From Penniless To Tommy Singh: Being Shahid Kapoor


Shahid Kapoor had created a chocolate boy image for himself in Bollywood with debut film Ishq Vishk in 2003, which he carried on till much recently. His last release Udta Punjab, however, was a total game changer and the film completely morphed his image into that of a tough guy.

While Shahid’s romance with the camera started off quite early when he featured in the Complan ad with Ayesha Takia, his break through into the industry hasn’t been easy. And as Shahid says, having parents from the industry background too didn’t help him find his way.

In an interview with Hindustan Times , the actor says, “Everyone thinks that he is Pankaj Kapur’s son, so isko toh break mil gaya hoga (He must have got a break). But I have been rejected from 100 auditions. Sometimes, I didn’t have money to eat food or to even go to the auditions. I have lived that life, and I don’t like talking about it. But that is my reality.”

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So when Ishq Vishk came his way, he was way more elated, “I felt that an opportunity has come from nowhere, and God has given me something I never thought I’ll be able to achieve.”

Shahid explains that though he has been taking up challenging projects which have been paying off lately, he doesn’t want to feel contented.  “My parents were actors, but they were not stars. So, they didn’t have any pull. Mujhe samajh mein nahi aata tha ki kisse milun, kya bolun ya kya karun (I couldn’t understand who to meet, what to say and what to do). Now when I look back, I feel like God has blessed me with this career, and I cannot let this opportunity go to waste. I don’t want to feel satisfied easily (laughs). It has been a 13-year-long wait to reach here. So, it will maybe take 13 years for me to feel relaxed.”

While the actor is now rejoicing the birth of his little bundle of joy with wife Mira Rajput, it’s our wholehearted wish that he keeps the insatiable fire burning inside him, for that is what will churn out cinematic gems on the lines of Haider and Udta Punjab.

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