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Always difficult to work with your dad: Shahid Kapoor on Jersey co-star Pankaj Kapur


They had previously joined forces for the Hindi-language romantic comedy Shaandaar (2015), which also starred Alia Bhatt.

Suyog Zore

After Shaandaar (2015),  Shahid Kapoor will be seen on the silver screen alongside his father Pankaj Kapur for the second time in Gowtam Tinnanuri's sports drama Jersey (2021).

The actor, who recently completed 18 years in the industry and is at the peak of his career after the stupendous success of Padmaavat (2018) and Kabir Singh (2019), is still scared to face the camera in front of his father, who is also regarded as one of the finest actors in the industry and has been conferred with many awards.

"It's always difficult to work with your dad, and it's even scarier if he is also an actor and you have to perform in front of him," Kapoor revealed during the trailer launch of Jersey.

The actor added that performing alongside the seasoned veteran motivates him to give it his all. "It's like when you work with somebody who is at the peak of his craft, you also want to give your best. I believe, if you are an actor at heart, It's always amazing to stand in frame with a great actor, and see him do their magic on the camera, and learn from him, regardless if he is my father or not. It's just amazing seeing what he does with his craft," he said.

Kapoor said that he would always prefer to work with talented artistes like his father because they afford him the opportunity to learn something new. "It's actually very scary when you are the best at whatever you do and there is nothing to learn anymore," he said.

Sharing a hilarious anecdote from the sets of Jersey, he said, "So there is a scene in the film where he is having tea and he and I are talking to each other. It's even in the trailer. That was actually dad's first day on the set, and I had already shot for about 15 days. I was very comfortable by then because I felt that I was bringing something fresh to this role, and Gowtam is also quite happy with my performance, so I was at ease.

"Then we began working on that scene and Gowtam decided to take dad's shot first. Suddenly I saw that Gautam's expression had changed. He congratulated my dad and took me in the corner alone. So I got a little nervous. When I asked him, he said, 'Sir I'm very concerned about your performance in this scene. Will you be able to match his performance in this shot, because he is simply outstanding. I fear people will not look at you. So you better give your best'."

 Jersey, which also stars Mrunal Thakur, will be released in theatres on 31 December 2021.