On Alia’s praise, Shahid said she should gain a National Award for Udta Punjab
Shahid Kapoor feels his co-star Alia Bhatt should win a National Award for her performance in Udta Punjab.
Alia plays (hockey player) a Bihari migrant, who becomes taken with the drug mafia, while Shahid is seen as a drug addicted rockstar Tommy Singh.
The Abhishek Chaubey-directed film released on Friday with critics praising performances of the entire cast, including Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh.
When asked if he is expecting a National Award this year, Shahid told reporters, "Last time you said the same (for Haider) and my expectations (went high). But not (thinking about that) this time. You thought about that and I am happy."
Shahid said he was apprehensive if the viewers will lap up his character as it was complicated.
"I was scared if they will like it. It is one thing to play a character and another thing to be liked. It is a complicated character. I am very happy they liked the character despite it not being likeable," he said.
On Shahid’s complement, Alia said she would be glad if she wins the award, but audience approval matters the most.
"It's been such a difficult journey. I am grateful that I got an opportunity to play this character. I would be happy if I get an award, but I just want the audience approval," the Highway star said.
The film, which was mired in controversies with the Central Board of Film Certification, was leaked on the internet before its release
"It is hurtful and painful. There is a lot of work which we had done. Someone told me it was playing on cable too. Our films have become vulnerable, especially a week before release. We have become soft target," Shahid said.