Any other actor in his place would've signed films
indiscriminately after a couple setbacks at the box-office. But
Shahid has decided to take it easy... sorry, get extra choosy when
it comes to signing films. While 36 China Town released last Friday
and Chup Chup Ke is slated for June 9 release, the only film that
Shahid has on floors is Vivah [status: 85% complete,
slated for November release]. Of course, there's Milenge
Milenge, but the release date of this film is undecided.
"I am in no hurry to sign any and every film that comes my way," Shahid tells me, "In fact, I have refused a number of films in the
recent past only because I wasn't too excited with the script.
Getting the right script is my first priority today, everything
else is secondary."
Shahid seems to be in an introspective mood. "If an actor has
three films releasing back to back, there's bound to be chaos.
That's one of the reasons why Deewane Huye Paagal, Vaah! Life Ho
Toh Aisi and Shikhar went unnoticed. The moviegoers were in no mood
to watch an actor's new release every second week," he admits.
So what's the gameplan now? "I am waiting for Chup Chup
Ke and Vivah. Both have shaped up wonderfully well.
The role in Chup Chup Ke is something I haven't attempted
before. I try to act deaf and mute in the film, when I am not. The
role was tough to handle. I hope the character works because roles
like the one in Chup Chup Ke propel an actor to accept
challenges in future," he says.