How ‘Jersey’s’ failure broke Shahid Kapoor’s heart

Shahid Kapoor latest web series Farzi marks a successful comeback for him after recent box office failures. The Prime Video original shows him playing a young man, who decides to print fake currency notes, leading him to a life in the World of crime.

Shahid spoke about how cathartic the success of his latest outing has been for him, given he was dealing with quite the heartbreak after the failure of Jersey.

“It just broke my heart. It was a really beautiful film and I feel the universe was not kind to us. The songs were out, the film was pushed for four months because of Covid. With Jersey, I realised that films are like fast food, one has to consume it at that moment. If you wait, uska mazaa chala jaata hai,” he told The Indian Express.  

Shahid also said that this is why the success of Farzi has made him “really, really happy”. “I also feel that we didn’t do justice to the film. We could have made better choices. I don’t know, some things are meant to be a certain way. Even when you have control over things, there’s sometimes no control.”

Basking in the success, Shahid also spoke about transitioning to OTT platforms like Saif Ali Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and Ajay Devgn. “I know I’m late to the party. Honestly, I wanted to try my hands on long formats for a long time. I have been watching it and being hooked on to shows. I have binged watched them. It also gives different opportunities as an actor. It was never about first or second or even late. I think in my generation of actors, I am probably the first, and thus it didn’t even register. For me, it was all about doing a good show, with good people. And I think this was something that resonates with the artist in me.”

Kapoor is also on the way too completing his two-decade tenure in the industry as his debut film Ishq Vishk completes 20 years in May. When asked about his evolution as an actor, a person and his journey so far, Shahid said, “It has been a huge learning curve. A lot in me has changed but the fundamentals have remained the same. I just feel like the innocence with which you started, it comes and goes with every project. But one has to hold on to that.”

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