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Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 24, 2012)
Mirror caught up with Shahid Kapoor in Mysore, where he is shooting for Rajkumar Santoshi’s Phata Poster Nikla Hero. Excerpts from the interview in which we grilled him on the controversies dogging him:
Did you lose out on the YRF film because you turned up for a puja in a pair of shorts? Do you really think YRF films get cancelled because of shorts? Have I not attended enough pujas in my life to know what not to wear? I waited eight months for Maneesh Sharma’s film after committing to it. First it was inclement weather. Then, Maneesh had a slip disc. And finally, I was told he needed time to finalise the script. Imagine an actor wasting eight months of his life for a film. Post Mausam, I was offered 18 films. The fate of Mausam at the BO was a personal injury.
Did you also refuse to attend reading sessions and rehearsals? Ridiculous. Why will I wait for eight months and not follow my director’s vision?
They say ‘Shahid is fickle minded’. You refused Punit Malhotra’s film because you wanted changes. You were also replaced in Milan Luthria’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again. I am not fickle minded. I had never committed to both the films. I would love to work with Milan, but the film never reached the narration stage. Karan and I have been in talks, but nothing has materialised.
Do you think you made some blunders? Some of my films didn’t do well. Obviously those choices were not correct. But I don’t fear failures anymore. More >
Chaya Unnikrishnan (DNA; August 2, 2012)Shahid Kapoor
It’s been a chequered ride for actor Shahid Kapoor, when it comes to the box office. Two hits (Kaminey, Badmaash Company) followed by two consecutive flops (Mausam, Teri Meri Kahani). But the actor is putting all that behind him and is raring to go — be it in raising the number of films he does in a year, or making sure he covers a mix of genres (from mass entertainers to noir). “I need to do more work,” says the 31-year-old in an interview with DNA. The excerpts:
For an actor, who hardly did one or two movies a year, you are on a signing spree now… Yes, that’s because I have just done two movies in the last two-and-a-half years. It’s time, I get back on the sets. I have realised that I am a cranky person when I have no work. You know, I started working when I was around 16. I was dancing professionally and teaching people. When I was 21, I debuted as an actor and I am 31 right now. At this age, you can afford to do three-four films a year. By the time you are 41-45, you need to spread yourself out as the expectations are high, right now I am not saddled with that. People want to see a good movie and have fun. I have already taken on three films and am on the verge of signing a fourth one (with Rajkumar Santoshi) very soon.
Did the failure of your last two films lead to this decision? In the nine years I’ve been in the industry, I have had some really good and bad phases. It doesn’t make sense to sit back and More >
Prachi Kadam (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 2, 2012)
That Shahid Kapoor has been busy house-hunting, we know. So when Mirror bumped into the actor at a five-star hotel, we got him to spill the beans on his search: “I’ve been looking for a house in Bandra for quite some time now. I already have a bachelor pad. For the new place, I have specific criteria in mind. It should have an unrestricted view of the sea, it should be spacious and in the heart of Bandra. But I haven’t really found a place I like till now. So my search continues.”
Shahid, who has been on an extended break after his last release, said he is undergoing withdrawal symptoms and is happy he will resume work in the next 20 days.
Said the actor, “I have signed three films. The first is a Maneesh Sharma film. Next, I will be working with Prabhu Dheva Sir and am super excited about it. I worked with him during an award funtion when he choreographed my performance. While I have done many dance forms, the typical South Indian film dance is very different and difficult. However, he made it easy for me. Working with him in his film will be a great learning experience for me. Thereafter, I will be working with Bejoy Nambiar.”
Having worked from the age of 16 onward, Shahid said the long break made him realise how much of a workaholic he had become. With a reputation of being quite the ladies man, hasn’t he found love yet? “Firstly, I have never shied away from talking about my love life, when I am in love. But as of now, I More >
Tavishi Paitandy Rastogi (HINDUSTAN TIMES; June 24, 2012)
He isn’t the easiest star to deal with. Or so say many people who have worked with him. He has the reputation of being ‘difficult.’ And he doesn’t even try to defend himself. But in this interview, actor Shahid Kapoor finally comes clean.
Blame it on youth or sudden fame, he says. He promises to improve, to loosen up… something he says he learnt from Kunal Kohli, the director of his latest film Teri Meri Kahaani. Here’s the man. Coming clean. Completely:
Reclusive, arrogant, difficult, snobbish… what’s with this reputation? (Laughs) I really don’t know. I know I have a reputation that is not so flattering, but I guess I owe it to just being a private person. I don’t mean anyone harm and I’m not being mean. I just don’t socialise much, I don’t party too much, I don’t know what to say to the media if I’m not talking about a film that I am doing, so yeah, maybe I am perceived as a snob. But I assure you, I am working hard to improve all this.
Come on, isn’t “being private” the best excuse for being “difficult” or maybe “temperamental”? Okay, let’s put it in perspective. Yes, I agree I wasn’t very easy going by temperament. But remember, I was just 22 when I started out. Think about it, I was fresh from a regular middle-class family, with no “star type” background and I was suddenly thrown into the limelight; it was a big thing. I was overwhelmed.
