Shahid Kapoor, who is making his OTT debut with ‘Farzi’, recently revealed that his character Sunny in the show is about an artist dreaming big and aiming high, but never quite finding people who recognise his talent. He added that he could “easily” relate to the character as he had been in a similar position during his late teens.
Revealing his character as an artist, “who gets pulled into the murky high stakes of a con job”, Shahid told Indian Express, “He is off the streets of Mumbai; he wants to be recognised but nobody is interested in him. People are only interested in his ‘fake’ work, he is making copies of these really popular artists and that’s all that sells. I felt that reality exists, every youngster today feels he is not being understood, he is not getting an opportunity.”
“They all have that angst inside them, of wanting to show everyone what they are capable of. Sometimes the right way, sometimes the wrong way. I felt it was very relatable, for me personally. And it's like (as mentioned in the show), we are not middle class we are the middle finger class– the widest class in the country is not getting what they deserve, they are frustrated about that. Especially the younger lot, so I could totally connect with the character,” Shahid added.
Spanning eight episodes, ‘Farzi’ is touted to be an edgy crime thriller, with Raj & DK’s direction. The actor is now looking forward to working with them.
“I had already seen their work and what they were doing with long format and OTT. I loved their work, so I wanted to collaborate. When they told me about this– we had actually discussed this as a film earlier. That was many years back. When they came back and told me what they wanted to do with it, offered me the character of Sunny, an artist who is frustrated about not being recognised, the 18-19 year old me could relate to him very easily,” Shahid shared.
“They really allow their actors to go out and express themselves. Sometimes they are really worried what we are doing with the shot, but they let you do what you want to do. I felt very free. The show has been made in a very fluid manner, it is very contemporary, the way we have shot the show. The way all characters have been written and developed allow every actor to really dig in deep because there is enough meat. It is very democratic, they let everyone bring what they feel and funnel it together to make what they think is right. I had a lot of fun,” he added.
‘Farzi’ also stars South star Vijay Sethupathi, Kay Kay Menon, Raashi Khanna, Amol Palekar, Regina Cassandra and Bhuvan Arora.