Shahid has gone great lengths for his role in the film. The ace actor shed his hair and has extensively shot in extreme weather conditions in Kashmir. Also during the time he spent a lot of time alone to get into the skin of his character. He was largely withdrawn except that Shahid spoke to the locals there and heard their stories. He felt that the story of Haider connected with the people of Kashmir at some level.
Shahid was however pleasantly surprised post the trailer launch when his manager shared that among the sea of calls two ladies from Kashmir whom they had met during the shoot reached out and praised the trailer no bounds.
They also mentioned that Shahid's eyes itself are doing so much of talking in the trailer. They pointed out that his eyes have some pain which they have seen in people around them... people in Kashmir and their journey. They had a lengthy talk with his manager and spoke highly about how they really liked the trailer and Shahid has done a fantastic job and how they cannot wait to watch the film.
Shahid is extremely touched by their gesture. Though he has not been able to call them back,he is truly humbled by them reaching out. The actor's spokesperson adds, "It was much unexpected. Shahid was thrilled as the letters were written in Urdu and he is happy that his fans there have appreciated his work."