Shahid’s suc­cess graph...

Kapoor says he got tri­umph in choices that weren’t safe

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Shahid Kapoor says he has con­stantly gone out of his com­fort zone — de­spite be­ing ad­vised to play “safe”and found suc­cess in choices that were un­con­ven­tional and brave. The ac­tor, who has fea­tured in films like Kaminey, Haider, Udta Pun­jab, be­lieves in try­ing new things, even if one is swim­ming against the tide. “Every­body al­ways wants you to make a safe choice be­cause the pro­fes­sion in it­self is so un­pre­dictable. But I’ve al­ways found suc­cess in choices that weren’t safe. An­swers came to me. You have to try with full con­vic­tion, no mat­ter what the end re­sult is,” Shahid said. “Swim­mers who swim against the tide would be stronger than the ones who swim with it. It’s just about get­ting an equal shot some­times and then you’ll know who’s the strong­est swim­mer,” he added.

The ac­tor, who started as a back­ground dancer in films like Dil Toh Paa­gal Hai, be­fore mak­ing his de­but in Ishq Vishk, said he grad­u­ally dis­cov­ered him­self as an ac­tor.

“I don’t know how much I was think­ing in the first few years of my ca­reer to say I had to ‘re­think’ at some point. But I dis­cov­ered my­self over­time. I backed my­self to do con­tent that per­son­ally ex­cited me. The strug­gle al­ways is to un­der­stand what people want to see and at the same time try­ing to cater to your­self as an artiste.”

Shahid said the key to sus­tain in the in­dus­try as an ac­tor is to only do work which one feels strongly about. “The trick is to al­ways delve within and find out what drives you. I don’t think you can do great work for a long time if you’re not driven. The work that you do has to en­rich you. You don’t grow oth­er­wise. “I do feel, to­day there’s a thin line be­tween what ac­tors want to do and what people want to see, and that’s over­lap­ping. Which is very healthy,” he added.

Shahid will next be seen in Kabir Singh, re­make of the Tel­ugu block­buster Ar­jun Reddy.

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