Your failures shape your personality: Shraddha Kapoor

  • Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 10, 2016 20:15 IST
“The current phase of my life is very special. I am making memories,” says Shraddha Kapoor. (Viral Bhayani)

Back in 2010, she made her debut with the unsuccessful film, Teen Patti. Despite being a star kid, Shraddha Kapoor says she hasn’t got anything on a platter. The actor, who is currently riding high on the success of her latest film, Baaghi, feels that those struggles have made her the person she is today. Here, Shraddha talks about her career, her childhood dreams, and more.

You have been working non-stop for the past few years. Would you call yourself a workaholic?
Absolutely (laughs). It’s all happening just too back-to-back.

So, what keeps you going?
I love doing films. I always wanted to act and be part of different kinds of movies. It (becoming an actor) was a childhood dream, and my dreams are driving me. This phase of my life is very special. I am making memories; in the future, I will look back at these days and tell myself, “That period was absolutely crazy!”

Are you happy with your journey so far?
I have waited for this time all my life. I yearned to do movies. Now that I am getting to live my childhood dream, it gives me a different kick altogether. Plus, you get to work with people who are passionate and collaborative, which is great.

Can we say that you are high on life?
I am high on life and also on the audience’s love (smiles). But I feel that there are more special days in store. The best is yet to come. It’s not just about the box office, but also about the kinds of films and roles that I want to do.

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Most of your films have done well so far. Do you consider yourself a massy actor?
It feels amazing when people come up to me and tell me that they watch my films and love me. I really like talking to them and asking them what they think about my films. Sometimes, they even make suggestions regarding the kinds of movies I should do. It feels fantastic to have such conversations with them.

You have just completed six years in Bollywood. Is there anything that you would want to change in the years that have gone-by?
I would keep it all exactly the same. These experiences have shaped me into becoming the person I am today. There’s a lot that I still want to achieve. I feel your failures and low points shape your personality. Your success will get you more love, but it won’t shape you as a person. What impacts you more are the things that have challenged you.

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What are your fondest memories of the past six years…
I remember everything that has happened in the past six years. This period has been a defining part of my life. I have enjoyed the whole process, of auditioning for films, then not getting selected, my first two movies not doing well, meeting so many people along the way, and now working non-stop like a maniac. I have loved the madness.

You work so hard, yet, sometimes, you are called ‘lucky’. Does this ever annoy you?
I like being the loved one, and people look at me as one of their own; that’s most important. All the love that I am getting is due to the hard work that I have put in. I would like to believe that I have put everything I have into my work. Each film I do has its own environment, soul, mood and set-up. So, I try to be as adaptable as I can.

Your latest film, Baaghi, has become a hit. Do you now find it easy to handle success?
I feel that with every film, I become more nervous, especially when it comes to the day of the release. But I get the same high and rush even now. This time, there has literally been no time to let the success sink in. I was shooting for a magazine on the film’s release day and promoting the movie simultaneously. The next day, I was shooting for an advertisement, and the following day, I was rehearsing for my next film with Aditya Roy Kapur.

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All work and no play for Shraddha
I am going to stay really busy this year. I haven’t had a break since July last year, when I went to Hong Kong with my family for a holiday. I haven’t had a single day, where I haven’t discussed something related to a film. So, even when I am not shooting for a movie, I am either doing an ad or shooting for a magazine or I have some meeting to attend. I think I will be able to go on a holiday only next

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