The year has started on a great note for Shahid Kapoor, who has bagged awards for his performance in Haider (2014) at multiple events. Now looking forward to the new films he has lined up, the actor tells us how he, the industry and the audience have all evolved over the years.
“In the last three-four years, films that weren’t considered good earlier have done well, and certain good films have gone unnoticed,” he says, explaining that people are keen on watching good content now. “In this industry, if one thing does well, everybody does exactly that, which leads to genre fatigue. Every genre dies in a couple of years,” adds Shahid.
Before R… Rajkumar (2013) and Haider did well, the actor had a lull period in his career. “There was a long gap after Jab We Met (2007) and Kaminey (2009) when I didn’t do any films that were liked. Today, we measure films by the numbers; nobody talks about quality. But, every film can’t make Rs 100 crore, and doesn’t need to either,” he says, adding, “During that three-four year period in between, I lost it. I made some wrong choices. I think I moved away from who I was, and I was trying to understand what works, because some of my films hadn’t done well.”
Shahid admits that being in such a state made him vulnerable, which made him feel like he was taking wrong decisions. As a result, he started listening to too many people and attempting various things. After finally getting his due for the Vishal Bhardwaj film, he feels that at last, he’s being himself again. “It made me remember why I became an actor,” he says.