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Jersey director told Shahid Kapoor that no one will look at him: ‘He took dad Pankaj Kapoor’s 1st shot and said…’

Shahid Kapoor's Jersey, directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, also stars his father Pankaj Kapur. Shahid spoke of shooting with the veteran actor and what he brings to the table.

Written by Komal RJ Panchal | Mumbai |
November 24, 2021 11:36:44 am
Shahid Kapoor- Pankaj Kapur- JerseyShahid Kapoor and his father Pankaj Kapur will be seen in Jersey. (Photos: screenshot/ Jersey trailer/ Zee Music Company)

Shahid Kapoor will be seen sharing the screen with his father and actor Pankaj Kapur in Jersey. On Tuesday, Shahid launched the trailer of the film where he admitted that he was “very scared” of working with his father, a veteran theatre and feature films actor.

Shahid recalled his first day of Jersey shoot with his father, and revealed how the film’s director, National Award-winner Gowtam Tinnanuri, asked him if he will be able to match Pankaj’s performance.

Shahid said, “I remember shooting with him on day one, and I had shot with Gowtam for about 15 days. I thought he is happy with me as I am bringing something fresh to the role.

“When we were doing this scene where we are having tea, Goutam took his (Pankaj Kapur) shot and after that his expression changed and he told him he is outstanding. I walked to him and asked, ‘what happened?’. Goutam asked me whether I will be able to match his performance because he is outstanding and that people will not look at me and I better be very good in the shot,” Shahid shared.

Shaid also added that it is ‘still nerve wrecking working with him but it is also a pleasure’. “I am not intimidated by him, intimidation is the wrong word. When you have so much respect and regard for somebody you want to be able to be the best. As an actor it is amazing to be standing in the same frame with a great actor, regardless of whether he is my father or not. It is about two people standing in the frame as actors and seeing him what he is doing with his craft. Honestly, it was a great learning for me.”

Shahid said working with great actors help him to learn and grow. He said, “I would like to work with people like him. When I worked with Irrfan (Khan) sir, Tabu, Kay Kay Menon, all of these people are phenomenal actors, and being in the frame with them is like learning how to act. That is what we are here to do. I have been doing this (acting) for 20 years, but there’s always so much to learn. It is very scary when you feel you are the best thing in whatever you are doing, because what are you going to gain out of it? You are going to gain nothing. It is a privilege for me to share screen space with actors of his caliber.”

 

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