Shahid Kapoor is one actor who has a huge fan following, who can forget his role in PADMAAVAT, and how he is has nailed roles in different genre with utmost ease, daddy of two cute children Shahid is enjoying best of both worlds from being a husband, daddy and having back to back films lined up.
As Shahid’s film has released today the actor is garnering praise for his role.
In conversation with Shahid as he talks about doing a costume drama to doing a film that is socially relevant and why he doesn’t fear competition and failure even though his films didn’t do well in the past.
Excerpts from the interview
After PADMAAVAT what made you take up a socially relevant subject BATTI GUL METER CHALU
I feel that every actor has a way of choosing scripts, I feel that time has changed, it doesn’t matter how many movies an actor is doing, all it matter is how well that movie does. And in today’s time where media and social platforms are ruling from the front, actors are aware that the expectations are high and with higher expectations, criticism is way too high. I generally give my whole and soul to just a single movie and try to give my best to one movie at a time. What excited me for doing this film fundamentally was the theme. Electricity is an important issue which is very relatable. And the major concept is privatization, which is in power in rural as well as urban areas. And the more interesting fact was the freshness of the film, concept is undoubtedly a new one but besides, my character is fresh. I haven’t played any such character in my entire career. Viewers may not like my character in beginning, that’s a disclaimer. He isn’t a typical classy cool guy, he is a roadside local guy who might feel annoying to a typical urban person. He is apparently a lawyer, but you can’t take him seriously as a lawyer. I’m glad that this film fall in my way, as the concept is really meaningful. After the introduction of privatization, there are several citizens who deals with this situation, where the consumption on electrical energy is less and bills which they pay are way too high. Electricity should be considered as a fundamental right, it’s a necessity of the hour, and for such pivotal right, we’re made to pay so much. And there is no place where one can get himself heard. It’s like you’re facing a wall, even I faced such problems before becoming an actor. So that’s the reason I’m grateful to be part of this meaningful and at the same time entertaining film.
<>bTell us about working with Shree Narayan after working with Sanjay Leela Bhansali?
It was fantastic! He is very encouraging as a director and so knowledgeable at the same time. The world which he has created, the melee which he imagined and the dialogues are fabulous. There are several different types of words which one might have not even heard before, which add a comic to the film. So it was an impressive experience.
The trailer of BATTI GUL METER CHALU reveals everything, were you also actively involved with the decision of letting out certain things in the trailer?
There are two types of approaches which filmmakers have in their head before putting the first trailer out. One is creating curiosity by not revealing the exact edge out and the other is opening up your exact content that what the film is all about. I’ve worked with both type of approaches, and in the recent past, the response was in favour of crystal clear content. Shree Narayan wanted that audience should know what the film is all about, they should not be misled by hiding the edges of the film. Most of the times, the trailer and story is not clear, which results in high expectations of viewers and when they watch the film, they find that it’s not the way we expected it to be. Now, people know what BGMC is all about. And it’s like having two different concepts in one film. In the first half, there is the perspective of emotions, fun, friendship, love, life etc. Whereas it’s in the second half the film drives you to the social issue. Second half is a courtroom drama. And besides, there are several fresh values which will keep the audience engaging.
Share you experience shooting for courtroom scenes?
I was told not to prepare anything because I shouldn’t look like a professional lawyer. Yami went through several preparations and she nailed her role. While filming courtroom scene, we shot it in long chunks. We had to mouth close to 7 to 8 pages of dialogues in one go. Because shooting for a courtroom drama, it should have a candid feel in it. Shooting in several cuts vanishes the originality of the sequence.
What’s the biggest fear you have come across after being in this industry for so many years?
There is a risk in everything which you do. As of now, what I feel is risky for myself is that I should not be pissed off with my work. If I get bored by doing what I do then I may dry up my creative energy. I won’t be expressing myself that well then. So what I personally pursue is being a student is better than being a teacher. So learning is a process according to me which should keep going, if you don’t learn then you can’t develop yourself. If I will restrict myself from doing different types of roles then I won’t have anything fresh in my system.
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