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Brother Shahid and I are team, not competition: Ishaan Khatter


Khatter is gearing up for his debut film, iconic Iranian director Majid Majidi's Beyond The Clouds.

Ishaan Khatter and Shahid Kapoor (Photo: Shutterbugs Images)

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Budding actor Ishaan Khatter says his brother and Hindi film actor Shahid Kapoor is an inspiring father figure to him.

Khatter is gearing up for his debut film, iconic Iranian director Majid Majidi's Beyond The Clouds.

Asked if he feels any sense of competition with Kapoor, Khatter told the media on Monday (29 January): "Shahid is a paternal figure to me. He is almost like a teacher. All my life I have learnt so much by watching him. I can't possibly consider him as a competition to me and in fact, I would say we are a team."

The actor was present for the trailer launch of Beyond The Clouds along with Majidi, lead actress Malavika Mohanan and music director AR Rahman, among others.

Khatter said the project is close to his "dream debut".

"Of course, every aspiring actor has an image of a dream debut. For me, working with him (Majid Majidi) is a special and learning experience. I look upto him."

The film is slated to be released on 23 March.

Did he discuss with Kapoor before signing the film?

"I live with my mother, so of course, I talk to her about the film offer and then the person whom I shared the news with was none other than my brother. I felt very strongly about the film. He just told me to follow my heart. As you all know that I am also working with Karan Johar in my upcoming film; during that time, we were supposed to start the shooting of that film; so I went to Karan and talked about Majid sir's film," he said while adding that Johar gave him time to finish Majidi's film. 

"Karan was gracious enough to give me time so that I could finish this film, and then start the other one. So yes, these are the three people I had spoken to after I got the offer of the film," added the young actor, who will also feature in Johar's home production Dhadak opposite Janhavi Kapoor.