Bollywood Star Shahid Kapoor is in the midst of promotional duties for his upcoming film “Shaandaar”, a romantic comedy film about two insomniacs who fall in love – and it is anything but low-key.It’s one of the most-talked about films this year. His chemistry with co-star Alia Bhatt is even being compared with the pairing of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in there upcoming film, Dilwale.
Directed by Vikas Bahl and co-produced by Phantom Films, Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and Fox, Shaandaar also features his father, Actor Pankaj Kapur, who impersonate Alia’s onscreen millionaire father; and his stepsister, Sanah, who is making her Bollywood debut.
Kapoor started out in the mid-2000s with appearances in low-key music videos and blink-and-misst TV advertisements. It was a hard slog, and in an interview with filmmaker Farah Khan on her television chat show Tere Mere Beech Mein, he revealed that he used to own a motorbike, but often had no money to buy petrol.
“I’m from a very middle-class background. I’ve gone through tough times, when I had a motorbike but didn’t even have 50 rupees for petrol,” he said on the show.
he was paid only 100,000 rupees for his debut in 2003’s Ishq Vishk. Again When he was signed on for his next film, Vivah (2006), he was given 500,000 rupees as the preparatory signing amount. “I remember going home with the cheque and telling mum: ‘Mom, in three days, we will have five lakh rupees in our bank account.’ ” he told Khan.
Vivah was the turning point in Shahid’s career, followed by the superhit Jab We Met . He was in danger of being typecast as the sweet, boy next door in urban romances, but has worked hard to pick roles that showcase his range and dependbility.
In Jab We Met, he starred alongside his ex-girlfriend Kareena Kapoor. The romantic comedy went on to become a superhit, building a creed following among young Indians and fans of romantic films. Kapoor played a business tycoon, who begins to live life to the full after meeting a girl on a train.
Despite the success of Jab We Met, Kapoor found himself without work for six months – mostly because the films he was offered were “uninspiring”– and sat out the colourless period until Kaminey (2009) came along. He was offered a double role in the thriller, set in Mumbai’s underworld, and the film was a hit with the audience and critics. But post-Kaminey, Kapoor again found himself in a slump, with critics writing him off as “finished”. That was until Haider, which won him the 2014 Filmfare Best Actor award.
Haider is a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, set in rebellion-hit Kashmir, and Kapoor’s performance was widely praised as his best .
“In this profession, one or two wrong films can make you lose two to two and a half years,” he recently told the Hindustan Times. “In the past three to four years, I have found better people to take advice from. I have understood the way the industry functions.”
About Married life
Kapoor’s marriage in July to Mira Rajput, who is from Delhi, rigidly for family and friends, with not a single photographer allowed. The quiet wedding was a welcome change from the usual brash, high-decibel Gorgeous often seen in the industry. After being linked with a host of celebrities, from Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor to Vidya Balan, Kapoor chose to settle down with a woman far removed from the film industry.
There have been rumours that Kapoor’s wife will make her Bollywood debut – she is apparently taking dance lessons – but the claims rebuttal comments by Kapoor.
In an interview he spoke of how he loves being married to a woman who is not in the film industry and said that he enjoys going home to “a normal person to talk about normal things”. He also said his wife is “not interested in what’s happening” in the Hindi film industry.