Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor started his career as a chocolate boy in the film Ishq Vishk. Since then, Shahid has done several movies but the film that gave Shahid's career a lift was Kaminey and the actor became one of the most sought after stars of Bollywood.
After that, the movie R Rajkumar presented Shahid in a never-seen-before action avatar. And now, Shahid will soon be seen in the most difficult film of his career till date, Haider which is based on Shakespeare's Hamlet. It is being assumed that the movie Haider, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj is going to lift Shahid to a different level.
In an interview with our correspondent Sonika Mishra, Shahid shares some interesting aspects of his career till date and about his upcoming film Haider.
Q: R Rajkumar, Haider and then Shaandar. You have multiple good films in your kitty. Is it the best phase of your career?
A: I feel I am back in my good time. I am very happy for the kind of response that my last film received. I never thought that I would get a films like Haider and Shaandar. The most important thing for an actor is how a director visualises him or her. Earlier, I used to think a lot before going to shoot. Now, I go for shooting without thinking much and do just like the director wants me to do.
Q: Was Haider a more difficult film than R Rajkumar?
A: I think I have worked harder for Haider than R Rajkumar. It is very difficult to get your head shaved for just 4 hours of shoot. However, shifting from one genre to another gives you a feeling of shifting from one spectrum to another. It was a totally different experience to work with Vishal Bhardwaj after working with Prabhu Deva. It was difficult and tiring but it was fun too. Now I can do any kind of role.
Q: With R Rajkumar, you broke your image of a romantic hero. Would you like to do more action films in future?
A: I think R Rajkumar would have earned more if any other established action hero would have done the film. However, now if I do any fim like R Rajkumar that would earn more. R Rajkumar has opened up a new genre for me and I think people would love to see me in those kind of roles.
Q: Haider is based on Shakespeare's Hamlet. Were you confident that you would be able to portray the character well on the screen when most of the people have an idea of the characters?
A: Many people had read the novel 2 States but still they went to watch the movie and the film did well. The experience of reading a novel and then watching a film on the same are both different. I also thought like that when I was reading Hamlet but when I read the film's script, I found that the story is very different. Haider is a very different version of Hamlet. I don't know whether Indian audience will be able to connect with the film but when Vishal sir tried similar things with Omkara and Maqbool, his works were appreciated a lot. There are a lot in the film which will be very new.
Q: You have always been doing different kind of roles. Do you feel any change in yourself?
A: The only change I feel is that now I don't think about the result much like I used to do earlier. I watched Haider some days back and the first feeling that came to my mind is that I don't care how the film will work but I am happy that I became part of such a film. But then I started thinking about promotions of the film.
Q: Vishal Bhardwaj has given you two best roles of your career, Kaminey and Haider. What is it that Vishal sees in you that other directors can't see?
A: Vishal is one such director who always comes up with something new. Every actor who works wth Vishal gets a chance to do something new and different. Moreover, women characters get a lot of space in Vishal's films. I am blessed that Vishal gave me the oppotunity to do two of the best roles of my career.
A: Tabu mam is undoubtedly a brilliant actor. But I think this film has been very challenging for Shraddha. She has learnt a lot during the shooting of the film.