When you are burning inside
Shahid Kapoor has been making statements left, right and center ever since ‘Padmaavat’ came out. Here’s his most recent one published on PinkVilla.
Here’s a quote from the same interview, which was conducted by Mid Day:
Did you feel envious?
I am not jealous. I had to focus on my role. If I was bothered [with the attention given to other characters], my energy would have dissipated. There are many who, despite having the best roles, are insecure. No one put a gun to my head. If I am doing the film, I will with dignity. You don’t become stronger when things are served to you on a platter. You have to earn the tag.
We really doubt that’s how he’s feeling considering the number of articles about his role. He has given so many interviews talking about this role and why he decided to do it. It’s like he’s trying to make himself feel better that someone else is getting all the praise in the film.
This was news before the release of the film:
Some reports stated that Shahid Kapoor felt insecure with Ranveer Singh getting all the limelight for ‘Padmaavat’. It was even being reported that Shahid went on fire his talent management agency because Ranveer was getting promoted, but not him.
Ranveer Singh has been asked to be interviewed by a number of film journalists and critics and among them was Anupama Chopra. In it, he was asked how it felt when one actor takes away all the praise and limelight from a multicast film, how do the other actors feel? He asked, “Who is getting all the praise?’ Anupama said, “You!” Ranveer said, “Ok, thank you. I won’t take it for granted.” Anupama then asked if this makes things awkward with the other actors? Ranveer said that it doesn’t because they are all part of the same film and he’s not into one upmanship at all. He has worked in ensemble and multicast films before. He said that it’s a collaborative effort, not a work-on-my-own thing. He gives credit to Jim Sarbh for making him look good in this film.
The thing is, everyone and their grandmothers knew that Ranveer Singh was going to get all the praise for this film. We all knew that he got the best role in this film, so it is not surprising at all that he is getting all the praise.
Rajeev Masand commented in his column that the other two actors were pissed off that Ranveer got away with all the praise in the film. They are all mad and it’s why they are busy doing solo interviews, instead of being interviewed together to talk about the film. That would have been so much fun to watch!
Here’s what Rajeev wrote:
Apparently, it hasn’t gone down well with the other two that Ranveer Singh has walked away with all the accolades for his performance in the film. Plans for joint promotions with the three stars that had been originally scheduled after the film’s release were abruptly cancelled, and all three have been subsequently focusing on their own respective promotions. This is often the case with multi-starrer projects so it comes as no surprise to industrywaalas, but lazy hacks are enjoying the fact that they can rile the stars so easily by asking them to comment on their co-stars’ performances.
It’s high time Shahid grows up. He has been in this industry for so long and yet, he acts so sour and insecure. He has had the chance to show his worth many times. Sometimes it worked while at other times, it didn’t. Mostly, it’s his attitude that got him! If he didn’t behave in such a I’m-better-than-you act, people would have responded to him better.
Also, we now know that Shahid is so petty that he remembered something Ranveer said years ago on Koffee with Karan. So petty he is that he had to use that reference when he was asked whether he would have played Ranveer’s role in ‘Padmaavat’.
Which actor would not wish to play a character like Khilji in a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film? You know, once on ‘Koffee with Karan’, Ranveer said he would have done my role in ‘Kaminey’ better than me… I would have done Khilji differently.
Petty or bitchy? But the problem was when he was asked how was he going to play Khilji, he gave this answer:
Firstly, I do not want to get into those details. Always remember, Sanjay Leela Bhansali is the hero of all his films and we actors come second.
It would have been gentlemanly of him if he had answered the first question with the second answer.
As for Ranveer, here’s what he had to say when asked about competition and stars competing with one another:
It shocks me because I can’t be so cut throat. I cannot pull someone down to make myself look better. It happens around me every day and I haven’t come to terms with this.
We feel that actors expecting praises for playing their characters well is like a baby expecting you to applaud every time he/she takes the first steps. You applaud the first time and the second time. Similarly, an actor’s job is to perform their character to the best of his/her abilities; they get paid to do that. So, just do their job and be done with it. Don’t be upset if you are not getting enough compliments, that’s petty!