Shahid Kapoor feared he wouldn’t be able to make it as an actor, despite being Pankaj Kapur’s son

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Shahid Kapoor feared he wouldn’t be able to make it as an actor, despite being Pankaj Kapur’s son


Shahid Kapoor has revealed that he was initially concerned that he would not be able to make it as an actor. In 2003, he made his film debut as a lead in the romantic comedy Ishq Vishk, alongside Amrita Rao. People might think it was easy for Shahid because both of his parents, Pankaj Kapur and Neelima Azeem, were actors, but that wasn’t the case, Shahid noted.

Shahid Kapoor and Pankaj Kapur have collaborated on three films: Mausam in 2011, Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola in 2013, and Shaandaar in 2015. They will soon be seen together in the film Jersey, which will be released in theatres on April 14. Shahid said at the launch event for the film’s second trailer on Monday that people didn’t know he was Pankaj Kapur’s son before his debut.


According to Shahid, “Mujhe laga hi nahi tha ki mai actor ban paaunga. Kyunki zyadatar log jaante hi nahi the ki main dad ka beta hu (I didn’t think I could become an actor because most people didn’t know I was my father’s son).” He continued, “Because my parents were separated, and I didn’t live in Bombay, I came here very late. My mother was a single mom, and I was a little older while Ishaan was very young. I never told anyone as well. So I didn’t know if people would accept me or not.”


Shahid recalled that after his first film was released, people tried to learn more about him and discovered that he is the son of Pankaj and Neelima Azeem. He stated, “I used to think that if my first film doesn’t work, then I will be out of the industry. It’s a blessing that I am an actor. I know that people would probably not believe it because my parents were technically actors, but they did not know many people.”

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Jersey is the official Bollywood remake of the same-named National Award-winning Telugu sports drama, which starred Nani in the lead role. Mrunal Thakur co-stars with Shahid in the Hindi remake, which is their first collaboration.





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