Mumbai — Actor Shahid Kapoor, whose upcoming film “Haider” is set to clash at the box office with superstar Hrithik Roshan’s “Bang Bang” Oct. 2, feels that both the movies can survive together because they cater to different audiences.
"I saw the promo of ‘Bang Bang’ and I loved it, and I will definitely go and see the film. I wished good luck to Hrithik. It is a five-day weekend; the five-day holiday period is coming after a long time and I think any big holiday weekend is good enough for two films to sustain (at the box office). Two big films can release (together); there is no problem," Kapoor said in an interview here.
While Vishal Bhardwaj’s “Haider” is a Bollywood adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” starring Kapoor, Tabu, Irrfan Khan, Kay Kay Menon and Shraddha Kapoor, “Bang Bang,” directed by Siddharth Raj Anand, is a remake of the hit Hollywood movie “Knight and Day,” with Roshan and Katrina Kaif in the lead.
"I think if ‘Haider’ is black, then ‘Bang Bang’ is white. What ‘Haider’ is offering you ‘Bang Bang’ can’t offer, and vice versa. We are confident about our film. Our film is not very expensive, so we have nothing to lose. So, getting a five-day weekend is fantastic for a film like ours," Kapoor said.
The actor feels that both the films are of different genres and will cater to audiences with different tastes.
"I don’t think there is going to be any confusion for people. If people want to see something edgy, different and out-of-the-box then they will see ‘Haider’ and if people want to see something entertaining, fun and a potboiler, then they will see ‘Bang Bang.’ Had there been two similar kinds of films then it would be a different scenario, but that is not the case here," he said.
It is obvious that both the films will vie for good box office results as their trailers have already got a thumbs-up from the audience and both Kapoor and Roshan have huge fan followings.
Apart from “Haider,” Kapoor, 33, seems excited about his next project, “Shandaar,” a film by Vikas Bahl.
"It (‘Shandaar’) is drastically different from ‘Haider.’ I am very excited to do it. I saw ‘Queen’ six months before it got released. Vikas and I have been talking about doing a film together for a long time. He told me one line about this film — destination wedding — and I thought it was a wonderful idea," Kapoor said.
For “Shandaar,” Kapoor will be teaming up with Alia Bhatt for the first time.
"We are shooting in the UK for this film. It has Alia and me, and there will be an interesting announcement about the film soon and I am excited about it. I am happy to be working with Alia. Suddenly, I am working with these young girls. She is fantastic," Kapoor said.
In “Haider,” Kapoor will also be seen romancing a younger actress — Shraddha Kapoor.
"Newcomers know a lot more about films than we did, before they start their journey in the industry. I think you learn from them; they are very talented. I think it is a great time to be around," Kapoor said.
"There is opportunity for everyone. Today, the options available for actors are a lot more. With more and more newcomers coming in, it has become a lot more competitive and it is good as you have to do your best," he added.