Guest Article by Prashant Kumar:
Where he is today: A star whose career is spanning over 15 years can’t guarantee an opening of what a 4 or 5 years old star like Varun or Tiger gets. Actually, he is not in the race anywhere now or should we say never have been either.
What he is capable of: He is capable of what some top stars today can’t even give it a try. Yes, on acting front one can see what a gem of an actor he is films like Haider and Kaminey. He emotes well and can play a character as complex as Haider to a tee. He can do action as well example like R. Rajkumar. He is a born dancer with good looks which everyone knows.
Why he is facing downfall: There are only two persons responsible for his drowning career – one of course, is himself and other none other than his favourite Vishal Bhardwaj. Spending so much time with a filmmaker like Vishal Bhardwaj is always injurious to a star. Both of them lives in a world where he thinks people will move out of their houses leaving the medium of 24/7 free entertainment on TV to buy tickets of worth Rs 200 to watch movies like Haider or Rangoon in theatres.
Actually the problem lies in the Vishal Bhardwaj brand of cinema itself. In a country like India, people watch cinema for entertainment, not for learning acting or filmmaking. At least they should seek examples of biggest Hits of recent times like 3 idiots, PK, BB, Sultan or Dangal. These are not bad films, actually, I can watch some of them on loop as they are so entertaining movies made in the same budget as Rangoon. People in small centres know Shahid from movies like Vivah and R.Rajkumar and he disappointed them so many times that they have stopped coming for his films.
Now what? - I know it is difficult to make a masterpiece as it comes once a year but he can work on his strength and could make any sort of light, breezy romcom or dance films, even movies like 2 States, Half Girlfriend, Kapoor and Sons should work for him and he could give a better work accomplished in a film like Badlapur which he should squeeze in between multiple films I mentioned, just to show his acting prowess but no Vishal film any more.
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