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Shahid Kapoor, who worked as a background dancer in films like Dil To Pagal Hai and Taal, made his acting debut in 2003 with Ishq Vishk. But the actor feels that he became relevant only after spending seven to eight years in Bollywood. In an interview with Mid Day, Shahid was asked as to how difficult was it for him to stay relevant in the past fifteen years. To which the actor said, "I was less sure of myself before. I would latch on to things that came naturally to me, but that somehow did not work. I needed to take a different approach. Rather than taking the conventional offers, I am trying to experience my work and express myself honestly."
'I Felt Lost Initially'
''I couldn't relate to the roles that came my way when I entered the industry. There weren't many opportunities to explore unconventional roles. I felt lost and wasn't myself. Only five types of films were being made then, and no one wanted to do anything different.''
'Today, I Feel Like The Saltwater Fish'
''For some people, that period is nostalgic; I was terrified. Things have changed for the better in the last five years. Today, I feel like the saltwater fish that is finally in the sea.''
''I became relevant after seven to eight years into my career. Earlier, I was just the cute factor, but that is not how I want my life to be defined. When my children ask me what I do for a living or why I am popular, I don't want to say, 'because I look cute or that girls find my hair and cheeks adorable'. I don't want the journey of my life to be that limited."
On His Upcoming Film - Batti Gul Meter Chalu
"When I came on board for Batti Gul Meter Chalu, the story was completely different. While the core plot revolved around the electricity issue, it was based in Mumbai and my character was different. I felt the story had a lot of potential.''
'Mira Also Told Me How Electricity Is A Real Issue'
''Mira [Kapoor, wife] also told me how electricity is a real issue in smaller cities and how as privileged actors we've not seen the half of it; that convinced me. I met Shree Narayan Singh [director] before the release of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and he said the story needs to be told from a small town.''
''Writers Siddharth Singh and Garima Wahal [writers] along with Shree researched and decided to do the film in Uttrakhand.''
On a related note, Batti Gul Meter Chalu will hit the screens on September 21, 2018.