Before coming into the spotlight, it’s no secret that Shahid Kapoor had had a dose of what it was like to a part on a big film set, around well-known names and in front of a rolling camera. As a background dancer, he managed to swerve his way to the front as the main lead pretty quickly. As he’s celebrating his 39th birthday on 25 February, BizAsiaLive.com looked back at some of the most impressive dance numbers of the actor’s career.
Mujhpe Har Haseena – ‘Ishq Vishk’ (2003)
Gracing the big screen in his debut ‘Ishq Vishk’, Kapoor impressed audiences and critics alike with his quick coordination and effortless body flow. Though the film didn’t do too well, not only did the similarities of having the Shah Rukh Khan style hair work in his favour, but Kapoor is remembered for how well he could move in Mujhpe Har Haseena. As the song included a mix of melodies, Kapoor was able to match his steps perfectly with every single beat.
Nagada – ‘Jab We Met’ (2007)
Having established his acting skills in the years after his debut, by the time ‘Jab We Met’ released, Kapoor was already known as a brilliant dancer. However, showcasing a more traditional set of dancing skills with Nagada, the actor proved that he has a lot more up his sleeve than his audiences thought. With the Imtiaz Ali directorial winning the hearts of many, it was this song that got everyone copying Kapoors moves and singing to the tune.
Gandi Baat – ‘R…Rajkummar’ (2013)
When it comes to Prabhudheva, everyone knows they are in for a real treat when he dances. And if his past work is anything to go by, actors who work with him know they are in for a tough ride. So it came as no surprise that Gandi Baat was an instant hit from start to finish, with Kapoor marking each step to the tee. What made it even better was Prabhudheva’s appearance, where Kapoor mirrors each move to perfection.
Bismil – ‘Haider’ (2014)
With a long list of good films, Kapoor had already proved that he was a good actor, however, Vishal Bhardwaj’s ‘Haider’ gave Kapoor the acting appreciation and star status he had always been searching for. The Shakespeare adaptation of ‘Hamlet’, saw the actor transform through his character, and his performance in Bismil was passionate and climactic. This song sees a different Kapoor, where it’s his emotions that are felt through each step, twirl and look he creates.
Gulabo – ‘Shaandaar’ (2015)
Despite ‘Shaandaar’ not having been as bankable as he’d hoped, it’s fair to say the Vishal-Shekhar track Gulabo has become a bit of an anthem. Sharing the screen with his real sister Sanah and Alia Bhatt, it’s evident that Kapoor let his hair down and had a complete blast with this song. His coordination fits perfectly with the tune, and there’s no forgetting how well he rocked that suit. The moves where unconventional, and although the song seemed to be a random fit in the film, Kapoor’s commitment to it was a part of what made this song a hit.
Having had to prove himself in the competitive world of Bollywood, Kapoor’s dancing talent has definitely been the anchor which has enabled him to grow as an actor too. His dance skills have only gotten better, where he’s gone from chocolate boy hero to acting star. Here’s wishing the actor a very Happy Birthday.