Rangoon features my most heroic character: Shahid Kapoor

Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor, who plays a soldier of the British Indian Army in Vishal Bhardwaj’s upcoming historical war drama, Rangoon, says it is one of the most heroic characters he has ever played in a film so far.

Shahid told IANS, “My character, Nawab Malik, is a very different character from Tommy Singh (Udta Punjab), Charlie-Guddu (Kaminey), and Haider (Haider), and that was the reason I played the part... Vishal sir always offers me something challenging and different.”

“Nawab Malik, a soldier with a strong sense of duty and a patriot, is the most heroic character I have ever played. It is a very inspiring character and I am glad for having got the opportunity.”
The film is set in a time when India was going through a political turmoil.

Asked about understanding the psychology of a character of that era, Shahid said, “Of course, the socio-political scenario of that time was quite different. The whole nation was aroused to achieve freedom. Nawab Malik symbolised that emotion in the film. But there is an emotional tussle as he was an Indian serving the British Army, and there comes different dynamics that makes it interesting.”

Considering how Shahid has delivered some of his best performances as an actor in collaboration with Bhardwaj, when asked about how their equation has developed over a period of time, he said, “I share a special bond with him. Since the film is a director’s medium, if as an actor I am the cake, he is the icing on the cake.”

“So no matter how good I perform, the outcome is totally dependent on the imagination of the director...how he conceived the scene, how he is capturing the nuances of my performance, camera movement. Every time when Vishal sir shoots me, I look better than what I am, I think.”