Tiding against tag

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Sep 2018 12:14:24


 

He may have proved his mettle as a performer with films such as Kaminey, Haider and Padmaavat, but Shahid Kapoor says initially it was not easy for him to score versatile characters.

The 37-year-old actor, who made his Bollywood debut with college romance Ishq Vishk, said it was tough for him to break out of the “chocolate boy” image.
“I have always tried to get good and versatile roles. I wanted to show my versatility. But nobody used to offer me such scripts. They used to think that I am only suitable for chocolate boy and college student roles. There were no other options,” Shahid said in an interview recently.


The actor said it was sheer hard work and perseverance that helped him in convincing the filmmakers that he has much more to offer than just being a lover boy.
“It’s been 15 years since I have been working in the industry and after much hard work, now I am being offered diverse roles.


“It’s been a long journey and I have made a lot of effort. Today, I feel very fortunate that people also think of me as an actor who plays a variety of characters,” he said.
Shahid’s next film, Batti Gul Meter Chalu is another addition to his diverse filmography and the actor says his character in the new feature was unlike others he has played on screen.


“It is diametrically opposite to what I played in Padmaavat. Sushil Kumar Pant, my character, has verbal diarrhoea. He is completely immoral and has no values.”
Directed by Shree Narayan Singh, the film is set in Uttarakhand’s Tehri Garhwal district and narrates a story of electricity theft in rural areas of India.
“There are many such issues that people face in those areas and we have addressed these in the film,” Shahid said.


It’s his passion for acting that makes Shahid Kapoor push himself as a performer, but he is also aware of the fact that taking too many risks as a an actor is “illogical”.
“It is illogical to keep taking risks and doing different things but there is a need to rediscover yourself every time. Today, audience wants different things,” he told PTI.
“I want to grow and reach out to a wider audience. I want to tell stories that are new, different and exciting without having to sacrifice on any creative cravings that the team might have. It is a tough combination,” he added.


The actor said the continuous media glare and scrutiny does not bother or scare him. “These days you get noticed a lot, it has all changed. I think the kids who are starting out and who are new should worry about it. I don’t get scared by over exposure, I have been here since 15 years.”
The actor added he is aware about the pros and cons of the paparazzi culture. “If I don’t post the pictures of Misha, somebody will click her and that is my reality. I wish I could draw a line... I would have drawn it long back. People should draw a line. “Children when they are in natural spaces they should not be made so conscious of themselves. It is part of my job and I know what comes with it. I am doing my best to find comfort
with it.”