If that wasn’t enough, I got into a serious, very public relationship. More >
Shahid Kapoor tells us why he is hungry for some action now
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 11, 2012)
In your next film Teri Meri Kahaani, we get to see you in three avatars. And also for the first time as a Muslim man Javed Qadri… It all happened rather casually. Kunal (Kohli) had a few completed scripts. He told me about this idea and I loved it. People talk about Janam Janam Ka Saath, this film depicted it. I however had reservations against doing a reincarnation film. Kunal assured me that it would be a romcom. I found that interesting. (pauses) And yes, I play a Muslim character for the first time in my career. The story is set in pre-independence India. It’s the year 1910, in a village outside Lahore. Javed Qadri is a badtameez, ladkibaaz and besharam man. He uses his sher-o-shayari as pick-up lines. It was exciting. Also, I wanted to play a Muslim character for the longest time since I my mother is Muslim.
There were stories about Priyanka Chopra and you refusing to work together in the film. Also, once the film started there were rumours about friction on the sets… (Thinks) But Priyanka was the best person for the role. I was already doing the film and Kunal felt that she suits the character perfectly. She liked it and came on board. During the making of the film we never really had any awkward moment either. During Kaminey, we had a lot of fun. And we had just eight scenes together in that film. In this, it’s just us. I am glad we did it.
You are an More >
Sarita Tanwar (BOMBAY TIMES; April 24, 2012)
Shahid Kapoor has always been the quintessential boy-next-door — super cute, but never carnal. Not until he took off his shirt and ran with the horses in Kaminey. That was the beginning. Then came the split with then girlfriend Priyanka Chopra. Soon, everything changed. Suddenly, the boy who didn’t drink or socialise began partying. Hard. The guy who had long-term relationships was, within a short span of a few months, linked to Anushka Sharma, Bipasha Basu and Nargis Fakhri. The workaholic then took off for a vacation with his buddies. And finally, there was his “naked birthday” in Goa — a three-day pool party that began trending on Twitter after pictures of him and some babes in bikinis surfaced on the internet.
Shahid is suddenly sexy, with a fan following of 1.21 million on his micro blogging account. Singledom seems to suit him. Over a cup of cold coffee, he answers questions on love, life and the ladies…
You’ve become suddenly sexy! What’s changed? I’ve been sexy for a while (grins). Ever since I crossed 30, women have started taking me seriously. Until now, my target audience was school-going girls!
Does the sexy vibe have something to do with being single? No. I think it’s because I’ve stopped shaving for a while, so maybe the stubble is helping. And I think this unemployed vibe I have right now is working for me. When you have to work, you have to look proper, and you have time for very little apart from More >
Shahid Kapoor on his ex, ‘buddy’ Ranbir Kapoor and big banners
Parag Maniar (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 3, 2012)
Shahid Kapoor appears pretty relaxed and cool at his home in Versova. His dog Kaizer keeps a close watch. “You know what to expect from him if you ask me nasty questions,” he grins. But he doesn’t need the canine. He fields all queries with utmost comfort. Read on for excerpts…
How’s 2012 looking for you? I’ve decided to do three films a year from here on, but where are the scripts? I reject most of the ones offered to me. There are three films in the offing currently. I am doing Maneesh Sharma’s film for Yash Raj Films. There’s also Kunal Kohli’s Teri Meri Kahani (working title).
There’s a Karan Johar film… It is too premature to talk about that. I’d be happy to work with him. I’m sure it will happen at some point. We have been meeting and have been friends, formally and informally.
Let’s chat about your buddy Ranbir. This is a new thing I’ve heard — do-teen din saath bita lete hai (spend two-three days together) and people term you as best friends. Ranbir and I know each other and he seems like a chilled out chap. ‘Friend’ is a word I use for people I know will stand by me when things are not going well.
There were reports that fans screamed for Ranbir, while you were ignored, in Hong Kong recently… I was very surprised to read that. When Ranbir and I were together in Hong Kong, there was no third person present. Ranbir is a chilled out guy so I am sure he More >
Shahid Kapoor gets talking about locking lips with co-stars, enjoying his single status and getting back with ex-flames
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 25, 2011)
Starting with Mausam, how did you prepare for your role?
There are two major parts to my character in the film – the air force part, which is evident from the trailers and the Punjabi part.
The Punjabi part required me to play the 18-year-old Harinder Singh. He doesn’t do much in life and falls in love with a girl. I had to understand the background and culture of the rural boy. It was tough, since it’s very different from the way I have been brought up. Dad helped me understand Harinder. Perhaps, he was Harinder himself in his youth. I am sure he must have fallen in love with one of his neighbours in his youth.
And what about the air force part?
Playing an air force officer required a lot of preparation. We did not want to go wrong even with the smallest details. Even the moustache that I sport in Mausam, was designed after studying and consulting air force officials. If you notice, I have really short hair in the film. This is because in the air force, they are very particular about one’s hairstyle. And looking like a man in uniform was just a part of it.
You also had to fly an aircraft. Was it easy to qualify as a pilot?
There were a series of tests – blood, hearing, eyesight, cardio-vascular, fat content, cholesterol and so on and so forth. Thankfully, I qualified. I felt quite cool after More >