Shahid who maintains a reverent restrain in front of his father, has lost all his inhibitions in Edinburgh. Because that’s what his father Pankaj Kapur expects from Shahid in Mausam.
The crew is surprised delighted and confused by Shahid’s constant antics, playful and most uncharacteristic of the actor who likes to stay aloof on location unless with close friends. But on this one, Pankaj forbade Shahid from maintaining a distance. Mingle mix and enjoy was the brief that Shahid took dead seriously.
Shahid Kapoor who began shooting for Mausam in Edinburgh on Monday gave the unit a surprise by appearing on location without the beard that he has so carefully cultivated before leaving for the long schedule.
Apparently, it was felt that facial hair is not quite what youngsters like to see their teenage idols sporting in films. There’s a long list of failed heroes in recent cinematic history with facial hair, Ranbir Kapoor in Rocket Singh – Salesman Of The Year, Salman Khan in Heroes, Aamir Khan in Mangal Pandey…to name a few.
“Yes, Saif’s brief part as a Sikh in Love Aaj Kal and Akshay Kumar‘s Singh Is Kinng did work. But those culture-specific parts were not targeted at the audience that Imran, Ranbir or Shahid connect with. Audiences in the younger below-28 bracket prefer their heroes clean-shaven,” says a prominent source from the Mausam unit.
Consequently, Shahid appeared beard-less on the first day of schedule, much to his co-star Sonam Kapoor‘s delight According to an eyewitness she told Shahid he looked much better without his beard.
Living up to his role of a happy-go-luck kal-kissne-dekha Air Force pilot, Shahid has been living it up in Edinburgh. According to his dad, the director Pankaj Kapoor’s brief was, “A pilot in the army flies a Rs. 300 crore worth plane but he can never be sure that the expensive baby he rides won’t let him down. He therefore extracts the maximum juice from every moment of life.”
Shahid is seen doing exactly that in Edinburgh. Members of the crew are delighted by the change in him.
“Shahid is completely into his character .Long before we began shooting, he lost his natural reticence and restrain. Suddenly he was out of his shell. And how! Shahid is boisterous extroverted and constantly up to some prank or the other. At first, he was afraid to pull out all stops and let go. His father assured him it was fine,” says the source from Edinburgh.
About living his life cockpit-sized, Shahid says, “I can’t really tell you how my character behaves. But yes I’ve this new look with no beard. I’ve been practising hard to stay in character from long before shooting began. It’s hard but finally satisfying to be someone the actor is not.”