The cat’s been out of the bag 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 directors — Tigmanshu Dhulia, Onir and Sudhir Mishra — were also planning to adapt the play.
But Shahid maintains that he and Bhardwaj weren’t worried about competition. “Yes, we’d heard about others planning to make the film. But, by then our script was ready. We know that our interpretation will be very different. So we were never worried,” he says.
In fact, the 32-year-old 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’s the best person to make another adaptation of Shakespeare’s work. Everyone knows the stories and the plays because they are in the public domain. But how you adapt them makes all the difference,” says Shahid.
Around 15 days ago, Shahid came back to Mumbai from Kashmir, after shooting for Haider. “I had an interesting time. We (Bhardwaj and him) share a great equation. Kaminey, I feel, is my best performance so far. I’ve a lot of fond memories associated with that film,” he says.
Ask him if all was okay between him and Bhardwaj after reports of a tiff 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.