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Shahid Kapoor: I've been rejected in 100 auditions, didn't have money to eat

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:48 IST

Actor Shahid Kapoor is currently in one of the happiest phases of his life. The actor took to Twitter on 26 August to express his happiness over the latest addition to his family, a baby girl.

Fans and Shahid's Bollywood counterparts alike showered the couple with good wishes.

While Shahid's personal life is at an all-time high, he has also been riding a wave in terms of his recent Bollywood outings.

Shahid won both critical and commercial acclaim with his portrayal of Tommy Singh in the controversial, Udta Punjab. The actor has also recently wrapped up work on Vishal Bharadwaj's ambitious project, Rangoon, which also stars Kangana Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan.

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However, Shahid has had to work very hard to come this far in Bollywood. In a recent interview with a leading daily, he dispelled the myth that 'star kids' have it easy in Bollywood. He said:

"Everyone thinks that he is Pankaj Kapur's son, so isko toh break mil gaya hoga (He must have got a break). But I have been rejected from 100 auditions. Sometimes, I didn't have money to eat food or to even go to the auditions. I have lived that life, and I don't like talking about it. But that is my reality."

He also said that he had no regrets about his struggle.

"My parents were actors, but they were not stars. So, they didn't have any pull. Mujhe samajh mein nahi aata tha ki kisse milun, kya bolun ya kya karun (I couldn't understand who to meet, what to say and what to do). Now when I look back, I feel like God has blessed me with this career, and I cannot let this opportunity go to waste. I don't want to feel satisfied easily (laughs). It has been a 13-year-long wait to reach here. So, it will maybe take 13 years for me to feel relaxed."

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When asked about his choice of roles, he said:

"It is a learning (process) and a part of my life. It is the result of a larger design, which one can't understand, so I don't want to analyse it too much. Sometimes, when we look back too often, saamne se jo aa raha hai woh dikhta nahi hai (You are unable to see what's in front of you). So, I just like to focus and look forward," said Shahid.

-- quotes from Hindustan Times

First published: 27 August 2016, 4:06 IST