A Conversation With : Actor Shahid Kapoor, says tough to leave home after the baby is born
Updated on: 29 Jun 2016
He has been part of Bollywood for 13 years, but Shahid Kapoor feels that it is now that he has "found some sort of balance" in his life and career. As the 35-year-old basks in the success of his new film, and is preparing to be a father, he talks about getting his priorities right, how his time has come, and more.
Are you at peace with your career and your life?
It's the craziest time of my life. Too much is happening; I don't have a choice, but to peace out. With more work and more experience, you can understand that yeh sab chalte rehne wala hai (ups and downs will continue to take place); isko itna seriously nehi lene ka (one should not take this seriously). So, I don't take my success and failure to my heart anymore. I accept them as a reality, and function according to the pros and cons of the situation.
After Haider (2014), and now your new film, do you feel people's expectations from you have become high?
More than anything, it's my journey with myself. I remember, I was angry with myself after the release of Jab We Met (2007) and Kaminey (2009) for not making better choices. It happens very rarely when you feel that your career is on the cusp of something big.
I always used to wonder, "Would I get another opportunity, when people would see the same potential in me, they saw after Kaminey?" For three-four years in the middle, things got scattered. But today, I feel people are giving me that opportunity again. I feel it when I meet my team, family, friends and even my fans. I think I have found some kind of a balance.
My new film is very important in my career because it's not okay to give just one good performance. You have to prove yourself over and over again. Even when I meet my fans, there is something in their eyes, which is appreciative. I also feel vindicated because there are many things that have to go right for you to be where they are today. I feel thankful and grateful to be appreciated like this again because when you don't get that, it's painful.
So are you saying after Kaminey you make wrong choices, or that good offers didn't come your way?