Shahid Kapoor has never shied away from taking risks, be it opting for intense roles or doing multi-starrer projects, and the actor says what defines his success story are the “smart choices” he made over the years. In the past, Shahid has worked in multi-starrers such as Udta Punjab, Rangoon and most recently Padmaavat alongside Ranveer Singh.
The actor said it is difficult to find a film which justifies the presence of more than one male lead, and hence, audience does not get to see movies with multiple leads anymore. “There are very few films, written today, which are worthy of two big actors. When someone has the ability to write content of some quality, then actors will do it. How many Padmaavat’s are being made?
“Even Udta Punjab had a spectacular script and it came from nowhere and suddenly it had a huge cast. Of course, it took one year to cast the film. Diljit (Dosanjh) is a very big star in Punjab,” Shahid said in a group interview. Shahid said when filmmakers come up with films with various characters which are not uni-dimensional “only a stupid actor will say no” to them.
There is a perception in the film industry that two male stars find it difficult to work together owing to their big egos. Shahid, however, dismissed the notion and said he never had any such insecurity regarding another actor’s presence in a film because he only focuses on making the most of the opportunities offered to him.
“Who says that an actor can’t do two-hero film? You are asking the wrong person because I did it. Actors on Padmaavat did it. I think smart choices make a great career,” Shahid said. When further asked whether he does feel a sense of insecurity on certain days, the 36-year-old actor shot back and said he would not have done the film if he was insecure in the first place.
“10 years down the line, when I have a library of films, having my films worth sharing with my family, my children, Padmaavat will be there. I am the hero of a Bhansali film, the numbers are going nuts, all is good. “Rest is history. One line here, one article there, someone’s making an opinion, someone’s biting into your insecurity is not going to draw you back,” he added.