As Shahid Kapoor turns a year older, we celebrate his birthday by looking back at his journey in Bollywood from 'Ishq Vishk' to 'Haider' and top seven performances that helped him establish a successful career in films.

Haider



Shahid Kapoor united with director Vishal Bhardwaj to film 'Haider', an adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy 'Hamlet', set during the Kashmir conflict of 1995, in which he played the titular role. He sported various hairstyles and learned to speak in a Kashmiri dialect. His monologue in the film is said to be one of the finest performances by any Bollywood actor. He earned critical acclaim and won the Screen Award, Star Guild Award and Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the film.

Kaminey



With its commercial and critical success, 'Kaminey' catapulted Shahid into the 'big league' of actors. His portrayal of twins Charlie and Guddu earned him rave reviews. Not only that, it also proved to be an image-changer for Shahid, who had been typecast into lover-boy roles with films like 'Ishq Vishk', 'Vivah', 'Jab We Met' and 'Kismat Konnection'.

Jab We Met



There is always that one film which creates a distinct pre and post phase in every actor's career. 'Jab We Met' was that distinction in Shahid Kapoor's life. He perfected the role of a suicidal businessman who begins to live his life to the fullest after meeting a girl on a train. Shahid's last film with his ex Kareena Kapoor Khan turned out to be one of the biggest hits of his career.

Vivah



Sooraj Barjatya re-united the beloved 'Ishq Vishk' couple Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao in 'Vivah'. The romantic musical tells the story of two individuals, and narrates their journey from engagement to marriage. Shahid's performance was received favourably by most critics and the film became one of the highest grossing films of the year.

Mausam



His father, Pankaj Kapur's directorial debut may have received a lukewarm response from the critics, but Shahid's performance was acclaimed. Spanning over a period 10 years, from 1992 to 2002, the film includes references to the demolition of Babri Masjid, Bombay riots, 1993 Bombay bombings, Kargil War, 9/11 attacks and post-Godhra riots. The film underperformed at the box office, but Shahid Kapoor received several offers after the film's release.

Ishq Vishk



After working in several music videos and television commercials, Shahid Kapoor made his Bollywood debut in Ken Ghosh's 'Ishq Vishk' opposite Amrita Rao and Shenaz Treasurywala. The film established his chocolate boy image and earned him a Filmfare Best Male Debut Award.

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