On a quiet late afternoon during the working week, the Screen office was brimming with excitement to enjoy a rendezvous with actor Shahid Kapoor. When Kapoor took off his black wayfarers, while alighting from his swanky silver Mercedes SUV, the frenzy was for everyone to see. Dressed in smart casuals complete with black denims, a graphic tee, blue zippered jacket and a sports watch, it was the charming smile that served as his best accessory. After a quick dab of fresh face wipe, Kapoor settles down with a hot cuppa of his favourite cappuccino, for a freewheeling chat with the Screen team:
It’s been quite sometime since we heard from you. Using the often used cliché, what’s up?
Right now I have been unemployed for the last one and a half months and I will be chilling for another month. I am very touchy about it (laughs). In August, I start shooting for Shaandar. All that I can reveal about Shaandar is that it is a destination wedding love – story. Govinda will be seen in a pivotal role and we are hoping that Karan (Johar) agrees to do a role too! But he is acting very starry about it, despite the fact that he is co – producing the film. All of us, including director Vikas Bahl, think Karan is perfect for the role – a Sindhi character (smiles). Currently, we are in the process of coaxing him, and even try to send him gifts everyday. Otherwise, Haider is complete and will release on October 2. In fact, the first look promo will be out next month.
Since you have mentioned Haider, how did the film happen?
It all started off with Vishal sir (Bhardwaj) and me talking about doing something together. He had given me the best role of my life in Kaminey and I was very keen to work with him again. He had several scripts in mind, which he narrowed down to three. But he did say that before anything else, he wanted to complete his trilogy of Shakespearean tragedies. In fact, when I was working on Mausam with my father (Pankaj Kapur), he had mentioned, ‘I want to see you as Hamlet, because I think that character would be correct for your age. It is one of the most complex roles that has ever been written and will give you the opportunity to do a lot as an actor’. So, it was a co – incidence that Vishal sir mentioned the same film to me saying he wanted to base it in Kashmir, which was exciting. I have been involved with Haider ever since it was conceived. With Kaminey, everything was pretty much developed when he came to me, but for Haider, Vishal sir was in touch with me even while writing the film. Haider explores human relationships. We all know Hamlet is about a boy who is looking to …continued »