In the past couple of years, he has proven his talent with back-to-back strong performances in films such as Haider (2014) and Udta Punjab, which was released this year. Shahid Kapoor admits that the influx of younger talent keeps him on his toes.
“And ideally it should, because putting your head inside the sand, and assuming that mere aas-paas toh koi nahin hai aur main akela hi hoon (there’s no one like me, and I’m the only one) is stupid. It’s important to see the surroundings, and use them positively to do better work,” says Shahid.
The Jab We Met (2007) star admits that “nobody is indispensable in this industry”. He says, “There’s place for everybody. And there will always be somebody new around the block. So, people who are new today will see newer actors coming in, and then they will feel the same thing, which is totally normal.”
For the audience
Shahid feels actors need to do good films as the audience wants “value for money”. He says, “You have to constantly give people good movies, and when you do that over a long period, a certain amount of loyalty and credibility develops, and you are viewed accordingly.”
The Bollywood star says that actors who have spent a long time in the industry can gain credibility and loyalty faster, but the newer actors have the “freshness and the ability to surprise” the audience. “I have to do better than what people expect from me. But if a new actor is doing anything as good, then I have to work harder to find an inspiration. I find inspiration from everyone around me,” says Shahid, who will next be seen in film-maker Vishal Bhardwaj’s next, which also stars Saif Ali Khan and Kangana Ranaut.
Shahid admits that he likes to see newer actors deliver great performances. “When I see someone’s good work, I wonder ‘Isne toh pehli picture mein hi kamaal kar diya. Main 13 saal baad kya kar raha hun (this actor has done so well in his or her first film itself. What have I been doing for 13 years)?’ It’s important to be honest to yourself, otherwise you lose your sense of reality,” he says.
Talking of competition with the newer actors, Shahid feels all that matters is honesty towards your work. “It’s as simple as that. It’s like vanilla can’t say, ‘A new flavour cannot compete with me. I was always there because I am vanilla’,” says the actor.
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