Being a Bollywood actor is not just about looking good and spreading your arms wide for romantic songs. And after Ranbir Kapoor’s sign-language lessons for the yet-to-release Barfi! and Ayushmann Khurrana’s eyebrow-threading training for Vicky Donor, it’s time for Shahid Kapoor to go back to the classroom. The actor’s focus is now on a yet-untitled Yash Raj project. And to convincingly portray a middle-class Marwari boy in the film, he is all set to undergo a workshop to learn the accent and the nuances of the language.
“Shahid will learn the tone and the manner in which the language is spoken,” a source tells us.
So far, we know that the script for the romantic-drama has been written by Jaideep Sahni and is being directed by Maneesh Sharma. In fact, it was Maneesh who insisted that Shahid learn the finer characteristics and accent for the part. The workshop will be held around mid-July for approximately 10-12 days. After that, the unit will head to Jaipur where they will commence shooting from the first week of August.
Shahid had signed this film a while ago and the plan was to shoot it in February. But it was postponed after Maneesh suffered a slipped disc. Parineeti Chopra has been cast opposite Shahid.
While the director had earlier worked with her in Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl (2011), Shahid has known Parineeti since Badmaash Company (2010), as she used to work
in the marketing department at Yash Raj Films back then. They apparently get along really well.
The film is also set to have a second female lead, for which the names of Rani Mukerji and Tabu have been afloat. However, who will eventually be cast hasn’t been finalised as of now.
As for Shahid, this won’t be the first time he’s undergoing preparatory training for a role.
While working on Mausam (2011), Shahid’s dad Pankaj Kapur made him and Sonam Kapoor attend an acting workshop. When on set, among other things, the actors were asked to communicate by writing letters to each other.