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Shahid Kapoor: Playing Rohan wasn't as challenging as Charlie/Guddu

September 17, 2009 3:49:36 PM IST
Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
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The promotion of DIL BOLE HADIPPA is currently centered on Rani Mukerjee, hence giving an impression that the film mainly tells her story with Shahid Kapoor primarily playing an important role. However, the KAMINEY lead, who would also be seen in CHANCE PE DANCE a few weeks from now as a central protagonist, negates this perception.

Says Shahid, who was barely breathing after the pre and post release hullabaloo of KAMINEY before being pulled in again for DIL BOLE HADIPPA promotion, 'Honestly, I don't think DIL BOLE HADIPPA is a woman oriented subject. Of course Rani has a very very important role in the film and when you would see it, you would realise for yourself how both of us actually fit into the storyline.'

He doesn't shy away from admitting that he could afford to let down his hair more often during the shooting of this Anurag Singh directed film when compared to Vishal Bhardwaj's gritty action caper.

CHECK OUT: HADIPPA is a complete contrast to KAMINEY

Laughs Shahid, 'Seriously, DIL BOLE HADIPPA is so contrasting to KAMINEY, whether in terms of genre, setting, performances, space, treatment and audiences. The film is very much in the space of commercial genre. It is an out and out entertainer with a Punjab background to it. Playing Rohan was not as challenging as enacting the role of Charlie or Guddu. After a 'Dhan Te Nan', it was a lot of fun to be indulging in some 'bhangra shangra'!'

Doesn't the actor in him become greedy to now look out for only performance based roles after the immense critical acclaim that he got in KAMINEY?

'Honestly, I would love to do different kind of films. I can't be getting or doing KAMINEY all the time. To even think in that direction would be unfair. After all such a role can come to any actor in, may be, once in a couple of years. Moreover, if I indeed get to grab it then I would consider myself plain fortunate', he makes a reasonable statement.


Meanwhile he is happy to be playing a young lover boy.

'By God's grace I have been accepted by audiences in my romantic avatar so why let that go? A movie like KAMINEY or a DIL BOLE HADIPPA only helps further in getting on a contrast. Your value as an actor is realized due to the contrast you bring in', he reasons.

Citing an example, Shahid goes on to add, 'Now look at JAB WE MET. I was an introvert there and the role was so different. Audiences gave me a Thumbs Up there and they did so for KAMINEY as well. But frankly, after a point in time, I don't want to start gauging audiences' reaction too much. Instead I wish to follow my instincts and give them what I feel could be a real value add.'

A Yash Raj Film produced by Aditya Chopra, DIL BOLE HADIPPA which has music by Pritam also stars Anupam Kher, Dalip Tahil, Rakhi Sawant, Sherlyn Chopra and Vrajesh Hirjee. The film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Sunday, would be seeing a global release on 18th September.


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