Shahid Kapoor On Being ‘Outsider’ In Bollywood: ‘Only Superstars In Big Films Have Power’

Shahid Kapoor opens up about his early career struggles and admits that his craft has helped him get where he is today. Shahid Kapoor is one of Bollywood’s most successful actors right now. His most recent release, Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya, has received positive feedback. This film also starred Kriti Sanon in the lead role.

When it comes to his career, people have always assumed that he had his roots in the industry, with his parents already established actors, so it must have come naturally to him. However, in a recent interview, the actor spoke candidly about his struggles.

Shahid Kapoor challenges the idea of star children’s privilege in Bollywood, emphasizing the influence of superstars. There is a misconception that every actor’s child is born with a silver spoon in their mouth. As Shahid Kapoor points out, power is concentrated in the hands of superstars, producers, and directors, not star actors.

Shahid Kapoor Reflects On His Early Career Struggles

Shahid Kapoor told Neha Dhupia on her show No Filter Neha that everyone refers to him as “Pankaj Kapur ka beta,” but he believes that character actors lack power and that only superstars have significant influence. He went on to say that if you start struggling with one BMW and then buy another, it is no fun. He stated that to achieve success, one must have travelled by train and struggled financially.

In describing his career beginning, he stated, Shahid recalls his early days in the industry, saying, “You have to be in the last line if you’re starting with Shaimak (Davar choreographer), So forget being behind a star; you aren’t the only one behind your peers”. “You must work your way up to the front row to be more central instead of being in the corner, and it is a lot of work that I enjoy.”

Shahid Kapoor On Being An Outsider

While talking about his parents’ separation, Shahid admitted he became proud of himself during that time and didn’t want to share it with anyone.
He informed his father about signing his debut film after signing it.

He went on to discuss how outsiders, despite their talent, are often overlooked in the industry. Adding on, he said, “In addition to being from outside, I travelled with my mother from Delhi to Bombay. Talent is not given the opportunity it deserves, and I take pride in the fact that I am here because of the work that I did and the actor that I learned to be, and whatever it is, I give to the craft.”

Shahid Kapoor’s Work Front

Shahid’s film Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya, which also stars Kriti Sanon, was recently released and performed well at the box office. He is now preparing for his next release, Deva, on which he has begun shooting.

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