Shahid Kapoor on Tuesday launched the trailer of his upcoming movie Jersey. At the trailer launch, Shahid mentioned that he considers himself lucky that his movie is releasing in theatres, particularly after cinema halls remained shut for a very long time because of the pandemic.
Shahid mentioned throughout the Covid-19 induced lockdown, he frolicked together with his household, and was not working. He mentioned, “I was not in Mumbai. I was in Punjab with my family and that’s also where we were shooting for Jersey. I feel like I have forgotten how it feels like to be in Mumbai. However, it is amazing to be back now that theatres are open. It is amazing to come together and celebrate a film where it is supposed to be celebrated in, which is the big screen. We can never lose the love and charm for that”.
Shahid additionally spoke about how Jersey was amongst these movies ready for theatres to reopen. He mentioned they had been excitedly ready for Akshay Kumar’s Sooryavanshi to launch first in order that different movies can decide on when and the place to launch their motion pictures. The Rohit Shetty directorial launched on November 5 and has crossed the Rs 175 crore mark on the box-office.
He mentioned, “Content is travelling in many different ways right now and I am so happy that I worked with this team. I feel very blessed today that we have a release date and that the film is releasing in theatres. One of the team’s really cheering hard for Sooryavanshi was also team Jersey. We all just wanted Sooryavanshi to do well and business kick-starts again, so we all can release our films. It is great to see that films are back in theatres and congratulations to Sooryavanshi for having the guts to go out there and be the first in line. It is not easy to do that. It is not easy for any of us. Having shops shut for almost two years and thinking about what’s going to happen was a very scary feeling. This film is about the triumph of the human spirit, so it has a great context for today’s times. It is even more relevant today than it was when we started shooting it”.
Shahid Kapoor, who has been an actor for nearly 20 years, shared how he has executed numerous genres of movies, however he finds doing remakes powerful.
“After Kabir Singh and Jersey, I have realised it is very difficult to do a remake, and sometimes even tougher than doing an original character because you have to make it fresh. It cannot look like copy-paste. It can’t look like you’re picking up something and creating it. You have to rediscover it all over again,” Shahid mentioned.
He added, “I feel that this version of Jersey is very different from the original. The actor and cultural milieu has changed. We have taken the film to Chandigarh. We have made a lot of small changes to the film. His behaviour, angst and pain are very different. After doing a couple of remakes, I have realised that once the actor, the cultural milieu and the language changes, if it is still the same, then you are probably doing something wrong. You have to bring authenticity to that story for the backdrop that you are placing it against.”
Shahid Kapoor’s Jersey, which is helmed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, is about to launch on December 31.