Shahid Kapoor Says Actors No Longer Need To Bulk Up For Action Films; Says’ We’ve Crossed Those Cliches’

Mumbai: An actor doesn’t need to be “big and arrogant” to play an action hero, says Shahid Kapoor, who believes that even a regular-looking man can look tough on screen.

Shahid, who featured in Ali Abbas Zafar’s crime thriller “Bloody Daddy”, said the film is his first out-and-out action film in his career spanning over two decades.

“I have done action in the past like ‘R… Rajkumar’, ‘Kabir Singh’ is a love story but it had action beats. ‘Haider’ had some action and ‘Udta Punjab’ was very intense. But this It’s the first time I’m getting into proper action,” the 42-year-old actor told PTI in an interview.

A remake of the 2011 French film “Sleepless Night”, the film stars Shahid Sumer, who faces off against Gurugram’s white-collar drug lords, crooked friends, ruthless crime bosses, murderous narcs and both corrupt and honest cops. lucky night

The look of the character should be justified the way it is imagined in the story, Shahid said.

“Many times people think that because we have to do action, we should look big. But it becomes like a trend. The story and the character should fit the scenario. If an actor thinks he should look really big and an action film Brownie to do, it is not true.

“It’s what you bring to the table — skill, understanding, performance, body language and what you fight with… I just did what I thought was right for the film.” According to Shahid, megastar Amitabh Bachchan had a long career as an action hero but is a “real looking person”.

“There are so many films now that we see where an actor looks like an ordinary person. Most of the stunts the guys do are all very ordinary. But they are extremely fit.

“You see athletes today, none of them are big and brawny, they’re very lean. Even in cricket, some of the biggest hitters are very lean guys. So I think we’ve moved past those clichés and stereotypes.” Ali, who co-wrote the screenplay with Aditya Basu, said he wanted an actor instead of a bodybuilder for “Bloody Daddy”.

“There was a clear demarcation because the film has a very strong emotional thrust. I think for an action film to penetrate with its audience, you have to have a very strong emotion. If you don’t, it becomes . a video game,” the director said.

For Shahid, Ali is one of the few filmmakers who understands the action genre well.

“I felt that Ali was the right person to act with. I am very happy that we got to collaborate in this film. It is a title role but the character is emotional. Whatever he is doing comes from a deep place. The feeling and for me it’s always more exciting,” added the actor.

“Bloody Daddy” is moving towards a direct-to-digital release on JioCinema, which the team had planned from the beginning, Shahid said.

He added that a film made only for digital release is not a new concept.

“We were like, ‘OK, we’re doing an original OTT film, a direct-to-OTT film. It’s a huge concept internationally. There’s a perception that audiences don’t want to watch in theaters. On OTT.

“This was true for some films in the past. Unfortunately, they didn’t get a proper theatrical release, so they had to put it on OTT. There are also films that are 10/10 in terms of quality, cost, technicians, etc. that are made directly for OTT. . It’s a new and emerging trend. So we want to try that,” said the actor.

“Bloody Daddy” also stars Diana Penty, Sanjay Kapoor, Ronit Roy and Rajeev Khandelwal in lead roles.

A Jio Studio, in association with AAZ Films and Offside Entertainment Production Vermilion World, the film will release on JioCinema on June 9.

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