Shahid Kapoor on playing Kabir Singh: I smoked 20 cigarettes a day
Makers of Kabir Singh featuring Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani dropped the teaser and that was it!
Shahid's raw, bold and boisterous avatar was a huge hit with the audience who had loved him for his stint as Tommy Singh in Udta Punjab. It had the same vibe only the dad-of-the-two is looking hot like he has never had. Mind you, he is smoking, he is drinking, he is swearing but he is staying true to the character in Kabir Singh and just to recreate the huge success of the Telugu film starring Arjun Reddy that it has been made after.
We knew it had struck a chord when fans on Twitter and social media went gaga over Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani's transformation. Even Shahid's wife Mira Kapoorexpressed how she felt about the teaser and it was all of us!
But while it the look oozes swag and various kinds of sexy, playing Kabir Singh an alcoholic, cocaine-snorting surgeon wasn't easy for Shahid who is a teetotaller. That's right, it wasn't a cake-walk for the actor who not only had to act like he was smoking but literally light the bud more times than not. So much so that it would take him hours to just get the stench off before returning home to his family, especially his kids two-year-old Misha and seven-month-old Zain. He told Mumbai Mirror, "I don’t endorse smoking at all. However, the role required it, as the protagonist uses it to channel his angst and rage. It wasn’t easy, and it came to a point where I smoked almost 20 cigarettes a day. It would take me close to two hours to shower and get rid of the smells before I could return home to my children."
The film is bankrolled by Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani, Kishan Kumar and Ashwini Varde. It went on floors on October 21. Earlier in an interview, Shahid had mentioned why he chose to do this film.
"I usually don’t watch too many films in Telugu and it surprised me with its tonality, rawness, simplicity and the fact that it was so real and believable. The character is very fascinating for me as an actor because the emotional arc... is very original. I loved it and Vijay Deverakonda, who played Arjun, did it so well," he had said.
Kabir Singh is the story of a medical student who has anger management issues and after a failed relationship he indulges in alcoholism.
The film promises an intense love story between Shahid and Kiara. It will hit the silver screen on June 21.