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Shahid Kapoor on cinema, success and Sania Mirza

“I have given three hit films, Shah Rukh has given 300,” quips the suave Shahid Kapoor, referring to comparisons with the King Khan. In a freewheeling chat, the actor open up on work and life.

These days, why do you look like the sober and serious Aditya you played in Jab We Met? Maybe I have grown up. This is how I am today and I am happy and comfortable with the way I am.

Do you believe in kismat? I believe in destiny. There is a saying waqt se pehle aur kismat se zyada kuch nahi milta. Whatever comes to you, it comes at the time that it is supposed to.

The day the promos of Kismat Konnection came out, people started talking about your off-screen connection with Vidya? Your take...

I think a lot has been spoken about the film as well but what makes headlines is something spicy. I guess people find my personal life spicier.

In Vivah you stepped into Salman’s territory by playing Prem. You played it really well. This time you stepped into Shah Rukh’s territory by playing Raj Malhotra. Are you ready for comparisons?

Yeah. The comparisons happened after Vivah too. But more than playing the character, I was keen to work with Aziz Mirza because he is a very fine director. He came to me with a script that I really liked, and a role that excited me. Comparisons with seniors such as Salman or Shah Rukh are unfair. People find the Shahid-Vidya jodi odd. What do you feel?

The director and I were aware about Vidya’s serious image because she has done films such as Parineeta. But Aziz Mirza wanted an actor with a girl-next-door look. I strongly believe that if the cast is right, everything else falls into place. I had full faith in the director and am happy with the way the film looks.

How do Vidya and you react to the rumours of your link up?

We don’t discuss it. We have got used to these talks now.

Do you feel Jab We Met was the turning point of your career?

I don’t really think any film can be a turning point in your career. I think it was an important film for me because it improved my stakes as an actor. Vivah and Ishq Vishq too did a lot of good to me. I sat at home for six months after Vivah. It was a crucial decision to do Jab We Met because Imtiaz is a relatively new director. But I believed in the script.

Kareena walked away with the accolades. Did you feel overshadowed?

Well, not really. After the success of Hum Aap Ke Hain Kaun, Madhuri Dixit was appreciated by all. But today the film is considered as one of the biggest hits of Salman Khan. Similarly, in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, the character of Kajol was stronger, but it is seen as one of Shah Rukh’s popular films.

You are working in your dad Pankaj Kapoor’s directorial venture. How did that happen?

I chased him for almost three years. He kept telling me ‘I don’t have a script for you. I can’t just make a film because you are a star and I want to make my directorial debut. It has to be right for both of us.’ After three years, he finally said ‘I think I have something’.

What is your character in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Kaminey?

I have a different look but it would be quite early to talk about it.

Are you doing an item number in your mother’s film?

Nothing is fixed yet.

Are you open to doing item songs?

Depends … If I really like the song and if it makes sense.

You went to Wimbledon to watch Sania Mirza play?It’s simple. I know Sania. I don’t want to say anything more than that. In the past one year my private life has gained too much public attention. I don’t like it.

(Bollywood News Service)MAULI SINGH

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