Shahid Kapoor Reveals How He Got Married To Mira And Its Very Interesting.

Shahid Kapoor Mira Rajput

His next film Udta Punjab is mired in controversies but Shahid Kapoor is still on the top of the world. It’s because he is soon going to become a father and he is extremely elated. In an interview with The Times of India, he talks about his wife Mira, fatherhood, films and more. Excerpts:  



On Mira

“Mira and I never dated. We just met three to four times and decided to get married. I was about to start shooting for Udta Punjab when I met first met Mira. I remember I went to her house for the first time and I was in the Tommy zone. So, I had a ponytail, drop-crotch track pants and weird shoes on. I recall getting out of the car in this avatar at Mira’s farmhouse in Delhi. Her dad came out to welcome his son-in-law to be. He saw how I was dressed and he surely thought — ‘God what is my daughter getting married to’. He barely looked at me, then whispered ‘Come inside’ and went away. It was adventurous of Mira to agree to marry a guy who looked like Tommy. I also remember telling her — ‘I am going to colour my hair.’ You should have seen her face. She is this 20-something girl coming out of LSR College and she was like ‘What?’ And when I told her I am playing a character called Tommy, she said, ‘That is not the name of a guy, it is the name of a dog.'”


Mira has saved my name on her phone as Tommy. So, when I call her, it says: ‘Tommy calling’. Coming back to my hair, the only condition she laid down for me was that when we get married, I will not have coloured hair. She made me promise that when we marry I would sport my normal hair colour. She warned me not wear my hair red on our wedding day. When I married her a month later, I made sure I behaved myself and looked like a decent groom.”

“I must confess that I was tempted to marry with red hair. I thought that my kids would see my wedding album and say – ‘Our dad was cool. He was so into his work.’ But, now I’m domesticated and I listen to everything Mira says.”



On paternity leave

“Of course, I will (take a paternity leave). However, now it is all about Mira. She is the one who is pregnant. She is very young and I think it is not easy. I just want to be with her, around her. Around the time the baby is due, I will not shoot for at least a month. I want to be there in the last few days of the pregnancy. I want to be there when the child arrives and enjoy these moments, as these are feelings you experience perhaps once or twice in a life… I’m in a domesticated, well-behaved, father-to-be phase.”


On having more kids

“I don’t want to speak too much about it, maybe one or two babies will happen. Some of it has to be private. I want to soak it in and I want to be there. I have heard star kids complain that their parents were not there much in their childhood. I do not want to be that guy.”


On playing an addict despite being a teetotaler

“The thing that scared me most about the character was that I have never really done any form of intoxication. The only thing I have done is that I have smoked cigarettes. I have never done alcohol or drugs. It just never happened in my life. It is not as if I think it is uncool to be intoxicated. I have friends who drink and they are all chilled out. However, as far as I’m concerned, I was just not interested. For me, the biggest challenge was playing Tommy without actually getting high on substance or alcohol. To play a character, who is all about addiction was, therefore, a huge challenge. Also, you know that the world is going to view it and that is a very vulnerable feeling. You know that if I mess up even one per cent, people will write me off. People would say that if he had done some stuff, he would know what it is all about. Tommy is not just an addict. He is a cocaine chaser. He is probably snorting three to four times a day.”

“The only thing Abhishek (Chaubey, the director) kept repeating is that Tommy Singh is obnoxious, loud, abusive and aggressive, and he is going to be taking drugs all the time. Actually, he has all qualities of a ‘hateable’ guy. The challenge was for Tommy to be this obnoxious guy, but at the same time Abhishek said that if people do not fall in love with him in the first five minutes, this character will not work. So, the biggest journey was to find someone who is obnoxious, but someone you cannot help but like because if you cannot like him, then you cannot forgive him. Udta Punjab is not about looking down on people who are drug addicts. It is a film that acknowledges that such people exist. It is a film that tells you that those who are under the influence, have to FIGHT IT. So, for those haven’t tried drugs, it is telling them to stay away because this is what happens if you don’t.”

“It is the toughest role that I have done to date, it is tougher than Haider or Kaminey. However, I fell for Tommy because besides being hateable, there is also redemption and realization for him. Abhishek has given this character a 360 degrees spin. There is a full graph. There are certain films you do as a star and there are some you do to satisfy yourself as an actor. Tommy is a mix of both. He is very exciting, so to speak. He is just so out there.”


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