Author : Farhana Farook
Shahid Kapur on his career revival, survival norms and the place of a
companion in his life
Post 'Vivah' your career seems to be on an upswing.
Yes 'Vivah' has done a lot for me. Today, I can choose to be patient,
wait for the right scripts without any sense of insecurity. I am grateful to
Soorajji (Barjatya) and the Rajshri team for that.
Tell us something about Imtiaz Ali's upcoming film 'Jab We Met'.
What excites me about a director is his way of looking at life and
telling a story. Imtiaz came to me with a script, which was extremely fresh
and contemporary. This is the first time that Kareena (Kapoor) and I have
had so much fun on a set. We have played characters, which belong to our
age and sensibilities. I'm sure today's generation will be able connect with
the language and situations in this film.
What is it that excited you about Aziz Mirza's film?
Aziz Mirza has always made clean and feel-good cinema. This script is
very much on the same lines. It's a sweet, romantic comedy and as always
his protagonist is the underdog. This is something, which always connects
with audiences. Azizji's films are always about moments and this one is no
different. It's a privilege to have an opportunity to work with him. He is
completely an actor's director. I'm having a great time shooting with him in
How is Vidya Balan as a co-star?
She is a fantastic actress. It doesn't feel that it's our first film
You seem to have flown your trainer to Canada.
I didn't want to break my training routine. That's why I took my trainer
Abbas Ali with me for this schedule, which is two months long.
What are the must-haves to survive in the industry?
The most important thing for an actor is to choose the right scripts, the
right roles and work with the right directors, as an actor can never be larger
then his role or the film. The only way to survive in this industry is to be
consistent and to keep improving. Besides that an actor is only a part of a
Some view a relationship as a distraction, some as an enhancement.
What's your take?
To each his own. It's a matter of perspective. Personally, I view a
relationship as a great support system.
How distant seem your dreams?
The day you stop dreaming you stop living. This is just the beginning.
There is so much more to learn and grow. I love my profession and feel
blessed to be doing such work at the age of 26. I want to continue working
till my last day.
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