Shahid Kapoor is playing the lead role in Kabir Singh, which is a remake of 2017 Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy. The teaser trailer of the film was unveiled a few weeks ago and Shahid has won over the audiences with his performance as the coke snorting doctor with anger management issues.
When asked how challenging it was to play a self-destructive character, the actor said, “It was almost schizophrenic because the two worlds are such contrasts. Had I been single, living alone, I might have immersed myself in this dark zone for six months, like I did during Udta Punjab. But this time I am married, a father, so I had to sanitize myself before returning home to protect my children from the negative energy. I couldn’t carry Kabir’s emotional baggage back so I had to flip roles after ‘pack-up’.’’
“Yes, it took a lot out of me because not only does this character degenerate into a loner in a self-destructive mode, I had to also create three different silhouettes, one of which needed me to be out of shape. That upped the physical challenge but also needed mental conditioning because as actors we are used to showcasing ourselves in our best shape. Here, I wanted to look my worst for an honest portrayal,” he further added.
Kabir Singh starring Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani is directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, who had also directed the original. Produced by Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani, Krishan Kumar and Ashwin Varde, the film will release on June 21.
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