Next week, he completes 14 years in Bollywood (his debut film, Ishq Vishq released on May 9, 2003). Looking back, Shahid Kapoor says, “When those [actors] who are 15 years senior to me say that they feel that they’ve ‘just started out’, how can I say anything else (laughs)?”
Shahid explains, “Whether you are 20 or 60, a lot of times you look back at your career or even your life, and you are like, ‘Oh s**t, time just flies. Where did it go? I just did this or that’. But that’s how life is. You can’t do anything. Actually, you focus so much on what lies ahead that the past seems like a blur.”
Ask Shahid if he has become more of a family guy after the birth of his daughter, Misha Kapoor, and he says with a smile, “I am the kind of person, who loves any excuse to spend time with my family and friends, and it’s always good to get that. As much as I love being on my own, I love meeting friends and spending some fun time with them. Especially, any kind of a break between promotions feels as if kisi bachche ko ice cream mil gayi ho (a kid has got ice cream; laughs).”
After a string of heavy-duty films including his next, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati, would he like to take up something lighter? “Yes, but sometimes, light [lighter movies] can also turn out to be stupid (laughs). And trust me I have done enough ‘stupid [films]’ in life to know that what’s commercial can easily be non-commercial.”
But the Haider (2014) actor admits that he is constantly in the search of scripts that will “surprise” people. “I ask myself, ‘What can I do now that will surprise people?’ But I guess the important thing is to focus on giving the director what he wants. Whenever I have focused on that, people have appreciated my work,” says Shahid, who is completely focused on Padmavati right now.
When asked about his upcoming film, he says, “A film-maker should talk, especially for a film like this. The first impressions of the film should always come from him. So, I’ll wait for him (Bhansali) to talk. This is the first time we are working together, so I’d be curious to know what he has to say,” he says.