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After Fida,why did it take you six years to return to filmmaking,with Chance Pe Dance?

Written by DIPTI NAGPAUL D’SOUZA |
December 17, 2009 4:30:07 am

After Fida,why did it take you six years to return to filmmaking,with Chance Pe Dance?

Shahid Kapoor and I discussed various scripts since Fida released in 2003,but nothing worked. Chance Pe Dance was eventually finalised two years ago. By then,he was busy with other films so we waited it out.

Did you choose dance as the film’s backdrop because Kapoor is good at it ?

We had the story in place — an aspiring actor’s struggle — but as we etched out the character,we decided to define him as a good dancer since Shahid is very good at dancing. The story was turning out to be a slice of Shahid’s life and my own struggles in the industry so dance seamlessly blended with it.

You have seen Kapoor over the years.

Working with Shahid in three films — Ishq Vishk,Fida and now Chance Pe Dance — has been like working with three different actors. During Ishq Vishk,he was this eager,wide-eyed boy who would go by his gut instinct since he had nothing to lose. By the time we did Fida,he had tasted a bit of success and made calculated moves. He also made mistakes and learnt from them. Today,he understands the nuances of characters and how to approach a scene. During the first schedule of Chance Pe Dance,I was bowled over by what he was delivering — it was much better than what I had imagined. Shahid caught the look in my eyes and gave a huge smile. He was happy that he could stun me.

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