"I don't like heights": Shahid Kapoor


By Faridoon Shahryar, IndiaFM

“Vivah has been the kind of film that has grown with every passing

week. I'm in awe of Mr Sooraj Barjatya for the kind of loyalty he has when

it comes to his audience,” says chocolate delight Shahid Kapoor who is

still basking in the glorious success of Rajshri's saccharine sweet film

Vivah that continues to set box office records. “In times like today when

films run in first four or five days and almost all the business is done, there

comes a film like Vivah that has completed its silver jubilee and is still

running in theatres. I consider myself very fortunate to be a part of such a

project and to get an opportunity to work with somebody who is so good

at what he does so early in my career,” Shahid added.

It's been quite a while since his last release. In the interim period,

Kapoor didn't go on a signing spree. He has been weighing all his options

and opting for projects that shall take him forward. After almost a year he

is ready with a big commercial film having a big star-cast…Fool N Final.

“It's a fun film. It's a no brainer. It's not a heavy film. It's not gonna burden

you down. After watching this film you'll have a smile on your face. It's a

fun roller coaster ride. And that's the USP of the film,” Shahid says with a


What about the huge star-cast…Sunny, Vivek, Jackie, Ayesha Takia,

Sameera Reddy, Chunky Pandey, Suresh Menon, Johny Lever and Paresh

rawal? “It's a huge star-cast. I had a few scenes with Sunny Sir and it was a

privilege to work with him. I had only one scene with Vivek. But he is also

a wonderful guy. I'm sure we'll get an opportunity to do more work in the

future.” And what about Ayesha Takia with whom you've worked before?

“Ayesha and me have worked before. This is our second film. There is a

great comfort level. She is a very good artiste, very chilled out on the sets.

Good fun.”

The promos of Fool N Final are already creating waves. It's not the

typical Himesh Reshammiya brand of music but yet, the songs are getting

noticed. And Shahid seems to be the mainstay. And with choreographer

Ahmed Khan turning director, the dance sequences are worth club

hopping. So, why don't you tell us something about what you are doing in

the film? “My character is called Raja. He is a thief who does stray

robberies here and there and how finally he gets engrossed in this chase for

this one big diamond. There is lots of action in the film. There's no

bloodshed, no gruesome scenes, it's all glamourised. It's all action that is

eye pleasing, lots of stuff like jumping off the 16th floor of a building and

stuff like that,” Shahid said.

There's a lot of talk about that breathtaking bicycle twirl that you've

done. “It was first for me. I don't like heights so it was different for me.

The director (Ahmed Khan) is a dear friend so I trusted him completely.

Allan Amin is somebody I've worked with many times as an action

director. He is as safe as it gets while doing stunts.” After Spiderman, it's

time for Superman. That Superman get-up is gaining attention. “It's a film

for all kinds of audiences. The director felt that we should be having

something for children and he thought that the children love superheroes so

he thought that if we can dress up like superheroes and try to save the

world, and end up making fool of ourselves. It's a comic sequence,”

Shahid said.

Sooraj Barjatya had taken a risk by not giving any dance sequences to

Shahid (a trained dancer) in Vivah. In Fool N Final, lot of dancing seems to

be happening. “The director has been a choreographer all these years so

you can expect dancing.” And what's your favourite track? “Shakira Ve

would be my choice.” There's a lot of buzz about Mike Tyson making an

appearance in Fool N Final. Did you happen to meet him? “I didn't get an

opportunity to meet Mike Tyson.”

Finally, what are you doing next? “There's a film with Kareena, a love

story directed by Imtiaz Ali. There's a romantic comedy with Vidya Balan,

directed by Aziz Mirza. And there's a film by Bela Sehgal, produced by

Sanjay Bhansali.”

That was Shahid Kapoor. Honest and forthright. No big boasting. Just

plainspeak…let the work speak for itself. So, will Fool N Final add to

Shahid's tally of success…come this Friday….And you shall get to