Shahid Kapoor: “I really found myself in the past four to five years"


Shahid Kapoor: “I really found myself in the past four to five years”

The actor is all grown up

By Mayank Shekhar  December 8th, 2017

Honestly, I was a tad disappointed to see Shahid Kapoor — and his, as usual, perfectly groomed face — when he walked through his office door. Over the past week or so, the paparazzi had been snapping him, mainly outside airports, wearing a bowler hat, his face covered with a handkerchief, as if guarding a secret look. What was he hiding then?

“Oh, a haircut went wrong, bro. I’d gone bald from either side. And my long moustache [which he grew for his character, Raja Ratan Sen, in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati], after being chopped, made me look like Charlie Chaplin. I just couldn’t be photographed like that,” he says.

He tells me I look about the same since we last met, four or five years ago. I take it as a compliment, but can hardly say the same for him. Everything about Kapoor has changed since. His films, his life — he’s married now, and has a child.

“I really found myself in the past four to five years,” he says, digging into his homemade lunch. He’s just come back from a photo shoot and is famished. “When I came in [to Bollywood in 2003], the way things used to be was dying. It was essentially a period of transition.”

Excerpted from Elle’s December cover story. To read the full story, subscribe to the print edition here or download the digital edition here.

Shahid Kapoor’s fierce photo shoot from ELLE’s December issue:


Wool sweater, ₹81,400, Ermenegildo Zegna Couture.

Photograph: Nuno Oliveira/ DEU Creative Management

Styling: Rahul Vijay

Art Direction: Reshma Rajiwdekar

Hair: Hakim Aalim

Make-up: James Gladwin Alaxender

Model: Shahid Kapoor


Opposite page: Knit sweater, price on request, Dior Homme. Rayon joggers, ₹8,999, Zero.Zero by Abhishek Paatni. Twill jacket, ₹35,500, Sahil Aneja. Leather shoes, ₹12,999, FENTY X PUMA.

Photograph: Nuno Oliveira/ DEU Creative Management

Styling: Rahul Vijay

Art Direction: Reshma Rajiwdekar

Hair: Hakim Aalim

Make-up: James Gladwin Alaxender

Model: Shahid Kapoor


Wool blazer, ₹19,999, Tommy Hilfiger. Cotton pants, ₹8,990, Scotch & Soda. Leather shoes, ₹12,999, FENTY X PUMA. Acetate sunglasses, Kapoor’s own.

Photograph: Nuno Oliveira/ DEU Creative Management

Styling: Rahul Vijay

Art Direction: Reshma Rajiwdekar

Hair: Hakim Aalim

Make-up: James Gladwin Alaxender

Model: Shahid Kapoor


Cotton-poplin shirt, price on request, Dior Homme. Viscose pants, price on request, Ermenegildo Zegna Couture. Leather jacket, ₹12,000, Sahil Aneja.

Photograph: Nuno Oliveira/ DEU Creative Management

Styling: Rahul Vijay

Art Direction: Reshma Rajiwdekar

Hair: Hakim Aalim

Make-up: James Gladwin Alaxender

Model: Shahid Kapoor


Wool blazer, ₹19,999, Tommy Hilfiger. Cotton pants, ₹8,990, Scotch & Soda. Acetate sunglasses, Kapoor’s own.

Photograph: Nuno Oliveira/ DEU Creative Management

Styling: Rahul Vijay

Art Direction: Reshma Rajiwdekar

Hair: Hakim Aalim

Make-up: James Gladwin Alaxender

Model: Shahid Kapoor


Cotton shirt, ₹4,999, silk tie, ₹2,999, wool jacket, ₹14,999; all Tommy Hilfiger. Cotton pants, ₹8,990, Scotch & Soda. Leather shoes, ₹12,999, FENTY X PUMA.

Photograph: Nuno Oliveira/ DEU Creative Management

Styling: Rahul Vijay

Art Direction: Reshma Rajiwdekar

Hair: Hakim Aalim

Make-up: James Gladwin Alaxender

Model: Shahid Kapoor


Wool coat, price on request, Rishta By Arjun Saluja. Satin joggers, ₹8,999, Zero.Zero by Abhishek Paatni.

Photograph: Nuno Oliveira/ DEU Creative Management

Styling: Rahul Vijay

Art Direction: Reshma Rajiwdekar

Hair: Hakim Aalim

Make-up: James Gladwin Alaxender

Model: Shahid Kapoor