‘YOU HAVE TO GET BET­TER AT DEAL­ING WITH IT’

Though he knows it’s all in the game, Shahid Kapoor does find the clam­our of celebrity tir­ing at times

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One of the hottest stars in Bol­ly­wood and one of the in­dus­try’s most ad­mired ac­tors, Shahid Kapoor has al­ways been in a league of his own. In the lime­light of late for his new dad sta­tus and the re­lease of a gritty movie, Shahid Kapoor tells us that fame has be­come more in­tru­sive now than ever be­fore.

He says, “Pehle stars ‘stars’ hote the. Pehle stars ko sab ser­vice karte the. Ab stars sabko ser­vice karte hai. It has be­come the op­po­site. There was a time when peo­ple would re­quest for a pho­to­graph. Now peo­ple ex­pect a selfie. So how has it got bet­ter? I feel it has be­come only more and more in­tru­sive.”

He knows, though, that this is all in the game. “It is ac­tors’ re­spon­si­bil­ity to push them­selves as much as they can — to try and be there, when­ever there is some­one who ap­pre­ci­ates your work. I don’t like the word ‘fan.’”

At the same time, he feels it’s also the re­spon­si­bil­ity of fans and ad­mir­ers to un­der­stand where to draw the line. “That’s the only way it can work. At times, you do feel it is in­tru­sive, be­cause it is. But you have to learn to be­come bet­ter at deal­ing with it. You’re in a cov­eted place, so you have to go out of your way,” says Shahid.

Does he ever lose his tem­per? “Ev­ery­body does at some point,” he con­fesses. “I think more than tem­per, it’s just tir­ing. But that’s part of our job. It’s a cour­tesy I must ex­tend. [Be­ing a star is] one of the most de­mand­ing jobs.”

Would he aspire to more and give Hollywood a try, now that so many In­dian stars have carved out a niche for them­selves in the West? Shahid says, “I just want to do good films. I am open to dif­fer­ent op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

His aim is not so much to con­quer ter­ri­to­ries as to make a dif­fer­ence through his films. The Udta Pun­jab ac­tor says, “I be­lieve that when you feel about some­thing very strongly, it has the power to change peo­ple’s opin­ion – and that is what cin­ema is about.”

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