Bollywood Trivia: Shahid Kapoor – The First Indian Actor to Fly an American F-16 Aircraft | – Times of India

Shahid Kapoor is currently making waves for his latest release Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya, opposite Kriti Sanon. The actor has had a long and successful stint in the industry, spanning more than two decades! Here are some fascinating facts about him that might not be widely known…

Background dancer in Bollywood hits
Before entering Bollywood, Shahid Kapoor started as a background dancer in popular films like “Taal” and “Dil Toh Pagal Hai.” In “Taal,” he was seen draping Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in a song sequence, showcasing his early involvement in the industry.

First Indian actor to pilot an American F-16
In the movie “Mausam,” Shahid Kapoor took on the role of a pilot and underwent rigorous training to fly an American F-16 Super Viper. This achievement marked him as the first Indian actor to pilot such an aircraft, showcasing his dedication to his craft.

‘Hilarious Delight’: Mira Rajput hails Shahid Kapoor and Kriti Sanon’s chemistry in ‘Teri Baaton Mein Aisha Uljha Jiya’

Family ties to veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah
Few people know that Shahid Kapoor is related to veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah. He is the step-nephew of Naseeruddin Shah through his step-mother Supriya Pathak’s connection to Ratna Pathak Shah (they are sisters), who is married to Naseeruddin Shah.
Transition to vegetarianism
Inspired by his father Pankaj Kapur and the book “Life Is Fair” by Brian Hines, Shahid Kapoor embraced vegetarianism. The book had a profound impact on him, leading to a significant lifestyle change.

Overcame rejection before stardom
Shahid Kapoor faced rejection around 100 times before finally making his debut in “Ishq Vishk.” He persevered through challenging times, when he could not get through auditions, highlighting his resilience and determination.

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