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Boy in a men's world

The bubbly new boy on the block, Shahid Kapoor shares his ambitions and passions with ANUJ KUMAR.

Shahid Kapoor... well placed for the journey ahead. Photo: Anu Pushkarna.

SHAHID KAPOOR is back to school! Shooting for his film Milenge Milenge at Pathways School near Gurgaon, Shahid feels nostalgic about his school days. "Till fourth standard I studied in Delhi at Gyan Bharti School. Its building was very similar to this," recalls Shahid. "I was a naughty student who used to indulge in all the wrong activities. One day I ran from the school with my friend and my mother kept looking for me." But he doesn't give an impression of a mischief monger? "Perhaps that saved me from punishment all the time." His favourite subject - "Extracurricular activities."

No doubt, a couple of films old, the actor has indeed given heart to an industry looking for somebody to fill the boy space, some men are refusing to vacate but in his vocation also he is deriving more mileage because of his extra curricular activities with Kareena Kapoor. "True, media asks me more questions about our friendship than work. We are honest about our relationship but media should not be too intrusive." Some call it deliberate? "If that were true Fida would have been a major hit." That means their on screen chemistry is not working. "You can't judge from one film. Shah Rukh's first film with Madhuri, Anjaam was a flop but later they gave hits."

With parents, Pankaj Kapur and Neelima Azim carrying the tag of actors, a limitation for a section of Bollywood, Shahid denies he carries the ambitions to be a star. "My parents did tell me about good cinema and not to take acting frivolously, as some are doing in this industry. I am not here for money but the passion of art. As for fitting into the definitions, dancing is my passion from childhood. I was a part of the Shiamak Davar group."

Similar to Shah Rukh

On comparisons with Shah Rukh, in terms of energy and diction, Shahid maintains, "It is heartening to be compared with the great actor but for the time being I do not want to put any burden on my shoulders. I am just 23. I haven't made any strategy nor I am looking for an image. May be 8-10 films later I would think about all this."

However, one who doesn't like to be seen everywhere Shahid quips, "After the day's work I want to have dinner with my family. I don't want to remain under lights round the clock."

For the time being, Shahid is sticking to romantic roles with Dil Maange More, "a romantic comedy with Soha Ali Khan", and Milenge Milenge "a tale of childhood romance with Kareena where destiny plays an important role." "I am doing another light film Life Ho To Aisi with Amrita Rao and have recently started shooting for a film with John Mathew Mathan."

Back to co-curricular activity, ask Shahid, what he loves the most about Kareena and Shahid asks for five pages to express his sentiments. Editing himself, he says, "I love her frankness. She tells you what she feels about you." However, misgivings are much easier to point out. "She works so hard, she has no time for me." Poor boy!

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