Shahid says Alia should win a National Award for Udta Punjab performance
Director Abhishek Chaubey tagged along with his two 'Udta Punjab' stars Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt to a theatre in Mumbai, to get first hand audience feedback for their film. Photo: Viral Bhayani
Shahid and Alia surprised movie goers when they turned up at a multiplex to get the audience's review of their film.
After all the praises and good wishes, Shahid Kapoor said that his co-star Alia Bhatt should win a National Award for her performance in 'Udta Punjab'.
The Abhishek Chaubey-directed film released on Friday with critics praising performances of the entire cast, including Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh.
When asked if he is expecting a National Award this year, Shahid Kapoor told reporters, "Last time you said the same (for Haider) and my expectations (went high). But not (thinking about that) this time. You thought about that and I am happy."
The film stars Shahid as a drug addicted rockstar Tommy Singh while Alia is seen as a Bihari migrant who is a hockey player.
Shahid said he was apprehensive if the viewers will lap up his character as it was complicated. "I was scared if they will like it. It is one thing to play a character and another thing to be liked. It is a complicated character. I am very happy they liked the character despite it not being likeable," he said.
When asked how happy Alia was with the reactions, Shahid interrupted and said, "She should win the National Award."
Alia said she would be happy if she wins the award, but audience approval matters the most. "It's been such a difficult journey. I am grateful that I got an opportunity to play this character. I would be happy if I get an award but I just want the audience approval," Alia said.
Shahid and Alia's film, which was mired in controversies with the Central Board of Film Certification, was leaked on the internet before its release.
"It is hurtful and painful. There is a lot of work which we had done. Someone told me it was playing on cable too. Our films have become vulnerable, especially a week before release. We have become soft target," Shahid said.
Diljit Dosanjh was also spotted at the theatre with Ekta Kapoor.