15 years ago, Ken Ghosh introduced a new face in Bollywood – Shahid Kapoor. Though this Bollywood debut was a huge success, it took him another four years to establish himself as an actor. It was with Imtiaz Ali’s Jab We Met that Shahid finally arrived. And since then, there has been no looking back for the actor. He has films like Kaminey, Haider, Udta Punjab and Padmaavat to his credit, and is awaiting the release of other interesting projects.
The 37-year-old actor, who has been busy shuttling between daddy job and film promotions, opened up on his Bollywood journey, his love for acting and his success mantra at India Today Mind Rocks 2018 Delhi.
ON UDTA PUNJAB
Punjab is an extremely beautiful place. It is very close to my heart. The script gave me a very different perspective of how things are there. Then I realised that this is something that needs to be spoken about. If there is a problem and you don’t address it, you will never be able to solve it.
I got so many calls and messages. People in Punjab hugged me and told me they were very happy. I wanted to show people what can happen. Most addicts usually start under some pressure. And before you know it, you are addicted.
There was a lot of research that the filmmaker had done. We saw a lot of videos. I was playing an alcoholic and a cocaine addict. I had to watch it to see what kind of physical impact it had. I had a lot of coffee that helped me stay high most of the time.
I think we live in an interesting time where everything is getting accesible. People are getting comfortable with uncomfortable discussions. But we are also living in a time where a lot of emphasis is on what should be said and what shouldn’t. Films and filmmakers are becoming braver and people who are restricting them are getting stricter. Udta Punjab and Padmaavat, two significant films in my career, got a lot of love from audience. It is people’s love that matters to me more than anything.
DANCING OR ACTING?
Acting is my true love and dancing is my first scrush.
ON BEING A CONSISTENT ACTOR
Success and failure come and go. People are going to get bored if you do the same thing over and over again. In the last five years, I have tried to rediscover myself as an actor. I am trying to be as consistent as possible. Over a period of time, you learn to choose the right kind of films. You find yourself better with passing time.
ON HIS SUCCESS MANTRA
At times actors tend to get self-absorbed that people love you. But in real, it is your work that people love. Cinema and audience is evolving very fast and it is important to rediscover yourself with time. The only way you can stay long time in this business is to stay relevant and experiment.