“For the first time in his career, Shahid was doing three films at the same time – ‘Kaminey’, ‘Dil Bole Hadippa’ and my film ‘Chance Pe Dance’. Naturally, there was a conflict of interest,” Ghosh told IANS.
“I’d ask for three days. He would have only one day to spare. I’d naturally be upset. Then understandably, Shahid wanted time off. He couldn’t be seen on my set straight after shooting for one of the other two films. This naturally led to heated arguments.”
“For me as a director, it was okay to come on the sets without sleep. But Shahid had to catch up on his resting time. Or the dark circles would have shown on camera.”
The last thing that Ghosh wanted was for his hero to fall ill. “Priyanka Chopra had to be hospitalised because of overwork and exhaustion. I didn’t want Shahid to go through the same experience,” he said.
Ghosh says arguments and fights during the making of “Chance Pe Dance” were for the betterment of the movie.
“But they were all for the betterment of the film. See when Shahid did his first film ‘Ishq Vishk’ with me, he only had that film on hand and was able to give me his full attention,” he said.
The effort has been worth it for both Shahid and Ghosh.
“Shahid’s dancing in ‘Chance Pe Dance’ is the film’s mainstay. But his performance is not just about dancing. Some of the things he has done in the dramatic scenes took me by surprise. Shahid has brought subtle expressions into scenes which I didn’t catch while shooting. Only during editing I realised what he had done.”
Ghosh admits the actor has changed. “Isn’t change inevitable? We all evolve with time. Shahid is no exception.”
Also starring Genelia D’Souza, “Chance Pe Dance” is expected to hit the screens Jan 15.