Unfazed by flops

Looking ahead

Unfazed by flops

Unperturbed by box-office duds post Kaminey, actor Shahid Kapoor is looking forward to the release of Badmaash Company and his father Pankaj Kapoor's directorial debut Mausam. “If an actor keeps thinking about flops, he may not be able to give positivity to his next project which could turn out to be a bigger hit,” said Shahid.

“If you have to survive, you can't look backward. The only option is to look forward and contribute to the next project rather than wasting time on what is already over and done with,” he said. Shahid is not bothered by the fact that his films — Dil Bole Haddipa and Chance Pe Dance after the critically-acclaimed Kaminey, sank at the box office. The actor, who won accolades for his double role in Vishal Bharadwaj movie, says he does not believe in talking too much about his earlier hits. “By looking back at a successful film, you are allowing it to go into your head,” he said.

 “The audience is always right and if they reject a film, something has to be wrong with it. I prefer talking about it behind closed doors with my directors. Presently, my focus is on Badmaash Company, and I would put it behind after its release on May 7 to concentrate on Mausam, which goes on floors May-end,” he said. Shahid, who plays the lead in his father's movie, is paired opposite Sonam Kapoor. He feels that the story of Badmaash Company was fresh and believable and debutant director Parmeet Sethi knew exactly what he wanted.

Contrary to the rumours of differences with Parmeet on the sets, Shahid said they were very open to each other. “From the start we had decided to talk about every thing and open enough to discuss everything with each other since we were working together for the first time and this was Parmeet's debut. We wanted to bring transparency, honesty and informality in our relationship. If this was construed as interference, I consider it to be a professional hazard,” he said.

He described co-star Anushka Sharma as an uninhibited actor who does not come with preconceived notions. “She is very confident. Her debut in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi was in a very conventional character but she has broken the mould in Badmaash Company,” he said.

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