Shahid Kapoor is an actor who is no stranger to compelling subjects as well, with films like Kabir Singh and Udta Punjab.
We recently spoke to Shahid about his controversial film choices, and asked why he picked up the films that he did. The actor explains that he is not the first to play such complex characters. “Legendary actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro and even Dilip Kumar sahab had performed in Devdas, and Amitabh Bachchan have all played complex characters,” he says. He further adds, “Acting is a job. Your ability as an actor and the characters you play, eventually as an adult, people understand. We bring up characters and stories from real society. If I was smoking and drinking in real life in front of my children, and playing characters which are wonderful, would that be better for them? Or who they see me as in my real life? I want them appreciate me playing different parts and believe me as an actor; that is important,” he explains.
We also asked the doting dad if he would show films like Kabir Singh and Udta Punjab to his kids. “Not till they are in their teens,” the actor also insists that his kids do need to watch these films when they grow so that they understand what he is doing.
“I am being true to my profession. So things that are good or bad; you can’t stop addressing it on reel. Because as a society, when we stop addressing issues that are relevant, we are actually allowing them escalate. Until you don’t address a problem, you can’t resolve it,” the actor opines.