Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor, who is set to be seen in 'Kabir Singh', said he has gone through his share of “intense self destruction” after a heartbreak and one way of overcoming negative emotions for him was to channelise them into his performances. In his upcoming, Shahid plays a surgeon who descends into self destruction after a heartbreak. Shahid said, “I've had my very intense, self destructive, heartbreak, angsty moments, where I've not been in control.”
Calling his character a phase in everyone's life, Shahid said some people are “very explosive about how they're feeling” while others keep it within. “But that feeling of falling apart, of self destruction for not being able to deal with loss... Only from great love can come great anger. This is a phase in everyone's life and that's how I connected with the character.” He said as an actor, he is required to channelise negative emotions, including heartbreaks.
“You have to channelise all kinds of negative emotions and turn them into positive, otherwise they can take you down, heartbreak being one of them. You've to learn to channelise these energies, if you can't, you become Kabir Singh!” Kapoor said. He added that everybody breaks at some points but it's one's call to choose that to “define that moment as your permanent reality.”
“The worst thing to do is to delve in self pity because it keeps you in a place way longer than you need to be. The first thing I do is to try and run away from it. I don't like to indulge in self pity, it's very dangerous,” Shahid said.
When asked how he approaches a character like Kabir Singh, Shahid said, “by not judging him”. “He's not trying to fake anything. We do that ourselves also, telling ourselves we are bad in our low phase. That doesn't help because you're giving yourself a wrong message. You need to tell yourself that you're a nice person and will come out of this bad phase and find yourself.” Remake of Telugu hit 'Arjun Reddy', 'Kabir Singh' is directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga. Co-starring Kiara Advani, the film is set to release on June 21.