Says Ahmed fondly, ''I had been promising my two sons Azaan and Subhan a trip to Disneyland for months. Earlier, when we shot in the US for another Yash Raj Films Bachna Ae Haseeno, I kept hoping there would be time. But I couldn't manage to get away. But this time, Shahid made sure it happened.''
Apparently, Shahid not only ensured that Ahmed wrapped up his work as quickly as possible, he made all the arrangements for Ahmed, his wife Saira and two sons to take off for Disneyland.
''And why not?'' says Ahmed defensively. ''Shahid and I are childhood friends. Before my mother held my sons Shahid took them in his arms. So it's perfectly natural for him to look out for me and my family.''
Recalling the fabulous experience, Ahmed says, ''Out of the one month I spent in the US, only 12 days were devoted to shooting the song. It wasn't even a dance song. It was a concept number showing the hero and his friends splurging and binging all over the US. We shot at casinos and at various pleasure and tourist spots in Philadelphia, Orlando, New York, New Jersey and Chicago.''
Shahid will now be seen in Ahmed Khan's Paathshala. ''In a 2-hour long film, Shahid is there for an hour. So he's there for 55 minutes. His role is like Aamir Khan's in Taare Zameen Par. He comes in mid-way and yes, he's the teacher. Both Shahid and I have decided to focus on the kids in the marketing rather than on Shahid.''