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All smiles and success...

Photo: R.V. Moorthy.

Shahid Kapur... a fine beginning. Photo: R.V. Moorthy.

CUTE, VYUTE with loads of energy, shenergy. Bollywood's newest buddy...Shahid Kapur opens up like a child who's looking for candy and found chocolate.

An absolute happy-go-lucky guy, he says "everything keeps falling in place for me, thankfully. I never plan anything, it keeps happening". It's been a journey full of `mazaa' and `masti' from beginning his acting career with a serial, whose name he has apparently forgotten, to dancing in Shiamak Davar's troupe, doing music videos like "Aankhon Mein" for The Aryans, "Kehna To Hai" for Kumar Sanu, advertisements for Kit Kat, Close-Up, Ala bleach, Fuji film and the most popular one - the Pepsi commercial. Remember the guy on the bus with Kajol? He assisted his father Pankaj Kapur - of "Karamchand" fame - in home productions like "Mohan Das B.A L.L.B."

Says he: "It gave me an extra advantage to learn and gear myself up for the love of my life - acting." Candidly he admits: "I have always wanted to be an actor. Nothing more or less than that. I have been exposed to films from my childhood and have lived every moment of my life thinking about my chance to make it big. Since I wanted to give "Ishq Vishk" my best shot, I did acting workshops with Naseeruddin Shah and Satyadev Dubey."

His character in the film is that of a hero and a villain. He adds: "My role is not like that of a larger than life character. It is very contemporary. People, especially the youth can relate to it. I wanted to get into the grind and not use my father's name, so I waited till things fell in place ... as they always do and here I am today. `Ishq Vishk' is a team effort. Everybody from the spot boy to the actors has contributed, immensely to it. My director Ken Ghosh was the captain of the ship," says Shahid on a serious note.

He became a vegetarian after reading a book on life and its many facets. Shahid takes life as it comes.

A boy next door, a brat, a new age hero with a lot of fizz... Shahid Kapur is here to spread Ishq Vishk, Pyar Vyar!

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