Shahid’s fans might already know that Shahid is a follower of Radha Swami and keeps from alcohol and non-vegetarian food. Considering the actor has never been high, it must have been a really tough job for him to play a drug addict.
He recently in an interview said that his character of a drug-addict rock star in Udta Punjab is the scariest character that he has ever played. However, he says “it was a challenge that I needed to take up.”
This is the craziest character I’ve played, and the only crazier character I have seen on screen is the Joker from The Dark Knight, says Shahid Kapoor.
Talking about his character in Udta Punjab, Shahid also added “Tommy Singh is the scariest character that I have ever played because I don’t even drink alcohol, so I don’t even know what it is like to be high. So, I really have no idea what somebody is going through. I had no idea how I am going to do it. But I felt like it was a challenge that I needed to take up.
Tommy is obnoxious, rude, badly behaved. You will hear a lot of expletives from him, and he is everything that will turn you off. But my brief from my director (Abhishek Chaubey) was that Tommy will do everything wrong in the first five minutes, but end of the fifth minute, everyone should love him. I had no idea how to manage that (laughs). But the response that I’ve got from viewers after they watched the promo has led me to be optimistic. Basically, he’s a guy who will entertain you, but you can’t take him seriously. You enjoy watching him and his antics; he is a bit of an exhibitionist. This is the craziest character I’ve played, and the only crazier character I have seen on screen is the Joker from The Dark Knight. The only difference is that the Joker seems to have no humanity, while Tommy is really just a kid who is lost in his addiction.”