Shahid Kapoor On Being Heartbroken With Jersey Failure: ‘The Universe Was Not Kind’

New Delhi: Actor Shahid Kapoor, who celebrated his 42nd birthday on February 25, is basking in the success of his OTT debut ‘Farzi’. Created and directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, ‘Farzi’ revolves around Sunny (played by Shahid), a talented painter who turns to currency counterfeiting. A task force officer (played by Vijay Sethupathi) has aimed to eliminate the threat Sunny represents to the country.

Talking about the show’s success across demographics, the actor said he is happy that people are connecting with his character in the show. “It’s always challenging when you’re playing a guy who is not likeable or who’s not necessarily the guy you want to make friends with or go on a date with. It’s important for you to make them (audience) like him, even though as the show progresses, he’s not going to be very likeable in the things that he does,” Kapoor told PTI in a virtual interview.

The actor said he was surprised to see the series appeal to people across demographics.

“What’s very interesting about the show is that from my driver to my NRI cousins, all of them are connecting with it. So, I realised that it’s cutting across demographics and that was really special because every piece of content has its core audience. Then sometimes, that audience becomes slightly wider because of the quality of the product. This one has a really wide audience. It’s cutting across almost all demographics. And that was amazing,” he told PTI.

On the movie’s front, the actor’s latest outing, ‘Jersey’, another remake for the actor after the super successful ‘Kabir Singh’, didn’t do well at the box office. The actor recently revealed in an interview that he was heartbroken after the film’s failure.

“It just broke my heart. It was a really beautiful film and I feel the universe was not kind to us. The songs were out, the film was pushed for four months. The universe was not kind. With Jersey I realised that films are like fast food, one has to consume it at that moment. If you wait, uska mazaa chala jaata hai. We haven’t ever faced such a scenario, a pandemic, so we didn’t know how to go about it. And unfortunately, the film had to suffer,” he told Indian

Shahid has a busy year ahead with a film directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and a love story with Kriti Sanon, in the pipeline.