Kabir Singh actor Shahid Kapoor: People have liked me in complex and dark characters


A film like Udta Punjab dealt with rape and drug addiction to another level, so it was too dark for people to come and watch it. It was great that he wanted to do a film with me, because when I saw Arjun Reddy I fell in love with it, and my initial response was, ‘Why should we redo it ya? It was very kind of him to think like that. As an actor, I definitely don’t want to do a copy-paste job of someone else. I wanted to take up this as a challenge. Popular Photos

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Kabir Singh has a very massy appeal. Vijay was a newcomer, and the character has become that guy. There is nothing like doing a balancing act. The wider the appeal of the content, the better the quality of the product and more people will want to see it. So I didn’t think much. Most of the Hindi audience hasn’t see Arjun Reddy, so if they have to experience that journey, then I am happy to be that vehicle who takes them through it. Kabir Singh is the remake of a Telugu film. Sandeep has already made it once and Arjun Reddy as a film was so loved. So, of course, it was very challenging because when you are doing it with the same filmmaker the next time, it is not as if there is a massive change in the interpretation. It was his first film and had newcomers, so those people became those characters. Other people should learn from that. The love story in it is also so different. I think the complement is for all the Hindi going audience. It was in his language and the world he has grown up in. Advertising

I think the Hindi audience is ever evolving and they want to watch good material and that’s very encouraging. They are very open-minded and accepting of different content. Vijay Deverakonda did an amazing job with Arjun Reddy, and there were certain things that we wanted to retain. More and more south Indian films are attracting a pan India audience. So, within the same universe and sometimes even similar frames, we needed to find something new. Maybe four-five years back I wouldn’t take it up because I wouldn’t have the confidence to take it up. He has seen some of my work, so he felt that it would provide him with an opportunity to have a different interpretation. Advertising

Sandeep Reddy Vanga has openly said that he was more convinced about doing Kabir Singh because it was you he would get to direct. What you are saying is not just about films coming from down south, whether it is Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada or Telugu films, I think the Hindi going audience is also consuming a lot of international content. We are consuming a lot of Mexican and Spanish content also or any language for that matter. We just need to make good content. If it is just a copy-paste job, then there is no soul to it, and I am not interested in that as an actor. These are just words and I don’t see any merit in them. But now when I look at this journey, I think we have found Kabir Singh. It is so nice!’ But then I also wanted to take it up, however challenging it was because I think great things come with challenges. It has been an intense journey. From the movies you have done, you have carved a niche identity for yourself. We are not territorial or we don’t have any preconceived notions. But now that I have done a substantial amount of work, I felt like this is a different kind of challenge for me to do. I didn’t want to ruin it, that’s all. Whoever is going to see the film has already had an association and connect with that character. The good thing about Kabir Singh is that I was getting to play a type of character that had a lot to do as an actor, and I was getting to do it in a film that I think is pretty wide in its appeal. Everybody doesn’t want to watch something like that. People have liked me in complex, dark and intense kind of characters, and the films that I have done are films that not everybody can watch. I played the character because I loved it. We have had difficult days when we have tried very hard to understand how to get it right. But today, after the film is done and releasing, I feel very happy and proud of the fact that Kabir Singh has happened. These are terms that outside people tend to give. But there were also things we needed to discover in Kabir Singh. How comfortable have you been with the idea of remakes because you haven’t done it before? There is nothing like massy or classy. We are not able to do that with our Hindi films. When a new filmmaker remakes a film, he would obviously have a different take on it, but with the same guy, he obviously wants to retain many elements of the film. 0
Comment(s) We are still trying to penetrate the south audience. I never thought it would be a problem, but I eventually realised that making a remake with the same director who has made the original film is very challenging. Some of the films where people have really liked me have been a little restricted because of the subject matter. Being second at something is the worst because the surprise value is gone. So I knew that this was going to be difficult. I don’t think there is a definition of mass or class. It has been challenging. I did the film because I loved it. More Explained

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