Sources said that Shahid is sceptic about sharing screen space with Akshay because he experienced nightmare while doing Deewane Huye Paagal in 2005. He was promised good role in the film but his portion was chopped mercilessly at the editing table and he ended up with a small share. From then on, he decided to do only solo-hero films.
However, it is said that Shahid is planning to change his rule book by accepting Once Upon A Time In Mumbai 2. He is confident this time that director Milan Luthria will keep his words.