"I've shed all my inhibitions" - Shahid Kapoor

Bollycurry gets hold of the one actor no one can have enough of- Shahid Kapoor.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 | 2:44:36 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Shahid Kapoor made his debut as a chocolate boy in Ishq Vishk. The actor has since then grown up and proved it in the phenomenal Kaminey where he portrayed twin brothers with their own set of quirkiness.

All set for the release of Badmaash Company, the actor takes time out to interact. He rubbishes rumours, talks of lessons learnt and what he loves to do in his free time. Somewhere behind the maturity we realize, like every human being, there's a fun loving child in Shahid.

Excerpts from our conversation…

What is Badmaash Company all about?
It's a scam film, entertainer. It's about a bunch of youngsters who do wrong things the right way. It's also about their journey, their coming of age. You see this foursome suddenly start getting everything they want almost instantly. This has an impact on them. This is where the film has an emotional connect to the audience.
Tell us about your character.
I play Karan, he's a thinker. He knows he has nothing materialistic as he hails from a middle class family. But he also knows the worth of his brains. He is smart enough to know that the way he thinks or plans can change his life radically. His strength is that he believes in the power of mind.
What was your first reaction when you heard the script?
I loved the story! Any good film starts with a fresh idea and in Badmaash Company the scams and con jobs are so fresh…something that I've never seen or read before. But I agree I got scared of Parmeet later, for I realized that he's got a devilish mind that could plot such scams.
How did this eclectic group of newbies and an established you cope during the shoots?
We did a few workshops together. We all got together at Parmeet's place for the first workshop and that's where the ice broke. We're glad we had so many sessions just to get to know the script and each other well or else we wouldn't have looked like we belonged to one team. It was important for say Chang not to feel awkward just to come up and slap my shoulder in a friendly way. A slight awkwardness may bring down the whole beauty of the scene.  And as days progressed we all actually became good friends (smiles). All the outdoor shoots at New York, Philadelphia, and Bangkok helped.

What do you have to say about your alleged tiff over creative differences with Parmeet Sethi?
Me and Parmeet had a relationship where we can talk about everything. If I had any doubts about a shot I could go up to him and frankly have a word with him about it. I always feel if anything is required to be done, then I should voice it. Nothing more. It was never in a bad sense. And there was definitely never an argument between us!

How was it working with Anushka Sharma?
Anushka is uninhibited, confident. She does not come with her own set of pre- conceived notions which makes her very experimental and open. She is very talented!

Do the  link-ups make working together awkward for you two?
Irrespective of all the media reports, I go to the sets everyday with the same attitude.

What went wrong with Paathshaala?
Paathshaala has recovered its money. It was made for a cause and not for commercial purposes. I did film as a friend and to contribute to the subject.

Tell us about your spiritual beliefs.
I am spiritual. I have great faith in God. It shows us there's a larger purpose to life and gives a sense of acceptance to things you don't really understand.
What are your hobbies?
I love listening to loud music. That's my way of chilling out. Loud music and coffee! I love to go for bike rides, watching movies and yes, spending time with family. Nothing beats family time.
Is it true you like doing only one film at a time?
Yes, if it's up to me I'll do only one film at a time. Because then you don't have to worry about continuity etc.

From your debutant days to now, what's changed?
I was a kid in 2003 and now I've grown as an actor. I've shed all my inhibitions. At first I used to act, why, because I loved acting. Now I'm more conscious of the quality of my work and what every character that I take up does to my progress as an actor.

What have you learnt so far?

Always look forward in this industry. Don't look back on your successes and keep gloating or look at your failures and keep mopping around. Both will affect your present in a bad way. Give your best to the current work at hand. Yes, it's definitely good to learn from your mistakes, find out what went wrong and improve. I do it within a closed room, and when I've figured it out, I come out and then don't talk about it.

Is there any film that you now wish you were a part of?
I wish I was a part of a film like 3 Idiots. I also liked Krrish and the Munnabhai series. 

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Posted on: 21 July 2010 at 1:41am
aiyyy hiiii gandhhh!!!!! ki hogaya as generation vich??? ek zamana hondha sii jadho top tho top actor hondhe si...ahh ki ah? ..sokraa jya....pehle hondha si amir khan, sanjay dutt, madhuri dixit, juhi chawala, thee horr vi both sun... movie vekh khe rona andha si kyoki aneeya vadhya hondhya si...patha ni kyo kudiya ethe oothe mardiya ne? bollywood is goin downhill my friends..DOWN HILL!

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Posted on: 06 May 2010 at 6:11pm
love shahid! <3 can't wait for badmaash company!!

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Posted on: 06 May 2010 at 6:53am
can't wait for BC!
love shahid <3

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Posted on: 06 May 2010 at 6:53am
thanx for the interview

cant wait for BC :)

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Posted on: 06 May 2010 at 6:18am
all b best 4 badmaash company shahid .......

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Posted on: 06 May 2010 at 1:51am
shahid kapoor you are the top Kapoor now, you have the potential portray any role with ease , in all your past films you were fabolous , Good luck for the film BC and hope you get gret scripts with great banners , wishing you all the very best, and of course my all time favourite movie of yours is vivah and u make a fab jodi with amrita rao, hope you will work with her again , now that you are a super star it may be difficult but i hoe that you will work with her again love your always aand love your danceing style, you are so handsome like a hollywood star, once again best of luck for Badmash company

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Posted on: 05 May 2010 at 10:07pm
ahhhmm all my prayers for BC!
insha'alalh its gonna be a super duper Hit!

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Posted on: 05 May 2010 at 9:24pm
Shahid u r very hardworking guy.Keep up the good work :)

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Posted on: 05 May 2010 at 4:18pm
awwww dis guys is just da best shahid rocks

Edited on:05 May 2010 at 4:19pm

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Posted on: 05 May 2010 at 3:31pm
Awesome interview!!
Can't wait to see BC :))

Love ya Shahid <3

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