BY TANI DHINGRA
This may seem absurd; but is so true. He is a Kapoor, he has had successful films, he has celebrity parents, he has the looks and personality, he has delivered powerful performances and won several awards, and has a wax statue at Madame Tussauds; but, yet somehow he does not seem to be there, with the superstars.
STARTED OUT AS A DANCER..ENDED AS AN ACTOR…
Shahid Kapoor is like wine, getting better each time around with age and cinematic experience. Notably, he did not start as an intended actor. He was accompanying his friend to an audition and he himself ended getting the part in the Pepsi commercial.
Shahid has always been a passion-driven artist. He tries to truly feel for a performance before delivering it. His hard work and dedication for the art is thus, clearly visible in them. Shahid’s mother, Neelima Azeem was a classical dancer. It inspired him to take up dance and Shahid ended up joining the Shaimak Davar dance academy at the age of 15. Rest, as they say is history.
He has had to struggle hard for success. He had found his ‘life’s true calling in acting, but was initially stereotyped with his ‘young boy romantic’ looks. Shahid Kapoor has been a stickler for passionate work. Despite failures, his hard-work still seemed to inspire directors and film makers as an eminent choice for hard hitting roles. ‘Jab we met’ and ‘Kaminey’ proved his caliber, both in terms of commercial and critical acclaim.
His stellar performances in ‘Udta Punjab’, ‘Haider’ and ‘Padmaavat’ swept away the hearts of the masses and all the critic’s awards. Shahid Kapoor aces the genre of realistic cinema with ease. His ability to absorb and then present the greyer, but real colors of a character is uncanny. Be it the drug abusing rock star in ‘Udta Punjab’ or the young student Haider in ‘Haider’ or a self-destructive alcoholic Kabir Rajveer Singh in the recently realeased ‘Kabir Singh’; they all seem unrealistically real with Shahid at the helm.
THE MUTED MUTINY
Shahid Kapoor and his life have always been under scrutiny. His affairs, friends and now family have forever been discussed, appreciated and critiqued by the media and his fans. But, amongst this furor Shahid has chosen to be calm and quiet. Maybe, this is what makes him different from the other A-listers in the industry.
The past is nice if it makes you smile. Who you are today is all that matters. That’s what I focus on. Hope that answers your qstn https://t.co/IblCr3ixHY— Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) August 27, 2018
This is true even for his promotions of films which he believes should as well be done in a limit. In his own words, there is no point in terming a mediocre performance as great as the audience would eventually know, and great performances themselves would have the audiences talking and watching.
THE SOLITARY SOUL
Shahid Kapoor was never the one to attend parties, social gatherings and functions just to be seen. He is comparatively a very personal celebrity who likes to keep his personal life private. In his own words, “I just don’t socialize much, I don’t party too much, I don’t know what to say to the media if I’m not talking about a film that I am doing. So yeah, maybe I am perceived as a snob.”
Not many know that Shahid Kapoor has been nominated as one of the sexiest man of India and Asia successively by many famous magazines. He has been regularly featured in the British magazine Eastern Eye’s listing of the “50 Sexiest Asian Men in the World”. Shahid was also ranked fifth on The Times of India’s list of the 50 most-desirable men in 2014. He has been loved and desired by women all over the globe. Like his work, his love life too has been passion-driven and centered mostly on his long-term relationships.
LOVE TILL YOU DIE
Shahid Kapoor has been blessed with good looks and a hot body. His love life has also sizzled in a similar manner. But, he prefers to keep them away from gossip-mongers. Shahid Kapoor’s longest and most frenzied relationship was with Kareena Kapoor. After its breakup even, he did not comment on reasons behind it. He ended up getting married to Mira Kapoor, a Delhi girl in July, 2015. Shahid Kapoor is now dad to two adorable kids Misha and Zain, who also seem to be media’s favorites.
THE COMING TIMES
He has it all, but the thirst of achieving more in terms of work front seems to grow in him even more than before. ‘Dingko Singh’ the biopic is his next ventures to lookout for. You have inspire millions Shahid, with your humble beginnings, towering success and down to earth personality. Keep doing it more often…