of his have to be on the list. As an actor, you have to be part of either good or successful films. If your film doesn't fit in either bracket, you have wasted your time and lost brand value.
Many feel your career could have gone places...
I agree (laughs). Even I used to feel the same thing.
So what went wrong?
At that time, I was the only one in my space. Also, I went through a bad patch for three four years. Now, I have found my rhythm, and I am running like it's my last race.
Apparently, you messaged Hrithik (Roshan) recently?
When I read reports [of the actors' films clashing], I didn't like the spirit in which they are written. So I chose to tweet and congratulate Hrithik when Bang Bang's trailer came out. I love his work. In fact, I would say that I am a fan [of his work]. Having said that, I am proud of my movie, and I am not scared [of competition.
You are working with the same directors that your father, Pankaj Kapur, has worked with.
Every director my dad has worked with is madly in love with him - whether it's Rajkumar Santoshi, Vishal Bhardwaj or Homi Adajania. I feel he is so dedicated and into his work that he gives them a [level of] comfort and security, and that's the best thing an actor can do for his director.
What kind of equation do you have with Bhardwaj now?
Actually, having Vishal sir at the helm has its pros and cons. On one hand, you feel secure and taken care of. At the same time, you also know that he is going to throw you in a space you've never been in before, so you have to deal with it. Vishal sir and I had a nice relationship when we did Kaminey (2009). But with the new film, our relationship has moved ahead. He is almost like family now.