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I?ve become my own critic: Shahid

Feeling confident after the hit status of Vivah, the actor speaks to Hiren Kotwani about his next films.

india Updated: Nov 23, 2006 18:22 IST

All of 25, he’s nine films old. Right now, he’s lounging around in his new house.
Seems Kareena Kapoor did all the shopping for it. Feeling justifiably confident after the hit status of Vivah, Shahid Kapoor speaks straight into the dictaphone:

Aha, a hit

"I was sure from day one that Vivah would either do really well or really badly. Luckily, audiences liked it. My director Sooraj Barjatya was a big factor: it was his sincerity that helped me understand and portray my character the way I needed to. "

Holiday happy
"It’s been a month since I took this break; this is time for myself and I might do this for another month. I wanted to sit back and spend some time with myself. I want to grow as an actor and I’m using this time to prioritise and recharge. I’m just 25 now, so I’ll continue doing romantic cinema but I also want to try my hands at different genres.

Critical time
"Well, I’m making good use of the time off. I’ve become my own critic and am going through all my earlier movies and looking at where I went wrong. I have zeroed in on a few, but I’m not telling you what they are. How can you expect me to disclose my weak points as an actor?"

The doctor is not in yet
"I’m beginning to get a feel for judging a script, but I’m still a long way from turning script doctor. I’m sure I will see a lot of scripts that don’t appeal to me but will become hits. That’s the movie business. No one knows what will work. One should just do what one believes in. Of course, that doesn’t mean you live your career like you’re playing a game of cards – doing different things hoping you’ll hit the jackpot someday."

Remake rumours
"I’ve signed Rohit Shetty’s next film, which also stars Nana Patekar. I’m just going through scripts. As for reports that I’m playing Farooque Sheikh in the remake of Chashme Badduur, I haven’t gone through the script or met the people involved."

First Published: Nov 23, 2006 22:00 IST