Shahid Kapoor on playing college student in Kabir Singh: Was scared my kids will ask ‘why did you need to do this papa’?

Shahid Kapoor claims he was scared to play a young boy at 38. He essays the role of a college student and an older, self-destructive man in different parts of the upcoming film Kabir Singh.
Shahid Kapoor plays a young college boy in Kabir Singh.
Shahid Kapoor plays a young college boy in Kabir Singh.
Updated on Jun 14, 2019 10:20 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor has said he was scared to play a young college student in his upcoming film Kabir Singh. An official remake of Telugu hit Arjun Reddy, the film shows him as a medical student who falls in love and a breakup turns his life upside down. The film also stars Kiara Advani and is set to hit theatres on June 21.

A DNA report quoted him as saying, “I was sh*t scared. I thought my younger brother, my wife and my children when they will grow up and see this. They will say ‘Yeh kya karne ki zaroorat thi papa? Bhool gaye kya ke aap 38 ho?! (Why did you need to do this papa? Did you forget you were 38 years old?)”

Perhaps to prove that Shahid is not too old yet, his wife Mira Rajput, meanwhile, shared a collage of a pictures from his younger days and a latest one. “16 year challenge,” she captioned the post.

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16 year challenge 🔥

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Defending his film against accusations of being chauvinistic, Shahid recently said, “Isn’t it wrong to expect an actor to always be idealistic. I am not expected to be idealistic. I am expected to be real; mirroring life, representing all shades of people in their entirety. Once we become adults, we are on our own, drawing heavily from popular culture. But, we must represent grey shades of human beings in films to represent life.”

Also read: Shahid Kapoor on body transformation for Kabir Singh: I gained 8kg and then lost 14kg to look like a college boy

“Kabir Singh is a phase in everyone’s life. We all (become) self-destructive when we feel like we’ve fallen apart. (One may feel) empathy for him because, in all his misgivings, he is vulnerable. It’s a cathartic journey of a man, and a cautionary tale. It made me feel that I never want to become this person,” he added.

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