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Shahid reveals all on his winning spree

Shahid takes a U-turn from his dark act,in 'Kaminey',with the light-hearted entertainer 'Dil Bole Hadippa!'

Written by Ruma Malia | Mumbai |
September 18, 2009 1:26:35 pm

Shahid Kapoor takes a complete U-turn from his recent dark act with the light-hearted entertainer Dil Bole Hadippa!

Your career’s going great enough for you to literally exclaim Hadippa! How would you define life at this stage?

Before Kaminey happened,it was more like a will he-won’t he situation. People were posing questions like ‘Is he taking him too seriously? Why doesn’t he establish himself in the space that people like him in?’ Now,there is a certain sense of achievement. My father saw the film and he thought I credibly played two different characters; it’s a huge thing for my father to say that. There were lot of calls and messages from established people in the industry appreciating my performance. And of course,there’s nothing more than junta reaction. When I walk into a theatre and people greet back in Charlie’s lingo,it’s a great feeling.

How would you decode the ‘great’ feeling?

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Well,there is happiness and fear. Happiness for the fact that something has been liked so much. As for fear,I hope to get more roles like this; a Kaminey doesn’t happen to an actor every day.

Not just your performance,but even your experimentation with your ‘cute’ looks has got everyone gushing. What’s the secret behind your sex-appeal?

(Blushes) I don’t know,I really don’t know. I guess it’s running with the horses.

On a more serious note,how do you manage to conceal your lover-boy image (which most believe is inborn) to do justice to the characters you are playing?

It’s nice for other people to say that I am too good looking to find it difficult to play characters that are not out-and-out sweet. Honestly,I don’t think I am that good looking ki main usske baare mein kuch kar hi nahin sakta. People have usually seen me in a well-groomed avatar and that’s why the notion. I am particular about my looks when I am working because that’s part of my job as an actor. But you should see me when I am home; I can be pretty chhalla.

Are you worried that with Dil Bole Hadippa! coming close to your double-role feat,audiences may find it difficult to accept you in a completely different role,that of a county cricketer hailing from UK?

Yes,the two films have come close to each other and so,until a point,I made a conscious effort to not promote Dil Bole Hadippa! I wanted to give people sometime to disassociate themselves from my previous film. But then,with the strike happening and release dates getting jam-packed,it hasn’t been entirely in my control. However,I think it would have been disastrous if a film similar to Kaminey came right after it. Because nothing can live up to what people have liked already. So there is a Dil Bole Hadippa! And then there is Chance Pe Dance followed by Parmeet Sethi’s film and of course,dad’s movie. Thankfully,they all have me in different roles.

Dil Bole Hadippa! celebrates the vibrant colours of Punjab. Being a Punjabi yourself,how was the experience shooting for the film?

It was great fun shooting across Punjab,especially Chandigarh. I really like the cleanliness and town planning. Apart from that,I was put up at the same hotel where I stayed during the making of Jab We Met. In fact,even many of the locations where we shot were the same. So yes,there was lot of nostalgia.

With Dil Bole Hadippa!,you now have an association with one of the most prestigious production banners in the industry – Yash Raj Films. Do you think you have arrived in the A-league?

This is one question that is being raised across spaces. If you ask me,I don’t know. I am just happy that my films are doing well; I have done different movies and they have worked. I am 28,I have worked for five years and I can choose the films that I want to do. People walk into theatres to see movies of which I am a part. At this point,I don’t want to take on any more pressure.

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