His son isn’t going through the best of times, what with his break-up with actor Kareena Kapoor and reports of his flirtatious ways — be it with tennis player Sania Mirza or actors Vidya Balan and Amrita Rao — doing the rounds. However, as a responsible father, Pankaj Kapur is standing firmly behind Shahid.
“I don’t want to answer personal questions…but he is my child and in any situation that he faces, whether it is good or bad, I as a father and we as a family are with him,” Kapur says.
The actor is delighted with the way Shahid’s career is shaping up and reveals that he has plans to direct his son soon.
“Yes, the project is very much on. It’s still at the scripting stage and after we are through with it, it will move on to the next stage,” says the veteran actor who features in Rajkumar Santoshi’s Halla Bol, which released on Friday, with Ajay Devgan and Vidya as his co-stars.
In Halla Bol, Kapur plays a dacoit-turned-theatre activist and mentor to the protagonist played by Devgan. “It is a hard-hitting movie with a message. It talks about how we should react to things happening around us. If we do that, it will help bring the culprits to book,” says the actor.
“It’s the story of a man from a small town who becomes successful. One day he witnesses the murder of a girl and then it’s up to him to fight for justice,” he adds.
Is the movie based on the Jessica Lall murder case? The veteran actor still chooses not to comment on this.
Kapur is all praise for Santoshi, who has made hard-hitting films such as Ghayal, Ghatak, Lajja and Khakee. The director’s USP, he says, is that he knows a lot about the topic of his movies. “He picks subjects that are topical. They shake up society and prompt us to question ourselves, which is very important,” he says.
The actor, who studied engineering and then joined the National School of Drama, has to his credit films such as Gandhi, Mandi, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho and Dharm. However, the role that made him a household name is that of Karamchand on TV.
Kapur says he is happy with the roles that he is getting on the big screen but prefers to be choosy and is concentrating on reading scripts. “I am yet to sign any new project,” he concludes.