A recent report would have you imagine that Pankaj Kapoor is looking up matrimonial classifieds for his 32-year-old actor-son Shahid Kapoor. But ask Shahid about this news and he laughs it off, calling it a figment of someone’s overheated imagination. He will find his own bride, thank you very much, he says.
He also makes it evident that his focus currently is not on relationships, but on trying to get that elusive hit film in his career.
A report suggested that your father is looking for a bride from Punjab for you.
Absolutely not! I will find my own bride (laughs). I don’t think even my dad wants that pressure. I haven’t even thought about marriage.
So it’s all just smoke, no fire?
Clearly, it was the result of someone’s imagination at its peak. My dad was shooting in Goa while I was in Kashmir shooting for Haider. We both read the report and laughed about it.
But, at 32, do you feel you are ready for marriage?
Are you ever ready for marriage (laughs)? I don’t think any guy will ever be ready for it. One day, you will just reach a point and tell yourself, ‘Boss, you’ve had enough fun, now settle down.’ I haven’t reached that point yet. Maybe, when I find the right person or fall in love. It will happen at some stage. I believe in the institution of marriage.
Apparently, your father wants you to settle down.
Every father says the same thing about his son. All sons are used to hearing that, but there’s nothing on the cards.
How badly do you need a hit film right now?
I do need a bit of luck. For the past two-three years, the luck factor has been missing from my life. I wish I get lucky with this film (R…Rajkumar) because we work hard on all movies. God has been kind that people have liked my work, but somehow it hasn’t converted (to revenue).
You have a chocolate boy image. Were you apprehensive before taking up an action film like R…Rajkumar?
That (the image) never stops me from attempting something new. It also makes you work harder. So the fact is that I am fighting 20 people in a scene, but I am still the same guy with a normal body who isn’t 6.2 feet tall, broad or big. If you notice, most of our action heroes aren’t built like that.
Yes, even Salman Khan isn’t built like that.
But he is bhai (laughs). He is a different guy. Nobody can compare himself with him. So coming to my point, if a director like Prabhu Dheva says that he wants me to say a heavy-sounding dialogue or take on 30 guys, I have to find a way to make it convincing.
There are reports suggesting your film faces competition from Saif Ali Khan’s next. Apparently, he is pre-booking single-screen theatres for two weeks in north India.
You read such stories and move on because that’s going to happen anyway. At the end of the day, every Friday is a new Friday and there will be clashes like that. Every film is a competition for you — be it starring Saif, Kareena (Kapoor) or anyone else. Every film works only on merit; the rest is just
Do you think stories about your personal life — especially when you were linked with Priyanka Chopra — diluted the focus on you as an actor?
I don’t think that much (about such things). I believe that if a film is good and does well, everything becomes fine. If such things cross your mind, it must be crossing my mind too. But I don’t take it very seriously.
Are there less link-up stories because you have changed?
It happened on its own. I don’t understand or analyse how and why. Personally, I haven’t changed that much. But I’m happy because I’m here to prove myself as an actor. So I hope that the first thing people link me to is my work.