Actor Shahid Kapoor is gearing up for the release of his upcoming film Kabir Singh. It’s the story of a man who sets on a journey of self-destruction. And Shahid says the role wasn’t easy because he has a family back home who could never see him carrying the negative energies of the character. The actor talked to a news portal in his latest interview and revealed that when he played the character of a drug addict in Udta Punjab, he wasn’t married but this time while shooting for Kabir Singh, he had to find out a way to disassociate himself with the character in a snap of fingers because he had his kids and wife to go back to.

Shahid talked to India Today and said that he had to remain in the ‘dark zone’ of Kabir Singh for six long months and each day was difficult than the last. The actor, who was last seen in Batti Gul Meter Chalu, added that he had to ‘protect’ his kids from the emotional baggage of his character and that was a challenge.

Shahid was quoted by the portal saying, “It was almost schizophrenic because the two worlds are such contrasts. Had I been single, living alone, I might have immersed myself in this dark zone for six months, as I did during Udta Punjab.” The actor went on to say, “But this time I am married, a father, so I had to sanitise myself before returning home to protect my children from the negative energy. ”

The teaser of Kabir Singh has received positive reviews from the audience and Shahid’s fans are looking forward to seeing him in the role. The film is a remake of Telugu hit Arjun Reddy and is directed by Sandeep Vanga. Slated for release on June 21, it also features Kiara Advani in the lead role.