It's a poorly-kept secret that Shahid Kapoor has teamed up with Vishal Bhardwaj again (after Kaminey; 2009) for Haider - an adaptation of William Shakespeare's popular play, Hamlet. But long before that, three other Bollywood film-makers - Tigmanshu Dhulia (reportedly with Hrithik Roshan), Onir and Sudhir Mishra - were also planning to adapt the play.
But Shahid maintains he and Bhardwaj were never worried about competition. "Yes, we had heard about others also planning to make the film. But by then our script was ready and we were
prepared. We know that the milieu and our interpretation will be very different. So we were never worried. We thought, 'we believe in this film and so we should go ahead and make it'," he says.
In fact, the actor says that Bhardwaj is the most apt to take up this adaptation. "He made Omkara (2006) and Maqbool (2004) so I really feel that he is the best person in the industry to make another adaptation of Shakespeare's work. Everyone knows the stories and plays because they are in the public domain. But how you adapt them, makes them interesting. And he has always found a way to make them interesting," says Shahid.
Around 15 days ago, Shahid came back to Mumbai from Kashmir, after shooting for Haider. "I really had a very interesting time in Kashmir. We (Bhardwaj and him) share a great equation. Kaminey, I feel, is my best performance till date. I have a lot of fond memories associated with that film," he says.
Ask him if everything was okay between him and Bhardwaj after reports of a tiff (which apparently came to blows) after Kaminey and he says "The fact that we are working together should put all those rumours to rest. I only have love and respect for Vishal sir," he says.