Many raised eyebrows, when Shahid Kapoor, who was in his 30s, decided to get married to then 21-year-old Mira Rajput in 2015. The actor was also trolled for marrying such a young girl.
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But it didn't stop there. The haters criticised the couple again when Mira got pregnant, saying how can she deliver a child at such a tender age? Well, in an interview to Mid-Day, Shahid Kapoor slammed all those who thought this way.
On Not Giving Chance To Mira To Explore Her Career
"I don't give importance to people who try to get importance by criticizing those who are important. Just because she [Mira] got married early, doesn't mean she doesn't have an identity. Today, women do what they feel like doing. And, as men, we should respect that.''
Om Mira's Pregnancy
''Whether you are a working woman, housewife, young mother or a woman who chooses to have a child at a later stage in life, it's your decision. Mira and I are really happy. I wish people could be happy for those who are."
Shahid On Baby Misha: There Is No Mira-Shahid Time Now
"There is no Mira-Shahid time now. All the time we have is Misha time. I'm loving this phase."
On Their First Appearance Together On Karan's Chat Show
"I think people have loved Mira's interview, and I was also there (laughs). I think what people enjoyed most was watching us as a couple. It was more about seeing me as a husband, and her as the person she is. All the things that people have been saying about her are things that I've known for over a year. She's normal, she's great, she's real.''
On His Cold War With Kangana Ranaut
''We finished shooting for the film in April. These rumours surfaced in December. Why was it that there was no news about our equation back then? If they [rumours] were true, they would have surfaced then.''
''I had no issues working with anybody. I thought people would believe that there were problems between me and Saif [Ali Khan, co-star], for obvious reasons, but it went the other way around. Kangana is one of the best actors we have.''
On Making A Career In Hollywood
‘'I am a home bird so I love being here [Mumbai]. Also, I don't like taking flights. But, if an opportunity comes my way, why not [partake in it]? I would love to do good work, be it in any language. Of course, I will make certain that I'm as comfortable expressing myself in that language as I am in Hindi.''
''I want to act. If I'm able to do that in another language, no problem. Having said that, who am I to sit here and make plans? I don't make five-year plans or chalk out my career. I take life as it comes.''
On Working In Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati
‘'Sanjay sir drives you to give your best. It's only the beginning but I'm loving the experience. He pushes every department to the maximum. When you think you've done a good job [with a scene], that's where he starts working on you.''
The Rangoon actor also praised his director Vishal Bhardwaj, in the same interview, ''Vishal sir always attempts to create a new world. When you sign up for a project with him, you can be assured that it will not be similar to his previous work. There are only a few filmmakers like that. It's Vishal sir's foremost priority to maintain this distinction in his projects. Also, his storytelling technique has several layers.''