On This Day - Pankaj Kapoor's Birthday: Know The Advice He Gave Shahid Kapoor About Acting

A powerhouse of talent, Pankaj Kapoor has never failed to amaze us with his excellent acting prowess. Be it in theatre, cinema, or TV serials; the veteran actor gives a terrific performance every time he steps into the shoe of a character. Also, he is committed to creating good art and is known to be one of the most disciplined actors in India.

Without an iota of doubt, Kapoor is among the finest actors in World Cinema. Some of his notable works include 'Raakh', 'Ek Doctor Ki Maut', 'Maqbool', 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro', 'Khandhar', 'Ek Ruka Hua Faisla', and others.


The legendary celebrates his 69th birthday today. On this occasion, we share the acting advice he gave his son, actor Shahid Kapoor.

Pankaj Kapur's Words on Shahid Kapoor

Speaking about his son Shahid Kapoor, the actor said in an interview, "My son has been wiser than me in terms of his career graph. He saw to it that he became a star first and then started to get all the roles that he wanted to do. I think it was a smarter move. We were trained in theatre, so we always looked for characters and interesting scripts. We had our own journey, and this generation has its own journey. But I must also say - not because I am an indulgent father - but he is his own generation's one of the best actors and he has proven it with films like Haider, Kabir Singh, and Padmaavat."

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Pankaj Kapoor's Advice to Shahid Kapoor About Acting

As we all know, Shahid Kapoor looks up to his father, Pankaj Kapoor, like anything! He once spoke about the acting advice he got from his father.

Shahid said, "My dad (Pankaj Kapur) once told me, ‘Beta, abhi tum kar lo yeh sab – cute boy, romantic and all – par jis din tum acting karna shuru kar doge na, tab aisa lagega ki sher ke muh mein khoon lag gaya hai, phir tumhe baar baar waise hi kirdaar karne ka mann karega (Son, you can be the cute boy in films now, but the day you begin acting, you will not be able to leave it and will want to play such roles always).’ It has turned out to be just the way he said. After having worked for 20 years, I understand what he meant. I am happy about exploring diverse genres; every genre has its own appeal, but of course, the actor in me needs to feel satisfied and challenged."

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In another interview, Shahid said, "My father inspires me a lot. When I was working with him for Mausam, I got one of the most important lessons of my life and that was to follow the director’s point of view."