Shahid Kapoor is the heartthrob of Hindi Cinema. The first thing that comes to mind when someone says his name is the romantic-chocolate-Jab-We-Met-Ishq-Vishk-boy. He handles the romance genre quite well, something he proved in his first movie itself; also winning the Filmfare Best Debut award for his role in that movie. His other movies like Vivah, Jab We Met, Kismat Konnection were testimony to his lover boy image.
The 32 year old actor who also starred in movies like Paathshala, Badmash Company is also into the comedy genre. That is also something he handles quite well, the way he did in Fool n Final, Deewane Huye Pagal, 36 China Town. What is left for us to wonder is whether he’s equally good as an action man.
His first foray into action films was with the 2004 film Fida starring his ex-girlfriend Kareena Kapoor. In that movie he plays a complex role as a person who is trapped in a plot by a woman he loves. The film was a flop. Though the 2005 movie Shikhar was not an action movie, there are some fight scenes involving Shahid. The fair-skinned-chocolate-boy doing fight scenes probably was the reason the movie didn’t do so well at the box-office.
Shahid Kapoor attempted to change that image and transformed into an action hero with the movie Kaminey where he essayed a dual role. While Guddu is the quiet, shy type, Charlie is the rough and tough guy who moves where there is trouble. He also built his body up for the movie and the movie was a big success both critically and commercially. Shahid Kapoor’s performance was highly praised and it also garnered him a nomination for the Filmfare Award for the Best Actor. The movie was even compared to the popular Hollywood movie Pulp Fiction. What we at BC wonder is why didn’t the actor take the same image ahead?
A good guess is that because of his stereotypical roles in all of his movies, the audiences got used to the chikna image of the Vaah! Life ho to aisi! actor. So the romance genre itself is a safe arena for the actor. Shahid Kapoor’s movie Phata Poster Nikla Hero is being released this friday.