‘Udta Punjab’ was a whole new challenge for Shahid Kapoor

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Shahid Kapoor in 'Udta Punjab'
Shahid Kapoor in ‘Udta Punjab’

Actor Shahid Kapoor has done extremely well when it comes to ‘out-of-the-box roles. If his act as ‘Haider’ in Vishal Bhardwaj’s film of the same name seemed like��big deal, then his next role has pushed the boundaries of his own expectations.

Next to be seen in Abhishek Chaubey’s ‘Udta Punjab’, Kapoor will reprise the role of a drug addicted rock star. Not being able to relate to this character at all,��New India Express reported the actor explaining, “Tommy Singh is the scariest character I have ever played because I have no idea what somebody who is high is going through. I don�۪t even drink alcohol, so I don�۪t know what it is like to be high. I had no idea how I was going to do the role, but I felt that it was a challenge I needed to take up. Tommy Singh is nothing like me ��� he is a Punjabi pop star who is a substance addict. He is not a regular guy.”

The film takes a raw approach in looking deep into drug crime. Talking of how he bagged the role, Kapoor said, “Abhishek (Chaubey) thought that no mainstream actor would like to do a film like this, but fortunately, he had fans who convinced him to try; so very reluctantly he decided to approach some of us for the film. Fortunately, I was the first one he came to. Usually, I take time to say ��yes�۪ to a film, but after we met, I just stood up, shook hands with him, and said, ��I have never heard a part like this before and I would regret it for the rest of my life if I let this one go�۪. ”

“I have no idea how people will react to the movie but it gives me the most amazing opportunity as an actor. I felt the story was honest, new and strong, and it was saying something that I think everybody should think about, especially today�۪s generation. ” He went on to add.

Also starring��Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh, ‘Udta Punjab’ is set to release on 17th June.

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