Bad luck or mere coincidence, can Bhansali break the jinx that Shahid Kapoor is facing?
Shahid Kapoor’s first film was Ramesh Taurani’s Ishq Vishk (2003), directed by Ken Ghosh. Before that, he worked in Aryans’ Indi-Pop video “Aankhon Mein Tera Hi Chehra.” His father Pankaj Kapur is a well-known film and television actor.
Audiences appreciated Shahid’s performance in Vivah, Jab We Met, Haider, R…Rajkumar, Phata Poster Nikhla Hero, 36-China Town, Udta Punjab, Kaminey, and Badmaash Company. So, there is no question of tagging him as someone who is not being talented enough. Box-office-wise, his highest-grossing films are R…Rajkumar (around Rs. 74.45 crores worldwide) and Udta Punjab (nearly Rs. 74 crores worldwide). Udta Punjab had attracted a lot of controversies and got ample amount of free publicity from left-liberal intellectuals and so-called free speech warriors.
Unfortunately, the young Kapoor has given more than a dozen of flop films and just a few commercially hit movies since 2003.
The 36-year old actor is fortunate enough as he got the opportunity to work with Sooraj Barjatya, Vishal Bhardwaj, Abbas–Mustan, Rajkumar Santoshi, Priyadarshan, Vikram Bhatt, Aziz Mirza, John Matthew Matthan, and Prabhu Deva as well. Several of his films happen to be multi-starrers with top listed actresses.
Considering the number of established directors that Shahid Kapoor has worked with, he could have had at least two films in the 100 crore club. But, he has had not even one. It won’t be wrong to claim that this has something to do with luck factor. Perhaps, jinx can prove to be the right word here.
This year, Shahid’s Rangoon, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj again proved to be a great disaster for its producer Sajid Nadiadwala. The film’s budget was Rs. 85 crore and it did not even manage to recover half of that amount.
Now, the actor is in the news these days due to his character Raja Rawal Ratan Singh in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati. The film is already facing a lot of heat due to allegedly portraying distorted facts about the queen from Rajasthan. The film’s budget is Rs. 200 crore.
Industry experts believe its special effects were increased after the new standard set by Baahubali 2. Trade analysts suggest, for generating profit for its producers; the film needs to make at least Rs. 500 crores. This figure seems difficult to reach, especially, after considering the number of states that have decided to ban the film to avoid law and order issues.
The director’s previous film, Bajirao Mastani earned Rs. 184 crore in the domestic market. However, the point to be considered here is that it was not banned anywhere in India.
Anyway, once Padmavati crosses the 100 crore mark at the box office; Shahid Kapoor will enter the elite 100 cr club for the first time in his career. Now the question is, can director Bhansali succeed in breaking this probable jinx for Kapoor? Let’s wait and watch.