In his upcoming film, for which he has just begun shooting for, Shahid Kapoor is going to be directed by none other than Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The two are coming together for SLB’s magnum opus, Padmavati which is based on the story of Rani Padmavati, who was the second wife of Raja Ratan Singh of Mewar and how her beauty allured Muslim King Alauddin Khilji unleash war on the Rajputs to capture Padmini.
In a recent interview With DNA, the Udta Punjab actor clears his stand on how he feels about a two-hero project and insecurities that surround it, “What is there to be insecure about? Thinking that somebody will be better than you? That’s a real loser attitude. If somebody will be great in a film, they will be adding more credibility to a product that you are a part of. It’s only beneficial, right? Have you ever seen Usain Bolt run his best in a heat? Never! Why? Because he has no competition there. Why does he give his best always in the finals? Because he knows he has competition. He will never break his world record in the heat. He will break it when he’s running with the best. So to be your best, you have to be pitted against the best. People who don’t get that are just dumb.”
On being specifically asked about his equation with Ranveer and putting an end to the rumours of problems between the two, Shahid Kapoor said, “I am not upset, have not been upset and I doubt I will be upset. I have only been really happy and excited about being a part of Padmavati. That’s all I can comment on. I can’t really comment on what somebody else is feeling or going through. I am sure he will clarify for himself. But this is a great opportunity for both of us. He’s an actor whose work I really like and I think he’s great for the role of Alauddin Khilji and it will be great for all of us to work together and make a great film. I think it’s an amazing cast.”
Shahid Kapoor continued speaking about the equation with his co-star, “Ranveer and I have always been chilled out together. I have never had issues with him. I was on stage hosting when he got his debut award and I remember he was crying and it was a special moment for him. So I have kind-of seen him grow in the last six years and I loved what he did in Bajirao Mastani. He and Sanjay sir are a great team, so I’m sure that will bring in a lot of goodness in the film.”
We live in world of healthy competition, isn’t it?