Shahid Kapoor is in “a happy space”. And he has the right reasons to be in such a frame of mind. The actor has just delivered a hit film, which also got him critical acclaim. On the personal front, he celebrated his first marriage anniversary on July 7. And in a few months, he will become a father. Here, the Haider (2014) star talks about his marriage and career.
You come across as a different person after marriage.
Yes, and I also sense that difference in me (smiles).
You have always maintained that the timing when you got married was perfect…
That’s correct. There are times when you should be having fun. But there comes a time when you should have stability in your life. Stability is a long-term requirement. Short-term plans and a few days of flying around [for work] are fun, but eventually you need that [stability]. Also, I have been living alone since I was 22, so I always wanted that family atmosphere. I used to feel lonely.
How is living with your spouse different from living with your family?
When I used to win an award, of course, my mum (Neelima Azeem; actor) and dad (Pankaj Kapur; actor) were always around, but I didn’t have anybody with whom I could share my achievements immediately. Things are different with your parents. It’s not that same feeling [that one feels with a spouse]. I would always think, “Who do I share my happiness with?”
What are the other changes in your life now?
There is another thing that I would always feel bad about. Whenever I used to land in any city, I’d never get a message asking me, “Have you reached?” Everybody around me used to get messages from someone or the other, asking, “Have you landed? What is happening there?” When you live with people in the same house, they keep track of your minute-to-minute movement. But that doesn’t happen when you live alone. I always used to think, “Yaar, kyun mere se koi yeh poochta nahi hai? (Why does nobody ask me how and where I am?). So, today, I feel happy to have that somebody around me (smiles).
Now do you get that message?
Every other second (laughs). But, on a serious note, it’s a good feeling.
So you don’t mind giving up the freedom of being alone?
If you have nothing to hide, then your freedom is not at stake. I don’t think I have anything to hide (smiles).
On the work front, you are not in a hurry to sign films. You haven’t taken up anything after film-maker Vishal Bhardwaj’s next…
Yes, Vishal sir’s film is out in February. So, in terms of being seen on the big screen, even if I start a project by the end of this year, I’ll have that movie ready by June or July next year. Anyway, it doesn’t make sense to rush into a new film as you need a gap of five-six months between two movies. I cannot jump from one role to another by just changing my facial hair and clothes. It’s important to try something new in every film.
Do you think the younger set of actors is bolder?
Yes, a lot of younger guys are trying different things with more confidence. I am sure they will do it more openly and with less fear. They will be more extreme in their choices. I personally can’t jump in and jump out of a film’s character. For example, I needed a break of three months before my last release. After Haider, too, I had to sit at home for three months to grow my hair back. All my movies, including Shandaar (2015), Haider and R…Rajkumar (2013) have been completely different. The next one will again be different. I will need time to get out of my last film and sink my teeth into another role, and I am okay giving them that time. It’s the right thing to do.