Shahid Kapoor is a starlet who has been regarded as one of the most individualistic actors that Bollywood has seen. His hard work and on screen presence has made him achieve well-deserved fame.
The Bollywood fraternity has embraced many stars over the years. The industry launches quite a number of stars, and while some flicker and fade out, there are others who make a permanent place for themselves. Among such talented and accepted stars would be Shahid Kapoor, whose first foray into the industry was in the year 1999, when he appeared in Subhash Ghai’s multi starrer film Taal as one of the many background dancers. Being a trained dancer, Shahid’s acting skills were hidden beneath his dancing shoes for a long time before Ken Ghosh decided to cast him as the lead in a youth centric film Ishq Vishq. This widely popular film made the Indian audience sit up at large and take notice of this star with his boyish charm and easy-going demeanor. Shahid Kapoor was hailed as the superstar of the next generation and this young man kissed the feet of success in no time at all.
Born to Neelima Azeem and Pankaj Kapoor, renowned actors of the yester years, on the twenty-fifth of February 1981, Shahid Kapoor was only three years old when his parents parted ways. Supriya Pathak was then bound into matrimonial rites by Father Kapoor, and it was she who served as Shahid’s foster mother all along. Shahid’s siblings are three in number- sister Sana and brothers Ruhan and Ishaan- all of the three being born out of Supriya Pathak. It was at the tender age of eighteen that Shahid made the forgettable debut as a dancer, as already mentioned.
Type casted as a ‘chocolate boy’ with his romantic persona in Ishq Vishq, Shahid went on to become the heartthrob for many. The ease with which he portrayed his character and helped in bringing out the best from his co-stars made many producers approach him. Shahid Kapoor was already restless in his skin and wanted to experiment with his image, which led this actor to portray a dark role in Fida. This romantic thriller was launched in the year 2004 along with Dil Maange More. Both the films were anticlimactic and failed to move the audiences at large.
Films like Dewaana Huye Paagal, Vah Life Ho Toh Aisi, and Shikhar followed in the succeeding year and can in no way be called successful; though Shikhar was critically acclaimed as it marked a mature performance by Shahid Kapoor. A murder mystery (36 China Town) and a romantic comedy (Chup Chup Ke) lined up in 2006 could not help the young actor in regaining his lost glory. Vivah, released in the same year, however became an instant hit and Shahid was stamped with the title of ‘romantic hero’. Fool and Final does not commit to memory for most and at this point in time Shahid Kapoor got the much needed and deserved success.
Jab We Met, featuring Shahid and Kareena, was one of the biggest blockbusters of all times. This film saw Shahid portray both serious and jovial roles, and he was welcomed into the ‘hit list’ with renewed enthusiasm. This film brought out the full extent of the chemistry of the real life couple and the general public could not get enough of this duo. Following this was Kismat Connection which failed to reinstate his acting abilities. Kaminey, released in 2009, portrayed Shahid Kapoor in a double role and the actor’s spellbinding act astounded his critics and fans alike.
Dil Bole Hadippa, Pathshala, Chance pe Dance and Milenge Milenge did not fare well at the box office until Badmaash Company happened in 2010. This film featured him alongside Anushka Sharma and was well appreciated by the audiences. Shahid Kapoor is soon to surface in his father’s directorial venture Mausam. Like almost every star, the number of hits has been way lower than the number of flops, and yet this actor has carved out a niche for himself amidst the glitz and glam.
Controversies have been part of the actor’s years in the industry. Stardom led Shahid to fall prey to prying eyes of the media and the public, and like all his colleagues, his personal life is often kept on a platter where it is subject to constant scrutiny. The much publicized affair with Kareena Kapoor kept him in the limelight for quite a number of years. Fueling this publicity was the much controversial footage, where the star couple was caught in an act of kissing in public. This made the film industry rise in furor against the media, which was deemed to have let the matter blow out of proportion altogether.
The much anticipated break up eventually followed and this led a visibly shattered Shahid Kapoor retreat into his shell. He was linked to many of his co-stars in the years that followed including Amrita Rao and Vidya Balan. Sania Mirza was also supposed to have remained his girl friend for sometime before her marriage. He is supposedly dating Priyanka Chopra of late, and the two have been spotted together at many venues. Shahid, however, has been handling questions about this alleged affair tactfully. The actor has of course learnt the consequences of wearing his heart on his sleeve, and definitely shies away from repeating the same mistake twice.
Apart from films, Shahid has featured in advertisements like Pepsi, Kit Kat, Onida, Clinic All Clear, and many more. The Aryans’ video starring this actor was a hit among the viewers and very few will forget the innocent boy vying for the beautiful girl’s attention that this particular video portrayed. Currently this actor can be seen in commercials like Vaseline Men and Bru Lite (with Priyanka Chopra). Watching Shahid Kapoor on screen is a treat for many. He charms the audience with his efficient acting abilities and captures their attention instantaneously. Be it children or adults, Shahid is an actor of the masses and this is in some way responsible for the amount of popularity that his films have been endowed with. Though there are many budding talents trickling into the Hindi film industry, Shahid Kapoor has many more years to his name.