Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor, who marked his entry into the industry with the 2003 film Ishq-Vishq, recently revealed his early struggles in clinching film roles. Shahid also recounted an interesting anecdote about how he persuaded the makers of Jab We Met to allow him to wear glasses. In the film Shahid portrayed the character Aditya Kashyap, known for his reserved personality in contrast to Kareena Kapoor’s lively character, Geet.
In a chat with Film Companion, Shahid said, “I fought with everybody. I was like, ‘I want to wear glasses for this,’ and everybody’s like, ‘Are you mad?’ Hero glasses thodi pehenta hai? Tu gaana kaise gayega?” (Hero does not wear glasses, how will you sing?) Shahid recalled that he had to clarify to the filmmakers that Aditya’s character contemplated suicide at the start of the movie and thought of jumping off a train. He assured them that he would take off the glasses when required to sing. However, their reply was, “Are you mad? This is a love story.”
The actor added, “I felt like that will at least help people see me in a different way. Otherwise, I was always looking the same in every film of mine. And then I started making much bigger physical changes because it kind of empowered me to make more decisions. Like Kaminey was my first complete transition from what people were used to seeing me – usually clean-shaven and very boyish.”
On the work front, Shahid Kapoor has three films lined up. He will next be seen in directors Amit Joshi and Aradhana Sah’s Impossible Love Story, Aditya Nimbalkar’s Bull and a remake of the 1964 film Woh Kaun Thi? It is also rumoured that Shahid could reunite with Sanjay Leela Bhansali for a film.