Shahid Kapoor could well be one of the top actors that Bollywood has today. But there was a time till about 7-8 years back when he was trying to find an entry into the industry. Some such bitter sweet moments from his struggling days life have been incorporated in his upcoming release CHANCE PE DANCE.
In the film, Shahid's character is shown to be driving an old car, struggling to pay rent, unable to find a decent meal in a reasonably good restaurant, short of money to buy petrol but still trying to look good and be presentable enough to walk in for auditions.
'And believe me, I have gone through this all', confesses Shahid, 'I remember the times when I used to drive this Maruti 800 car. In fact I couldn't afford even this but then it would have been very embarrassing to report for an audition or meet a producer by travelling in an auto rickshaw, so I had to somehow own and maintain it.'
Narrating a couple of more incidents, Shahid reveals, 'Sometimes I would be short of petrol and didn't have even have Rs. 100 spare with me to buy more fuel, so I used to hitch a ride with a friend. In fact I have been caught in a situation where I ate street food to save some money. No, I am not trying to glamorise or romanticize the entire struggle part but something like this a part and parcel of the entertainment industry.'
With CHANCE PE DANCE all set to be his first release this January, it would be interesting to see how many more real life elements (if not autobiographical in true sense) are unleashed once the entire drama unfolds.