Shahid laughs when I ask him about it. "These rumours amuse me. The fact is, I am very, very proud of Kaminey. As for Vishal, I genuinely feel that every actor should at least work once with Vishal in his/her lifetime. He explores that side of you as an actor, which even you aren't aware of," Shahid tells me.
Shahid feels Kaminey is a landmark film in his career. "I play a dual role in this film and the best part is, the twins hate each other. This is so unlike the twins we've seen so far on the Hindi screen. That's one of the prime reasons why I agreed to do this project. The main reason was, of course, Vishal Bharadwaj," Shahid emphasises.
The topics range from his father Pankaj Kapoor's project as well as multiple releases this year. In fact, Shahid will have as many as five releases in the nest few months, starting with Kaminey and followed by Dil Bole Hadippa, Ken Ghosh's as-yet-untitled film, Milenge Milenge and hopefully, also Paathshaala, which has been picked up by Eros.
"Ideally, I wouldn't like two promos (of two different films) on screen simultaneously, but these things aren't in my control. Last year, I had just one release (Kismat Konnection) and this year, well, so many," Shahid admits.
Shahid is currently shooting for Parmeet Sethi's directorial debut (being produced by Yash Raj) and the new look -- he's lost weight, even changed his hairstyle -- is for this film. Once this film is through, Shahid would begin shooting for his dad's film. "It's a love story," he reveals.
Pankaj Kapoor has tilted more towards meaningful/middle of the road cinema as an actor, so will his directorial venture also tilt towards meaningful cinema? "No, it would be targeted at popular tastes, but will have the sensibilities that he's known for as an actor," Shahid states.
A lot is being said about the Shahid Kapoor - Vishal Bhardwaj tiff. Reportedly, the two talented names had a difference of opinion, which resulted in a verbal duel when the actor watched the first cut of the film some time back.