I wish I had done more films: Shahid Kapoor

After completing a decade in Bollywood, actor Shahid Kapoor is happy with the way his career has shaped, but regrets not doing enough films in the past ten years.

The 32-year-old actor made his acting debut in 2003 with college drama "Ishq Vishk" and has so far starred in just 20 films.

Shahid feels he should have presented himself more often on the big screen to the audience, which in turn would have catapulted him to greater success.

"The one mistake that I made was I did very little work. I think that is not good. As an actor you need to go out there, show yourself to the audience twice or thrice a year, at least at this stage of my career.

"I am not 45. I am not at that stage where people have seen twenty years of my work. So I feel it is important to keep presenting yourself to the audience. There will be times they will like you, there will be times they will not like the film. I have learnt over ten years that films will come and go, but people must like you. And therefore your performances must be consistent," Shahid told PTI in an interview.

Shahid's career so far has been defined by a collection of soaring highs and dispiriting lows. He tasted success with his debut movie but could not follow it up with his next films until "Vivah" in 2006.

His other successful outings have been Imtiaz Ali's "Jab We Met" in 2007 and Vishal Bhardwaj's 2009 film "Kaminey", which is arguably Shahid's best performance till date.

"I have seen some very successful periods and some very unsuccessful periods. But I think it is most important to recognise that you need to work with the right people. You have to keep working without changing who you are and how you are," Shahid said.

The actor, who is the son of Bollywood veteran Pankaj Kapur, says because of the uncertainty in his profession, it gets difficult to take the right decision at times.

"As it is such an unpredictable field that it is all about timing. You always take decisions which can go either way. You can never know that a film will surely do well. So sometimes when the time is good the decisions turn out to be great. But when you are going through a bad phase, it goes against you," Shahid said.