Understand my responsibilities as an actor: Shahid
Completing 15 years in the film industry, the Udta Punjab actor feels proud of what he has achieved, but still finds a need to grow and evolve.
He has completed 15 years in the film industry, is still receiving accolades for his role in Padmaavat, has signed his first remake film and he is going to be a father for the second time. Life's busy for Shahid Kapoor, who calls himself a "different person".
"It's been a journey of a young kid who didn't know what it meant to be an actor. And now I understand my privilege and responsibilities and I am thankful for it. I'm also proud of what I've achieved and I feel the need to grow and evolve," Shahid Kapoor said.
Shahid, who made appearances as a background dancer in the films Dil To Pagal Hai and Taal, made his acting debut in the 2003 romantic comedy Ishq Vishk.
From his portrayal of a teenage student that earned him the Best Male Debut at an award function to portraying hard-hitting roles in films like Haider and Udta Punjab, or as the restrained king in Padmaavat, he is counted as one of Bollywood's most bankable actors.
Shahid says his life's journey would "probably be a book". "It has been 15 years in this industry and I've given a large part of my life to it, so I want to maximize my effort for this job. Yeah, I'm a very different person today," Shahid said.
The actor, who is a Reebok brand ambassador for which he has backed a new campaign, says the drive within him makes him unstoppable. "People who are young, somehow seem to lack the drive and don't seem to be excited or charged and lack momentum. There are people who are much older, who have immense drive which is internally found. It comes when you're truly passionate about something," said Shahid, who will be seen in Batti Gul Meter Chalu and the Hindi remake of Telugu movie Arjun Reddy.
He said that it was the first remake he was doing. He added, "It's a very different journey. I've actually seen the film and loved both the lead actors and all the actors in the film."