We don't need to feel burdened by the fact that if we are the 'hero', we have to be perfect: Shahid Kapoor on audience accepting flawed characters today


Shahid Kapoor is currently enjoying the success of his latest super hit film Kabir Singh. The biggest hit of his career, Kabir Singh has taken over the box-office numbers. Inching towards the 250 crore mark, Shahid's film is unstoppable. "The love that the film has got is way beyond its box-office numbers. I am grateful to the audience for the kind of love they have given to the film," he happily stated while talking to a leading daily.

But if the film has seen success in terms of box-office records and reviews, it has also been bashed by several media houses for glorifying toxic masculinity and endorsing violent behaviour towards women but Shahid says he is happy that the audience is accepting such "flawed" characters. Stating that the toxic hero was bound to elicit polarised reactions, he said, "The fact that audience is accepting flawed characters shows that they have an appetite for all kinds of parts. They are viewing films in the right context. It is encouraging for this generation of actors. We don't need to feel burdened by the fact that if we are the hero, we have to be perfect. Today, the audience is mature and loves characters like Tommy Singh in Udta Punjab [2016] and Kabir Singh."

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In an earlier interview to the daily, he had stated that he doesn't endorse his characters' behaviour but merely plays them as an artiste. He maintains the same approach when prodded on Kabir Singh's problematic attitude. "Any character that allows me to break new ground is exciting. It may come with its potential issues. But as an actor, you need to have that skill set and be ready to give the audience a new experience."

(Source: Mid Day)