Ishaan Khatter: “Shahid is a paternal figure to me”

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Ishaan Khatter who is getting ready for his first release ‘Beyond The Clouds’, has opened up about how he looks up to his elder brother Shahid Kapoor as a father figure.

In an interview reported in the TOI, Khatter was asked if he felt Kapoor was competition for him, to which he replied, “Shahid is a paternal figure to me. He is almost like a teacher. All my life I have learnt so much by watching him. I can’t possibly consider him as a competition to me and in fact, I would say we are a team.”

Excited to make his debut in Majid Majidi’s directorial, Khatter says ‘Beyond The Clouds’ is close to his dream debut, “Of course, every aspiring actor has an image of a dream debut. For me, working with him is a special and learning experience. I look up to him.”

Asked if he had sought advise from Kapoor before agreeing to do the film, “I live with my mother, so of course, I talk to her about the film offer and then the person whom I shared the news with was none other than my brother. I felt very strongly about the film. He just told me to follow my heart.”

Apart from his mum and brother, Khatter shared the news with Karan Johar, who he is also working with for ‘Dhadak’, where he will be seen opposite Jhanvi Kapoor. “As you all know that I am also working with Karan Johar in my upcoming film; during that time, we were supposed to start the shooting of that film; so I went to Karan and talked about Majid sir’s film. Karan was gracious enough to give me time so that I could finish this film, and then start the other one. So yes, these are the three people I had spoken to after I got the offer of the film.”

‘Beyond The Clouds’ is slated to release on the 23rd March, whilst filming for ‘Dhadak’ is currently in progress, this is slated to release on the 20th July.

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