Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Shahid Kapoor proud to be the only actor to fly F-16

Shahid Kapoor proud to be the only actor to fly F-16

Actor Shahid Kapoor, who while shooting for his film Mausam had the rare experience of flying multirole jet fighter aircraft F-16 takes pride in being the only film actor to have flown that ultimate flying machine. "I was quite fortunate that I flew an F-16 fighter plane. I don't think any other actor has ever flown a F-16. Even when actor Tom Cruise had done 'Top Gun' he had flown an F15. I was very fortunate to get that opportunity. It was a very exciting experience for me," Shahid told reporters, while launching the first look of the film at the PVR on Monday.

The actor had flown the American fighter aircraft at the AeroIndia defence exhibition in Bangalore earlier this year. Sharing his rare experience, Shahid reveals, "Honestly I was not fond of flying in a plane but when I actually sat in it and flew it I was so excited that I started shouting. It was probably the most exhilarating experience one could have. I am someone who loves speed anyway. 

So, the fact that I was sitting in a F-16 and I was a co-pilot was unbelievable. I also went through G force. If you know when you fly such a plane you can go up to G9. G1 is when you feel your body weight; G2 is when you feel two times your body weight. He (The co-pilot) took me up to G6. That's something I would take through my grave with me."

"I think it was required to understand my part better and it helped me to understand what all goes to become a fighter pilot," he added. Shahid closely followed the attitude and mannerisms of the Indian Air Force pilot during his visit in the bases. "I visited some air force bases to meet some air force pilots; I sat on the aircraft, I put on the G-suit, observed how they walk with the helmet. All things like that which actually gives you some kind of perspective of what it is to be representing the country and to be the part of the arm force and to be an Air Force pilot.

It's interesting to know that the value of an air force pilot is Rs.300 crore in an average because that's the money invested to make an air force officer over a period of time. He is an extremely valuable commodity. They are taken extremely good care of. They all met me like 'Oh tu to hero hai, haan thik hai'. They all have this attitude, which is awesome. They are the real heroes," said Shahid.

Mausam is the directorial debut of father Pankaj Kapoor. The film is a a love story which also stars actress Sonam Kapoor playing the lead opposite him. “Mausam is about the seasons of love. It's about different emotions and different situations that the couple goes through. That's the theme of the film," said Shahid.

The film Mausam is set to hit theatres September 16.

Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor have a love hate relationship

Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor have a love-hate relationship

Shahid Kapoor, who will be seen opposite Sonam Kapoor in their upcoming film, Mausam says, they both share friendly-fighty relationship.

"We have a very friendly-fighty relationship. We love and hate each other. And that is how we are," Shahid told reporters here, after unveiling the theatrical promo of their film Mausam last evening.

Mausam, a love story starring Shahid and Sonam in pivotal roles, is directed by Shahid's father Pankaj Kapoor.

"I usually don't interact with heroes. I don't usually interact with my co-stars. It has been a learning experience for me. Everybody had said Shahid is shy person but actually I am extremely shy and reserved person before somebody gets to know me. So he actually had to kind of start talking to me, then we were fighting-talking. Then eventually we became friends. So all is well that ends well," Sonam said.

Ever since the shooting of the film began, there were reports of differences between Sonam and Shahid and then Sonam and Pankaj Kapoor.

Shahid and I did not know each other. I had met him four-five times before. We started the film through a dance sequence. I got to know him and it created a sort of friendship, Sonam said.
Shahid Kapoor Sonam Kapoor unveil Mausam first look

Shahid Kapoor Sonam Kapoor unveil Mausam first look

Shahid Kapoor Sonam Kapoor unveil Mausam first look

Father Pankaj made Mausam only for his son Shahid Kapoor

Father Pankaj made ''Mausam'' only for his son Shahid

PTI | 04:07 PM,Jul 12,2011
In the film, Shahid essays the role of air force officer and Sonam is his love interest. "Like every father I also want my son to go ahead...excel in life. Shahid has the ability to do things. He has proved himself and has been doing it now. His acting ability, cinematic knowledge will come in front of all in the near future. I wish all success for him," Pankaj said. About casting the actress, Pankaj said, "While writing this film that time I had no girl in my head it was the character that was there in my head. When I had finished the script...that time I was thinking who it could be. Sonam was the very first one to be approached for the role." The film is slated for release on September 16. PTI KKP ABC